English Paper 1 Questions And Answers - Form 4 Term 2 Opener 2021

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  1. QUESTION 1 FUNCTIONAL WRITING (20mks)
    You are the secretary of Anestar High school choir. The choir had been scheduled to be the main performer at a charity concert organized by Mjalie Mwingine Initiative. However, you are unable to attend the concert which prompted the organizers to call off the event. Through your principal, write a letter of apology addressed to the director of Mjalie Mwingine Initiative over the incident.
  2. Question 2: cloze test (10mks)
    Fill in the gaps in the passage below using the most suitable words.
    Some parents prefer day school’s _____1 _____ boarding schools for their children. They say that boarding schools do not give them a ____ 2____ to know the teachers of their children_____3_____. These parents also feel that boarding schools lock them ____4 ___ of their children’s learning. This is __5__ ____ in some boarding schools _____6 _____ parents visit their children __ __7___ once a term. They say ___8 _____ a day school provides ____ 9____ time for parents to monitor _____ 10____ children’s learning.
  3. Question 3: oral skills (30mks)
    1. Supply the following words with their homophones. (5mks)
      1. Peace
      2. Heel
      3. Sealing
      4. Key
      5. Wet
    2. Provide two sentences for each of the following words showing the difference in meaning. (10mks)
      1.  
        1. Bark
        2. Bark
      2.  
        1. Can
        2. Can
      3.  
        1. Box
        2. Box
      4.  
        1. Fan
        2. Fan
      5.  
        1. Duck
        2. Duck
    3. identify the letter that is not pronounced in each word below. (5mks)
      1. Numb
      2. Debt
      3. Exhaust
      4. Pneumonia
      5. Whether
    4. Read the following items and answer the questions that follow. (5mks)
      1. Rose is the flower of my life.
      2. Here lies a lawyer; he lies still.
        1. Identify the genre of oral literature under which the above items fall. (1mk)
        2. Give the two possible meaning for each of the above items. (4mks)
    5. Two candidates availed themselves for an interview. One was successful while the other one was not. Explain five aspects of the successful applicant’s conduct during the interview that could have made him or her successful. (5mks)


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  1. QUESTION 1 FUNCTIONAL WRITING (20mks)
    You are the secretary of Chania High school choir. The choir had been scheduled to be the main performer at a charity concert organized by Mjalie Mwingine Initiative. However, you are unable to attend the concert which prompted the organizers to call off the event. Through your principal, write a letter of apology addressed to the director of Mjalie Mwingine Initiative over the incident.

                                                                                                                                 Chania high school,
                                                                                                                                 P.O. Box 4069-057,√1
                                                                                                                                 Nakuru.

                                                                                                                                 27th January, 2020.√1

    Through,√1

    The principal,
    Somo Kuu High School,√1
    Nairobi.

    The Director,
    Mjalie Mwingine Intitiative,√1
    P.O. Box 179-24090,
    Nairobi.

    Dear Sir/Madam,√1

    RE: APOLOGY OVER THE SCHOOL CHOIR’S INABILITY TO ATTEND THE MJALIE MWINGINE CHARITY CONCERT.√2

    I am Zuhura Kanika, the secretary of Anestar High school choir. I am writing on behalf of the choir members to apologize over our failure to attend the Mjalie Mwingine charity concert as earlier scheduled. I note with concern that our absence led to the cancellation of the concert. √2

    I wish to bring to your attention that all plans were in place to enable us to attend the concert. However, the week before, one of our students was diagnosed with cholera and, indeed hospitalized. The authorities ordered the school closed for a fortnight to bring the situation under control.√2

    It is now a week after we reported back and thankfully, the student who had been hospitalized is back in full health.√2

    I regret any inconvenience that we might have caused. However, I reaffirm our commitment to attend the concert as soon as it is rescheduled.√2

    Thank you.√1

    Yours faithfully,
    English PP1 signature
    Zuhura Kamika
    Choir Secretary

    Language proficiency √2
  1. Question 2: cloze test (10mks)
    Fill in the gaps in the passage below using the most suitable words.
    Some parents prefer day school’s _____to_____ boarding schools for their children. They say that boarding schools do not give them a ____chance____ to know the teachers of their children____well______. These parents also feel that boarding schools lock them ____out___ of their children’s learning. This is ____especially ____ in some boarding schools _____where_____ parents visit their children ___only_____ once a term. They say ___that_____ a day school provides ____more____ time for parents to monitor _____their____ children’s learning.
  2. Question 3: oral skills (30mks)
    1. Supply the following words with their homophones.     (5mks)
      1. Peace
        Piece
      2. Heel
        Heal
      3. Sealing
        Ceiling
      4. Key
        Quay
      5. Wet
        Whet
    2. Provide two sentences for each of the following words showing the difference in meaning. (10mks)
      1.  
        1. Bark (noun) The outer covering of a tree
        2. Bark (verb) when a dog barks
      2.  
        1. Can a metal container in which food and drink is sold.
        2. Can (verb) she can read
      3.  
        1. Box container (n)
        2. Box to fight somebody (v)
      4.  
        1. Fan a person who admires somebody/something
        2. Fan (v) to make air blow onto somebody/something
      5.  
        1. Duck a common bird that lives on or near water
        2. Duck to make your head or body downwards to avoid being hitch.
    3. identify the letter that is not pronounced in each word below. (5mks)
      1. Numb - b
      2. Debt - b
      3. Exhaust - h
      4. Pneumonia - p
      5. Whether - h
    4. Read the following items and answer the questions that follow. (5mks)
      1. Rose is the flower of my life.
      2. Here lies a lawyer; he lies still.
        The lawyer is cheating
        The lawyer is putting himself in a flat or horizontal position
        1. Identify the genre of oral literature under which the above items fall. (1mk)
          Pun/word play
        2. Give the two possible meaning for each of the above items. (4mks)
          Rose a flower or a plant. Rose a person.
          The lawyer is cheating. The lawyer is putting himself in a flat or horizontal position.
    5. Two candidates availed themselves for an interview. One was successful while the other one was not. Explain five aspects of the successful applicant’s conduct during the interview that could have made him or her successful. (5mks)
      • Listened to the interviewer and did not interrupt him/her.
      • He/she was honest.
      • He/she did not argue with the interviewers.
      • He/she was confident but not arrogant.
      • He/she was positive about his/herself and his/her experience.
      • He/she treated all the interviewers with respect and gave them undivided attention.
      • He/she kept away from potentially controversial topics like politics and religion
        (any five)

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