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Social Studies & Religious Education Questions and Answers - Class 8 Mid Term 2 Exams 2023 Set 2

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Study the map of Soya Area and answer questions 1-7

  1. Which one of the following products is transported along the railway line to the factory near Joba town?
    1. Cattle
    2. Tree logs
    3. Minerals
    4. Milk
  2. The general rise of land in Soya area is from
    1. North East
    2. North
    3. South West
    4. South
  3. The approximate area of the beef ranch in Soya area in square kilometres is
    1. 5.6km2
    2. 8.0km2
    3. 3.5km2
    4. 7.5km2
  4. A shop has been broken into in Joba town. The matter should be reported at the
    1. army camp
    2. law courts
    3. prison
    4. police station
  5. The type of pollution likely to be experienced most by the people living near the mines is
    1. noise pollution
    2. water pollution
    3. air pollution
    4. soil pollution
  6. The location of the flour mill was mainly influenced by
    1. availability of space
    2. nearness to a road
    3. availability of labour
    4. nearness to wheat farms
  7. The economic benefit of the forest in Soya area is that it
    1. influences climate in the area
    2. protects water catchment areas
    3. provides raw materials for paper making
    4. is a tourists attraction site
  8. The main function of the council of elders in the traditional Ameru government was to
    1. write down the laws of the community
    2. organize the marriage ceremonies
    3. solve disputes among the people
    4. treat diseases among the people
  9. Below are statements about a relief region in Africa.
    1. It has low altitude
    2. It is widespread in West Africa
    3. Some places are dry
      The relief feature described above is
      1. Coastal lowlands
      2. Rift valley region
      3. Plateau region
      4. Highland region
  10. Three of the following statements about horticultural farming in Netherlands are correct. Which one is not?
    1. Crops are sold through co-operatives 
    2. All crops are grown in large plantations 
    3. Some of the crops are exported
    4. Intensive farming is carried out
  11. The interaction of the Agikuyu and Akamba people in the pre-colonial period resulted in
    1. establishment of a new language
    2. exchange of trade goods
    3. establishment of towns in the interior
    4. increase in hostilities between the two communities
  12. Which of the following minerals is correctly matched with its end product?
    1. Copper - paper
    2. Petroleum - currency coins
    3. Soda Ash -  lubricants
    4. Limestone - cement
  13. The diagram below represents the formation of a lake.
    The lake shown above was formed through
    1. deposition
    2. erosion
    3. faulting
    4. lava damming
  14. Three of the following statements about Homo Erectus are true. Which one is not?
    1. He walked upright
    2. He used fire
    3. He made iron tools
    4. He used speech to communicate
  15. The Maasai people settled on the floor of the Rift valley during the migration period because
    1. the areas were good for grazing
    2. the areas received high rainfall
    3. the areas had flat land
    4. the areas were free from tsetse flies
  16. The French used assimilation policy in administering Senegal in order to
    1. reduce resistance to colonial rule 
    2. reduce the cost of ruling the colony
    3. enable Africans form political parties
    4. promote French way of life
  17. Which of the following pre-historic sites is found in Sudan?
    1. Magosi
    2. Merowe
    3. Ntusi
    4. Lalibela
  18. When a person who has grown up children and had written a will dies, the estate is
    1. taken over by a court of law
    2. administered by a trustee
    3. shared according to what is stated in the will
    4. given to the eldest son
  19. Below are characteristics of a climatic region in Africa;
    1. There is high humidity
    2. There is no distinct dry period
    3. Annual rainfall exceeds 2000mm
      The climatic region described above is
      1. Equatorial climate
      2. Mountain climate
      3. Mediterranean climate
      4. Savannah climate
  20. Before the coming of Europeans, the Nyamwezi people were ruled by
    1. kings
    2. hereditary chiefs
    3. council of elders
    4. warriors
  21. Which one of the following dams in Kenya is not found along River Tana
    1. Kiambere
    2. Kamburu
    3. Gitaru
    4. Turkwel
  22. The following are factors that influence population growth
    1. Gentle relief
    2. High rainfall 
    3. Cool conditions
    4. Fertile soils
    5. Presence of towns
      Which combination of factors has mostly attracted large population in Central Kenya? 
      1. (i), (iv), (v)
      2. (iii), (iv), (v)
      3. (ii), (iii), (iv) 
      4. (i), (ii), (iii)
  23. Africans in Tanganyika were appointed as chiefs by the Germans mainly to
    1. make laws
    2. teach Africans traditional culture
    3. collect taxes
    4. build schools
  24. Which one of the following is a basic need in a family?
    1. Land
    2. Education
    3. Clothes
    4. Love
  25. Which of the following groups is made crops that were grown in Kenya in the pre-colonial period?
    1. Yams, millet, sorghum
    2. Maize, sweet potatoes, rice
    3. Kales, Irish potatoes, sorghum
    4. Rice, tomatoes, potatoes
  26. Attainment of independence in Zimbabwe was through armed struggle mainly because 
    1. Africans had trained soldiers
    2. White settlers did not want to negotiate
    3. Africans had formed political parties
    4. Africans were helped by the African Unionup
  27. The source of river White Nile is
    1. Lake Chad
    2. Lake Tana
    3. Lake Albert
    4. Lake Victoria
  28. Most people in Germany live in urban centres mainly because
    1. they are old
    2. they work in towns
    3. they are educated
    4. they have small families
  29. Which one of the following weather instruments is used to measure the speed of wind?
    1. Hygrometer
    2. Thermometer
    3. Barometer
    4. Anemometer

Use the map of Africa below to answer questions 30 to 33


  1. The sun is directly overhead the line of latitude marked X in the month of
    1. December
    2. June
    3. September
    4. March
  2. The effect of the winds marked P is that they 
    1. cause convectional rainfall in the Congo basin
    2. cause fog and mist
    3. lower temperatures along the coast
    4. cause dry conditions along the coast
  3. Which one of the following communities is found in the area marked H?
    1. Amharans
    2. Shilluk
    3. Somali
    4. Agiriama
  4. The country marked T was colonized by
    1. France
    2. Italy
    3. Spain
    4. Britain
  5. Conflicts over land boundaries among villagers are best solved through
    1. taking matters to courts of law
    2. involving village elders
    3. reporting matters to police station
    4. selling the land under dispute
  6. You are playing in the field and your friend is cut on the leg by a sharp stone. The most immediate action for you to take is
    1. call his parents
    2. take him to hospital
    3. stop the bleeding
    4. give him warm water to drink
  7. The main problem facing pastoralism in Botswana is
    1. diseases caused by pests
    2. long distances to markets
    3. attacks on cattle by wild animals
    4. inadequate pasture in the dry period
  8. Three of the following traditional weather observation methods indicate a dry season. Which one does not?
    1. Dry grasses
    2. Appearances of locust
    3. Shedding of leaves
    4. Dew on the grass
  9. Three of the following are responsibilities of children in a family. Which one is not?
    1. Building family house
    2. Respecting other members of the family
    3. Taking care of family property
    4. Performing some family duties
  10. In the traditional Buganda government, the title of the army officer was
    1. Muyasi
    2. Gabuga
    3. Mtwale
    4. Bataka
  11. Kenya's main exports are
    1. machinery and fertilizers
    2. tea and flowers
    3. petroleum and textiles
    4. livestock and electronics
  12. Major towns in Africa are densely populated due to presence of
    1. social amenities
    2. good roads
    3. jobs
    4. high rainfall
  13. The diagram below shows a fishing method
    The fishing method illustrated in the diagram above is
    1. net drifting
    2. long lining
    3. purse seining
    4. trawling
  14. Which one of the following cultural practices should be discouraged among African communities?
    1. Raiding other communities for cattle
    2. Wearing traditional clothes
    3. Attending initiation ceremonies
    4. Eating traditional foods
  15. The cheapest method of poultry farming is
    1. deep litter
    2. free range
    3. fold
    4. battery
  16. Which of the following industries in Kenya is correctly matched with its type?
    1. Radio repair-manufacturing
    2. Paper making - assembling
    3. Vehicle making - service
    4. Bread baking - processing
  17. The earliest inhabitants to settle in the forested areas in Central Kenya were
    1. Dahalo and Sanye
    2. Pokot and Kalenjin
    3. Dorobo and Gumba
    4. Galla and Burji
  18. Waiyaki wa Hinga collaborated with the Europeans in Kenya by
    1. protecting the railway workers
    2. giving them land to build forts
    3. giving the British mining rights
    4. helping missionaries to establish schools
  19. Which one of the following combinations is made up of types of fish reared in fish farms in Japan?
    1. Eels and tuna
    2. Tilapia and mudfish
    3. Mudfish and Nile perch
    4. Catfish and tilapia
  20. Which one of the following is a traditional ceremony that enabled boys and girls to interact in the pre-colonial period?
    1. Wrestling
    2. Initiation
    3. Dancing
    4. Education
  21. The main factor that favours dairy farming in the highland regions in Kenya is presence of
    1. milk factories
    2. cool and wet conditions
    3. good roads
    4. ready market for milk
  22. Lawlessness in the society can be caused by the following practices except
    1. tribalism
    2. patriotism
    3. corruption
    4. racism
  23. The Sahel region of West Africa is sparsely populated due to
    1. presence of tsetse flies
    2. seasonal flooding in the area
    3. presence of swampy conditions
    4. unreliable rainfall in the area.
  24. Tourists who visit the Coastal parts of Kenya are mainly attracted by
    1. wildbeests migration
    2. high class hotels
    3. sandy beaches
    4. pre-historic sites
  25. Most traders in Kenya use roads to transport their goods because
    1. roads are widespread
    2. it is the cheapest form of transport
    3. vehicles are fast
    4. it is a safe way of transporting goods
  26. Three of the following statements about the British Colonial rule in Kenya are true. Which one is not?
    1. The colonial government allowed white settlers to settle in Kenya
    2. Educated Africans and Europeans were equal
    3. Africans lost their fertile lands
    4. Some Africans were appointed chiefs
  27. Gold is extracted from the ground in South Africa using
    1. drilling method
    2. open cast method
    3. dredging method
    4. deep shaft method
  28. Standard Eight pupils of Nairobi Primary School visited a nearby game park. They saw electric fence around the game park. The function of the electric fence is to
    1. prevent people from going into the park 
    2. protect tourists driving in the park 
    3. prevent animal and human conflict
    4. enable game wardens to charge entry fee
  29. In Kenya, a person qualifies to vie for a parliamentary seat if the person
    1. has worked as a public servant
    2. is 21 years old and registers as a voter
    3. lives in the constituency he is vying 
    4. is a member of a political party
  30. The founders of the kingdom of Old Ghana spoke a
    1. West Atlantic language
    2. Voltaic language
    3. Mande language
    4. Semitic language
  31. The head of a county government in Kenya is
    1. a County Commissioner
    2. a Senator
    3. a Speaker
    4. a Governor


  1. God's care for human beings after their disobedience was seen when
    1. he made clothes for them
    2. he gave them fruits to eat
    3. he protected them from the snake
    4. he forgave them their sins
  2. Which one of the following was a command that God gave Noah after the floods?
    1. 'Through you, I will bless all nations'
    2. 'Leave your father's land'
    3. 'You should not eat meat with blood in it'
    4. 'Do not come near the tree of life'
  3. Who among the following sons of Jacob demonstrated responsibility when his brothers planned to kill Joseph?
    1. Simeon
    2. Benjamin
    3. Naphtali
    4. Reuben
  4. On the night the Israelites left Egypt, God punished the Egyptians by
    1. killing their firstborn males 
    2. causing a heavy hailstorm
    3. covering the country with darkness
    4. changing water into blood
  5. God's covenant with the Israelites near Mount Sinai was sealed through
    1. reciting the commandments
    2. eating roast meat 
    3. sprinkling of blood
    4. appearance of a rainbow 
  6. The name of the wife of Nabal whom king David took to be his wife was
    1. Bathsheba
    2. Abigail
    3. Merab
    4. Jezebel
  7. Which one of the following ways did King Solomon show his wisdom? When he
    1. decided a case involving a baby
    2. built a temple in Jerusalem
    3. banned the worship of idols
    4. traded with foreign kings
  8. Prophet Elisha rewarded the women of Shunem for her kindness by
    1. building a house for her
    2. making her rich
    3. healing her of bleeding
    4. promising her a son
  9. The prophecy of Zechariah about Jesus was that he would
    1. be born in Bethlehem
    2. be called the eternal father
    3. ride on a donkey to Jerusalem
    4. escape to Egypt
  10. When Jesus was presented in the temple, Simeon described the baby as
    1. the redeemer of Jerusalem
    2. the light to the Gentiles
    3. the king of Jews
    4. the suffering servant
  11. King Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus because
    1. he wanted to continue ruling
    2. Jesus was becoming famous
    3. many people were visiting Jesus
    4. the wisemen advised him to do so
  12. "Come with me and I will teach you how to catch people' (Mark 1:17). When Jesus said words to Peter and Andrew, they were
    1. travelling to Emmaus
    2. fishing in lake Galilee
    3. collecting taxes
    4. preaching in the villages
  13. The parable of Jesus that teaches Christians to use their wealth to help other people is
    1. Lazarus and the rich man
    2. the hidden treasure
    3. the rich fool
    4. the ten young women
  14. The teaching of Jesus about the narrow door encourages Christians to
    1. be patient
    2. humble themselves
    3. persevere suffering 
    4. share with others
  15. Jesus healed a leper and told him to present himself to the priest in order to
    1. be forgiven his sins
    2. ask for his property
    3. be blessed by the priest
    4. fulfil the law of Moses
  16. The Jews sang when Jesus rode on a donkey to Jerusalem because
    1. he had performed a miracle
    2. they knew he was the Messiah
    3. the Passover was approaching
    4. he had fed them with fish and bread
  17. Which one of the following events took place during the resurrection of Jesus?
    1. Two angels spoke to the women
    2. The curtain in the temple was torn
    3. A star appeared in the East
    4. Darkness covered the earth.
  18. The disciples were in a closed room on the day of Pentecost because
    1. they were praying
    2. they were preaching to a big crowd
    3. they were afraid of the Jews
    4. they were waiting for the Holy spirit.
  19. Who among the following people requested Peter to give him the power of the Holy spirit?
    1. Simon of Cyrene
    2. Ethiopian Eunuch
    3. Joseph of Arimathea
    4. Simon of Samaria
  20. The early believers demonstrated their unity in Christ when they
    1. placed their hands on new converts
    2. sang together in the synagogues
    3. met together to share meals
    4. preached in the villages
  21. The gift of the Holy spirit demonstrated by Philip when he met the Ethiopian Eunuch was
    1. interpreting scriptures
    2. performing miracles
    3. healing
    4. wisdom
  22. In traditional African Communities, people offer animal sacrifices mainly to
    1. remember ancestors
    2. appease God
    3. please priests
    4. share meals
  23. Elders are respected in traditional African communities because of their
    1. age
    2. education
    3. wisdom
    4. skills
  24. In traditional African communities, people marry mainly to
    1. get companionship
    2. get children
    3. be respected in the community
    4. get wealth
  25. Shrines in traditional African communities are places where
    1. ceremonies are held
    2. ancestors are buried
    3. trade is carried out
    4. sacrifices are offered
  26. Anna, a standard eight pupil has become pregnant. She should be advised to
    1. get married
    2. terminate the pregnancy
    3. give birth
    4. look for a job
  27. Four pupils have free time during the holiday. Who is engaged in an activity that benefits the community?
    1. Mokeira - Fetching water for an old woman
    2. Shikanda - Singing in the church choir
    3. Mutiso - Reading the Bible
    4. Kerubo - Looking after livestock
  28. Christians are advised to obey lawful authority because
    1. leaders are educated people
    2. all authority comes from God
    3. it makes them respected
    4. they set good examples
  29. Abortion is discouraged in Christianity because
    1. it is against God's commands
    2. it costs money
    3. it leads to stigmatization
    4. it is a waste of time 
  30. Which one of the following activities was done by European missionaries who came to Kenya? They
    1. intermarried with Africans
    2. introduced plantation farming
    3. established mission schools
    4. established towns along the coast



  1. Which one of the following surahs of the Quran has Bismillahi as part of its verses?
    1. Fatiha
    2. Maun
    3. Ikhlas
    4. Falaq
  2. Which town was prophet Mohammad born?
    1. Madina
    2. Taif
    3. Jeddah
    4. Makkah
  3. Which one of the following surahs of the Quran encourages patience?
    1. Maun
    2. Asr
    3. Fatiha
    4. Alaq
  4. Which direction do the Muslims face while performing Salat?
    1. Jerusalem
    2. Taif
    3. Madina
    4. Makkah
  5. Which of the following was the first surah to be revealed in the Quran?
    1. Nas
    2. Alaq
    3. Kauthar
    4. Ikhlas
  6. Which one of the following acts will nullify one's wudhu?
    1. Smiling
    2. Talking
    3. Sleeping
    4. Breathing
  7. Which of the following business practices is condemned in Islam?
    1. Charging interest
    2. Selling on credit
    3. Making profit
    4. Weighing accurately
  8. Who among the following angels of Allah (SW) in charge of rain?
    1. Malik
    2. Ridhwan
    3. Jibril
    4. Mikail
  9. Which one of the following events took place during the month of Ramadhan?
    1. The treaty of Hudaibiyah
    2. Kaabah was built
    3. The journey of Isra-wal-Miraj
    4. Revelation of the Quran
  10. Complete the following hadith; Paradise lies under the feet of
    1. mothers
    2. fathers
    3. uncles
    4. brothers
  11. Which one of the following surahs of the Quran mentions the people of the books?
    1. Maun
    2. Alaq
    3. Bayyinah
    4. Humaza
  12. Which one of the following pairs of surahs are recited to seek for Allah's protection?
    1. Fatiha and Nas
    2. Nas and Ikhlas
    3. Ikhlas and Falaq
    4. Falaq and Nas
  13. How long did the prophet (SAW) preach Islam secretly?
    1. 3 yrs
    2. 4 yrs
    3. 10 yrs
    4. 1 yr
  14. Which one of the following is an example of najasatul mughaladha?
    1. Urine
    2. Blood
    3. Pig 
    4. Pus
  15. Which one of the following is the 4th pillar of Islam?
    1. Salat
    2. Saum
    3. Zakat
    4. Hajj
  16. Which attribute of Allah (S.W) means that He is the protector
    1. Al-Aziz
    2. Al-Muhaimin
    3. Al-Malik
    4. Al-Jabbar
  17. Who among the following prophets of Allah (SW) was known as Khalillulah?
    1. Mohammad
    2. Issa
    3. Ibrahim
    4. Musa
  18. Three of the following are characteristics of the prophets of Allah (SW) except
    1. intelligence
    2. truthful
    3. unkind
    4. generous
  19. Which one of the following is not a right of a neighbour?
    1. Visitation
    2. Greetings
    3. Peace
    4. Quarrelin
  20. During which month do Muslims celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr?
    1. Muharram
    2. Rajab
    3. Safar
    4. Shawwal
  21. Which one of the following expressions is said to congratulate one another?
    1. Subhanallah
    2. Maashallah
    3. Bismillahi
    4. Yarhamkallah
  22. How many khutbahs are said during Eid prayers?
    1. 1
    2. 3
    3. 4
    4. 2
  23. Which one of the following is the mother of all sins according to the teachings of Islam?
    1. Alcohol
    2. Shirk
    3. Gambling
    4. Stealing
  24. Which one of the following prayers is only performed during the month of Ramadhan?
    1. Taraweh
    2. Witr
    3. Dhuha
    4. Khusuj
  25. Which one of the following is festival performed to celebrate the birth of a newly born baby?
    1. Tahnią
    2. Aqiqah
    3. Miraaj
    4. Eid
  26. Complete the following hadith, "Whoever believes in Allah and the last day should not annoy his
    1. Mother
    2. father
    3. neighbour
    4. relatives
  27. Who among the following was not among the four rightly guided caliphs of Islam?
    1. Authman
    2. Abubakar
    3. Umar
    4. Abdiaziq
  28. Who among the following acts is condemned in Islam?
    1. Praying
    2. Begging
    3. Laughing
    4. Crying
  29. Which one of the following surahs of the Quaran is known as Thuluthul Quran?
    1. Ikhlas
    2. Fatiha
    3. Nas
    4. Falaq
  30. After completing their college courses, four Muslim girls got temporary employment in the following places. Who among them went against the teachings of Islam?
    1. Amina: Employed as a nurse
    2. Fawziya: Employed as a cashier in a bar 
    3. Ruqaya: Employed as a librarian
    4. Malika: Employed as a sweeper in a school


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


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


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  2. D
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  4. D
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  6. C
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  8. D
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  11. C
  12. D
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  14. C
  15. B
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  17. C
  18. C
  19. D
  20. D
  21. B
  22. D
  23. A
  24. A
  25. B
  26. C
  27. D
  28. B
  29. A
  30. B
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