English Paper 2 Questions and Answers - Asumbi Girls High School KCSE Mock 2021

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Instructions to candidates

  • Candidates should answer all the questions in English

 

  1. COMPREHENSION
    Read the passage below and then answer the questions that follow.

    A lot of students think that learning is only in class. If students use two extra steps, most students will not forget what they learned in class. To achieve effective learning, students need to follow two extra steps in the three strategic learning processes.

    The key to success is by following these three strategies. Review is essential to student success. Unless content is reviewed by students shortly after it is learned, it will soon be forgotten. To avoid forgetting what you learned, it is recommended to review daily.

    It is also recommended to reduce large volumes of notes into point form and to paraphrase what you have learned. Other helpful tips include creating concept maps and diagrams; creating fact, concept or vocabulary cards and using visualization to better connect to what you learned. These are all important tools to helping students better understand and memorize lesson content.

    The key to achieving academic success cannot be directly correlated to one specific area. Rather it requires students to be overall rounded in many different aspects. This includes attending class regularly to keep pace with the class. Falling behind in studies or homework can be detrimental to academic success and can induce stress onto students. Participating in class activities and discussions are also vital parts of learning and applying concepts learned. On the other hand, taking good, concise notes will always help in the long run when reviewing for tests and exams. To sum it all up, strategic learning is the password for many academic achievements. Being exposed to knowledge is the first step in the journey, the fact that young scholars can learn and be a part of history is a phenomenal step in furthering their search to success. Reviewing notes, in the way the young individual wishes, by him/herself, or with a good friend, this will help him/her to understand what has been learned in a way he/she understands. Lastly practice is a great way to memorise what has been learned, when practice achieves its full potential, the individual won’t only be entitled for a good mark, but also a way to view, under and think of things. Those three attributes will help scholars become more successful, but it’s important to one as it is to the other, and each and every person should find the learning strategies effectual for him/herself, and in extremely exceptional occasions even invent or innovate new strategies.

    Questions
    1. What does the writer faults in the students thinking according to the first paragraph? (2 marks)
    2. Explain the three strategies that are key to success. (6marks)
    3. Unless content is reviewed by students shortly after it is learned, it will soon be forgotten.. (1 mark)
      Begin: if………
    4. The key to achieving academic success cannot be directly correlated to one specific area.. (1mark)
      Add a question tag.
    5. Discuss the tone of the passage. (3 marks)
    6. How, according to the passage, does practice help memorise what has been learned? (3marks)
    7. Explain the meaning of the following words and phrases are used in the passage. (4marks)
      Detrimental
      Correlated
      Effectual
      Exceptional
  2. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow.

    Krogstad: No matter about that.
    Nora: What do you want of me?
    Krogstad: An explanation of something.
    Nora: Make haste them. What is it?
    Krogstad: You know, I suppose, that I have got my dismissal.
    Nora: I couldn't prevent it, Mr. Krogstad. I fought as hard as I could on your side, but it was no good.
    Krogstad: Does your husband love you so little, then? He knows what I can expose you to, and yet ventures-
    Nora: How can you suppose that he has any knowledge of the sort?
    Krogstad: I didn't suppose so at all. It would not be the least like our dear TorvaldHelmer to show so much courage-
    Nora: Mr. Krogstad, a little respect for my husband, please.
    Krogstad: Certainly — all the respect he deserves, but since you have kept the matter so carefully to yourself. I make bold to suppose that you have a little clearer idea, than you had yesterday, of what it actually is that you have done?
    Nora: More than you could ever teach me.
    Krogstad: Yes, such a bad lawyer as I am.
    Nora: What is it you want of me?
    Krogstad: only to see how you were, Mrs Helmer, 1 have been thinking about you all day long. A mere cashier, a quill driver, a man like me - even he has a little of what is called feeling, you know.
    Nora: Show it, then; think of my little children.
    Krogstad: Have you and your husband thought of mine? But never mind about that. I only wanted to tell you that you need not take this matter too seriously. In the first place there will be no accusation made on my part.
    Nora: No, of course not; I was sure of that.
    Krogstad: The whole thing can be arranged amicably; there is no reason why anyone should know anything about it. It will remain a secret between us three.
    Nora: My husband must never get to know anything about it.
    Krogstad: How will you be able to prevent it? Am I to understand that you can pay the balance that is owing?
    Nora: No, not just at present.
    Krogstad: Or perhaps that you have some expedient for raising the money soon?
    Nora: No expedient that I mean to make use of.
    Krogstad: Well, in any case, it would have been of no use to you. Now if you stood there with ever so much money in your hand, I would never part with your bond.

    Questions
    1. Place this excerpt in its immediate context. (4marks)
    2. What is Krogstad's attitude towards Helmer? Explain. (3marks)
    3. "You have some expedient for raising the money soon". Does Nora have an idea on how to raise the money? Explain (4marks)
    4. "Yes, such a bad lawyer as I am". What is the tone of this statement? (2mks)
    5. "Does your husband love you so little then?" How does Helmer's behavior later in the play bear out Krogstad' statement? (4marks)
    6. Describe Krogstad’s character as revealed in this excerpt (4marks)
    7. Identify and explain the use of irony in this excerpt. (2mks)
    8. A mere cashier, a quill driver a man like me even he has a little of what is called feelings you know. (Rewrite beginning: Even ………..) (2 marks)

  3. Read the following narrative and answer the questions that follow.
    An Old Woman and her Deformed Son

    There was an old woman whose children died in infancy and only a deformed boy survived to grow into adulthood. The boy was a hunchback.

    Although the old woman loved this hunchback son of hers, she was secretly ashamed of his physical appearance. She was so ashamed that each day she was on the look – out for visitors who might come around just to make fun of him. To keep him away from the public eye, she used to confine him in a drum most of the time. So, right from his childhood the boy grew up in a drum. He was taken out only a few times during the day when the old woman was sure that there were likely to be no intruders around. When the boy attained circumcision age, he was duly circumcised. After circumcision he said to the old woman, “Mother, I now want a wife, can you please find me a girl to marry!” “Yes, my son”, said the old woman. “I will try. I am indeed very pleased to learn that you are already thinking of a wife.”

    By and by, the old woman went to look for a suitable girl to marry her son. She approached a pretty girl and asked her whether she would be interested in marrying her son and the girl, promised to think about it. Without disclosing her son’s physical defects to the girl, the old woman set about wooing her intensively. She brought all sorts of gifts to her mother, helped the girl to collect firewood and even helped her with the work in the shamba. Reluctantly the girl gave in and there upon requested the old woman to make the necessary arrangements so that she would meet the future husband. The old woman cunningly suggested that the girl should accompany her to her house where she would be able to meet the boy.

    The old woman lived a long way from the girl’s village. On the day when the girl decided to visit her prospective bridegroom, she walked and walked until sunset. It was a very long journey indeed. When she eventually arrived, the old woman pretended that the young man was around and would appear shortly. The girl waited and waited but the boy did not appear at all. At bed time the girl was told that the boy was already in bed sleeping. She was shown a separate place to sleep, and thus no opportunity to either see or talk to the boy as would have been expected of people who were planning to live together. Very early in the morning the girl asked the old man, “ Please, where is the boy you want me to marry?” and the woman replied, “ My son woke up early in the morning and went to work in a different village yonder so that he can earn something for your bride price”

    Although the girl was visibly disappointed, she tried to conceal her sentiments and appear to be at home with everything around the house. The old woman and the girl went to cultivate in a banana grove. While they were away the boy jumped out of the drum and busied himself about the house with the little chores singing:

    Khanenuya munju, mwange, Khanenuye munju mwange
    Mkhasi nakikhali misilu, maji kakuombelesay musecha kacha
    Khuema, abele khuchuma nacha sina?
    Menyile, mukhang’oma, kurumba kuli khumukongo

    (Let me busy myself in my house. Aren’t women foolish? Mother fooled her. “Your husband has gone to work.” How could I have gone to work? I just live in my little drum because I have a hunchback.)
    The girl heard the boy’s singing but it was so faint that she would neither comprehend the meaning of the song nor even make out as to which direction the sound came from. However, out of curiosity she stopped from time to time and listened. This went on for several days until she started to guess the meaning of the words in the song. On getting the message home, she was quite disturbed. Her suspicion was strengthened by the fact that each morning they left for the shamba without sweeping or washing utensils but on their return they found everything tidy about the house. One day she deceived the old woman by telling her that she was going to attend to the call of nature while in fact her intention was to discover the house and stood listening keenly at the door. She got really upset with the boy’s derogatory song. She pondered with herself, “ So this is my husband to be? A hunch back confined to a drum? No wonder the old woman deceived me the way she did. What girl in proper senses could marry a man like that? Anyway what can I do now? I must put an end to this continued bluff…..”

    One morning she said to the old woman, “Mother, today will you go to look for firewood while I go to the plantation alone?” The old woman said, “Yes, my daughter, we can share work that way.” She had grown so used to the cheerful and friendly manner of the girl, thinking that she would not mind staying on as her daughter – in law even after discovering that her son was deformed. Indeed she was already contemplating making the revelation to her.

    And so each went her separate way. But as soon as the old woman vanished from sight the girl dashed back and stood at the door which had now become a familiar ground for spying on the hunchback. She listened briefly as the boy sang mischievously inside the house. Then she stole a quick glance peeping through a side hole.

    To her amazement, she saw that he was a real hunchback! Quite oblivious, the boy went on sweeping the floor and singing. The girl felt that she could no longer stand it. She broke into the house suddenly with the intention of beating up the mischievous fellow. But before she could get hold of him he dodged nimbly and slipped back into the drum. Nonetheless, the girl fuming with anger picked up the drum and smashed it on the floor. A pool of blood started oozing from the broken drum. The poor hunchback was dead.

    Considering it appropriate revenge on the old woman the girl felt no remorse for the action she had taken. She rolled over the cold body of the hunchback as a lump of anger swelled up in her throat. When the old woman returned home and found the mess she had done in the house she screamed at the top of her voice, “ Ooh , oh…. Uuuuwee…. Uuuuweeeeeee!” But it was all in vain. The deformed boy whom she had been ashamed of showing to the public was dead and gone forever! Yes, instead of feeling relieved by the burden of shame she now felt great anguish for this loss. After killing the hunchback the girl also disappeared never to be seen again. The poor old woman remained there weeping and feeling quite forlorn.

    Questions
    1. Place this narrative in its correct genre .. (1mk)
    2. How is the old woman to blame for the tragedy that befell her? (1mk)
    3. Identify two socio – economic activities in the community. Support your answer with the evidence from the story. (4mks)
    4. What is the role of the song in the narrative? (2mks)
    5. With illustrations, describe the character of: (4mks)
      1. The girl
      2. The old woman
    6. Explain two features typical of oral narratives present in this story. (4mks)
    7. Identify and illustrate any two moral lessons we learn from this narrative (4mks)

  4. GRAMMAR (15 MARKS)
    1. Rewrite the following sentences according to the instruction s given after each without changing the meaning. (4 marks)
      1. He submitted his poem for publication after being encouraged by his friends. (Begin: Encouraged...)
      2. Mother asked Mutiso if he would make breakfast the following day. (Change to direct speech)
      3. But for the pilot's quick action, the plane would have crashed. ( Begin: Had it ...)
      4. My brother and me have been taking violin lessons for two months. (Rewrite the sentence correctly. )
    2. Fill in the blank spaces with the correct form of the word in bracket. (4 marks)
      1. He _____________ visits his grandparents. (often)
      2. Our roads are being renovated to increase their ______________ . (wide)
      3. The party rebels were ___________________ subjected to bombarding from the party leaders. ( relent)
      4. Men are not expected to show signs of _____________ . (coward)
    3. In each of the following sentences, give an appropriate phrasal verb that means the same as the underlined word. ( 3 marks)
      1. The thief confessed after a thorough beating by the irate mob.
      2. The grandmother liked her grandchildren .
      3. The meeting was cancelled at the eleventh hour.
    4. Fill in the blank spaces with an appropriate preposition. ( 3 marks)
      1. The new student was so confused that he was lost ___________ words.
      2. My father deals ____________ second-hand clothes.
      3. John is very good _____________ English.
    5. Rewrite the following sentence correctly. ( 1 mark)
      1. I went for shopping yesterday.

Marking Scheme

  1. QUESTION 1
    1. What does the writer faults in the students thinking according to the first paragraph? (2 marks)
      • He faults the fact that students think that learning is only in class.

    2. Explain the three strategies that are key to success. (6marks)
      • Review to avoid forgetting what you learned.
      • Reducing large volumes of notes into point form for better understanding and to memorize lesson content .
      • Paraphrasing what you have learned for better understanding and to memorize lesson content .
    3. Unless content is reviewed by students shortly after it is learned, it will soon be forgotten.. (1 mark)
      begin: if………
      • If content is not reviewed by students shortly after it is learned, it will soon be forgotten.
    4. The key to achieving academic success cannot be directly correlated to one specific area. (1mark)
      Add a question tag.
      • The key to achieving academic success cannot be directly correlated to one specific area, can it?
    5. Discuss the tone of the passage. (3 marks)
      • Informative. The writer is informing the students about the strategies to use in learning.
    6. How, according to the passage, does practice help memorise what has been learned? (3marks)
      • When practice achieves its full potential, the individual won’t only be entitled for a good mark, but also a way to view, under and think of things.
    7. Explain the meaning of the following words and phrases are used in the passage. (4marks)
      • detrimental damaging
      • correlated connected
      • effectual effective
      • exceptional outstanding

  2. QUESTION 2
    1. Krogstad had been to the Helmers house the day before.(1 mk) The purpose of the visit was to blackmail Nora into stopping Helmer from dismissing Krogstad from his job at the bank.(I mk) Nora is unsuccessful in her attempt to persuade Tovald not to dismiss Krogstad.(1 mK) Krogstad returns to pile pressure on Nora by reminding her of the consequences of her failure(1 mk). By this time the dismissal letter has been given to Krogstad.
    2. Krogstad is contemptuous towards Helmer. This comes out clearly in his reference to Helmer as, "our dear Tolvald," and says of him, "It would not be the least like our dear Tovald Helmer to show so much courage." Nora has to interrupt and demand that Krogstad shows a little respect for her husband. When Krogstad says, "all the respect he deserves," he actually means that, in his opinion, Helmer does not deserve respect. . (3 marks)
    3. Nora for a long time has been toying with the idea of asking Dr. Rank for help. In fact, whenever she gets desperate about the debt, she imagines that some rich man had fallen in love with her and that this man dies and bequeaths her all his property. Dr. Rank is a rich, old, sick and dying man. He visits the Helmers every day and is actually in love with Nora. Indeed, Nora begins a conversation with Dr. Rank, in an attempt to ask him for help with the loan. (4 marks)
    4. The tone is sarcastic (1 mk). In describing himself as a bad lawyer, he means to hurt or be unpleasant to Nora. Nora had earlier on described him as such a bad lawyer.(1 mk)
    5. When Helmer gets to know about the money Krogstad had lent his wife, his major concern is how this would affect him. His reaction portrays him as selfish.(1 mk) He insults his wife, calls her a hypocrite, a liar and a criminal. This is not the response Nora had imagined.(1 mk)
      She had thought that her husband would take responsibility for what had happened, told off Krogstad and defended his wife. Nora is so disappointed that she ends their marriage (2 marks)
    6.      
      1. Krogstad is sadistic, He derives pleasure from hurting Nora. He says that even if Nora paid all the money, he would not surrender her bond. He would keep it so that he can continue tormenting her.
      2. He is disrespectful. He has no respect for Helmer, Nora has to remind him to show a little respect for Helmer.
      3. He is insensitive. He shows this when he says "No matter about that" He does not care whether he hurts Nora and her marriage to Helmer or not. (4 marks)
    7. Krogstad tells Nora that "she need not take this matter too seriously"( 1 mk). He is determined to destroy her and her family if she does not grant him his wish yet he tells her she should not take the matter seriously (1 mk). He must mean the opposite,
    8. Even a mere cashier, a quill driver, a man like me has a little of what is called feelings you know. (2 marks)
  3. QUESTION 3
    1. A trickster narrative (1mrk). The girl is tricked by the old woman to marry her deformed son.(1mrk)
    2.        
      1. If the old woman had allowed her son free movement, he would have been in a better position to get himself a wife of his own choice who would have accepted him the way he was.(1mrk) or
      2. I the boy had courted the girl himself, she would have appreciated him despite his deformities and would never ever have thought of the action that she finally took.(1mrk).
        Expect one reason (1mrk) Total = 1mrk
        Identification; -1mrks , Illustration: - 1mrk Total 2mrks.
    3.     
      1. Payment of bride price.(1mrk).
        The mother of the boy said that he had gone to work in far off lands so that the could earn something to be able to pay bride price (1mrk) Boys were found wives by their parents /marriage (1mrk)
        The boy tells his mother to get him a wife e now that he has grown up. (1mrk).
      2. Farming. (1mk).The old woman and the girl went to weed (1mrk).
        Expect two points; 1mrk for identification and 1mrk for iIIustration .Total =4marks
    4.   
      1. A source of information of the girl who learns the whereabouts of the boy from it (.1mrk)
      2. She discovers the reason why the boy is hidden in a drum from this song. He is a hunchback.(1mrk)
        Expect two functions,1 mark each. Total =2marks
    5. Character trait of the girl:
      1. Foolish / naïve: she accept the old woman’s excuses.(1mrk)
        Patient / understanding: she patiently waits to meet the young man she is expected to marry and initially accepts the boy’s return for the injustice done to her by the old woman.(1mrk)
        Accept any relevant trait and illustration =1mrk.NB-No mark for identification without illustration.
      2. The old woman: Foolish / simpleton. She is foolish to imagine that the girl will agree to be married by his son
        We should be proud of whatever we own however good or bad.√(1mrk).
        The old woman hid her son in a drum and paid dearly for deceiving the girl who killed him. The girl finally escaped. (1mrk)
    6. Dialogue between the old woman and the girl,
      1. Rhetorical questions – so this is my husband to be?
      2. A hunch buck confined to a drum?.....(any other relevant answer)
      3. Identification; -2mrks , Illustration: - 1mrk Total 2mrks.
    7.  
      1. We should be kind /love our deformed relatives. (1mrk) The old woman should have allowed him to look for a girl himself. The boy got killed and the girl escaped . 1mrk for explanation, Total (2marks).
      2. We should be proud of whatever we own however good or bad.(1mrk).The old woman hid her son in a drum and paid dearly for deceiving the girl who killed him. The girl finally escaped.(1mrk)we should be kind /love our deformed relatives. The old woman should allow him to look for a girl himself. The boy got killed and the girl escaped.
        1mrk for explanation, Total =2marks.
    8. Accept any other relevant proverb.
  4. GRAMMAR
    1.        
      1. Encouraged by his friends, he submitted his poem for publication
      2. "Will you make breakfast tomorrow?" mother asked.
      3. Had it not been for the pilot's quick action, the plane would have crashed
      4. My brother and I have been taking violin lessons for two months.
    2.   
      1. often
      2. width
      3. relentless
      4. cowardice
    3.   
      1. owned up
      2. took to
      3. called off
    4.  
      1. for
      2. in
      3. at
    5.   
      1. I went shopping yesterday. 

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