English Paper 2 Questions and Answers - Kigumo Mocks 2021 Exams

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MAXIMUM SCORE

CANDIDATES SCORE

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20

 

2

25

 

3

20

 

4

15

 

TOTAL

80

 

QUESTIONS

Question 1: Reading Comprehension.
Read he passage below and then answer the questions that follow.
Politicians never cease to amaze. Every policy articulation or decision is viewed from the narrow prism of political interest. Broad and long term perspectives never come to play. And this explains wastefulness in public resources utilization.
The recent directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta stopping new mega development projects has become the subject of political contest. Some politicians have taken issue with it, arguing that it will deny their constituencies a chance to develop. This is a rather simplistic perspective.
A major challenge facing the country is poor coordination of development projects. Often times ,the governments initiates multiple projects ,some without proper feasibility studies, but fall to complete them because of lack of financing, resource mismanagement or corrupt practices. Repeatedly, the prices are grossly exaggerated because of underhand dealings.
Many grand projects lie incomplete, huge sums of money having been sunk into them, demonstrating shear carelessness and poor thinking on capital development. It does not make sense to start new ones and commit taxpayers hard earned money into them and predictably leave them half done just in the name of doing projects.
Worse, a number of the multi million shillings project are vendor driven, intended to create avenues for deal cutting for the so called ‘tenderprenuers ‘ and their ilk with no value for money.
For now, the government should undertake an audit of all ongoing projects to give a status report, identify those on course and the schedule completion dates and, importantly, highlight the stalled ones and the reasons for that. This should provide basis for making decision on what ought to be done, especially those that should be revived and the financial commitment required .
For example, the current administration started the mega Galana_Kulalu irrigation scheme at the Coast billed to address food security but that was not to be. This is the time to do an appraisal. It would be disingenuous to insist on proceeding to phase two or three of such projects when the pilot has failed.
We need a framework for capital development. A practice has evolved where every regime that comes to power commences own projects and abandons existing ones. The situation even applies even at the constituencies and county levels. Clearly this is not the way to develop. Project should not be regime specific rather they ought to be designed to benefit citizenry irrespective of those in power.
Simple economics demands prudence in management of public resources. The craze for capital developments without properly planning must stop. Focus on completing existing or stalled projects.
Questions

  1. Why does the writer say that the politicians never cease to amaze? (2 mks)
  2. How have people particularly politicians reacted to the presidents directive of stopping new mega developments projects (1mk)
  3. Give reasons why the writer does not support fresh projects for the sake of it (3 mks)
  4. What hitches has the government encountered with regard to initiating projects (3 mks)
  5. Which advice does the author give to the government to address the past mistakes (3 marks)
  6. Why does the writer insist on the appraisal being done? (1mk)
  7. How should a new regime handle the existing projects? (1mk)
  8. Make notes on ways of avoiding wastage by the government. (3 mks)
  9. Rewrite the sentence below as instructed (1mark)
    It would be disingenuous to insist on proceeding to phase two or three of such a project when the pilot has fallen
    (Begin:When................................)
  10. Explain the meaning of the following as used in the passage (2marks)
    1. Underhand
    2. Prudence

2. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow (25 marks)
Mrs.Linde: Listen to Nora you are still very like a child in many things, and I am older than you in many ways and have a little more experience. Let me tell you this you ought to make an end of with Doctor Rank
Nora: What ought I to make an end to?
Mrs. Linde: Of two things I think. Yesterday you talked some nonsense about a rich admirer who was to leave you money
Nora: An admirer who doesn’t exist, unfortunately! But what then?
Mrs. linde:Is Doctor Rank a man of means?
Mrs Linde:And come here every day?
Nora: Yes I told you so.
Mrs Linde: But how can this wellbred man be so tactless?
Nora: I don’t understand you at all
Mrs Linde: Don’t prevaricate, Nora.do you suppose I don’t guess who lent you two hundred and fifty pounds?
Nora: Are you out of your senses? How can you think of such a thing? A friend of ours, who comes here every day! Do you realize what a horribly painful position that would be?
Mrs Linde: Then it really isn’t he?
Nora: No, certainly not. It would never have entered into my head for a moment. Besides, he had no money to lend then, he came into his money afterwards.
Mrs Linde: Well I think that was lucky for you, my dear Nora.
Nora: No, it would never have come into my head to ask Doctor Rank. Although I am quite sure if I had asked him.
Mrs. Linde: But of course you won’t.
Nora: Of course not. I have no reason to think it could possibly be necessary. But iam quite sure that if I told Doctor Rank.
Mrs Linde:Behind your husband’s back?
Nora: I must take an end if it with another one, and that will be behind his back too, I must take an end of it with him
Mrs Linde: Yes, that is what I told you yesterday, but
Nora: (waking up and down) a man can put a thing like that straight much easier than a woman.
Mrs Linde: Ones husband, yes.
Nora: Nonsense! (Standing still) When you pay off a debt you get your bond back, don’t you?
Mrs.Linde: Yes, as a matter of course.
Nora: And can tear it into a hundred thousand pieces and burn it up the nasty dirty paper.
Mrs Linde: (looks hard at her, lays down her sewing and gets uo slowly) Nora you are concealing something from me.
Nora: Do I look as if I were?
Mrs. Linde: Something has happened to you since yesterday morning. Nora, what is it?

QUESTIONS.

  1. Briefly explain what happens before the events in this extract (4 marks)
  2. Explain why Mrs. Linde says “I am older than you in many ways and have little more experience” (3 marks)
  3. From the dialogue, what do we learn about Nora’s character? (4 marks)
  4. What is Mrs. Lindes view about Doctor Rank and Nora’s relationship? (2 marks)
  5. Identify and explain the use of hyperbole in this excerpt. (2 marks)
  6. What does Mrs. Linde think Nora is concealing from her? Is Mrs. Linde right? (3 marks)
  7. Explain the meaning of the following words as used in the extract. (3 marks)
    1. A man of means..
    2. Prevaricate
    3. Nasty
  8. Describe what happens immediately after the events presented in this extract (4 marks)

Question 3: Oral Literature (20marks)
Read the story below and then answer the questions that follow.
A hunter sat by the river to rest. He noticed a faint ripple in the water and when he looked closely, he saw that it was a woman bathing. The woman was beautiful as sunrise. She had features so perfect that the hunter could not quite believe she was real. She was like a statue of goddess. The sun shone on her rich brown skin. Her face radiated warmth and she was as lovely as the drops of sunlight that were dancing on the water. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
The hunter held his breath and wondered who the woman was. Then he saw a deer skin spread out on a low bush. The hunter had seen many good animal skins but this was the most perfect of all. He reached out and sunk his hands into its soft velvety folds. The hunter wondered how much such a fine skin would fetch in the market. More than two days hunting, he thought, more even than a week’s hunting, perhaps even as much as a month’s hunting.
The woman swam up to the bank and then sprinted lightly across the soft grass towards him. The hunter rose in confusion. She stopped and stared at him. Her eyes were strange, like polished stone, but deep within them a bright spark of light flickered. The hunter stared at the woman and for the first time in his life could not think of nothing to say. The woman looked curiously at the hunter and reached out for the skin, silently imploring him to release it.
Then the hunter knew who: a deer woman, one of the clan of deer people. Half human, half human, they could change into either creature at will. He handed the woman back her skin but as he watched her walk away he felt as if someone was tearing out his heart. He felt such an overwhelming sense of loss that he cried out, “wait! Please!”
The deer woman stopped and looked round. The hunter rushed up and kneeling before her,he begged her to marry him. “But, dear man, but deer man you are a stranger,” the deer woman replied in astonishment.
“Yes, but a stranger who loves more than life itself,” cried the hunter desperately.
She looked at him for a long time and then she sai” promise one thing. Promise me that you will never tell any human person the truth about me, for if you do, I will leave you and never return”.
The hunter happily promised to keep the secret, and together they walked to the hunter’s home.
Bliss, perfect bliss reigned in hunters home. For a while, two happier people would have been hard to find. The hunter told no one where his wife really comes from. People were curious as they often are. The hunter told those who asked simply that his wife came from a distant village, and he told them in a voice that suggested they mind their own business. The two could have been happy forever, for their love grew deeper and deeper. Oh, how it makes my heart sad to tell what happened next. But tell I must.
Often happiness blinds us to the evil that sneaks about us like a thief in the night. These two in their joy did not hear the nagging tongues, the spiteful whispers or see the wicked stares. Jealously hung in the air like stale smell.
The hunter’s sisters would not stop talking about the mysterious woman their brother had married. Where had she come from? They wondered. Who was she? Why had none of her relatives come to her wedding? Why was she always so secretive and so vague when asked about her past? And her eyes. They wondered at those eyes.Strange eyes hardly human. They wondered and finally, they came up with an evil plan.
The hunter no longer went off on long trips because he hated to leave his bride alone. But now the two evil sisters begged him to go off hunting. They told him that a wicked money lender would throw them out of their houses if they did not come up with money to pay him soon. They wept loud insincere tears and the deer woman’s heart melted. She gently urged the hunter to go. He must save his dear sisters from trouble.
The sisters smiled with evil glee when the hunter picked up his bow and arrows, kissed his wife, mounted his horse and rode off into the forest.
One fine day, the deer woman took her basket and headed to the market. The two wicked sisters saw her go: now was their opportunity. They crept up to the house, climbed in through a window and began to search. They looked under the tables and the chairs. They searched the cooking place and stuck their heads in every pot in the house. They then climbed up into the rafters and it wasn’t long before they found the deer skin.
“All her airs and graces and she isn’t even a human,” sniffed one sister
“Wait until the others hear about this,” exclaimed the other triumphantly, already on her way down. They scurried out of the house like two thieving rats and just managed to disappear round the corner as the deerwoman arrived home.
With the deer woman’s secret discovered, the sisters set about making sure that the entire town knew of it. They spread news and excited whispers to people who took those whispers to others. So it spread like wildfire. Soon, the town was ablaze with the news. Everywhere wagging tongues told the story and the itching ears listened.
The deer woman could not go out without meeting sniggers and stares. She wept and wept. Finally, she could bear it no longer. She got her deer skin down from the rafters and became a deer once more. She walked into the forest and disappeared never to return.
QUESTIONS:

  1. In what way were the woman and the skin unique? (2 marks)
  2. What figure of speech does the writer extensively use in the first paragraph and why?(4 mks)
  3. Which actions show that the hunter was in a kind of daze? (3 marks)
  4. Which character traits of the hunter are revealed in this story? (4 marks)
  5. What is the writer’s attitude towards the hunter’s sisters? Support your answer with evidence from the story. (3 marks)
  6. The following words are used in the passage:
    1. imploring
    2. Ablaze
      Provide a synonym for each of them. (2 marks)
  7. What lesson can we learn from this story? (2 marks)

QUESTION 4: GRAMMAR (15marks)

  1. Fill in the correct preposition in each blank space. (4marks)
    1. The ball landed right __________thorns.
    2. We were seated in the same row _______ each other.
    3. What exactly is he guilty ___________?
    4. The old woman was accompanied ________ her grandchild.
  2. Rewrite the following sentences using the correct form of the word given in brackets. (3marks)
    1. The rescuing of the woman from the burning church was a ______ act. [hero]
    2. The principal asked the head student to ______ the alarm [active]
    3. His failure to repay his debts was a sign of _______. [mature)
  3. Rewrite as instructed without changing the meaning. (4marks)
    1. Every student should wear his school uniform at all times (Rewrite by making the sentence gender sensitive)
    2. The bridge had been weakened by successive storms and was no longer safe.
      (Begin: Weakened)
    3. The cakes belong to the son of our doctor. (Begin: These are..)
    4. The house would have been finished by August last year (Rewrite in the active voice)
  4. Correct the error in each of the following sentences. (2marks)
    1. At midday in the middle of the day we went for early lunch.
    2. The two twin sisters are identical twins.
  5. Fill in each gap with the correct article (2marks)
    1. It is the duty of ....................................... August house to create reasonable constitutional laws.
    2. The boy who stole my book is ....................................... classmate.

MARKING SCHEME

  1. This is because every policy articulation or decision is viewed from the narrow prism of political interest. Broad and long term perspective never come to play.
  2. By starting to disagree with it arguing that if it will deny their constituencies a chance to develop
  3. The writer feels it does not make sense to start new project and commit taxpayers’ hard earned money into them and predictably leave them half undone.
    (Any point on money wastage and incomplete projects score)
  4. This has to do with poor coordination of development projects .The government initiates multiple projects without proper feasibility studies but fail to complete them due to lack of financing resources management or corrupt practices.
  5. That the government should undertake an audit of all ongoing projects to give a status report identifying those on course and the scheduled completion dates and importantly highlight the stalled ones and the reason for that.
  6. This is because of the failure of the mega Galana Kulalu irrigation project at the coast billed to address food security.
  7. The new regime should focus on completing existing or stalled projects.
  8. Putting in place a framework for capital development.
    • Design the projects to benefit the citizenry irrespective of those in power
    • Prudence in management of public resources
  9. When the pilot has failed, it would be disingenuous to insist on proceeding to phase two or three of such a project (No mark if the comma is missing)
  10.                  
    1. corrupt / crooked / secret / dishonest
    2. Care / caution /sagacity

2 EXTRACT, A DOLLS HOUSE

  1. Mrs. Linde has just visited Nora. Mrs. Linde has just started sewing Nora’s dress. Nora informs Mrs, Linde that Dr. Rank suffers from consumption of the Spine .Nora tells Mrs Linde that Dr.Rank is Torvalds most intimate friend Nora intimates to Mrs Linde that Dr.Rank is so absurdly fond of her (*maximum 4 marks)
  2. Because Nora seems to be close to Dr. Rank and Mrs. Linde thinks Nora is Naïve .Mrs Linde has experience in such kind of relationship .she cares for Nora .
  3. secretive. ….she has never told her husband Torvald that she borrowed the money .
    Deceitful or dishonest ….Mrs. Linde says Nora seems to be concealing something from her .
    Manipulative. ..She manipulates Mrs. Linde to repair her dress
    Firm/principled she did not borrow money from Dr. Rank although she say if she did, he would have definitely lent her.
    Temperamental…..Nora says she can tear it into a hundred thousand pieces and burn it up- the nasty dirty paper.
  4. They should stop talking about too much to each other because Dr. Rank is probably interested in Nora.
  5. And can tear it into a hundred thousand pieces and burn it up the nasty dirty paper Nora cannot possibly do this …. It means she is very annoyed.
  6. Nora request Mrs. Linde to go and play with the children .She tell Mrs Linde Anne will help in dressmaking .Torvald comes in the room . Torvald enquires whether that was the dressmaker Nora requests Torvald not to dismiss Krogstad 1
  7.                    
    1. a rich man or wealthy
    2. beat about the bush / side step / dodge /equivocate.
    3. Hiding /withholding

Question 3: oral literature.

  1. The woman was stunningly beautiful, the most lovely woman the hunter had ever seen, and the skin was the “most perfect” he had ever seen. He did not even know its real value. Encountering the two on the same day was unique experience. (2mks)
  2. The simile is extensively used in the first paragraph. The following similes have been used:
    1. The woman was as beautiful as sunrise.
    2.  She was like a statue of a goddess.
    3. She was as lovely as the drops of sunlight
      The similes have been used to emphasize the amazing loveliness of this woman. It is as if the writer is saying that she is beyond human ability to describe. (4mks)
  3. The hunter was in a kind of a daze. We are told that he “rose in confusion.” In other words, he did not know how he should behave. We are also told that he ‘stared” at the woman and that he “could think of nothing to say.” All these point to the fact that the hunter was incapable of acting normally in front of this woman. (3mks)
  4. The hunter is impulsive. He proposes marriage to a woman he does not know without thinking of the consequences. He is very persuasive; he manages to convince the deer woman to marry him. He is also a very trustworthy person; he keeps his promise to his wife and does not tell anyone about her background even when they nag him. The hunter was also kind-hearted. He agrees to help his sister out of “a problem.” However, he is also naïve because he is not able to discern his sisters’ evil intentions. (4mks)
  5. The writer has a very negative attitude towards the hunter’s sisters. She condemns their wickedness and makes it obvious through the expressions she uses to describe them and their actions. The writer says:
    1. “They hated to see happiness.”
    2. They are referred to as “the wicked sisters.”
    3. “They came up with an evil plan”
    4. “They wept loud insincere tears”
    5. “The sisters smiled with evil glee”
    6. “They scurried out of the house like two thieving rats”
      These expressions depict the writer’s loathing of the two sisters. (3mks)
  6. Synonyms
    1. Imploring –beseeching/ begging/entreating
    2. Ablaze-buzzing (2mks)
  7. From this story, we learn that jealousy can lead to great wickedness.
    We are also cautioned against trusting people just because they are close to us.
    Not everybody will rejoice when good things happen to us. (2mks)

QUESTION 4 : GRAMMAR

  1. Fill in the correct preposition in each blank space.
    1. The ball landed right _into the thorns.
    2. We were seated in the same row ___with____ each other.
    3. What exactly is he guilty __of_________?
    4. The old woman was accompanied ___by_____ her grandchild.
  2. Use the correct form of the word given in the brackets to fill in the gap in each sentence.
    1. The rescuing of the woman from the burning church was a _heroic_____ act [hero]
    2. The principal asked the head student to _activate the alarm [active]
    3. His failure to repay his debts was a sign of immaturity. [mature)
  3. Rewrite as instructed without changing the meaning.
    1. Every student should wear his school uniform at all times (Rewrite by making the sentence gender sensitive)
      Every student should wear his /her uniform at all times.
      OR Students should wear their uniform at all times.
    2. The bridge had been weakened by successive storms and was no longer safe.
      (Begin: Weakened…………)
      Weakened by successive storms, the bridge was no longer safe.
    3. The cakes belong to the son of our doctor. (Begin: These are……..)
      These are our doctor’s son’s cakes.
    4. The house would have been finished by August last year (Rewrite in the active voice)
      They/He/She/I/You would have finished the house by August last year.
  4. Correct the error in each of the following sentences.
    1. At midday in the middle of the day we went for early lunch.
      At midday, we went for early lunch
    2. The two twin sisters are identical twins.
      The two sisters are identical twins.
  5. Fill in each gap with the correct article
    1. It is the duty of …the…………August house to create reasonable constitutional laws.
    2. The boy who stole my book is …a……..classmate.

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