English Questions and Answers - Form 2 Mid Term 2 Exams 2021

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INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES

  • Answer ALL questions in this question paper

IMAGINATIVE COMPOSITION

Write a composition ending with the words. 
............................................ I looked back and realized that such great effort deserved such rewards.

CLOZE TEST  (10 marks)

Excessive consumption of alcohol is a ___1___ problem in our society today. Unfortunately, many people are not ___2___ of its many negative effects. It can adversely affect us physically, socially ___3___ economically.
Let us first consider what alcohol ___4___ to your health. Although alcohol has a high level of calories, it does not contain nutrients. Actually. ___5___ interferes with absorption of nutrients in the body ___6___, if you consume alcohol, there is the likelihood ___7___ being malnourished. Moreover, it has been established that alcohol encourages the development of cancer of the pancreas and the stomach. In addition, consuming alcohol, even if lightly ___8___ pregnancy can cause physical and mental retardation of the unborn child. Alcohol also causes a fatal ___9___ of the liver called cirrhosis. Since the liver is a ___10___ body organ, damages to it disrupts other body processes

ORAL SKILLS  (15 MKS)

  1. Indicate using an upward stroke (1) where stress will fall in the following words. (4mks)
    1. English
    2. Fasten
    3. Succeed
    4. Slowly
  2. For each of the following give a word pronounced exactly the same (4mks)
    1. Aren't  
    2. Buyer
    3. Symbol
    4. Days
  3. You have been invited to give a talk to form one student on etiquette. What three preparations will you make before the talk to ensure your talk is listened to effectively?

COMPREHENSION   (12 Marks)

                                            INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information Technology (IT) is advancing at a terrific rate thus turning the world into a global village. Imagine you could be seated in your classroom exchanging ideas with Form Two students in America, Japan. Britain, Russia, and France - all over the world. You could also be seated in a Kenyan university or even in your house or a cyber café exchanging ideas with a lecturer in Makerere, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Havard or any other university abroad.

You could also carry out a business deal with a business person in Tanzania, South Africa, Japan, and Dubai, German, France or any other part of the world and collect your commodity at the port of Mombasa with all transactions carried out over the internet. There is therefore no need to travel to make your purchase. The commodity is put into your full view through the internet. You could then make your choice depending on your taste and the strength of your purse.

The intemet will also allow you to read any country's newspaper at will. It will enable you to do a million other things. With a click of a computer icon, the whole world comes on the screen before you! Isn't the age we are living in a marvel?

You may have started asking. "What is this internet? The intemet is a global computer network. A network is a connection of two or more computers to enable sharing of information and other resources. These computers are owned by organizations, institutions like your school and even individuals.

Many people may ask, "Where did the internet come from?" The intemet was developed in the mid 1960s when the United States Department of Defense (DoD) was concemed about development of a communications system that could continue functioning if one or more of its communication centres were not working. Later in the 1980s the network was extended to higher institutions of learning. Today the intemet is accessible to anybody at a fee. If you have a computer why not try to connect it to the intemet earliest possible. You will be abreast with world trends. Browse the internet.

Questions.

  1. What is the Intemet?   (1 mark)
  2. Explain how the internet has turned the world into global village.   (1 mark)
  3. Why does the writer think that the age we are living in is a marvel?    (1 mark)
  4. Which country developed the internet?   (1 mark)
  5. For what purpose was the internet first developed?    (1 mark)
  6. "Where did the internet come from?" (Rewrite in reported speech)   (1 mark)
  7. What does the writer mean by you will be abreast with world trends?   (2mks)
  8. What is the meaning of the following words and phrases as used in the passage?   (5mks)
    1. Global village
    2. Cyber Café
    3. Network
    4. Accessible
    5. Put into your full view

NARRATIVE  (14 marks)

Why the Leopard hides his food up a tree.

The Ndebele tell their children that long ago, there were three friends: The beautiful leopard, the jackal and the hyena. They went everywhere together. Whenever Leopard killed an animal, he would always leave part of it for his friends so that they could have a good feed too.

One day it happened that Leopard was ill, and so he could not hunt. "Jackal," he said, "Please catch some food for us, for I am not well." But lazy Jackal said. "No, I am too weary. Ask Hyena." So Leopard said, Hyena, please hunt for us today, for I am not well enough to do so." But Hyena, too, made an excuse: "No, I have a sore foot." So leopard roared in anger. I thought you were my friends, but you are no-good, lazy pair. So Never again will I leave you meat when I make my kill. From this day on. I will make sure of it. I shall take what is left and hang it in a tree, when I have eaten all I want. They neither of you will be able to get at it."

Leopard was true to his word - for since that day he has never left any meat for his selfish friends. Up into a tree it goes, high out of reach of jackals and hyenas. They have become scavengers now instead, and they eat the scraps that other animals leave behind. It was a sad day for them when they lost Leopard's friendship
(When Hippo was Hairy and Other Tales from Africa, Lutterworth Press, 1990

  1. Giving reasons for your answer say what kind of a narrative is this.   (2 marks)
  2. Identify and illustrate two character traits of Leopard.  (4 marks)
  3.  
    1. Identify two features of oral narratives used in this story.  (2 marks)
    2. Give the functions of each of these features of oral narrative identified in (1) above.  (2 marks)
  4. What lesson do we learn from the narrative?  (2 marks)

POETRY   (10 Marks)

The crack
Crack the glass
And the crack
Will always remain
The human heart
Has the same vein
Its just as delicate
To the strain

Once it is hurt
It is too hard
To fade the strain
Although parts can Fix together
You've just to touch the wound
To make it drain again

Questions

  1. What is the subject matter of the poem?  (2 marks)
  2. How would you recite the lines 4 and 5 of stanza 2   (2 marks)
  3. Identify and illustrate any two aspects of style employed in this poem.   (4 marks)
  4. What does the persona mean by the last two lines of the poem?  (2 marks)

GRAMMAR   (20 MKS)

  1. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate collective noun. (5mks)
    1. That __________ of acrobats is performing daily at the Bomas of Kenya.
    2. The police caught the _________of thieves that broke into the shop 
    3. The hen tried to protect its __________ of chicks of the dog
    4. The fishermen were hoping a large __________ fish would dill their nets before nightfall.
    5. The unruly _________ stoned motorists in anger.
  2. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate pronoun from the choice given in brackets.(3mks)
    1. Evans and ___________ (he/him) harvested the maize.
    2. It was __________ (she/her) who won the cup.
    3. Charity gave Wangari and __________ (I/me) her promise.
  3. Fill in the blanks with the correct verb from the choices given in the brackets.(3mks)
    1. Either of them _________ (is/are) alright
    2. Several of the candidates ___________(come comes) from Nairobi
    3. Both of us __________ (know bows) the right answer.
  4. Use the verb given for each sentence in the appropriate progressive aspect to fill in the blanks you
    1. __________ you __________(drink) again?
    2. Joshua __________ (look) for a job for months now.
    3. I ___________ (Play) in the field when I saw the boy.
  5. Put quotation marks where necessary.    (3 marks)
    1. I kept it over there, the girl said, pointing under her bed, under that bed.
    2. Our class has read The Beautiful One are Not Yet Bom by Ayi Kwei Armah and Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet.
    3. What, he asked are you going to do after this?
  6. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the word in brackets.
    1. The school is easily __________ as it lie on a major road. (Access)
    2. His __________ to walk fast is as a result of the accident he had last year. (able)


MARKING SCHEME

IMAGINATIVE COMPOSITION
Write a composition ending with the words.
........................I looked back and realized that such great effort deserved such rewards.

CLOZE TEST (10 MKS)

Excessive consumption of alcohol is a (1) ___big_________ problem in our society today. Unfortunately,
many people are not (2) _____ aware_______________ of its many negative effects. It can adversely affect us physically, socially (3) _______and_____ economically.
Let us first consider what alcohol (4) ____does_________ to your health. Although alcohol has a high level
of calories, it does not contain nutrients. Actually, (5) ______it______ interferes with absorption of nutrients in the body (6) _______system_________, if you consume alcohol, there is the likelihood (7)
________of_______ being malnourished.
Moreover, it has been established that alcohol encourages the development of cancer of the pancreas and the
stomach. In addition, consuming alcohol, even if lighly (8) _____in_____ pregnancy can cause
physical and mental retardation of the unborn child. Alcohol also causes a fatal (9) ______damage_______
of the liver caller cirrhosis. Since the liver is a (10) ______main/vital__________ body organ, damages to it disrupts other body processes.

ORAL SKILLS (15 MKS)

  1. Indicate using an upward stroke (‘) where stress will fall in the following words. (4mks)
    1. ‘English
    2. ‘Fasten
    3. Suc’ceed
    4. ‘Slowly
  2. For each of the following give a word pronounced exactly the same. (4mks)
    1. Aren’t -Aunt
    2. Buyer-Bayer
    3. Symbol-cymbal
    4. Days-Daze
  3. You have been invited to give a talk to form one student on etiquette. What three preparations will you make before the talk to ensure your talk is listened to effectively?
    1. Research and read on etiquette
    2. put your points in order
    3. sign posting
    4. Look for relevant examples

COMPREHENSION (12 MKS)

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Questions.

  1. What is the Internet? (1mk)
    Internet is a global computer network
  2. Explain how the internet has turned the world into global village. (1mk)
    It has removed distance- From Kenya you can exchange ideas with form 2 students in America, Japan, Russia, France – all over the world
  3. Why does the writer think that the age we are living in is a marvel? (1mk)
    Because with a click of a computer icon the whole world comes on the screen before you
  4. Which country developed the internet? (1mk)
    United States of America
  5. For what purpose was the internet first developed? (1mk)
    The United States department of defense was concern about development of a communication system that could continue functioning if one or more communication centres were not working
  6. “Where did the internet come from?” (Rewrite in reported speech) (1 mk)
    He enquired where the internet came from.
  7. What does the writer mean by “you will be abreast with world trends?” (2mks)
    You will be informed/ aware/know what is happening day to day in the world
  8. What is the meaning of the following words and phrases as used in the passage? (5mks)
    1. Global village - A small place accessible/ easily reachable
    2. Cyber Café – A place/shop where the computers connect to the internet
    3. Network – A connection of two or more computers
    4. Accessible - Reachable
    5. Put into your full view – Able to see/know at a glance

NARRATIVE (14 MKS)

  1. Giving reasons for your answer say what kind of a narrative is this. (2mks)
    Aetiological Narrative- It explains why the hyena and the jackal are scavangers
  2. Identify and illustrate two character traits of Leopard. (4mks)
    • Generous- He always gave his friends food
    • Temperamental- He roared in anger
    • Assertive- Leopard was true to his word
  3.  
    1. Identify two features of oral narratives used in this story. (2mks)
      • Dialogue
      • Opening formula
    2. Give the functions of each of these features of oral narrative identified in (i) above. (2mks)
      • Dialogue- To break the monotony of narration
      • Opening formula- To bring the audience from the world of reality to a world of fantacy
  4. What lesson do we learn from the narrative? (2mks)
    Do to others what you expect them to do to you

POETRY  (10 Marks)

Questions

  1. What is the subject matter of the poem? (2mks)
    It is about how difficult it is to heal a broken heart
  2. How would you recite the lines 4 and 5 of stanza 2 (2mks)
    Using gestures – by putting hands together in a clasp at ‘fix together’
  3. Identify and illustrate any two aspects of style employed in this poem. (4mks)
    • Use of rhyme- remain vein
    • Repetition- crack
  4. What does the persona mean by the last two lines of the poem? (2mks)
    You only remind a person of the past pain or disappointment and the bitterness will be there again

GRAMMAR (20 MKS)

  1. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate collective noun. (5mks)
    1. That _____troupe______ of acrobats is performing daily at the Bomas of Kenya.
    2. The police caught the _____gang_______ of thieves that broke into the shop.
    3. The hen tried to protect its_______brood______ of chicks of the dog.
    4. The fishermen were hoping a large ______shoal of__________fish would dill their nets before nightfall.
    5. The unruly __mob__________stoned motorists in anger.
  2. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate pronoun from the choice given in brackets. (3mks)
    1. Evans and ____he__________ (he/him) harvested the maize.
    2. It was ______she__________________ (she/her) who won the cup.
    3. Charity gave Wangari and______I_____(I/me) her promise.
  3. Fill in the blanks with the correct verb from the choices given in the brackets. (3mks)
    1. Either of them _____is_____  (is/are) alright.
    2. Several of the candidates _______come___________(come/comes) from Nairobi.
    3. Both of us _____know_________ (know/bows) the right answer.
  4. Use the verb given for each sentence in the appropriate progressive aspect to fill in the blanks.
    1. __Are__ you _______drinking______ (drink) again?
    2. Joshua _______has been looking_________(look) for a job for months now.
    3. I _________was playing_______ (Play) in the field when I saw the boy.
  5. Put quotation marks where necessary. (3mks)
    1.  “I kept it over there”, the girl said, pointing under her bed, “under that bed.”
    2.  “Our class has read The Beautiful One are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah and Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet.”
    3. “What”, he asked “are you going to do after this?”
  6. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the word in brackets.
    1. The school is easily ___accessible____ as it lie on a major road. (Access)
    2. His ____inability_______ to walk fast is as a result of the accident he had lastyear. (able)

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