English Questions and Answers - Form 2 Term 3 Opener Exams 2022

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  • This paper consist of six sections as follows;

Write a composition ending with the following words.
………. “You will serve as an example to the rest of the students in this school,” the principal shouted as he pushed me into his office.


Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follows:

The breeze on the third mainland bridge would have made anybody sleepy at that time of the morning. It was 2 a.m, the traffic on the bridge had practically ceased. The morning night was approaching the hour when only the police and thieves would be on road unless, of course, there was anybody foolhardly enough to share the hours with them.

This was Lagos and the armed robbers were laying siege to the city. For the three policemen on check-point duty, it was a time to find somewhere to sit down, hidden well away from the lights. They would check a few more cars and that would be all. After standing all day they were tired. The sergeant in charge of the check point was the first to put his bolt- action rifle down. He sat down and lit himself a cigarette. The cigarette glowed in the darkness.

“Check a few more cars then come and rest,” said the sergeant. “After all it’s not our father’s work. Besides, how much are they paying us?”

The others smiled at him, their smiles hardly visible in the dark. No, it wasn’t their father’s work and the pay was paltry. The sergeant was right. It stood to reason. If it wasn’t for the money they collected on check-point duty, things would be very bad indeed.

“How much have we made today?” asked the sergeant. Constable Dilibu put his hand in to his pocket and brought out the notes he had stuffed in there. The sergeant’s torch illuminated the area while he counted them. Constable Dilibu was barely two months out of the police college, Ikeja. He was just nineteen, but he was learning fast. Although he made at least five naira extra per night, he didn’t really like check-point duty. He was too scared of the armed robbers. Those boys played much too rough- if you could call it a game.

“Twenty – nine naira, “fifty kobo,” constable Dilibu answered at last.

“Good,’ said the sergeant. He calculated that the two naira, fifty kobo extra would be his own. He liked it when he made more than the boys. It showed who was the boss.

At first the lights in the distance were like two small illuminated dots floating in the air. The car was travelling very fast. May be another party-goer, they thought. The two constables braced themselves. This could be their chance to make more money for the night.

The sergeant took another puff at his cigarette. He was well satisfied with the night’s take. The boys could take care of the oncoming car by themselves.

Dilibu flashed his torch, moving it up and down in the manner “slow down and stop.”

The car decelerated and came to a stop right in front of the policemen. The driver was no ordinary motorist. He knew how to handle the car. Dilibu shone the torch inside.

“Coming from a party?” He enquired. The five men in the car did not answer. “Come and open your boot,” Dilibu ordered. The driver took the key out of the ignition.

“Take the key and check it yourself,” he said. The constable took the key and walked round to the boot. He opened it, peered in, closed it again and walked back to the driver. The boot was empty. These men were definitely up to something, Dilibu thought. He could feel it, somehow. They made him nervous.

The sergeant strolled over. He knew, too. They were men of the underworld all right. The quiet types were always the most dangerous.

The man sitting in the owner’s corner spoke. “Listen, my brother. What’s your concern? What’s your problem? Why get yourself killed for this country? What will you gain – level five?”

The reference to the sergeant’s salary touched a sore point. The driver held out his hand for the key. The man in the owner’s corner spoke again. “Take this,” he said, holding out his hand to the sergeant.

The sergeant instinctively put out his hand and took what the man was proffering. The feel of the wad of money told him there must be at least fifty naira there.

“All the big men are enjoying themselves while we are here suffering,” the man added. There was no real sympathy in his voice.

“That’s true, my brother,” the sergeant agreed. He did not need convincing. They were outnumbered. He was sure the men were better armed too, even if the guns were not visible.


  1. Why had the traffic on the bridge ceased? (2mks)
  2. According to the passage, what was the main problem in the city. (2mks)
  3. Give two reasons why the sergeant said that they should check a few cars and then rest. (2mks)
  4. Identify one sentence from the passage that best explains how the officers make their end meet. (2mks)
  5. For how long had constable Dilibu worked? (1mk)
  6. Rewrite the sentences adding a question tag. (2mks)
    1. He was too scared of the armed robbers.
    2. The boys could take care of the oncoming car by themselves.
  7. “Come and open your boot,” Dilibu ordered. (rewrite in reported speech) (1mk)
  8. In about 40 words, summarize constable Dilibu’s actions to answer the question: “ How much have we made today?” (4mks)
  9. Explain the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. (4mks)
    1. Paltry-
    2. Peered-
    3. Proffering-
    4. Illuminated-


Fill in the blank spaces with the most appropriate word

Excessive consumption (1)________ alcohol is a big 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 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 system. (6) ___________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, in pregnancy, can (8) ____________physical and mental retardation of the unborn child. Alcohol also causes a fatal damage of the liver called cirrhosis. Since the liver is a main (9) __________ organ, damages to it disrupts (10) _____________ body processes.


  1. Complete the following telephone conversation between the principal of Utawala Academy and Mrs. Wanjau, who is a parent to Jack, one of the students. (7mks)
    Principal: ________________________________________________ __(1mk)
    Mrs. Wanjau: Speaking. May I help you?
    Principal: This is the principal of Utawala Academy.
    Mrs. Wanjau: Hi! How is Jack? Is he alright?
    Principal: ____________________________________________________(2mks)
    Mrs. Wanaju: A whole week! Why didn’t you call me?
    Principal: ____________________________________________________(2mks)
    Mrs Wanjau: Yes, I will be there very early in the morning. I hope that all the medical records are available.
    Principal: ____________________________________________________(1mk)
    Mrs. Wanjau: I will be grateful. Thanks a lot. I’ll see you tomorrow.
    Principal: _____________________________________________________ (1mk)
  2. For each of the following words write a word pronounced the same. (4mks)
    1. Would-
    2. Sales
    3. Doe-
    4. Sent-
  3. Underline the silent letter in the following words (4mks)
    1. Satchet
    2. Debris
    3. Gnaw
    4. Mortgage


Read the song below and answer the questions that follow

Daughter of Lekamoi
Oh, mother
Behold the daughter of Lekamoi
Who has just grown up
Young woman, when will she return        5
When does my love come back?
Daughter of the bull?
Woman come, let me see you?
Daughter of Lekamoi
Leader of the girls                                  10
When does my own arrive?
Ah! Abul, chief of women
Her neck resembles a snake
Coming out of a vase
Behold, Daughter of Lekamoi                15
Her teeth are like ash
Oh, when does my love come back?
Daughter of the bull
Abul, come and dance before me
Listen                                                      20
Daughter of Lekamoi
Who has just shot up,
All men want her
Ah, Abul, chief of women
My girl appears on the path from           25
Behold the daughter of Lekamoi
Tall and graceful
With whose daughter can you
Compare her?                                        30
My companion, when will
She return?
Daughter of the bull
Woman come, I will take
You from your husband, listen                35
Daughter of Lekamoi,
Leader of the girls
Yes, all the men want her
Abul, chief of women.


  1. What type of song is this? Give reasons for your answer. (2mks)
  2. Who is the singer (2mks)
  3. To whom is the song sung? (1mk)
  4. Describe the singers attitude towards the person being sung to (3mks)
  5. Where is Abul at the time of the singing? (1mk)
  6. Identify and illustrate any two stylistic devices that are found in the above song. (4mks)
  7. Explain the meaning of the following line (2mks)
    “With whose daughter can you compare her?”


  1. Use the correct form of the word in brackets to fill in the blank spaces (5mks)
    1. I bought this shirt last year. It ________________ five hundred shillings. (cost)
    2. Who has been ______________________through my files? (go)
    3. Moses and Brian ______________________ the class yesterday. (sweep)
    4. My son ______________________ to school everyday and he says he enjoys it. (walk)
    5. Last night, the farmer _________________________  the nappier grass in to bundles ready for selling (bind)
  2. Arrange the adjectives in the brackets and use them to fill in the blank spaces. (3mks)
    1. She bought a ______________________________ bed. (huge, wooden, old, Japanese)
    2. Jane killed the ______________________________ cock. (black, big, old)
    3. President Uhuru Kenyatta flew in a ____________________________plane. (spacious, new, multicoloured)
  3. Fill in the blank spaces with the correct pronoun from the words given in brackets. (4mks)
    1. The teacher gave my friends and ____________________________ presents. (me/ I)
    2. Peter and _________________________ went to visit their friend. (he/ him)
    3. _____________________________ are you referring to. (Who/ whom)
    4. You seem taller than __________________________ .(she/ her)
  4. Re-write the following sentences correctly (3mks)
    1. An orange fell on Jack while he was sitting under the shade of the mango tree.
    2. Take care you do not loose your purse.
    3. “My names are Joseph Mwangi,” said the young man.
  5. Re-write the following sentences in to passive voice. (2mks)
    1. People say Kelvin works 18 hours a day.
      (Begin: It……………………..)
    2. My mother takes me to school everyday.
  6. Fill in the blank spaces using the correct phrasal quantifiers (3mks)
    1. The secretary has ordered for a of foolscaps.
    2. A whole loaf has several of bread.
    3. The news excited me.




D CLASS (01-05)
The candidate either does not communicate at all or his language ability is so minimal that the examiner practically has to guess what the candidate wants to communicate. The candidate fails to fit English words he knows into meaningful sentences.
The subject is glanced at or distorted. Practically no valid punctuation. All kinds of errors, “Broken English.”.

D- (01-01) Chaotic. Little meaning whatsoever. Question paper or some words from it simply copied.
D (03) Flow of thought almost impossible to follow. The errors are continuous.
D+(04-05) Although English is often broken and the essay is full of errors of all types, one can at least guess what the candidate wants to communicate.

C CLASS (06-10) - Generally, there is difficulty in communication.
The candidate communicates understandably but only more or less clearly. He/she is not confident with their language. The language is often undeveloped. There may be some digressions. Unnecessary repetitions are frequent. The arrangement is weak and the flow is jerky. There is no economy of language mother tongue influence is felt in spelling; there is direct translation.

C- (06-07)- The candidate obviously finds it difficult to communicate his ideas. He is seriously hampered by very limited knowledge of the language structure and vocabulary. This results in many gross errors of agreement, spelling, misuse of prepositions, tenses, verb agreement and sentence construction.

C 08 The candidate communicates but not with consistent clarity. His linguistic abilities being very limited, he cannot avoid frequent errors in sentence structure. There is little variety or originality. Very bookish English. Links are weak, incorrect and at times repeated.
C+ (09-10) The candidates communicates clearly but in the flat and uncertain manner. Simple concepts and sentences are often strained. There may be an overuse of clinches or unsuitable idioms. Proverbs are misquoted or misinterpreted. The flow is still jerky. There are some errors of agreement, tenses and spelling.
B CLASS (11-15) Generally, there is fluency in communication
This class is characterized by greater fluency and ease of expression. The candidate demonstrates that he/she can use English as a normal way expressing himself. Sentences are varied and usually well constructed. Some candidates become ambitious and even over ambitious i.e the candidate may use too much vocabulary in an effort to impress. There may be items of merit of the one word or one’s expression types. Many essays in this category may be just clean and unassuming but they still show that the candidate is at ease with the language.

B(11-12) The candidates communicates fairly and with some fluency. There may be little variety in sentence structure. Gross errors are occasional.
B 13 The sentences are varied but rather simple and straight forward. The candidate does not strain himself in an effort to impress. There is a fair range of vocabulary and idiom. Some items or merit, economy of language. The candidate seems to express themselves naturally and effortlessly.
B+ (14-15) The candidate communicates his ideas pleasantly and without strain. There are few errors and slips. Tenses, spellings and punctuations are quite good. A number of merit of “whole sentence” or the “whole expression” type are evident.

A CLASS (16-20) Communication is efficient
The candidate communicates not only fluently, but attractively, with originality and efficiency. He has the ability to make the reader share his deep feelings, emotions, enthusiasm. He expresses himself freely and without any visible constraint. The script gives evidence of maturity, good planning and a tinge of humour. Many items of merit which indicate that the candidate has complete command of the language. There is no strain, just pleasantness, clever arrangement and felicity of expressions.

A-(16-17) The candidates shows competence and fluency in using language. He may lack imagination or originality which usually provides the “spark” in such essays. Vocabulary, idioms, sentence structure, links and variety are impressive. Gross errors are very rare.

A18 Positive Ability.
A few errors that are felt to be slips. The story has a definite impact. No grammar problem. Variety of structures. A definite spark.

A+(19-20) The candidates communicates not only information and meaning, but also especially, his feelings, taste, points of view, this ability to communicate his deep self may express itself in many ways: wide range effective vocabulary, original approach, vivid and sustained account in, well developed story. A very definite spark.


  1. The morning night was approaching/ It was very late in the night, 2 am   1×2= 2 mks
  2. The main problem was armed robbers    1×2= 2mks
    1. It was not their father’s work
    2. The pay was paltry
      2×1= 2mks
  4. If it wasn’t for the money they collected on check- point duty, things would be very bad indeed. 1×= 2mks
  5. Two months 1×1= 1mk
    1. He was too scared of the armed robbers, wasn’t he?
    2. The boys could take care of the oncoming car by themselves, couldn’t they?
      • Let the student rewrite the sentences 2×1= 2mks
        NB: For a student to score, they must observe rules of forming question tags.
  7. Dilubi ordered him/ her to go and open his/ her boot. 1×1= 1 mkl 
    1. He put his hand in to his pocket. 1
    2. He brought out the notes he had stuffed in there    1b.
    3. He counted the notes 1c
    4. He answered that he had twenty-nine nara, fifty kobo 1
      1. should be in prose; not more than 45 words. Penalize 1/4 mark per sentence for any grammatical mistake
      2. If written in note form; award the correct points and devide the total marks by half; do not penalize grammatical mistakes
    1. Little/ merge, inadequate/ insufficient, mere
    2. Looked closely
    3. Offering/ presenting/ giving/ extending/ submitting
    4.  Lit
      4×1 = 4mks


  1. of
  2. aware
  3. and
  4. does
  5. it
  6. If
  7. of
  8. cause
  9. body
  10. other


    1. Hallo, may I speak to Mrs. Wanjau. 1mk
    2. I am afraid not 1mk, he has been unwell for the past one week 1mk
    3. Sorry about that/ I had taken him for treatment hoping he would improve (1mk)
      Could you make arrangements to come tomorrow? (1mk)
    4. Yes they are/ They will be provided when you arrive tomorrow (1mk)
    5. Thank you too (1mk)
    1. wood
    2. sails
    3. doh/ dough
    4. scent/ cent
    1. Satchet
    2. Debris
    3. Gnaw
    4. Mortagage


  1. Love song 1mk
    L 17 When does my love come back? 1mk
  2. The singer is a male lover/ a man in love 1mk
  3. Abul, Daughter of Lekamoi 1mk
    • Loving – he says all men want her
    • Admiration – tall and graceful
    • Respectful – Leader of the girls.
      Identification (2mks)
      Illustration (1mk)
  5. She is married/ she is with the husband at Anaka
    L 2-6 – Anaka
    L 34- 35- Woman come, I will take you from your husband.
  6. Use of direct speech/ direct address – woman, come, let me see you L 17
    • Metaphor – Daughter of the bull – L 33
    • Repetition - Listen L 8, L 20
      Daughter of Lekamoi
    • Simile- Her teeth are like ash.
    • Rhetorical questions – When does my own arrive L 11
      2×2 = 4mks
  7. She is incomparable- Her beauty cannot be compared to any other persons.


    1. cost
    2. going
    3. swept
    4. walks
    5. bound
    1. huge, old, wooden, Japanese.
    2. big, old, black
    3. spacious, new multicoloured.
    1. I
    2. he
    3. whom
    4. she
    1. in the shade
    2. lose
    3. my name is
    1. It is said that Kelvin works 18 hours a day
    2. I am taken to school everyday by my mother.
    1. ream
    2. slices
    3. item

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