English Paper 2 Questions and Answers - Eagle II Joint 2021 Mock Exams

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  1. Answer ALL the questions in this question paper.
  2. All your answers must be written in the spaces provided in this question paper.
  3. Candidates must answer the questions in English.





















    Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.
    Everyone faces circumstances when money becomes scarce for days or weeks. The neccesary adjustments and sacrifices are made and, in the end, the situation balances itself. However, things may reach a critical stage where one owes much more than they own. Under such circumstances, mental and health problems may arise. In order to prevent this, a few firm measures must be put into place.
    Other times, the fundamental problem is when one loses one’s job and be unemployed for period of time. Becoming unemployed is a serious emotional blow. This is not only because of the loss of income. This means a reduction in the psychological and emotional flow due to lack of activity, security, self-esteem, social interaction and personal development.
    Work meets a multitude of psychological and emotional needs. This is why losing it almost always translates to a traumatic loss. The financial crisis that follows may trigger fatigue and weakness, mood fluctuation, insomnia and loss of memory. The effects of financial crises are comparable to those caused by adverse events such as divorce or the death of a loved one. The affected person may also go through anger, frustration and hopelessness.
    Anyone can go through the misfortune of losing their job. This requires a great deal of resilience if one is not to collapse psychologically and end up in material and emotional bankruptcy. One has to be realistic in assessing their situation to avoid blame for having lost the job. It is important to reduce your expenses and be in control so as to adjust to reduced income. Adopt order and avoid disorganisation. It is also advisable to seek support before you experience any depressive symptoms. Do not fail to engage in some pass time leisure activities you enjoy, with other people. Isolation will lead to depression. Finally, flee from noxious substances like alcohol and other drugs.
    Sometimes, a financial crisis may occur not due to losing one’s job but because of a significant unexpected expense. For instance, a costly car repair, an unexpected medical expense or an expensive home appliance replacement. A safe way to face this type of crisis is to open a bank account for emergencies.
    1. What remedy is suggested to handle scarcity of money? (2mks)
    2. What happens when financial crisis reach an extreme point? (1mk).
    3. Explain why unemployment is an emotional blow. (3mks)
    4. How different is unemployment from financial crisis? (2mks)
    5. In note form state the effects of financial crisis. (2mks)
    6. From paragraph 3, what shows that financial crisis carry serious consequences?(2mks)
    7. In not more than 40 words, summarize the strategies towards overcoming job loss. (4mks)
    8. Work meets a multitude of psychological and emotional needs. (Rewrite adding a question tag) (1mk)

Explain the meaning of the following words and phrases as used in the passage. (3mks)

  1. Trigger
  2. Resilience
  3. Collapse

Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow
Krogstad: Are you sure of that?
Mrs.Linde: Quite sure, but-
Krogstad: (with a searching look at her) Is that what it all means?-that you want to save your friend at any cost? Tell me frankly .Is
that it?
MrsLinde: Nils, a woman who has once sold herself for another’s sake doesn’t do it a second time.
Krogstad: I will ask for my letter back.
Mrslinde: No, no.
Krogstad: Yes, of course .I will wait here until Helmer comes; I will tell him he must give me my letter back-that it only concerns
my dismissal-that he is not to read it-
Mrs.Linde: No Nils, you must not recall your letter.
Krogstad: But, tell me wasn’t it for that purpose that you asked me to meet you here?
Mrs Linde: In my first moment of fright it was .But twenty-four hours have elapsed since then, and in that time I have witnessed incredible things in this house. Helmer must know all about it. This unhappy secret must be disclosed; they must have a complete understanding between them which is impossible with all this concealment and falsehood going on.
Krogstad: Very well, if you take the responsibility. But there is one thing I can do in any case and I shall do it once.
Mrs Linde: (listening) You must be quick and go! The dance is over; we are not safe a moment longer.
Krogstad: I will wait for you below.
Mrs Linde: Yes, do. You must see me back to my door-
Krogstad: I have never had such an amazing piece of good fortune in my life!


  1. Explain what has happened before this excerpt. (2marks)
  2. Why does Krogstad say he would ask for his letter back? Explain (3marks)
  3. “Nils, a woman who has once sold herself for another’s sake doesn’t do it a second time.” Briefly explain what makes Mrs. Linde say this? (3marks)
  4. Identify one character trait of Mrs. Linde in this extract (2marks)
  5. What is so surprising in this extract? Explain. (2marks)
  6. “But there is one thing I can do in any case and I shall do it at once.”What is it that Krogstad does and how does it affect the rest of the play? (4marks)
  7. “I have never had such an amazing piece of good fortune in my life! ”Rewrite beginning Never… (1mark)
  8. What makes Krogstad say that he has never had such an amazing piece of good fortune in my life? (2 marks)
  9. Explain the meaning of the following words and phrases as used in the excerpt. (4marks)
    1. At any cost
    2. Recall
    3. Elapsed
    4. Incredible things

Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow.
I know what the caged bird feels, Alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opens,
And the faint perfume from its petals steals-
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats its wings
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he rather would be on a branch and swing,
And the pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting-
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore;
When he beats his bars and would be free;
It is not a song of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his hearts deep core,
But a flea, that upward to heaven he flings-
I know why the caged bird sings!
(Lawrence Dunbar-Negro Poetry)


  1. Explain briefly what the poem is about. (3mks)
  2. In note form, state what the poet focuses on in each stanza. (3mks)
  3. What is the persona’s attitude towards the caged bird? (3mks)
    From the poem
  4. What can we infer about the persona’s own experience? (3mks)
  5. Identify a simile in the first stanza and explain why it is used. (3mks)
  6. Apart from simile, identify and illustrate any other style used in the poem (2mks)
  7. Identify an exclamative sentence in the poem above (1mks)
  8. Explain the meaning of the following word/phrase. (2mks)
    1. And the faint perfume from its petals steals.
    2. scars


  1. Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given. Do not change the meaning. (4mks)
    1. The president left. The M.P was arrested. ( Rewrite as one using ‘scarcely’)
    2. The woman saw the child cry. She breastfed her. (Rewrite using the present participle)
    3. The student felt so terrified that she started screaming. (Begin: so……)
    4. John regrets that he did not attend the meeting. ( Rewrite replacing ‘that’ with ‘not’)
  2. Replace the underlined words with the phrasal verbs formed from the words in brackets.
    1. Their suspicious behavior betrayed them (give).
    2. Please ensure that everyone gets something to eat. (see)
    3. It was clear that we had invented the whole story. (make)
  3. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the words in brackets.
    1. The items on the agenda were not……………………………..discussed. (exhaust)
    2. Majority of the ………………………… have not received their pension. (retire)
    3. Client……………………is crucial in solving issues. ( confidence)
  4. Explain the difference in the following sentences. (2mks)
    1. I remember meeting him in Kericho.
    2. I remember to meet him in Kericho.
  5. Fill in the blank spaces with suitable prepositions. (3mks)
    1. Jane has a taste……………….fashion.
    2. I went to meet my uncles……………..the bus stop.
    3. Who is………………the line, please?


    1. The necessary adjustments and sacrifices are made to balance the situation. (2mks)
    2. Mental and health problems may arise. (1mk)
    3. This is because of the reduction in the amount of income and a reduction in the psychological and emotional flow. (3mks)
    4. Unemployment is where one is without a job that ensures income flow while financial criris is where one experience scarcity of finances and is unable to run the required responsibilities.
      1. fatigue and weakness
      2. mood fluctuation
      3. insomnia
      4. loss of memory
    6. Financial crises are comparable to those caused by divorce or death of a loved one.
      1. Be realistic in assessing one’s situation to avoid blame.
      2. Reduce expenses and be in control.
      3. Adopt order and avoid disorganization.
      4. Seek support.
      5. Engage in leisure activities.
      6. Flee from noxious substances.
        (Any 4 and must be in paragraph form, if not, deduct 50% of the marks).
    8. Work meets a multitude of psychological and emotional needs, doesn’t it? (Must rewrite, if not=0).
    9. Trigger- cause, prompt, bring about.
      Resilience- hardy, flexible
      Collapse- fall into, get into
  2. EXCERPT (25MKS)
    1. Before the extract, Krogstad asks Christine if she still to have him back after what he has done. Christine tells him she understands that it was despair that made him do that. He regrets that he cannot undo what he has done. Mrs Linde tells him that the letter is still in the letterbox. (4marks)
    2. He does not want Nora’s husband to know the secret of forgery that she has kept from him for many years. He has reunited with Christine and is very happy. He does not want to ruin the Helmers’ marriage who are friends to Christine. (3marks)
    3. She once sacrificed her love for the sake of her bedridden mother and two young brothers. By saying that, it means she cannot be doing it the second time for another person because that experience was enough. (3marks)
    4. Selfless: “she sacrificed for another person, her mother and brothers. She says“ a woman who has once sold herself for another’s sake doesn’t do it a second time. (2 marks)
    5. It is surprising that Krogstad can change his mind about revenging against the Helmers. He was much determined to have his own way with the man his change and readiness to withdraw the letter catches the readers by surprise (2marks)
    6. Krogstad writes Nora another letter that sets free Nora and her husband. He also returns the bond had all the evidence of forgery. Mr. Helmer is very happy now that he is saved and tells Nora he has forgiven her. However, this comes when it is too late for he had already condemned her for her actions. Nora decides leave him and the children. (4 marks)
    7. Never had I such an amazing piece of good fortune in my life! (1mark)
    8. Christine had left him for a richer man who would help her support her sick mother and two young brothers. She has given him another chance for she wants to have somebody. (2marks)
      1. at any cost- no matter what/despite the danger involved.
      2. recall- ask or call back
      3. Elapsed-pass
      4. Incredible things- unbelievable things
  3. POETRY (20MKS)
    1. The tribulations of a caged bird. The refrain, ‘I know’ is used emphatically to identify with suffering. The bird longs for freedom away from the cago.
    2. Stanza 1
      The physical beauty of nature which the caged bird is deprived.
      Stanza 2
      The curtained freedom of movement the caged bird subjectedto.
      Stanza 3
      The desperation of the caged bird which makes it beats its bars, get bruised yet keep singing.
    3. Sympathetic/pitiful-says,’ I know what,…why…when his wing is bruised.
    4. He appears to have had similar experiences as the caged bird. The phrase ‘ I know why, how … is evidence.
    5. ‘And the river flows like a stream of glass’.
      To show that the caged bird is not able to enjoy the beauty of nature due to its captivity.
      1. The sweet fragrance of nature’s flowers.
      2. The painful experinceas of the persona are evoked by the caged bird.
      1. Scarcely had the president left when the M.P was arrested.
      2. Seeing the child cry, the woman breast fed her. ( No comma=0)
      3. So terrified was the student that she started screaming.
      4. John regrets not attending the meeting.
      1. gave them in
      2. see to it
      3. made up
      1. exhaustively
      2. retirees
      3. confidentiality
      1. Met him by chance while in Kericho/ did not anticipate.
      2. It was planned and he made sure to meet him in Kericho.
      1. for
      2. at
      3. on
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