Answer all the questions in the spaces provided.
SECTION A: FUNCTIONAL WRITING (10 MKS)
Schools are almost closing. Your friend Genevieve lives in Kitui. She has invited you to visit and stay at their home for one week.
- Write a packing list that you would use when preparing for the visit.
SECTION B: COMPREHENSION (20 MARKS)
Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.
THE VILLAGE DEGREE
She was coming from the river when she noticed her primary school headteacher’s bicycle leaning against the tree in front of her parent’s house. Instinctively, she decided to stealthily go round the house and hide in the kitchen. She didn’t want her teacher to see her in her torn and patched work dress. But the mention of Alliance Girls High School made her forget about her attire. She rushed into the house, water jerry can still on her back.
She became the heroine of the family, the village, the location and even the district. Her name appeared in the newspapers. She was the best in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in the county and her name was on the lips of everybody. The whole family crowded around the teacher to read for them this great letter.
Even those who could not read wanted just to touch it. The letter spoke of hope and freedom from poverty and as many of the women seemed to think, free from dependence on men in their celebration. Many older women repeated in different versions their belief that with education you my daughter won’t have to be a slave for a man. You will be your own master. Though Mwongeli did not understand much about what the older women meant, she was excited as they were over her apparently open path to freedom.
So Mwongeli had joined Alliance thrilled by the prospects of freedom. There she met the best brains in the country and they were all celebrating freedom from slavery. But to her surprise, the presence of visiting boys’ school seemed to generate such excitement that she wondered from men.
As for Mwongeli, her mother had told her not to mix men and education. In obedience, she kept the two apart and sure enough, after four more years, yet another letter came to her and there was cause for women folk in her village to celebrate `again. The daughter had been admitted to study for a degree in Electrical engineering at the university of Nairobi, the only woman in the class of twenty. Yes, she was no longer Mwongeli ….. she was already a village engineer. In fact, the name Mwongeli even it its form ‘Ngeli” was lost. Now the focus was a degree. She was now Engineer Mwongeli’
Aren’t you going to open the letter? Atieno asked, startling Mwongeli out of her reverie. ‘It’s not urgent’ Mwongeli replied in a flat tone. ‘I was just thinking how I can do this quietly ….. you remember how the whole village hired a van to come and celebrate my masters scholarship offer? I’m usually glad to see them happy and excited but I find I have no privacy. I’d like to handle this one differently. I’ll need to read the letter when I have had a rest and I’ll tell you what I decide.
And with that Mwongeli put her letter in the handbag and sat down to enjoy a cup of tea and chart with her friend.
- According the passage, why did Mwongeli want to hide in the kitchen? (2 mks)
- Why did Mwongeli’s name appear in the newspaper? (2 mks)
- What had made Mwongeli’s teachers visit her home? (2 mks)
- Explain the irony in paragraph three of the passage? (3 mks)
- Which letter is being referred to in paragraph three of the passage? (1 mk)
- How many Engineering students were in Mwongeli’s class? (1 mk)
- According to the passage, what shows that children belong to the community? (2 mks)
- What advice did Mwongeli’s mother give her that enabled her to go through Alliance High school? (2 mks)
- Apart from doing well in school, what else in the passage shows that Mwongeli was a hardworking girl? (2 mks)
- Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. (3 mks)
- Stealthily –
- Attire –
- Reverie –
SECTION C: CLOZE TEST (10 MARKS)
Fill in the blank spaces with the most appropriate word
I used to enjoy reading horror stories until I realized (1)____________________ much they affected me. I had to study late in the (2) _____________________ to prepare for my examination. I used to be alone (3) ___________________the hall when everyone else was (4) __________________. Very slight noise frightened me. I imagined that there was (5) ____________________ behind me while I was memorizing the Math’s formulae. Every(6) ____________________ the curtains fluttered in the wind, my heart would skip a (7) ____________________. When my neighbours dog barked, I broke (8) _____________________ in goose bumps because dogs (9) __________________assumed to be able to see spirits that are invisible to the human (10) _________________________
SECTION D: ORAL SKILLS (15MARKS)
- Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow.
My mother groaned, my mother wept;
Into dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a friend hid in a cloud.
Struggling in my father’s head
Struggling against my
Bound and weary I thought best
To suck upon my mother’s breast.
- Describe the rhyme scheme of the above poem. (2 mks)
- Mention two non-verbal cues you would use to enhance a recitation of the poem.(4 mks)
- Which words would you stress in line five of the poem and why? (2 mks)
- The principal of your school visits your class during a class meeting. As the class prefect, You are sited at the front of the class. You note that some students are not listening.
State three observations that are evidence enough that they are not listening.(3 mks)
- For each of the following words, write a word that is pronounced the same as: (4 mks)
- Queue –
- Male –
- Him –
- Rain –
SECTION E: GRAMMAR (15 MARKS)
- Rewrite each of the following sentences with the appropriate form of the word in brackets (4 mks)
- The ________________ between Makuyu and Kameno had been the greatest challenge for the people (enemy).
- There has never been such an __________________ in our school (occur).
- The chronic _____________________ will eventually lead to her poor performance (absent).
- Mr. Makori works in the vehicle _____________________ department (maintain).
- Fill in the blank spaces with the plural form of the nouns in the brackets. (3 marks)
- The three _______________ were arrested by the police. (passer-by)
- How many ________________ does the computer have? (word-processor)
- The __________________ are very powerful in the armed forces (commander-in-chief)
- Arrange the adjectives given in the brackets in the right order and use them to fill in the blank spaces. (3 mks)
- They found the _____________________ car parked outside the office
(white, metallic, small)
- They talked to the __________________ watchman.(Old, ugly, Congolese)
- I will buy her a ___________________ table (wooden, coffee, beautiful)
- They found the _____________________ car parked outside the office
- Use the correct preposition to complete the sentences. (3 mks)
- In accordance _______________ the new constitution, men and women are equal partners in marriage.
- We need to sit _______________ the shade.
- Do not sit _________________ the glass table, it will break.
- Fill in each blank space with the correct collective noun. (2 mks)
- The whole maize crop was destroyed by a _______________ of locusts.
- A _______________________ of pilgrims make a trip to Mecca each year so as to acquire the title ‘Alhaji’
- It must be a packing list if not deduct 4 mks
- It should have the title with the words ‘A packing list for …..’
- It should have an item column, description, quantity.
Distribution of marks:
- Title – 1 mks)
- Item column, - (2 mks) Description (2 mks) Quantity (2 mks)
- Language (2 mks)
- Tone (1 mk)
SECTION B: COMPREHENSION:
- She wanted to hide in the kitchen when she noticed her primary school teacher’s bicycle leaning against the tree in front of her parents’ house. She did not want her teacher to see her in her torn work dress.
- Mwongeli’s name appeared in the newspaper because she was the best in Kenya certificate of Primary Education in the county and her name was on the lips of everybody.
- The whole family crowded around the teacher to read for them this great letter.
- It is ironical that those who did not know how to read wanted to touch the letter.
- The letter being referred to is that letter asking her to join Alliance high school.
- There were twenty students in her class.
- Yet another letter came to her and there was cause for women folk in her village to celebrate again. Their daughter had been admitted in the university.
- The advice Mwongeli’s mother gave her enabled her to go through Alliance high school was that she will be her own master.
- She had gone to the time the teacher came.
- Come back to her senses
SECTION C: CLOZE TEST
SECTION D: POETRY
- aa bb bcdaa this irregular rhyme scheme it cannot be easily predicted. (2 mks)
- I would use ‘gestures’ to show how I ‘leapt’ to the world.
I would use facial expressions that is ‘contort’ my face to show how my mother growned.
- ‘Struggling’, ‘father’s’ and ‘hand’ they are content words that is they carry the meaning of the poem.
- Conversation skills
- Student should introduce him/herself
- Student should mention cautious language and the reason for being late
- The teacher should inquire if it is a reason enough for being late.
- The student should thank the teacher.
- Reasons for in attentiveness
- Picking at their nails
- Moving from point to point (should give any other possible answer)
- Absenteeism (check spelling) wrong spelling = 0
- Maintenance (check spelling)
- Commanders-in chief
- small, white, metallic
- ugly, old, Congolese
- beautiful, wooden, coffee
- She said she was going to talk to her (Betty) about it.