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QUESTION 1. FUNCTIONAL WRITING                                                 (20 Marks)
Imagine that your class went on a five day school trip to Mombasa. Write a personal journal that you kept for the five days.

Fill in each blank space in the passage with the most appropriate word.

The issue of birth certificates as a (1) ………………………………..for registration of candidates has ignited a lot of concern for parents with students sitting for this year’s examinations. Whereas we are concerned about the issue of foreigners in this country, this directive has (2) ………………………….. many parents and students alike unprepared (3) ………………………………… instance, most students sitting this year’s K.C.S.E. were born in the late 90s and if they happen not to have even birth certificates, which is (4) …………………………… likely, it also means that they don’t have even their birth notification cards. (5) …………………………………… birth certificates under these circumstances, and within the given time frame, is (6) …………………………………………….. . The authorities (7) …………………………….. with the issuance of these documents (8) ………………………………….. process them urgently. (9) ……………………..is a serious matter. Candidates have been given a very short time to (10) …………………………… these documents.


  1. Read the oral narrative below and answer the questions that follow. (10 marks)
    The Stupid Monkey
    Once upon a time, a tribe of monkeys made their home in their pleasure garden of the king. On a certain holiday when the drum was beaten to call the people together, the King’s gardener, hearing the drum, said to himself, “Even though it is a holiday, the garden must be watered. Accordingly I will ask the Monkeys to water the garden for me, so that I can be off to enjoy myself and the holiday with the rest.” So he called the Monkeys and asked them to water the garden. When the monkeys had promised to water all the young trees faithfully, the gardener gave them the water skins and the wooden pot with which to perform the task.
    After the gardener had gone, the Monkeys took up the water skins and the watering pot and began to water the young trees. But the leader of the monkeys stopped them. “Wait,” he said, we must be careful not to waste water. Before you water them, you must first pull up each tree and look at the size of the roots. Then you must give plenty of water to those which have long, deep roots, but less to those with short roots. For when this water is finished, we shall have to work to get any more.
    “To be sure,” said the other monkey, “that is what we must do.” So they pulled up all the trees just as their leader had told them to do and all the young trees died.

    1. What feature of oral narratives would you use to prepare your audience to listen to the above story?         ( 2 marks)
    2. What two devices of performance would you use in narrating this story effectively? ( 4 marks)
    3. Which three things would indicate to you that the audience is following the narration? ( 3 marks)

  2. Underlinethe silent letters in the following words: (5 marks)
    1. Rapport
    2. Rendezvous
    3. Poignant
  3. Your friend attended an interview but was not successful. Mention four things that he/she may have failed to do before and during the interview.   (4 marks)
  4. Give a homophone for each of the following words.                                                         (2 marks)
    1. Gate          
    2. Forward    
    3. Medal      
    4. Sweet      
  5. State the four points to consider when giving instructions to a person about how to get from one point to the other.  (4 marks)
  6. Read the conversation below between a student and a teacher and then answer that questions that follow.(8 marks)
    Student:              (knocking the door loudly and getting in) I am told you called me.
    Teacher:              (motioning him to seat) please have a seat Rono and don’t be anxious.
    Student:              (still standing).Don’t tell me you have sum…
    Teacher:              (interrupting). Please relax. It is not an indiscipline issue again. No cause for alarm.
    Student:              So then, why do you want to see me?
    Teacher:              Calm down Rono. On the contrary, it is a positive note.
    Student:      (looking a bit controlled and sliding into a seat). Sorry sir, May I know what it is   about.
    Teacher:      (Smiling broadly). That’s better. I called you to discuss your progress in academics lately.
    Student:      (With a lightened up face and more reassured).Yes sir.
    Teacher:      Looking at your trend of performance especially in languages and mathematics, I am very impressed. (Pointing at Maths and English columns) See, from D+ to B in Maths and D to C+ in English is commendable!
    Student:      (Rubbing his hands and slightly smiling) Thanks sir. I am grateful for your kind guidance.
    Teacher:      (In affirmative note) Yes. This is the result of change of attitude, obedience and determination.
    Student:      (Sighs) Thank you once more for your concern. I will be able to face my dad courageously now.
    Teacher:      Yes, that’s how it should be. Always work to impress your parents. Never look back again. Forward ever.
    Student:      Thanks Sir. I promise never to let you and my parents down ever again.
    Teacher:      Good. You can now go back to class.
    Student:      (Stands up and shakes hands with the teacher). Thanks once more and good day sir.

    1. How does the teacher establish good rapport with the student?                           (2 marks)
    2. What good conversational skills are displayed by:
      1. The teacher?     (2 marks)
      2. The student?   (2 marks)
    3. Identify two shortcomings in the student’s speech.                                                                 (2 marks)


It must be a journal if not deduct 4 marks. (AD)
Must have;

  1. A title e.g. Personal Journal /National Music Festivals held in Mombasa – 1mark
  2. Day and date of each day   - 1 mark each
    Total - 5 marks
    If day or date is omitted deduct ½ mark
  3. Choral verse presentation – 2 marks
    Visit to the beach             -   2 marks
    Visit Fort Jesus                   - 2 marks
    Shopping                           - 2 marks
    Total                                   - 8 marks
    Award 4 marks for language
    Award 2 marks for journal tone e.g. use of We/I
    Title                 - 1 mark
    Sub-headings – 5 marks
    Body               - 8 marks
    Language     - 4 marks
    A – 4   - Excellent
    B – 3   - Good
    C – 2   - Fair
  4. D - 1   - Weak
  5. Tone – 2 Marks
  6. TOTAL   20 Marks

Question 2: CLOZE TEST 

  1. prerequisite/requirement
  2. caught
  3. for
  4. most
  5. acquiring
  6. impossible
  7. concerned
  8. should
  9. this
  10. get/acquire

Question 3: ORAL SKILLS

    • Conventional opening formula e.g.
    • I am going tell you a story
    • Take a story
    • Relevant riddling
    • Singing a relevant song (Mark any 2 = 2x1)
    • Voice/tonal variation
    • Mimicry
    • Appropriate facial expressions
    • Appropriate gestures
      (Let students give specific examples e.g. in gestures, demonstrate the pulling of the trees. A commanding voice from the king and the leader of the monkeys)
      (Any two well illustrated point. 2 x 2)
    • Eye contact
    • Nodding
    • Appropriate facial expression
    • Upright/forward leaning sitting posture
    • Responding at the end of the story (4 x 1)
    1. Rapport
    2. Rendezvous
    3. Poignat
  5. Before
    -Failed to do some research about the company/firm that invited him
    -Failed to rehearse
    -Failed to keep time
    -Failed to carry the required documents
    (Accept any other relevant)
    -Failed to treat all interviewers with respect
    - Failed to be confident
    -Failed to take time to understand questions
    - Failed to be honest
    (Accept any other relevant)
  6. Gait
    • Compass direction – e.g. east, west, north, south of
    • Landmarks – buildings, trees, rivers, hills etc
    • Approximate distance – in kilometers, meters e.t.c.
    • Time taken – minutes, hours
    • Asking to relax
    • Motioning him to a seat
    • Addressing him by name
    • Smiling at the student (any 2 points = 2 marks)
    • Interrupting him politely (please relax)
    • Being polite e.g. Calm down
    • Allows turn taking
    • Use of appropriate intonation
    • Being appreciative (commendable)                         (Any 2 points = 2 marks)
    • Appreciative (says thank you)
    • Uses tone appropriately (raises when agitated, lowers when information is positive)
    • Allows turn taking
    • Composed /controlled later (Any 2 points = 2 marks)
    • He is impatient e.g. so then why ………..
    • He is rude e.g. Don’t tell me …..
    • Indisciplined – knocks the door loudly. Says I am told you called me.
    • Suspicious/anxious e.g. don’t tell me ……………. (Any 2 points = 2 marks


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