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Social Studies and Religious Education Questions and Answers - Class 8 Opener Exams Term 3 2023 Set 1

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                                                                            PART 1 SOCIAL STUDIES

                                                                                        TABO AREA


  1. The main economic contribution of lake Beye is that it is a source of
    1. minerals
    2. rainfall
    3. rivers
    4. fish
  2. The curved bend marked T formed by the river in Tabo area is
    1. a meander
    2. an ox-bow lake
    3. a delta
    4. a confluence
  3. The main factor that influenced the growth of Goma town was
    1. climate
    2. transport
    3. fishing
    4. population
  4. The location of the flour mill was influenced by nearness to
    1. roads
    2. market
    3. raw materials
    4. labour
  5. The general direction of Soro market from Rogi market is
    1. South
    2. North
    3. South East
    4. North West
  6. The climate around the lake can be described as
    1. hot and wet
    2. hot and dry
    3. cool and wet
    4. cool and dry
  7. Business licences in Tabo area are issued at
    1. the chief's camp
    2. the health centre
    3. the police station
    4. the county offices
  8. Which one of the following statements about an age set is correct?
    1. It is made up of several age groups
    2. It is made up of people with a common ancestor
    3. It is made up of people who speak a common language
    4. It is made up of people who live in the same area
  9. Ox-bow lakes are formed through
    1. deposition
    2. glaciation
    3. erosion
    4. downwarping
  10. When the French administered their colonies in Africa, they used the policy of
    1. paternalism
    2. direct rule
    3. assimilation
    4. indirect rule
  11. Below are statements about a vegetation zone in Africa
    1. Trees have small leaves
    2. Trees have thick barks
    3. Some trees are deciduous
      The vegetation zone described above is
      1. mediterranean vegetation
      2. rainforest vegetation
      3. savannah vegetation
      4. semi-desert vegetation
  12. The Pokomo people were forced to migrate from th Shungwaya area because
    1. they wanted better farming land
    2. they were attacked by the Galla
    3. the area was overcrowded
    4. the area experienced droughts
  13.  The main benefit of jua kali industries in rural areas in Kenya is that they
    1. have stopped rural to urban migration
    2. have made use of idle land
    3. have created self employment
    4. produce goods for export
  14. Which one of the following combinations is of mountains formed through faulting?
    1. Ruwenzori and Mau
    2. Kilimanjaro and Elgon
    3. Cape Ranges and Atlas
    4. Cameroon and Longonot
  15. Which one of the following groups is made up of Nilo-Saharan speakers of West Africa?
    1. Asante, Kwahu, Akwapim
    2. Mossi, Bergu, Dagomba
    3. Mande, Malinke, Soninke
    4. Kanuri, Songhai, Dendi
  16. When Senegal attained independence in 1961, the first president was
    1. Kwame Nkrumah
    2. Leopold Senghor
    3. Siaka Stevens
    4. Gamal Nasser
  17. The diagram below shows the formation of
    1. sea breeze
    2. relief rainfall
    3. land breeze
    4. convectional rainfall
  18. It is important to keep cultural artefacts in museums in Kenya in order to
    1. decorate the museums
    2. use them as national symbols
    3. preserve the history of communities
    4. create jobs in the country
  19. Below are factors that influence population distribution
    1. Fertile soils
    2. Swampy conditions
    3. Presence of pests
    4. Steep slopes
    5. High rainfall
      Which one of the following combinations has made the lake Victoria basin to have high population?
      1. (i) and (v)
      2. (ii) and (iii)
      3. (iii) and (iv)
      4. (ii) and (iv)
  20. The collaboration of the Lozi people with the British in Zambia led to
    1. defeat of the Lozi people
    2. acquisition of land by Africans
    3. introduction of forced labour
    4. exploitation of minerals
  21. Three of the following are roles of pupils in management. Which one is not?
    1. Preparing school routine
    2. Cleaning school compound
    3. Participating in tree planting
    4. Reporting issues affecting them to teachers
  22. The camels of Noor have destroyed the maize of Kimanzi . The best appropriate way of settling the dispute is
    1. Kimanzi taking Noor's camels as payment
    2. reporting the matter to the police
    3. the two neighbours negotiating the matter
    4. taking the matter to a court of law
  23. Which of the following was a demand of early political associations in Kenya before 1939?
    1. Release of Jomo Kenyatta
    2. Better treatment for Africans
    3. Building of industries in rural areas
    4. Formation of a Legislative Council
  24. Which one of the following was the last Bantu community to settle in Eastern Africa?
    1. Ngoni
    2. Akamba
    3. Basoga
    4. Taita
  25. Mr. Brown, a British National has been working in Kenya. He can register as a Kenyan citizen only if he
    1. is able to speak English
    2. lives in Kenya continuously for 7 years
    3. respects the laws of the country
    4. marries a Kenyan citizen
  26. Which one of the following types of fish is kept in reclaimed fishing areas from the sea in Japan?
    1. Tilapia
    2. Dagaa
    3. Nile perch
    4. Oysters
  27. Which of the following is a freshwater lake in Eastern Africa?
    1. Lake Natron
    2. Lake Elementaita
    3. Lake Kyoga
    4. Lake Bogoria
  28. The following are characteristics of a type of soil
    1. Particles are of medium size
    2. Water retention is good
    3. Air spaces are of medium size 
      The soil described above is
      1. clay
      2. loam
      3. sandy
      4. alluvial
  29. Three of the following are responsibilities of persons with special needs. Which one is not?
    1. Treating other people fairly
    2. Taking care of the environment
    3. Obeying the laws of the country 
    4. Forming their own political party
  30. Which one of the following groups is made up of basic needs in a family?
    1. Land, water, money
    2. Love, vehicle, education
    3. House, wealth, friends
    4. Food, shelter, clothing
  31. A negative effect of migration in Kenya is that it leads to
    1. cultural differences
    2. expansion of health services
    3. growth of slums
    4. industrial development
  32. Natural forests in the highland regions are conserved mainly because
    1. they provide timber for export
    2. they conserve water catchment areas
    3. they attract tourists
    4. they provide firewood
  33. Which of the following countries is not crossed by the Great North Road?
    1. Uganda
    2. Tanzania
    3. Ethiopia
    4. Sudan
  34. The Kenya African Union (KAU) was formed in 1946 by
    1. Eliud Mathu
    2. Daniel Arap Moi
    3. Oginga Odinga
    4. Jomo Kenyatta

Study the map of Kenya below and use it to answer questions 35 to 38


  1. Which one of the following communities settled in the shaded area marked Z?
    1. Ameru
    2. Pokomo
    3. Taita
    4. MijiKenda
  2. The mountain marked T was formed through
    1. erosion
    2. folding
    3. faulting
    4. volcanicity
  3. The mineral mined at the place marked S is used to make
    1. dye
    2. cement
    3. heat insulators
    4. toothpaste
  4. The main economic activity of the community that used the route marked H was
    1. iron working
    2. hunting
    3. pastoralism
    4. fishing
  5. People with disabilities can be catered for in public transport by
    1. training drivers how to treat them
    2. providing ramps in minibuses
    3. organizing group transport for them
    4. ncreasing the number of public vehicles
  6. Which one of the following is a characteristic of equatorial climate?
    1. Temperatures are low
    2. Annual rainfall is less than 500mm
    3. There is low humidity
    4. There is no distinct dry season
  7. The political party that led Ghana to independence was
    1. Convention People's Party
    2. United Gold Coast Convention 
    3. African National Congress
    4. Northern People's Party
  8. The most recent way of interaction among communities in Kenya is through?
    1. marriage
    2. social media
    3. games
    4. worship
  9. Which one of the following statements is true about pyrethrum growing in Kenya?
    1. It is grown in large plantations
    2. It is grown in the cool and wet highlands
    3. It is grown under irrigation
    4. It is harvested by machines
  10. The petroleum refinery was established in Mombasa mainly due to
    1. availability of market
    2. availability of a pipeline
    3. nearness to raw materials
    4. nearness to water supply
  11. The East African Community was formed mainly to
    1. establish a common currency
    2. improve food production
    3. enable free movement of goods
    4. promote trade among member countries
  12. A manager in a government institution employs members of his extended family. The manager practices
    1. nepotism
    2. racism
    3. corruption
    4. tribalism
  13. Three of the following statements about the Rift Valley region in Kenya are correct.
    Which one is not?
    1. It is the relief region that covers the largest area
    2. The floor is dotted with lakes
    3. Some areas are dry
    4. It has escarpments
  14. Poultry farming is practised near large urban centres due to availability of
    1. space
    2. market
    3. roads 
    4. labour
  15. Which one of the following is the main benefit of maize growing in Kenya?
    1. It provides people with food
    2. Maize exports carn foreign exchange
    3. It promotes development of towns
    4. It promotes service industries
  16. Your brother who has completed Secondary Education intends to set up a service industry. Which one of the following businesses is he likely to choose?
    1. Buying and assembling parts of bicycles
    2. Setting up a bakery
    3. Opening a barber shop
    4. Soap making
  17. Which one of the following towns in Kenya is the oldest?
    1. Nairobi
    2. Kisumu
    3. Eldoret
    4. Lamu
  18. The best place for a pupil to cross a busy road is where
    1. there is a footbridge
    2. there are bumps
    3. the road is wide
    4. there are traffic police officers
  19. The following are statements about a form of transport
    1. It is slow
    2. It is cheap
    3. It can be used to transport bulky goods from one continent to another
      The form of transport described above is
      1. air
      2. water
      3. road
      4. railway
  20. The best way of improving tourism in Kenya is
    1. establishing more game parks
    2. building good hotels
    3. constructing feeder roads
    4. improving security
  21. A problem that has resulted from industrial development in both Kenya and South Africa is
    1. emission of smoke
    2. decline in growth of towns
    3. reduction of food production
    4. shortage of land
  22. Which one of the following was an achievement of Nelson Mandela?
    1. He was the first African president to retire voluntarily
    2. He founded the military wing of the African National Congress
    3. He founded the Organization of African Unity
    4. He led the Sharpeville demonstration
  23. Which of the following statements correctly describes democracy? Leaders
    1. impose themselves on the people
    2. inherit posts
    3. are elected by people
    4. are nominated by peopleWhich one of the following is the main benefit of maize growing in Kenya?
  24. Kenyans sing the National Anthem in order to
    1. obey the laws of the country
    2. show respect for their country
    3. please their leaders
    4. preserve people's culture
  25. A parliamentary by-election is held in Kenya when a member of parliament is
    1. residing in another constituency
    2. elected as a leader of a political party
    3. arrested by the police
    4. jailed for six months
  26. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is headed by
    1. a chairperson
    2. the president
    3. the Attorney General
    4. the Chief Justice


  1. The book of the Bible that describes the beginning of life is
    1. Leviticus
    2. Exodus
    3. Genesis
    4. Numbers
  2. "Leave your country, your relatives and your father's home and go to a land that I am going to show you" (Genesis 12:1). God said these words to Abraham when he was living in
    1. Haran
    2. Egypt
    3. Canaan
    4. Ur
  3. The parents of Joseph were
    1. Elkanah and Rebecca
    2. Isaac and Rebecca
    3. Elkanah and Peninah
    4. Jacob and Rachel
  4. God called Moses near Mount Sinai to go back to Egypt mainly to
    1. perform miracles in Egypt
    2. lead the Israelites out of Egypt
    3. receive the ten commandments
    4. make a covenant with God
  5. The commandment that teaches Christians to respect other people's property is
    1. 'Do not steal'
    2. 'Do not commit adultery'
    3. 'Do not accuse anyone falsely'
    4. 'Do not commit murder'
  6. The main reason why King Solomon is remembered in Israel is that he
    1. built a palace
    2. built a temple
    3. married many wives
    4. was rich
  7. King Ahab was punished by God because he
    1. had taken Uriah's wife
    2. ordered for the killing of Baal's prophets
    3. captured Jerusalem
    4. had taken Naboth's vineyard
  8. A miracle performed by both Elijah and Elisha was when they
    1. walked on water
    2. healed lepers
    3. raised dead people
    4. healed blind people
  9. Who among the following prophets said that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem?
    1. Isaiah
    2. Jeremiah
    3. Micah
    4. Hosea
  10. When angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah,he was?
    1. burning incense
    2. sleeping in the temple
    3. looking after sheep
    4. threshing wheat
  11. The wisemen visited baby Jesus because they wanted to
    1. know where he had been born
    2. report back to Herod
    3. meet his parents
    4. worship him
  12. Angel Gabriel told Mary that the child she would get would be called the Son of the Most High God because he would
    1. deliver people from sin.
    2. be conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
    3. be born in Bethlehem
    4. baptize people in River Jordan
  13. In which of the following ways did Jesus show his love for children?
    1. Giving them food
    2. Teaching them
    3. Placing his hands on them
    4. Offering them gifts
  14. Jesus demonstrated the growth of the kingdom of God in the parable of
    1. the mustard seed
    2. the lost son
    3. the friend at midnight
    4. the wheat and tares
  15. The miracle performed by Jesus is the town of Nain was
    1. raising Lazarus
    2. changing water into wine
    3. healing a bleeding woman
    4. raising a widow's son
  16. When Jesus died on the cross, the Roman army officer said that Jesus
    1. was a righteous man
    2. was the king of the Jews
    3. would resurrect
    4. came from Nazareth
  17. Who among the following disciples went to the tomb of Jesus early in the morning?
    1. Thomas
    2. John
    3. Matthew
    4. James
  18. The disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit when they were praying in
    1. Nazareth
    2. Bethany
    3. Jerusalem
    4. Emmaus
  19. A Christian value learnt from the story of Ananias and Sapphira is that they should
    1. sell their property
    2. preach the good news
    3. visit their neighbours
    4. speak the truth
  20. "I have no money at all, but I give you what I have.............." (Acts 3:6). Peter said these words to
    1. a blind beggar
    2. a lame beggar
    3. Simon of Samaria
    4. A Samaritan woman
  21. Which one of the following is a fruit of the Holy Spirit?
    1. Faith
    2. Faithfulness
    3. Wisdom
    4. Preaching
  22. The best way to honour God in traditional African Communities is by
    1. reading scriptures
    2. exchanging gifts
    3. offering sacrifices
    4. skipping meals
  23. Newborn babies in traditional African communities are not shown to strangers in order to
    1. give them healthy food
    2. please their parents
    3. remember ancestors
    4. protect them from evil
  24. People in traditional African communties share material things mainly to
    1. show concern for others
    2. please ancestors
    3. show their wealth
    4. avoid disasters
  25. The best way for Christians to care for people who are infected with HIV and AIDS is by
    1. showing them love and care
    2. building homes for them
    3. separating them from healthy people
    4. preaching to them
  26. When you find two of your classmates fighting, the best action to take is
    1. leave them continue fighting
    2. separate and reconcile them
    3. report them to their parents
    4. cheer them up
  27. The best activity for Shadrack to engage in during the school holiday to help the community is
    1. sing in the church choir
    2. play with his friends
    3. fetch water for an old woman
    4. read the Bible
  28. It is important for Christians to work in order to
    1. earn their living
    2. please their leaders
    3. be rewarded
    4. obey the laws of the country
  29. Which one of the following is an element of prayer?
    1. Confession
    2. Fasting
    3. Singing 
    4. Dancing
  30. The first school in Kenya was established by
    1. slave traders
    2. European missionaries
    3. African chiefs
    4. colonizers



  1. According to the Islamic teachings, a number of people will be thrown into hell fire as a result of their
    1. cheating
    2. fear
    3. their tongues
    4. disrespect
  2. According to surah Qadr, the night of power is important because it is when
    1. the Quran was first revealed
    2. the prophet went for Isra-wal-Miraj
    3. the Quran was first compiled into a book form
    4. the prophet made Hijrah
  3. Surah Ikhlas talks about the
    1. origin of Allah
    2.  judgement of Allah
    3. unity of Allah
    4. mercy of Allah
  4. ''Seeking knowledge is a must to every Muslim male and female." This hadith teaches that
    1. knowledge is the foundation of faith
    2. women are responsible for the education of children
    3. Muslims should leave everything so as to search for knowledge
    4. more education should be given to men than women
  5. The surah which describes the events at the day of Qiyamah is
    1. Zilzala
    2. Tiyn
    3. Inshirah
    4. Fatiha
  6. Which one of the following surah is related to the year in which prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born?
    1. Al-Fatiha
    2. Al - Fiil
    3. Al-Quraish
    4. Al-Maun
  7. Who among the following people opposed the prophet in his first public preaching?
    1. Abu Lahab
    2. Hamza
    3. Abu Jahal
    4. Umar
  8. Which one of the following surah is related to the year in which prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was embarrassed at mount Safa?
    1. Al-Ikhlas
    2. Al-Humaza
    3. Al-Kafirun
    4. Al- Masa
  9. The first prophet at Allah to be circumcised was
    1. Yusuf
    2. Musa
    3. Ibrahim
    4. Issa
  10. Who among the following Angels of Allah is correctly matched with the stated duty?
    1. Atid - Recorder at good deeds
    2. Jibril - Angel of rain
    3. Israfeel - Angel of hell
    4. Izrail - Angel of death
  11. Muslims consider the month of Dhul-Hijja as sacred because
    1. Hajj is performed
    2. the prophet migrated to Madinah
    3. Muhammad received prophethood
    4. the battle at Badr was fought
  12. Which one of the following names describes Allah as the most powerful?
    1. Al-Khalaq
    2. Al-Razzak
    3. Al-Qadr
    4. Ar-Rahim
  13. Which one of the following occasions are Muslims forbidden to fast?
    1. During Miladun - Nabii
    2. On Iddul-Fitr day
    3. Or the 1" of Muharram
    4. The day of Ashurah
  14. All prophets of Allah were protected from
    1. sin
    2. persecution
    3. marriage
    4. death
  15. Iddul-Adha is celebrated in the month of
    1. Dhul-Qaada
    2. Rabiul - Awaal
    3. Dhul-Hijjah
    4. Shawaal
  16. Which one of the following is a sign of a hypocrite?
    1. Telling lies when talking
    2. Using abusive language
    3. Ignoring the needs of the poor
    4. Spying on others
  17. What is the purpose of performing Salatul Janazah?
    1. To pray for the relatives of the dead person
    2. To bring the relatives of the dead person together
    3. To ask Allah to forgive the dead person 
    4. To praise the dead
  18. Abdul Karim is performing Salatul - Asr and he has realized that he has made a mistake. The correct action for him to take is to
    1. stop praying and start again
    2. ignore and continue praying
    3. ask Allah for forgiveness
    4. perform sijdatul sahw
  19. The parents of your friend Khalid do not have money for their Iddul-Fitr celebrations. The best way to belp them is by
    1. inviting the family to eat at home
    2. asking your parents to give them some money to spend for their celebrations
    3. sending the family an Idd present
    4. asking your parents to give them work so that they can earn some money
  20. The eating of meat from a dead animal is forbidden in Islam mainly because it
    1. might have diseases and harmful germs
    2. ensures good care of animals
    3. it is against civil laws
    4. it leads to sin
  21. To abstain from sex as a means to protect oneself from HIV and AIDS infection means not to
    1. engage in sex at all
    2. get married
    3. have sex regularly
    4. engage in sex before marriage
  22. Hodan performs Sunnah prayers. Which one of the following prayers has she been praying during day time?
    1. Witr
    2. Taraweh
    3. Tahajud
    4. Dhuha
  23. Which one of the following is the right Islamic business practice?
    1. Hoarding goods
    2. Weighing goods accuratel
    3. Making abnormal profits
    4. Selling miraa
  24. According to teachings of Islam, one of the following sins will not be forgiven by Allah. Which one is it?
    1. Murder
    2. Sin
    3. Stealing 
    4. Shirk
  25. The best jihad is
    1. protecting Islamic places of worship
    2. fighting against evils
    3. winning converts to Islam
    4. building Mosques
  26. Maryarn's husband has died. She should observe eddat for
    1. forty days
    2. four months and four days
    3. four months
    4. four months and ten days
  27. After the defeat at Badr, the Quraish wanted
    1. sign a peace treaty with Muslims
    2. remove idols from the Kaabah
    3. take revenge for the defeat
    4. convert to Muslims
  28. How many years did Angel Jibril take to reveal the Quran to prophet Muhammad (SAW)?
    1. 63
    2. 23
    3. 25
    4. 40
  29. The word Najasat means?
    1. Pure
    2. impurity
    3. cleanliness
    4. saum
  30. In Islam, circumcision is done to
    1. women
    2. both girls and boys
    3. boys and men
    4. oId men and women 


  1. D
  2. A
  3. B
  4. B
  5. C
  6. B
  7. D
  8. A
  9. A
  10. C
  11. A
  12. B
  13. C
  14. A
  15. C
  16. B
  17. C
  18. C
  19. A
  20. D
  21. A
  22. C
  23. B
  24. A
  25. B
  26. D
  27. C
  28. B
  29. D
  30. D
  31. C
  32. B
  33. C
  34. A
  35. C
  36. D
  37. A
  38. C
  39. B
  40. D
  41. A
  42. B
  43. B
  44. C
  45. D
  46. A
  47. A
  48. B
  49. B
  50. C
  51. D
  52. A
  53. B
  54. D
  55. A
  56. B
  57. C
  58. B
  59. D
  60. A


  1. C
  2. A
  3. D
  4. B
  5. A
  6. B
  7. D
  8. C
  9. C
  10. A
  11. D
  12. B
  13. C
  14. A
  15. D
  16. A
  17. B
  18. C
  19. D
  20. B
  21. B
  22. C
  23. D
  24. A
  25. A
  26. B
  27. C
  28. A
  29. A
  30. B


  1. C
  2. A
  3. C
  4. A
  5. A
  6. B
  7. A
  8. D
  9. C
  10. D
  11. A
  12. C
  13. B
  14. A
  15. C
  16. A
  17. C
  18. D
  19. D
  20. A
  21. D
  22. D
  23. B
  24. D
  25. B
  26. D
  27. C
  28. B
  29. B
  30. C

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