ENGLISH - Form 1 End of Term 1 2019 Examinations

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  1. CLOZE TEST. (10 marks)

    Good composition writers use ……………………………….(1) in a fresh and original manner. ……………………………………..(2) do they do this? They …………………….(3) the simplest and concrete words. They know ………………………………..(4) the simplest English is the ………………………………………(5). You communicate best if you use simple, everyday words. The …………………………………..(6) of such words also shows you care about the reader. Write naturally, clearly ………………………………..(7) sincerely. Don’t strain for effect. Don’t try to show ……………………………………(8), and try ……………………….. (9) to sound pompous. If you write naturally, clearly and sincerely, ……………………………….(10) will discover you are original even without making an effort to be original

    (From: Flying colours in English Composition by KLB)
  1. COMPREHESION.

    THE CROCODILE AND THE MONKEY (Kamba version)

    Once upon a time, Crocodile and Monkey were very good friends. Monkey’s house was close to a river. There were many fruit trees on the banks of this river. 
    Usually, Monkey would sit on the branches of the fruit trees and chat with his friend, Crocodile, who would be basking on the banks of the river. Their friendship continued for a long time until they decided it was time to introduce their wives to this friendship. 
    “We have been friends for a long time and you don’t even know my house,” Crocodile began. 
    “Neither do you know mine,” Monkey replied. “It is easier for you to come to my house than it is for me to visit you since I cannot swim and your house is beyond the waters” 
    “That is not a problem. I can always carry you on my back,” responded Crocodile. “Let us visit my house first. My wife is a very good cook,” Monkey argued. “No.” replied Crocodile. “My wife has had a baby and there is plenty to eat in the house”.
    “Let us not argue about this,” Monkey said. “If we go to my house first, my wife will not be anxious when I tell her I am going across the waters to visit you”
    They agreed that they would visit Monkey’s house first. Though at first Monkey’s wife was afraid of Crocodile, she later realized that Crocodile was very friendly. She did not have problems with her husband visiting him. In fact, she wished she could join him.
    Monkey was very excited the following day when he got to the banks of the river and found Crocodile waiting for him. This was going to be Monkey’s first trip across the waters and he could not hide his excitement. He jumped onto Crocodile’s back and Crocodile swiftly swam towards the deep waters. When they were in the middle of the river, Crocodile slowed down and began laughing.  “Why are you laughing?” Monkey asked in surprise.  “You fool. Did you think I would take you to my house? I have waited for that heart of yours for a long time. Today I have it”. Immediately Monkey knew he was in deep trouble. He started thinking of a way out of his predicament.
     “Poor you, my friend. Why didn’t you tell me this earlier?” Monkey calmly asked.
     “What do you mean?” asked Crocodile in surprise.
    “It is not difficult for me to give you my heart. If you had asked when we were at my house, I would even have given you my wife’s heart too,” Monkey replied.
    Crocodile was confused.
    “Then why don’t you give it to me now?” Crocodile asked.
     “You see, my friend, Monkeys have a tradition of leaving their hearts at home when they are going for a long journey. I therefore left mine on my favourite tree”.
    Crocodile was even more confused.
     “We can go and visit your wife first, and then I will give you my heart when you take me back,” Monkey suggested.
     “No,” cried Crocodile. “I will take you back first. When I have your heart, we can then visit my wife”.
    Quickly, Crocodile headed back to the bank of the river. When they got there, Monkey jumped from Crocodile’s back onto his favourite tree. He asked Crocodile to open the mouth wide to receive the heart. Monkey then picked the biggest of the mangoes on the tree and threw it into Crocodile’s open mouth. It fell in with a thud, breaking four of Crocodile’s teeth. Crocodile was so upset but there was nothing he could do as Monkey jumped from tree to tree insulting him. From that day Monkey and Crocodile have remained enemies.

    Questions:
    1.  How did Crocodile and Monkey become friends? (2 marks)
    2. Why did Monkey insist that they should visit his home first? (2 marks)
    3. Describe the character of the following:
      1. Crocodile  (2 marks)
      2. Monkey     (2 marks)
      3. Monkey’s wife (2 marks)
    4. If you wanted to narrate this story to your classmates, how would you draw their attention? (2 marks)
    5. Explain the important lesson learnt through this story. (2 marks)
    6. Explain the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. (3 marks)
      1. Basking
      2. predicament
      3. bank
    7. List three types of oral narratives. (3 marks)
  1. GRAMMAR: (20 MARKS)
    1. Form abstract nouns from the words in brackets to fill in the blank spaces. (4 marks)
      1. We watched in ……………………(amaze) as he performed his magic.
      2. The warrior displayed unusual ……………….. (brave).
      3. …………………….(jealous) is a vice we should avoid.
      4. ……………….(diligent) and success go hand in hand.
    2. Fill in the blank spaces with appropriate form of nouns in brackets. (3 marks)
      1. The school has bought a lot of ……………this term. (equipment)
      2. Our ………………..was stolen when we hung it out to dry (bedding)
      3. I have a lot of ……………….in my house (furniture)
    3. Fill in the gaps in the following sentences with appropriate article. (4 marks)
      1. …………………………ear is a hearing organ.
      2. I like playing …………………guitar.
      3. To join Form 1 is ……………………honour
      4. Have you ever been to ………………………moon?
    4. Identify the miss pelt words from the following passage and spell them correctly. (5 marks)
      I feel confindent that I will find my mother at home. The messanger she had sent to me arrived in good time and brought me the good news. He is resposible person. My mother works with good people. She has no enermies. She works quiet hard and lets me do my home work.
    5. Fill in the blanks in the following sentences with the correct alternative from the brackets.
      1. The pupils ……………………………..a lot of noise at break time. (make/makes)
      2. The chef in this hotel…………………..very nice food. (cook/cooks)
      3. Every child …………………to go to school. (need/needs)
      4. We normally…………………. A bus to the show. (take/takes)
    6. Give another word pronounced the same as the one given. (5 marks)
      1. Won
      2. Write
      3. You
      4. What
      5. Air
    7. Underline silent letters in the following words. (5 marks)
      1. Gnaw
      2. Comb
      3. Psalm
      4. Hymn
      5. Pneumonia

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