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English Questions and Answers - Class 8 End Term 2 Exam 2021 Set 1

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Read the passage below. It contains blank spaces numbered 1-15. For each blank space choose the BEST answer for the choices given.

It was twenty minutes to ___1___ in the afternoon and I was eager to ___2___ home. I wanted to tell my mother___3 ___, ___4___ play we had ___5___ in my drama festival.

Just as I was preparing to 6 the classroom, our class teacher came___7___the room looking very ___8___ and suddenly the whole room became___9___still. I then ___10___ that she was looking at me ___11___ She walked ___12___. me, "Andrew, come with me for a moment, I need to tell you something."

Everyone turned and looked at me. I ___13____ anything wrong, and___14____imagine what she wanted and there was this total silence as if something terrible had happened, and everyone knew____15____ me. I followed her obediently and when we were outside, she smiled and said, “There's nothing to worry about. I was just acting." I felt so relieved.

    1. eleven
    2. four
    3. fore
    4. forth
    1. arrive
    2. reach at
    3. enter in
    4. stay
    1. off
    2. for
    3. about
    4. concerning
    1. some 
    2. an
    3. a
    4. the
    1. performed
    2. played
    3. acted
    4. done
    1. disappear
    2. leave
    3. run from
    4. enter
    1. in
    2. by 
    3. into
    4. to 
    1. excited
    2. happy
    3. . upset
    4. sad 
    1. too
    2. very
    3. so
    4. quite 
    1. realised
    2. released 
    3. assumed
    4. thought
    1. careful
    2. angrily
    3. smoothly
    4. slowly 
    1. besides
    2. to 
    3. towards
    4. Dear
    1. can'dt
    2. hadn't done
    3. couldn't do
    4. haven't done 
    1. couldn't
    2. wouldn't
    3. won't
    4. didn't 
    1. accept
    2. apart
    3. except
    4. about

For questions 16-18 choose the correct alternative

  1. When we reached the border, he ran __________ difficult.
    1. across
    2. into
    3. through
    4. upon
  2. They said there _______ an accident on the new Thika road previously 
    1. had been 
    2. will be 
    3. was 
    4. have been
  3. At dinner, we had
    1. well tasty cooked meat 
    2. cooked well tasty meat.
    3. . tasty well cooked meat
    4. well, cooked, tasty, meat

For question 19 choose the sentence which means the same as the one given. 

  1. Mary told me, "I cannot come with you."
    1. Mary told me I cannot go with you
    2. Mary told me that she could not come with me 
    3. Mary told me that she could not go with you 
    4. Mary told me that she could not go with me

For question 20 choose the sentence which is grammatically correct.

    1. Did you think that was a very good film? 
    2. My father would have beaten me, but I begged him.
    3. If you drop that dish, it will brake.
    4. Roy thought that the examination questions were cheap.

For questions 21-23 choose the best alternative

  1. What______about?
    1. are these good news 
    2. is this good news 
    3. are these good news 
    4. was those good news
  2. It was not until yesterday
    1. as Moreu reported back to school
    2. when Moreu reported back to school 
    3. that Moreu reported back to school 
    4. for Moreu to report back to school
  3. _______live in the same house
    1. I and they 
    2. me and they
    3. . they and I 
    4. them and me.

For question 24 choose the word which means almost the same as the underlined word

  1. The teacher cannot compel us to work hard, but it is to our own advantage to do so
    1. order
    2. force. 
    3. urge 
    4. drive

For question 25 choose the best alternative 

  1. Let us pull together,______?________
    1. shall we? yes, we shall 
    2. shan't we? yes, shan't 
    3. will we? yes, we will
    4. won't we? no, we won't

Read the passage below carefully and then answer questions 26-38

One day, we landed on an island, and while my companions were gathering flowers and fruits, I took my wine and provisions and made a good meal near a stream between two high trees. Then I fell asleep and when I awoke the ship had gone.

I climbed to the top of a lofty tree to see if I could discover anything hopeful, and looked landward, I saw something white at a great distance, so I descended from the tree and made my way towards it. As I drew nearer, I thought it to be a huge white dome, and when I touched it, I found it was so smooth that there was no climbing to the top.

It was almost sunset. The air suddenly grew dark as if a huge cloud had come over the sun. I was surprised, but then I saw the cloud simply by a bird of monstrous size. I then remembered hearing sailors speak of a miraculous bird called the Roc and concluded that the great dome must be in reality its egg.

The bird alighted and sat over the egg and I noticed that its leg was as thick as the trunk of a tree. I tied myself securely to it with mu turban in the hope that when the Roc flew away the next morning, it would carry me with her out of this desert island. Fortunately, the bird was not aware of my presence.

My plan succeeded because at dawn, the Roc flew away but it went to such a height that I could not see the earth and when it descended it came down so rapidly that I almost lost my senses. I then immediately untied the knot that bound me to its leg. Scarcely had I donc so when the Roc picked up a large serpent and flew away with

I then found myself in a very deep valley surrounded by very high mountains which were too steep for me to climb. As I walked along the valley, I saw that it was strewn with diamonds some of which were very large. But then I saw a great number of serpents. When it was daylight, they disappeared in caves so as to be free from the Roc. It was then I left my place still trembling and walked for a long time on diamonds without feeling the least desire to possess the. After a time, I fell asleep as I had not slept at all the previous night.

  1. What did the writer do while his friends were collecting fruits and flowers? 
    1. He had a good meal then fell asleep 
    2. He waited for them near the stream C
    3. He found that his ship had gone
    4. He kept a watch on the wine and provisions 
  2. Why did the writer climb to the top of a lofty tree?
    1.  To see his ship which was nearby 
    2. To get a better view of his surroundings 
    3. To see if his friends were till gathering fruits
    4. To see the great desert island.
  3. What did the writer see in the distance on the landward side?
    1. His ship sailing away
    2. A monstrous bird covering the sun
    3. An enormous white dome
    4. Two high trees
  4. What caused the sudden darkening of the sky?
    1. The huge white dome
    2. The sun setting
    3. A huge cloud covering the sun
    4. A bird of enormous size covering the sun
  5. Why was the writer unable to climb to the top of the white object?
    1. It was too huge for him to climb
    2. It was too smooth for him to climb
    3. It was too fragile for it to break
    4. He was very afraid of mother Roc
  6. What did he do when the bird was resting on the egg?
    1. He tied himself to the bird's leg . 
    2. He noticed that its leg was very thick 
    3. He hoped that Roc would carry him away 
    4. He hid himself between two huge trees
  7. The writer's hopes were realised
    1. at day break 
    2. at sunset
    3. when the serpent disappeared during day time
    4. when he regained his senses
  8. Why was the writer not glad to be in the valley?
    1. There were very high mountains 
    2. There were very large diamonds
    3. There were a great number of serpents
    4. There were very many caves
  9. The word descend is used in the passage. What is the opposite?
    1. Ascent
    2. Ascend
    3. Towards.
    4. Ascended 
  10. Why did the serpent hide in the caves during daylight?
    1. To avoid being stepped on by the Roc
    2. To avoid being seen by the writer .
    3. To shelter from the hot sum
    4. To avoid being caught by the Roc
  11. The word "tremble" is used in the passage. Give the synonym
    1. tremor
    2. shake
    3. terror
    4. frightened 
  12. Why didn't the writer possess the diamond?
    1. He was trembling with snake bites
    2. They were of no use to him. He wanted to get out the valley C
    3. They were too large for him to carry
    4. Roc would kill him for stealing his diamonds
  13. What is not true according to the passage?
    1. The writer did not meet his companions after gathering fruits 
    2. Roc did not know that the writer had tied himself on its legs 
    3. Roc flow away with the writer very early in the morning
    4. The valley had many serpents

Read the passage below and then answer questions 39-50.

Obesity is defined as the excessive accumulation of body fat. Obesity is becoming a problem in the wealthy countries. It is most common among the middle aged but childhood obesity is also on the increase. Obesity occurs when the energy taken in exceeds the energy used.

The main and most obvious symptom of obesity is being overweight. Severe obesity may lead to difficulty in moving about and tiredness. It certainly reduces the life-span of the individual

Recent evidence suggests that overfeeding of infants and young children may lead to production of increased amounts of fats in the body. This makes the individual have a higher chance of becoming obese in adulthood.

Obese people are at a higher risk of suffering from the following diseases: heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, back problems and athritis. These diseases may in turn result in early death or disability, Consequently, it is important to prevent obesity so as to live long healthy life. Prevention is better than cure. Treating obesity is difficult, therefore, it is easier to prevent it. The following are the various ways of preventing obesity. First, we should eat meals that contain plenty of fibre and not too much fat or sugar. These are meals with vegetables and legumes. We should also ensure that the snacks we take are not rich in fat. We should also avoid alcohol, do regular exercises and eat only what is enough for our body. This way, we will kick obesity out of our lives.

  1. Which one are commonly affected by the obesity?
    1. Children
    2. Middle aged
    3. Infants
    4. The aged 
  2. From the passage you have read, the words "excessive accumulation" are underlined. They are likely to mean
    1. increased storage 
    2. type of fat
    3. decreased amounts
    4. low amounts
  3. Which one is the best answer to show when obesity occur?
    1. When we cat and do nothing at all 
    2. When we do not exercise 
    3. When the energy we take in is more than the energy we need
    4. When we do not eat at all
  4. According to the passage, the word individual is used in the passage. It means
    1. the writer of the passage
    2. anybody
    3. person suffering from obesity
    4. personal
  5. Those people who are obese are at risk of suffering from
    1. HIV/AIDS
    2. typhoid
    3. Rout
    4. diabetes
  6. Which one is an obvious symptom of obesity
    1. slow in movement and exercises 
    2. excess weight in the body
    3. coughing and sneezing
    4. less excess weight in the body 
  7. It is true to say that obesity can be 
    1. incurable
    2. preventable
    3. curable
    4. not preventable
  8. Which one of the following is NOT TRUE about the obese people?
    1. They exercise a lot
    2. They eat a lot of food
    3. They eat a lot of snacks
    4. They eat a lot of fatty foods
  9. According to the passage, prevention is better than cure are used. They are likely to mean
    1. we wait till we are obese to start preventing 
    2. we wait till obesity strikes so as to prevent - and cure it 
    3. when we are obese, it is easier to prevent than to cure
    4. we prevent being obese long before we become obese
  10. Why has the writer advised us to protect ourselves against obesity? 
    1. To eat less food 
    2. To exercise a lot 
    3. To live long healthy lives among us
    4. To cut on costs of treating the disease
  11. We should not avoid_____and_____ to prevent obesity
    1. snacks and alcohol
    2. fat and alcohol
    3. cabbages and kales
    4. cabbages and fat
  12. It is good to ensure that we eat only what is enough for our body so that
    1. we replace only the energy used
    2. we are able to store energy for future use
    3. we have less energy in the body.
    4. save on amount of food


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