English Paper 1 Questions and Answers - Butere Mock Exams 2021

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    You are the captain of your school. There have been may reported cases of theft among the students. The principal has requested you to form a committee of five prefects to look into the matter and make recommendations on how the problem can be dealt with. Write the report you will present to the principal.
    Fill in each blank with the most appropriate word
    Karl Landsteiner was 1……………… Austrian biologist, physician and immunologist. The World Blood Donor Day 2 ……………….him because in the year 1900, he developed the modern classification of blood 3 ……………. and in 1937, he identified the Rhesus factor. The Rhesus factor is a type 4 …………………. protein found outside blood cells and 5 ……………. presence or absence indicates whether the blood of two 6 ……………….. people is compatible when mixed.
    This is especially important 7 …………….. it comes to blood transfusions. 8 …………….. two incompatible blood types are mixed during transfusion, the body of the recipient will attack the transfused blood, 9……………….. this can cause various responses in the body that can 10 …………….. to death.
    Page 5 of 8 English Paper 1
    1. Read this narrative and answer the questions after it
      Once upon a time there was an orphan called Kabiini who lived with her grandmother. The grandmother had to go to the garden every day and since she had no one to look after the little girl, she locked her up in the hut and warned her not to open the door to anyone.
      The girl did not remain in the hut for long when the sweet voices of the birds and the bright rays of the sun tempted her to go out. She opened the door and went outside to bask in the sun. She had not stayed for long when an ogre came by and said to her,
      ‘Why are you outside?’
      ‘My grandmother shut me in the hut and left for the garden,’ Kabiini replied.
      In a scary voice, the ogre said, ‘Give me one of your fingers. I will just bite a little and do you no harm.’ Fearing the ogre, Kabiini obeyed.
      When the grandmother returned she discovered that her grandchild had lost one of her fingers.
      ‘What happened my child?’ she cried.
      ‘I was out when an ogre came, he promised not to harm me if he bit my finger.’
      The old woman begged the girl not to open the door or leave the hut again. The next day she hid her in the ‘thengi’(cupboard). When she was leaving she locked the cupboard and the hut. Soon after she left, the ogre came looking for Kabiini, he could not find her. After going round the hut and searching all over, he called out,
      ‘Kabiini! Kabiini! Where are you?
      The girl did not answer. So, the ogre called out louder,
      ‘Kabiini! Kabiini! Where are you?’
      Full of fear, the girl replied, ‘I am here, hidden in my grandmother’s little cupboard. And I am not supposed to answer your calls.’
      The ogre opened the door, went to the cupboard, and ate another of her fingers. He then locked her up and left.
      In the evening the old woman was terribly grieved to find that her granddaughter had lost yet another of her fingers. She warned her once again against answering the ogre’s calls. The next day she hid the girl in a big cooking pot, but when the ogre came, Kabiini revealed her hiding place and she lost another of her fingers.
      The ogre devoured the little girl, little by little, day by day until at last the girl was reduced to a skeleton. And that is the end of my story.
        1. Identify three features of oral narratives found in this story. (3mks)
        2. Explain how you can use dramatization to make this narrative interesting. (2mks)
        3. Which two other aspects of performance can be used in the rendition of this narrative? (2mks)
      2. Give one word in which each of the following letters is silent: (4mks)
        1. a ………………………
        2. b ……………………….
        3. c ……………………….
        4. d ……………………….
      3. You are listening to a lecture on ‘Good Study Habits’ in the school hall. You notice that the speaker suffers from stage fright. State four things that would have made you come to this conclusion, (4mks)
      4. Underline the stressed part in the following words (5mks)
        1. De.ceit ..............................
        2. A.bout …………………..
        3. Ex.cise (n) ……………….
        4. Col.league …………………..
        5. Oc.cupy …………………….
      5. Diana is the leader of a discussion group. The last discussion the group had, had been unsuccessful. State three things that could have led to the failure of the discussion. (3mks)
      6. Explain how one can give clear instructions to another person. (4mks)
      7. Give a word/phrase which can be used in the following situations
        1. When making a request
        2. When apologizing
        3. When asking someone to repeat what they have just said


QUESTION 1 – Functional writing
Must be a report. If not deduct -2AD

  • Title – 1
  • Introduction -½
  • Terms of reference/mandate -½
  • Procedure –½
  • Findings –½
  • Conclusion –½
  • Recommendations - ½
  • Signing off – 1



  • Introduction- brief background of the problem of theft in the school – 1mk
  • Terms of reference- mention mandate given by principal; list of names of members – 1mk
  • Procedure – methods of data collection and how data was collected – 1mk
  • Findings – causes of theft; items stolen – 1mk
  • Conclusion – outcome of investigation, extent of problem 1mk
  • Recommendation – possible solutions to the problem- ( at least two ) 2mks



  1. 7-8- Excellent, fluent, no mistakes or gross errors
  2. 5-6 – Flows effortlessly but with a few errors
  3. 3-4 – fair, can be understood. Jerky flow. Quite a number of errors
  4. 1-2 – Many gross errors, mother tongue translations. Broken English

Format = 5
Content = 7
Language = 8
Total = 20


  1. an
  2. honours
  3. groups
  4. of
  5. its
  6. different
  7. when
  8. If
  9. and
  10. lead
    Wrong spelling or punctuation = 0


      • opening formula – once upon a time
      • fantasy – ogre
      • closing formula – and that is the end…
      • timelessness – once upon a time
      • repetition- ogre calling Kabiini; ogre eating Kabiini’s fingers one by one
      • walk around to show how the ogre was looking for the girl
      • crouch/ bend to show how Kabiini was hiding from the ogre
        (accept any other action explained based on the story)
      • tonal variation – use different voices for the girl, grandmother an ogre
      • facial expression – fierce expression when saying words of ogre; fearful expression when saying Kabiini’s words – ‘ I am here’
        (accept any with illustration from story)
  2. possible answers
    1. basically,
    2. womb, comb, dumb, debt,
    3. muscle,
    4. fudge, drudge, dodge
      (accept any words with correct spelling and appropriate silent letters)
  3. signs of stage fright
    • shaking hands
    • sweating a lot
    • squeaky or hoarse voice
    • mixed up speech
    • stammering/stuttering
    • avoiding eye contact with audience
    • de.ceit
    • A.bout
    • Ex.cise
    • Col.league
    • Oc.cupy
  5. Mistakes in group discussions
    • Some members dominating the discussion
    • Not listening to each other
    • Impolite interruptions
    • Discussing irrelevant matters
    • Dismissing other people’s ideas
  6. Giving instructions
    • Use simple language
    • Break instructions into steps
    • Be systematic- start from beginning
    • Be audible when speaking
    • Use the imperative
    • Repeat or ask the recipient to repeat the instructions
    1. Please…/ Would you mind
    2. I am sorry…
    3. Pardon me/ excuse me
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