English Paper 1 Kenya High Post Mock Exams 2020 - Questions and Answers

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INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES

  • Answer ALL the questions in this paper in the spaces provided

Question 1

FUNCTIONAL WRITING(20 MARKS)

A friend has written to say that he will be traveling to another country via Kenya. He hopes that you can host him for a day in your house. However, something very important comes up the material day and you have to be away. You leave the key to your house with a neighbour who will give it to your visitor.

Write a letter to that friend explaining the situation. Also assist him prepare dinner in your absence.

Question 2

CLOZE TEST (10 MARKS)

The African business climate (1)………. unpredictable. Many contracts are difficult(2) ……….. enforce due to inefficient judiciary(3) ……….. high level corruption. Africa is(4)……………... by aid money from wealthy nations. To cover(5) ……..for this fact, developed countries media address the corruption issue by implying that African leadership is(6) ……..….. corrupt! Corruption is not an individual(7) …………….…. It is a process; a systematic issue that can only(8) ……... addressed by discouraging the incentive behind it. Part of the (9)………………. is the developed nation willingness to bank all the stolen(10) ……………..….. from Africa.

Question 3

ORAL SKILLS (30 MARKS)

  1. Read the following poem and then answer the questions that follow
    Happy Baby
    Her lips suckle the nipples
    Milk bubbles, foams and ripples
    Little hands up in the air
    Catch on the mother’s hair
    Sweet sensation rises in pressure
    Tiny legs kick pleasure
    Sleep comes gently and strong
    Sleep whispers softly and long
    1. Describe the rhyme scheme of the poem. (2 Marks)
    2. Give and illustrate two oral features of style. (4 Marks) 
    3. Which two words would you stress in line 2, and why? (2 Marks)
  2. For each of the following words, construct two sentences to bring out the difference in meaning. Do not change the form of the word. (4 Marks)
    1. Produce
    2. Beat
  3. Suppose you are reciting a solo verse to a big audience, what problems are you likely to encounter?
    (3 Marks)
  4. Identify and underline the word that is pronounced different in each of the following set. (5 Marks)
    1. Sew      Sue        Sow
    2. Hair       Air         Heir
    3. Hard     Heard     Herd
    4. Fort      Forty      Fought
    5. Cause   Coarse   Course
  5. Complete the following dialogue with the most suitable expressions. (10 Marks)
    You just witnessed an accident. A matatu rammed into a lorry. Many passengers have been seriously injured.
    Matatu driver: Is there anyone here with a mobile phone? We have to call the police immediately.
    You: ………………………………………………………………………………………………(1 Mark)
    Matatu driver: Can you please call the police station and inform them about the accident?
    You:………………………………………………………………………………………………(1 Mark)
    Police officer: Yes. This is Pangani Police Station. Constable Mwania speaking. CanI help you?
    You: Yes please. There has been a terrible accident.
    Police officer: May I know who is calling please?
    You:…………………………………………………………………………………………………………(2 marks)
    Police officer: Where has the accident taken place?
    You: On Gen. Waruinge Street, at the bumps next to Pumwani SecondarySchool.
    Police officer: What happened?
    You:………………………………………………………………………………………………………… (3 Marks)
    Police officer: Really? Are there any casualties?You:………………………………………………………………………………………………………… (2 Marks)
    Police officer: Don’t worry, we will be there as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I will call the ambulance and also alert Kenyatta Hospital to be ready for casualties. Thank you very much master Leon for calling.
    You: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………... (1 Mark)


MARKING SCHEME

Question 1

FUNCTIONAL WRITING(20 MARKS)

FRIENDLY LETTER

Format (6 Marks)

  • Address - 1 Mark
  • Date - 1 Mark
  • Salutation - 1 Mark
  • Complementary close i.e. Your friend -1 Mark
                                          Signature -1 Mark
                                         Writers name - 1 MarK

The body (9 Marks)

  • Introduction - 1 Mark (e.g. greetings)
  • Conclusion – 1 Mark (e.g. Apology)
    The body should include the following information:
  •  Reason for being away 1 Mark
  • Details on where and how to get the key. 2 Mark
  • What and how to prepare in brief (dinner)
    • What – 1 Mark
    • How – 3 Marks

Language (5 Marks)

  • A – Excellent, competent, apt vocabulary, appropriate tense, correct punctuation/spellings. (5 Marks)
  • B – Good, certain, candidate communicates with ease. (4 Marks)
  • C – Average, candidate not at ease with language. (3 Marks)
  • D - Poor, broken language (1 – 2 Marks)

Question 2

CLOZE TEST (10 MARKS)

  1. is
  2. to
  3. and
  4. assisted/helped
  5. up
  6. very
  7. affair / issue
  8. be
  9. problems
  10. money.

Question 3

ORAL SKILLS (30 MARKS)

  1. poetry
    1. Rhyme schemes – aabbccdd√1 Mark
      Regular √1 Mark 2 Marks
    2. Features of style
      • Repetition - sleep
      • Alliteration - Sweet sensation
      • Onomatopoeia - bubbles
      • Personification - sleep comes gently
      • sleep whispers softly
      • Rhyme - nipples and ripple
      • Air and hai
      • Pressure and pleasure
      • Strong and long
        (Mark any two identified and illustrated styles)
        1 Mark identification;1 mark illustration.
        No mark for illustration without identification. 2 x 2 = 4 marks.
    3. Stressed words
      • Milk, bubbles, foams, ripples (Any 2 words ½ each) – 1mark
      • Reason – they are content words. 1 Mark
  2.  
    1.  
      1. The produce was poor (noun)
      2. I will produce the book (verb) 1 Mark
        or How man does produce!(verb)
    2.  
      1. I like the beat of that music (noun) 1 Mark
      2. I will beat you now (verb) 1 Mark
        NB the difference should come out for the candidate to score
  3.  
    • Stage fright.
    • Not being audible.
    • Capturing the audience’s attention fully
    • Maintaining eye contact.
    • Maintaining logical flow of ideas. (Any 3 x 1 = 3 Marks)
  4.  
    1. Saw.
    2. Hair.
    3. Hard.
    4. Forty.
    5. Cause. 5 x 1 = 5 Marks
  5. Dialogue (10 Marks)
    You: Yes. I do 1 Mark
    You: Ok. Let me try ½ mark   Hello ……………………½ mark
    You: I am Leon; an eyewitness to the accident 1 Mark
    You: There was a head on collision 1 mark. The matatu driver was trying to overtake a stationary lorry before it rammed onto the on coming bus. 2 Marks
    You: Yes. (1 mark) Several people have sustained serious injuries, 2 Marks
    You: Welcome. 1 Mark
    (Accept any other relevant response)

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