MOKASA Joint Evaluation Examination English Paper 1 2016- Pre MOCK

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FUNCTIONAL WRITING (20 marks)

  1. You are the school captain in your school. The school has been performing dismally and you are asked to visit a top performing school for benchmarking for three days. Write a report of your findings and give recommendations that would benefit the school.

    CLOZE TEST (10 marks)
    Read the passage and fill the blanks with an appropriate word

  2. Olive oil is good for the bones, a two-year (1)..............study....................has found. People who consume olive oil have higher amounts of osteocalcin, a special (2)..................protein..........................that is found in bones which helps keep (3).................them......................strong.

    They also found that osteocalcin lowers the risk of osteoporosis a (4) ...........condition.............. in which bones lose density and become fragile and more likely to fracture. In addition, osteocalcin was found to (5).............aid.................in metabolic regulation. These findings help explain (6)............why..............people from the Mediterranean area of (7).............Europe.................are the least prone to developing osteoporosis. These people consume a lot of olives and olive oil, along with 8............fruit.................and vegetables. Other (9)..................benefits....................of olive oils include reduced stroke and breast (10)..................cancer...................risk and liver protection.

  3. ORAL SKILLS (30 marks)

    1. Oral Poem
      Read the following oral poem and answer questions that follow. (8 marks)

      One hand cannot manage work
      A threshing stick cannot thresh millet with
      One hand
      Some hands breed hatred at eating time
      Nobody hates being assisted

      Let millet be threshed
      Let it be threshed, let it be threshed

      Cut a threshing stick for me
      A lazy wife
      Is taken back to her parents
      When the rain fails
      It blames the wind
      And a lazy woman
      Blames the threshing stick

      Cut a threshing stick for me-ii
      My co-wife, cut me a threshing stick
      You woman, owner of this occasion
      Remember that work is the stomach
      Take care not to starve us
      The threshing sticks are sounding
      Let the millet leave the threshing ground

      (Adapted from Oral Literature of the Embu and Mbeere by CiarunjiChesaina)

      Questions
      1. Identify and illustrate two mnemonic effects (sound devices) in the poem. (2 marks)

        Repetition-one hand,-Let it be threshed
        Idiophone- Me-ii
        Onomatopoeia-Thresh

      2. You’ve been asked to perform the above poem. Explain how you will prepare for it. (2 marks)

        -Rehearse to thoroughly memorize the poem
        -Prepare appropriate costumes
        -Practise the appropriate dramatization
        -Practise the appropriate tone/voice to use

      3. What non-verbal aspects would you use in the performance of the poem and where? (2 marks)

        -Appropriate facial expressions i.e. to show/express someone working etc
        -Gestures- use finger to point.......’you woman’

      4. While performing the above poem you notice that members of the audience are murmuring what could the problem be? (2 marks)

        –Performance is not audible
        -Lack of tonal variation
        -Inappropriate costume
        -Performer is not confident, lacks eye contact
        -Performer has forgotten the lines

    2. Give another word with the same pronunciation as the word given. (3 marks)
      1. Bone

         borne

      2. Heard

         herd

      3. Gamble

         gambol

      4. Core

         corps

      5. Some

         Sam/psalm

      6. Isle

         aisle, I’ll

    3. Identify the silent letter in the following words (3 marks)
      1. Poignant

         /g/

      2. Debut

         /t/

      3. Patois

         /s/

      4. Tomb

         /b/

      5. Lesson

         /o/

      6. Subtle

         /b/

    4. You attend a prize-giving ceremony in your school. When the chief guest is speaking. You notice that he is sweating profusely, he is inaudible, he stammers a lot and avoids eye contact with his audience. What could be the cause of such behaviour? (4 marks)

      -Lack of preparation / research
      -Improper grooming
      -Unfamiliar environment
      -Did not write or highlight points to discuss
      -Did not rehearse
      -Did not arrive at the venue early enough
      -Did not breath in and out to reduce tension

    5. The underlined indicates the stressed word in the sentence below. Briefly explain what each sentence means (3 marks)
      1. Tom visited Mary yesterday

        It’s only Mary and no one else that Tom visited.

      2. Tom visited Mary yesterday

        Tom did nothing else apart from visit Mary.

      3. Tom visited Mary yesterday

        Tom visited Mary, not on any other day, but yesterday.

    6. Indicate rising or falling intonation for each sentence in the following dialogue.
      Use the words ‘Rising’ and ‘Falling’ (2 marks)
      Mother: Have you had something to eat?........Rising..............
      Daughter: No. ..........................Falling...................................
      Mother: You must be very hungry then. ............Falling.............
      Daughter: Not just hungry, I’m starving ............Rising..............

    7. Read the following conversation and answer the questions that follow. (7 marks)

      Becky: (Shouting) What does she have to do to be punished – commit murder?
      Vera: Go easy on her.
      Becky: (Irritably) But you know he does anything she asks him to do. It’s not fair.
      Vera: Grow up! .....
      Becky: (Screaming) You hate me! You never liked me! You only came to my school to spy on me because you are jealous of me you ugly witch, you pretender.
      Vera: (Tears welling) I sacrificed my golden chance to be with you stupid girl and you return it with nothing but insults!

      1. Enumerate points on Becky’s shortcomings in her conversation to Vera.(4 marks)

        –Rude/impolite
        -Lack of courtesy
        -Poor turn-taking-she cuts in/ interrupts Verah’s speech
        -Use of wrong intonation (shouts, screams), this hinders appropriate communication
        -she is impatient, use of abusive language

      2. What good conversational skills should they have employed to enhance communication? (3 marks)

        -Use of appropriate intonation
        -Politely interrupting
        -Allow for turn-taking
        -Use of polite language


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