English Paper 1 Questions and Answers - Royal Exam Series Post Mock Trial Exams 2022

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ENGLISH
PAPER 1
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

INSTRUCTIONS TO STUDENTS

  • Answer ALL the questions in the paper.
  • Avoid dirty work   


Questions    

    1. The Lions Football Team has won the just completed world cup competition. You are the coach. Write a memo congratulating them and informing them on when/ how to collect their tokens. Remember to have copies to the minister of sports. (12mks)
    2. Write a thank you note to the minister of sports (8mks)

  1.  CLOZE TEST 10 marks
    Fill the blank spaces in the passage below with the most appropriate word.

    Working from home due to the covid-19 pandemic has slowed 1.................many activities more-so the education sector here in Kenya. Most sectors have been 2 .................... to embrace digitization. The shift to online classes in the institutions of higher learning was 3................but it is not 4 ...............for, especially, the older people as they don’t have the 5..................... to use digital gadgets such as smartphones and laptops 6...................... those who have them are frustrated by the emerging apps and software. 7..................... have embraced digitization and are eager to learn but the lecturers have problems. 8 ...................... have phones with poor cameras as they are alright with just calling and receiving texts. You’ll find a lecturer asking if the students can 9 ..................... him or her. They mute the mic unknowingly and can’t unmute 10.......................guide, which waste a lot of time.

  2.          
    1. Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow
      (Repentant by AD Amateshe)

      Yesterday my emotions
      Burst like a man
      And flowed violently
      Onto your innocent self
      Today, deluge with
      A deep sense of regret,
      I hold onto my hand,
      The galling of bitterness
      Of that regrettable moment
      When caused your pain

      {Adapted from Boundless Voices by Arthur Luvai (ed): EAEP}
      1. Indicate the rhyme scheme in the poem above (1mark)
      2. Briefly comment on the significance of the above rhyme scheme (1mark)
      3. Which words would you stress in the first and the last lines? Give a reason. (2marks)
    2. Write another word pronounced as the ones given below (4 marks)
      1. Gait...................................................................................................
      2. Wait................................................................................................
      3. Sew...................................................................................................
      4. Grown................................................................................................
    3. Underline silent letters in the following words (3 marks)
      1. champagne
      2. parliament
      3. apostle
    4. Group the words below under the column containing the sound that the highlighted letter(s) bear. (4 marks)
      An example has been done for you
      Tissue      Caucasian          Division         Passion        Cautious      Leisure        Solution       Vision         Exposure         Chef
      /ʃ/  /ʒ/
      Tissue                 Caucasian          
         
    5. A teacher of English was in class and after some time he realised that the learners had lost concentration. What cues made him to arrive at this conclusion? (3 marks)
    6. What should the above teacher do to regain the students’ concentration? (2 marks)
    7. You school is participating in a debate and the motion is: “Parents should let children decide their own destiny.” How would you ensure that your argument is convincing? (3 marks)
    8. Imagine you have been invited to speak about the role of NACADA in fighting drug abuse among the Kenyan youth. Mention two non-verbal cues you would use to make your speech effective. Give suitable examples. (2 marks)
    9. Read the following conversation between two form four candidates and then answer the following questions.
      Judy: Mali, I am worried my performance in English is not encouraging.
      Mali: Ah! I am happy with my performance in English. I got a clean A last term.
      Judy: I really don’t know what to do about Mathematics, maybe....
      Mali: I don’t like our Geography teacher. He thinks he is the only one who owns a Prado. My dad told me he will buy one soon.
      Judy: (Trying to bring him back to the conversation) Tell me, Mali, how do you revise Mathematics?
      Mali: Oh! Is that David? He has promised to bring me a Nigerian movie (calling) David!
      David! (Then runs after him)
      1. Identify the shortcomings in Mali’s listening and speaking skills. (2marks)
      2. Suggest three ways how he can improve his listening and speaking skills. (3marks)


Marking Scheme

  1.          
    1. Must be a memo
      • Formal tone must be felt – if not deduct 1 mark AD

      •  FORMAT
        1. Letter head
        2.  Internal memo
        3. From
        4. To
        5.  Date
        6. Cc
        7. Subject
        8. Closing Tag
          (1/2 a mark each)
          TOTAL = 4 marks

      • CONTENT:
        1. Congratulate the team ( the words congratulation must appear)*C1
        2. State why the team is congratulated.....reason *R1
        3. Mention something about tokens *T1
        4. how/when to collect them *D/H1
          TOTAL = 4 marks

      • LANGUAGE
        A-4 B-3 C-2 D-1

    2. must be a formal note if not deduct 2Marks TL

  2. It should be marked as follows:
    Format
    1. Senders address
    2. Receivers’ address
    3. Salutation
    4. Subject/heading
    5. Closing tag
    6. Sign
    7. Name
      ( Each to score 1⁄2 mark)
      (NB: Signature with no name has NO MARK and name without the signature earns NO MARK)

      Fill the blank spaces in the passage below with the most appropriate word. 10 marks

      Working from home due to the covid-19 pandemic has slowed down many activities more-so the education sector here in Kenya. Most sectors have been 2 forced to embrace digitization. The shift to online classes in the institutions of higher learning was 3 embraced But it is not 4 easy for, especially, the older people as they don’t have the 5 urge to use digital gadgets such as smartphones and laptops 6 while those who have them frustrated by the emerging apps and software. 7 Students have embraced digitization and are eager to learn. But the lecturers have problems. 8 Some have phones with poor cameras as they are alright with just calling and receiving texts. You’ll find a lecturer asking if the students can 9 see him or her. They mute the mic unknowingly and can’t unmute 10 unless guided, which wastes a lot of time.
  3.           
    1. Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow
      (Repentant by AD Amateshe)

      Yesterday my emotions
      Burst like a man
      And flowed violently
      Onto your innocent self
      Today, deluge with
      A deep sense of regret,
      I hold onto my hand,
      The galling of bitterness
      Of that regrettable moment
      When caused your pain
      {Adapted from Boundless Voices by Arthur Luvai (ed): EAEP}
      1. Indicate the rhyme scheme in the poem above (1mark) abcdefahb –
        • irregular rhyme scheme

      2. Briefly comment on the significance of the above rhyme scheme (1mark)
        • The irregular pattern shows the state of confusion in the persona’s mind and the regrets he/she is trying to express.

      3. Which words would you stress in the first and the last lines? Give a reason. (2marks)
        • Line 1 – Yesterday, emotions
        • Line 10 – When, Caused, pain
        • They carry the meaning of the lines /They are content words hence carry meaning of the lines.

    2. Write another word pronounced as the ones given below (4 marks)
      1. Prophet - profit
      2. Wait – weight
      3. Sew –sow
      4. Grown - groan

    3. Underline silent letters in the following words (3 marks)
      1. champagne
      2. parliament, –
      3. apostle,

    4. Group the words below under the column containing the sound that the highlighted letter(s) bear. (4 marks)
      An example has been done for you
      Tissue        Caucasian          Division       Passion        Cautious        Leisure           Solution     Vision           Exposure  Chef
      /ʃ/ /ʒ/
      Tissue Caucasian
      Passion Division
      Cautious Leisure
      Solution Vision
      Chef Exposure
    5.  A teacher of English was in class and after some time he realised that the learners had lost concentration. What cues made him to arrive at this conclusion? (3 marks)
      Some learners were;
      • sleeping
      • passing notes
      • dozing off
      • looking outside
      • fidgeting
      • whispering, etc
        (Students should tailor their answers to start with: some learners.....)

    6. What should the above teacher do to regain the students’ concentration? (2 marks)
      The teacher should:- involve the learners by asking questions
      • Walking in the classroom
      • Maintain meaningful eye contact with learners
      • Be audible
        (Mark any other appropriate response)
        (Students should tailor their answers to start with: The teacher should.....)

    7. You school is participating in a debate and the motion is: “Parents should let children decide their own destiny.”
      • How would you ensure that your argument is convincing
      • The answers should start with; “I would.....(appropriately)” (3 marks)
      • Make effective use of tonal variation
      • Effective facial expressions
      • Effective use of gestures
      • Adequate research and preparation for the debate.
      • Fluency and eloquence during presentation.
      • Ability to state facts/statistics to back your argument
        (Any 3 points)

    8. Imagine you have been invited to speak about the role of NACADA in fighting drug abuse among the Kenyan youth.
      • Mention two non-verbal cues you would use to make your speech effective. Give suitable examples. (2 marks)
      • Facial expressions such as smiling or frowning to emphasize your points
      • Use of gestures such as nodding your head, raising your hand, etc
        (Mark the first 2 points)

    9. Read the following conversation between two form four candidates and then answer the following questions.
      Judy: Mali, I am worried my performance in English is not encouraging.
      Mali: Ah! I am happy with my performance in English. I got a clean A last term.
      Judy: I really don’t know what to do about Mathematics, maybe....
      Mali: I don’t like our Geography teacher. He thinks he is the only one who owns a Prado. My dad told me he will buy one soon.
      Judy: (Trying to bring him back to the conversation) Tell me, Mali, how do you revise Mathematics?
      Mali: Oh! Is that David? He has promised to bring me a Nigerian movie (calling) David! David! (Then runs after him)
      1. Identify the shortcomings in Mali’s listening and speaking skills. (2marks)
        • Mali fails to empathize with Judy
        • He deviates from the topic of discussion with Mali
        • HE rudely interrupts Mali (I don’t like...)
        • He is easily distracted (Is that David?)
          (Any 2 well explained points. Should not be character traits)

      2. Suggest three ways how he can improve his listening and speaking skills. (3marks)
        • He must be more empathetic
        • He must stick to the point of discussion
        • He must concentrate on the discussion at hand and avoid distractions

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