English Paper 2 Questions and Answers - Asumbi Girls Highschool Pre-Mock Exams May-June 2022

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Instructions to candidates

  1. Write your name and Admission number in the spaces provided above.
  2. Sign and write the date of examination in the spaces provided above.
  3. Answer all questions.
  4. This paper consists of 9 printed pages.
  5. Candidates should check the question paper to ascertain that all the pages are printed as indicated and that no questions are missing.
  6. Candidates should answer the questions in English.

For Examiner’s Use Only.

Question

Maximum Score

Candidate’s Score

Comprehension

20

 

Literature

25

 

Oral literature

20

 

Grammar

15

 

Total

80

 


QUESTIONS

  1. Comprehension
    Read the following comprehension passage and then answer the questions that follow.

    Corruption is defined as an act done with intent to give some advantage inconsistent with official duty and to fight others. It includes bribery, but is more complex because an act may be corruptly done, though the advantage to be derived from it is not offered by another. Sometimes corruption is understood as something against the law; such as, a contract which the borrower agrees to pay the lender usurious interest. It is said in such a case, that it is corruptly agreed etc.
    The causes of corruption are many and complex. The emergence of political elite who believe in interest-oriented ratio than nation-oriented programmes and policies, such an elite would not mind and fleecing the nation coffers a t the expense of what they are to get from it. An artificial scarcity created by the people with malevolent intentions wrecks the fabric of the economy. Corruption caused as well as increased because of the change in the value system and ethical qualities of men who administer. The ideals of morality, service and honesty are regarded as anachronistic.
    Tolerance of citizens towards corruption; a complete lack of intense public outcry against corruption and an absence strong public forum to oppose corruption allow corruption to reign over citizenry.
    The vast size of the population coupled with illiteracy and poor economic structure contributes to the endemic corruption in public life.
    In a highly inflationary economy, low salaries of government officials compel them to the road of corruption. Gradually from reputable universities earn than junior civil servants serving under them.
    Election time is a time for corruption to reap big. Big industrialist fund politicians to meet the high cost of election and turn they would speak personal favour. Bribery by politicians – buying of influence in order to get elected is a ritual that repeated every election season.
    A number of measures have to be put in to curb corruption: fool proof laws should be made so that there is no room for discretion for both politicians and bureaucrats.
    The co-operation of the citizenry needs to be sought in fighting the vice; citizens should be able to wield the stick on the errant leaders.
    Funding of elections is at the core of political corruption. Several reforms like state funding of election expenses for candidates, strict reinforcement of statutory requirements like holding in-party elections.
    Making political parties get their accounts audited regularly and filling income tax returns, denying persons with criminal records a chance to vie in an election should be brought in.
    More courts should be opened for speedy and inexpensive justice so that the cases do not linger in courts for years justice to be delivered in time.
    Local bodies, independent of the government like Lokadalats, and vigilance commissions should be formed to provide speedy justice with low expenses.
    A new fundamental right: Right to information should be introduced which will empower the citizen to ask for information they want. Barring some confidential information which concerns National and International security. On information should be made available to the general public as when required.
    Corruption is an intractable problem. It is like diabetes, it can only be controlled and not eliminated. It has a corrosion impact on our economy and that is why it should be eliminated.

    Questions

    1. How is corruption corrosive to the economy? (2mks)
    2. Why are the causes of corruption considered as complex? (2mks)
    3. Identify and explain two ways in which the citizens contribute towards corruption. (2mks)
    4. In note form, identify four causes of corruption as identified by the passage. (4mks)
    5. Rewrite the sentence below as one.
      Corruption is an intractable problem. It is like diabetes. It can only be controlled and not eliminated. (1mk)
    6. What does the writer suggest should be done to eliminate corruption? (3mks)
    7. According to the passage, can corruption be eliminated? Explain. (2mks)
    8. Explain the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. (4mks)
      1. Fleecing
      2. Malevolent
      3. Endemic
      4. Intractable
  2. BLOSSOMS OF THE SAVANNAH.

    Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow (25marks)
    You are mad!” Resian screamed at him. You are stark mad if you think I am your wife. I can only be your wife over my dead body Yes. you and my father can kill me and carry my dead body to your palatial home.”

    He was stunned by those harsh words. He winced as if he had been struck. Then already harsh line of his mouth tightened and he stood tense for a moment. Then he relaxed and watched her mockingly. “You can never escape Resian,” he repeated quietly. smilling. The very normality of his voice as he spoke those monstrous words was most shocking and disturbing to her. Whether you scream your heart out, or jump into the deep sea. Resian, you are mine. You are my wife from now henceforth”.

    “ I want to go now.” Resian announced angrily shuddering with disgust and terror.

    “You want to go?” he asked, the contemptuous quit of his voice a menace by itself.” Go! You want to be persuaded, coaxed and pampered to merry Oloisudori Lonkiyaa? Sorry I will not do that! If you want to go, please yourself. You may opt to go, but when you are mine, you will do as I please. No one plays games with Oloisudori. Ask your father, he will tell you.”

    “Stop it! Stop it! Resian screamed excruciatingly pained be the disdainful remarks of Oloisudori. Putting her hands over her ears, she made a dash for the door. He made no effort to stop her but she flung it open and turned to glare at him with tearful eyes.

    You are mad! She screamed again sobbingly. “You are stark mad! You hear me? You are nothing bot olushuushi.” She walked away and as she did so, she heard his soft laughter behind her.

    Questions.

    1. Say what happens before this excerpt (3mks)
    2. How is Oloisudori portrayed in this excerpt? (4mks)
    3. Describe the feeling of Resian in this excerpt? (3mks)
    4. From other areas of the novel, state other crimes that are practiced by Oloisudori. (3mks)
    5. How does the writer utilize irony in this excerpt? (3mks)
    6. “You are my wife from now henceforth” Rewrite in the reported speech. (2mks)
    7. Explain the meaning of the following words. (4mks)
      1. Pampered
      2. Disgust
      3. Mad
      4. Palatial
    8. State what happens immediately after this excerpt. (3mks)
  3. Read the following Song and answer the questions.

    You are now one of us
    Yes, one of us.
    If you ever reveal,
    Become as grey as ash.
    You have become my brother/sister,
    Yes, you have.
    If you ever reveal,
    Become as grey as ash
    You have become one of us,
    Yes, one of us.
    If you ever reveal
    Become as grey as ash.
    You have become my son/daughter.
    Yes, my son/daughter.
    If you ever reveal,
    Become as grey as ash.
    My real son/daughter,
    Yes, my real son/daughter.
    If you ever reveal
    Become as grey as ash.
    We have initiated you.
    Yes, we have.
    If you ever reveal,
    Become as grey as ash.
    You are now grown up, yes, grown up.
    If you ever reveal,
    Become as grey as ash,
    You have become one of us,
    Yes, one of us.
    If you ever reveal our secrets,
    Our secrets, our secrets,
    Become as grey as ash.
    WE HAVE INITIATED YOU.

    Questions.

    1. Classify the song above. (1mk)
    2. Identify and illustrate any two styles used in the song. (4mks)
    3. State four functions of the above song. (2mks)
    4. Explain the meaning of the following words (3mks)
      1. Initiation
      2. Reveal
      3. Grown up
    5. When is the song sung and why (2mks)
    6. What are the two effects of repetition in a song? (2mks)
    7. Name any four other genres of oral literature. (2mks)
    8. How will you perform the last line of the song? (2mks)
    9. What is oral literature? (2mks)
  4. Grammar
    1. Rewrite the following sentences according to instructions given after each.
      1. Had John not quickly intervened, the situation would have worsened. (Begin....)
      2. If he arrives on time, we will leave for the party. (Rewrite using. Should..)
      3. Ben was too weak to stand for the rest of the presentation. (Begin: So..)
      4. The mourners sang a sad song. (Begin: A sad...)
      5. “Is there any pending issue for discussing?” asked the chairperson. (Rewrite in reported speech)
    2. Choose the correct word from those in brackets to complete the sentences below.(4mks)
      1. You should not the content of an official document without express consent. (alter/altar)
      2. Unless my mother is careful, she will all her friends, (loose/lose)
      3. Mwita the pictures onto the wall. (hung/hanged)
      4. This project cannot begin yet; I have money (a little/little)
    3. Explain the meaning of the underlined idioms as used in the sentences below.
      1. Misappropriation of public funds was happening right under the nose of the Cabinet secretary.
      2. The principal said he would get to the bottom of indiscipline in the school.
    4. Use the correct preposition in the banks in the sentences below.
      1. You chose him me.
      2. He is notorious noise making.
      3. They sat the shade of that tree.
    5. I don’t think I need any man’s favour to succeed (supply a question tag)


MARKING SCHEME

Question 1. Comprehension

  1. It is corrosive because what would have been for the public good is made private √(1)
    • Laws that would have made industry prosper are undermined hence undermining industry (1)
  2. The cause of corruption are considered complex because it involves a number of players as well as many factors;
    • The tolerance of citizens towards corruption, a complete lack of intense public outcry against corruption and absence of strong public forum to oppose corruption.
    • The citizens bribe those in authority.
    • Illiteracy and a poor economic structure makes the citizens vulnerable – they do not have information enabling them to question (any 2)
  3. Political elite that believes in interest oriented rather than nation – oriented programme.
    • Change in the value system – ideas of morality service and honesty are considered as anachronistic.
    • Lack of public participation in fighting corruption
    • Illiteracy and a poor economic structure.
    • Poor pay structure not commiserate with the education or experience.
    • Politicians buy influence. (any 4)
  4. Corruption, just like diabetes is an intractable problem that can only be controlled but not eliminated. (1)
  5. Fool proof laws should be made so that there is no room for discretion for both politicians and bureaucrats.
    • The cooperation of the citizenry should be sought
    • State funding of election expenses for candidate alongside strict reinforcement of statutory requirements like holding in-party elections.
    • More courts to dispense justice promptly
    • Local bodies independent of the government like Lokpaus, Lokadalats and vigilant commissions.
    • Right to information.
  6. No, it’s an intractable problem that can be controlled but not eliminated.
    • Answer No (1mk) explanation (1mk)
  7. Fleecing – stealing from/acquiring illegally
    • Malevolent – ill, wishing harm to others.
    • Endemic – prevalence, widespread
    • Intractable – not easily managed or controlled 

Question 2 Blossoms of the savannah

  1. Say what happens before this excerpt (3mks)
    • Oloisudori, informs Resian of the benefits she will get for marrying him. Resian gets very annoyed and speechless. Resian learn’s that her father has already received dowry for her marriage to Oloisudori. He reports to her that their fate is sealed.
  2. How is Oloisudori portrayed in this excerpt? (4mks)
    • Contemptuous – “He asked the contemptuous quiet of his voice a menace by itself,”
    • Proud – He feels superior and egocentric. “No one plays games with Olosuidori. Ask your father he will tell you.”
  3. Describe the feeling of Resian in this excerpt? (3mks)
    • She is feeling disappointed and desperate of her father’s action of receiving dowry with an aim of sealing her marriage with Olosuidori. She feels really betrayed.
  4. From other areas of the novel, state other crimes that are practiced by Oloisudori. (3mks)
    • Extortion,
    • Assassination
    • Shadowy businesses
    • Sexual immorality
    • robber
    • Smuggler
    • Poacher
  5. How does the writer utilize irony in this excerpt? (3mks)
    • It is ironical that Oloisudori who is older than Resian’s father plans to marry Resian, a young girl even after he is told her wishes to study at the university.
    • It is also ironical that Ole Kaelo has already taken Resain’s dowry from Oloisudori without informing her.
  6. “You are my wife from now henceforth” Rewrite in the reported speech. (2mks)
    • He told her that she was his wife from then hence forth.
  7. Explain the meaning of the following words. (4mks)
    1. Pampered- Treat with excessive care
    2. Disgust – Strong loathe
    3. Mad- Insane
    4. Palatial – like a palace
  8. State what happens immediately after this excerpt. (3mks)
    • Resian rans blindly knocking a chair and a table and disappears past Oloisudori’s driver. She goes to her father’s shop. She is raving mad with indignation. She becomes very disappointed with her father.

Question 3

  1. Circumcision song (1)
  2. Repetition – because as grey as ash
    • Simile – as grey as ash (4mks)
  3. Gives the initiate courage
    • Celebrates his life to manhood
    • Binds the initiated together
    • Entertains the initiated
  4. Initiation – circumcision
    • Reveal – to tell some secret
    • Grown up – from childhood to manhood/adulthood
    • A circumcised person (3mks)
  5. This song is sung before circumcisions
    • The initiate is sworn an oath during the song to bind him never to reveal the secrets, the words “to become as grey as ash”. (2mks)
  6. Creates the rhythm.
    • Creates emphasis (2mks)
  7.                    
    • Narratives
    • Riddles
    • Proverbs
    • Oral poems
    • Tongue twister (any 4=2mks)
  8.                                  
    1. Use a finger to emphasis
    2. Eyes wide open to show seriousness.
    3. Raised intonation to show warning. (2mks)
  9. Oral literature is a spoken, acted (performed) art whose media like that of written literature is words. (2mks)
    1.                          
      1. But for john’s quick intervention, the situation would have worsened
      2. Should he arrive on time, we will leave for the party.
      3. So weak was Ben that he could not stand for the rest of the presentation.
      4. A sad song was sung by the mourners. Or a sad song did the mourners sing.
    2.                              
      1. Alter
      2. Lose
      3. Hung
      4. Little
    3.                      
      1. with the knowledge of
      2. Get to the root cause of something
    4.                            
      1. Over
      2. For
      3. In
    5. Do I?

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