English Paper 1 Questions and Answers - Form 4 Term 1 Opener Exams 2021

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  1. Answer ALL the questions in this paper
  2. All questions should be answered in English.


    You are the manager of Quick Safaris Transport Company. Of late you have realized that the workers, mainly drivers and conductors have lost discipline, and this has made the company incur a lot of losses.
    1. Write an internal memo to them, warning them of dire consequences if they do not change their behaviour and attitude.
      Some of the areas you wish to address are:
      1. Punctuality
      2. Foul language
      3. Lack of courtesy
      4. Police bribery
      5. Any other relevant area from your observation (13 marks)
    2. Design a Card inviting the workers to a motivational talk with an aim of changing their behaviour and attitude.

  2. CLOZE TEST (10 marks)
    Fill in the blank space in the passage with the most appropriate word
    The issue of birth certificates as a ( 1)_________________for registration of candidates has ignited a lot of concern for parents with students sitting for this year’s examinations. Whereas we are concerned about the issue of foreigners in this country. This directive has (2)______________many parents and students alike unprepared. (3) ___________instance, most students sitting in this year’s K.C.S.E were born in the late 90s and if they happen not to have even birth certificates, which is (4)_______________likely, it also means that they don’t have even their birth notification cards. (5)_________________birth certificates under these circumstances, and within the given time frame, is (6)___________. The authorities  (7)_____________with the issuance of these documents (8)______________process them urgently. (9)_________________ is a serious matter. Candidates have been given a very short time to (10) these documents.

  3. ORAL SKILLS(30 marks)
    1. Read the poem below and then answer the questions that follow.

      Her lip suckle the nipples
      Milk bubbles, foams and ripples
      Little hands up in the air
      Catch on the mother’s hair
      Sweet sensation rises in pressure
      Tiny legs kick with pleasure
      Sleep comes gently and strong
      Sleep whispers softly and long

      1. Identify any two pairs of rhyming words in the poem. (1mark)
      2. Identify one major sound pattern in the poem. (1 mark)
      3. Give two examples of the above sound pattern. (2 marks)
      4. How would you perform the last two lines of the poem? (3 marks)
    2. In the following word clusters, underline the word pronounced differently. (5 marks)
      1. floor, flower, flour
      2. toe, two, tow
      3. canal, kernel, colonel
      4. machine, shilling, chores, chef
    3. Challenger: Two Europeans peeping through the window.
      Response : Mucus
      1. Classify the above genre. (1 mark)
      2. Identify and illustrate the most outstanding stylistic device used in the above genre. (1 mark)
      3. Give two functions of the above genre. (2 marks)
    4. In the words below, underline the part that should be stressed. (4 marks)
      1. Suc.cess
      2. ad.vice
      3. Chal.lenge
      4. ob.serve
    5. Give a word with a similar pronunciation (4 marks)
      1. Muscle
      2. Worn
      3. Come
      4. Which
    6. The following is a conversation between a father and his daughter. Read through it.

      DAUGHTER : (Shortly after having arrived home from school) Good afternoon, Daddy.
      FATHER      : (Sitting complacently in the sofa, reading a newspaper. Looking up……..)
                         Good afternoon.(Resumes reading).
      DAUGHTER : (Holding out her school report form) Daddy, I’m excited. My classteacher                        said I was the best improved. I was…
      FATHER      : Oh, you were? Me, I used to be number one. I was absolutely unbeatable.
      DAUGHTER : Chemistry has been a particular headache(now looking at the report form                      which she thought her father would wan see), but this time…
      FATHER      : (Stretching his arms, looking preoccupied)Chemistry for me was                                   particularly easy. I never scored anything less than 90%.
      DAUGHTER : Dad, I was going to tell you that this time…
      FATHER      : (Absent-mindedly) By the way, where is your mum?
      DAUGHTER : Mum is in the garden picking vegetables. But Dad, you are not listening to                      my story. I was telling you about Chemistry.
      FATHER      : You mean you have a story about Chemistry? Chemistry is not about                              stories.It is a hard science.
      DAUGHTER : It’s about my improvement…
      FATHER      : (Laughing) Me, it wasn’t a matter of improvement. I was always at the top                      of the class.
      DAUGHTER : Daddy, I give up. You are not listening.
      FATHER      : (looking surprised) Listening? I heard you: you were talking about                                 improvement in Chemistry, weren’t you?
      DAUGHTER : Anyway, Dad. Thank you for paying attention. Enjoy your newspaper.
      FATHER      : Oh, yes I’m reading an interesting story about politics.

      Identify six(6) shortcomings in the father’s listening skills. (6mks)


    1. Internal Memo
      Sample Memo
      Format F = 4
      Content C =5
      Language = 3
      Total =12

      Internal memo
      1. Language Interpretation 3 marks
        • The learner communicates with ease. No tense, or spelling errors
        • Subject- verb agreement rule observed
        • good paragraphing.
        • Good use of sentence structures.
        • A flawless writing.
      2. 2 marks
        • A few spelling and tense errors present. A few errors in sentence construction.
        • Has a number of general errors but the student still communicates.
      3. 1 mk
        • Has all types of serious errors in tenses, spelling and poor paragraphing.
        • The learner can’t communicate and one has to gues what he means.
          NB: Do not award 0 (zero) mark for language.

    2. Sample Card
      Format F =2
      Content C =3
      Tone T =1
      Borders B = 1
      Total =7

    1. requirement/requisite
    2. caught
    3. For
    4. most
    5. Acquiring
    6. impossible
    7. concerned
    8. should
    9. this
    10. get/acquire

        • nipples/ripples
        • air/hair
        • pressure/pleasure
        • strong/long(any 2 × ½) = 1 mark
      2. Alliteration 1 mark
        • sweet sensation sound/s/
        • sleep whispers softly (2marks)
      4. I would dramatize1mk by lowering1mk my tone. I would also say it in a slow pace, to create the onset 1mk of the approaching sleep.
        • Non-verbal (dramatize ) 1mark
        • Verbal (pace or tone) 1mark
        • Effect 1mark
      1. floor
      2. two
      3. canal
      4. chores
      5. peer
        ( 5 × 1= 5mks)
      1. Riddle
      2. Personification ½ mk (Identification)
        • To entertain
        • To help the child in language acquisition.
        • To help the child appreciate and learn about his/her environment.
        • To sharpen the wit. (Any 2pts ×1= 2mks)
      1. Suc.cess
      2. ad.vice
      3. chal.lenge
      4. ob.serve(1mk × 4 = 4mks)
      1. muscle – mussel
      2. worn - warn
      3. come- cum
      4. which- witch
      1. The father does not prepare to listen, i.e does not adopt a listening posture.
      2. He interrupts severally i.e does not adhere to the turn-taking rule.
      3. He is not emphathetic – he does not put himself in the shoes of his daughter in order appreciate where she is coming from.
      4. He is full of self-importance / self-praise. This prevents him from reaching out to his daughter.
      5. He is absent-minded – he changes the topic abruptly thus interrupting the flow of the conversation.
      6. He has pre-conceived ideas about Chemistry. He doesn’t give the daughter a chance to explain herself.
      7. He is unwilling to see his own shortcomings as far as listening skills are concerned.e.g he says, “I heard you” – he believes he was listening.
      8. He is insensitive – he does not realize he has hurt his daughter by not listening to her.
        (Any 6 points ×1=6)


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