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Social Studies & Religious Education Questions and Answers - Class 8 Mid Term Exams Term 2 2023 Set 1

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Study the map of Getionko area above and answer questions 1-7.

  1. The land in the area covered by the map rises from ____________________________
    1. North West to South East
    2. East to West
    3. West to East
    4. South East to North West
  2. What is the area of the irrigation scheme shown in the map?
    1. 20km2
    2. 24km2
    3. 22.5km2
    4. 24.5km2
  3. The area around Keore hill is thinly populated because __________________
    1. It is inhabited by pastoralists
    2. has steep slopes
    3. it has poor transport network
    4. nature of climate
  4. According to the information given in the map. Nuru town serves as______________________________
    1. An industrial town
    2. Mining centre
    3. Transport and communication centre
    4. An administrative centre
  5. What evidence shows the area receives little rainfall?
    1. The area is hot and dry.
    2. Absence of borehole.
    3. The type of vegetation that grows
    4. The area covered is in the highlands
  6. Which one of the following combination of economic activities is practised in Getionko area?
    1. Crop growing, transportation and cattle keeping
    2. lumbering, crop growing and cattle keeping
    3. processing of raw materials, mining and trading
    4. Trading, transportation and lumbering
  7. Who among the following is elected to represent people on the county assembly in the above area?
    1. Governor
    2. President
    3. country representative
    4. Senator
  8. Which one of the following groups consists of the Bantu of Tanzania?
    1. Taita, Abagusii, Fipa, Sukuma
    2. Yao, Batoro, Abagusii, Chagga
    3. Makua, Ha, Gogo, Ngoni
    4. Ankore, Zaramo, Baganda, Waishabaa
  9.  The greatest benefit of democracy is the _____________________
    1. protection of culture
    2. protection of human right 
    3. protection wildlife
    4. protection of environment
  10. In the current government of Kenya, the cabinet secretaries are appointed by the president and approved by.________________
    1. council of governors
    2. the senators
    3. county assemblies
    4. the national assembly
  11. The Nyayo philosophy was against all the following except ____________________
    1. Nepotism
    2. Corruption
    3. Patriotism
    4. Tribalism
  12. Which one of the following symbols is NOT likely to be used to show population distribution of an area?
  13. The following are function of a town in Kenya.
    1. Tourist attraction
    2. Industrial centre
    3. Administrative centre
    4. Defence centre
      Which of the following town is odd one out?
      1. Nairobi
      2. Mombasa
      3. Nakuru
      4. Kisumu
  14. Which of the following is the main factor that made the Europeans require raw materials for their industries from Africa?
    1. Lack of market in Africa
    2. Increased market in Europe
    3. Industrial growth in Europe 
    4. high cost of raw material in Europe

Study the map below and answer questions 15-17.


  1. The main economic activity of the people who followed the route marked 2 was __________________
    1. trading
    2. hunting
    3. pastoralism
    4. cultivation
  2. Which among the following regions A, B, C, D, would you expect to find pastoralists?
    1. Region C
    2. Region B
    3. Region D
    4. Region A
  3. The major town marked Q is likely to be _____________________
    1. Kisumu
    2. Eldoret
    3. Nairobi
    4. Thika
  4. Which one of the following factors influences population growth negatively?
    1. Polygamy
    2. Preference of certain sex
    3. Famine
    4. Naming of relatives
  5. Which of the following is the main reason for establishing settlement schemes in Kenya?
    1. To increase food production
    2. To encourage people to practise farming
    3. To settle the landless people
    4. To enable Africans own land
  6. One of the following is not an element of the Kenyan constitution. Which one?
    1. Participation of individuals in nation building
    2. Leadership and integrity
    3. Representation of people
    4. Devolved government
  7. One day Kamau passed near Getare school gate and came across the following words. "BACKWARD NEVER FORWARD EVER". These words indicated the _____________________________
    1. school philosophy
    2. school routine
    3. school loyalty pledge
    4. school motto
  8. Which type of fishing is suitable in shallow sea fishing?
    1. Drifting
    2. Trawling
    3. Purse seining
    4. Lining
  9. Which problem is Germany likely to face if it continues experiencing low population growth?
    1. Shortage of labour supply
    2. Low standards of living
    3. High dependancy
    4. High crime rate
  10. Which of the following is not a function of clans in the traditional African communities?
    1. Clan elders determined when rites like initiation would be done.
    2. Clan elders ordered isolation of some members when the population become unbearable.
    3. Clan elders determined which clans their people could marry.
    4. Some clans performed special functions that were uniquely theirs.
  11. Which of the following factors enables horticulture farmers in the Nertherlands to grow their crops throughout the year? 
    1. Grow their crops intensively
    2. They grow their crops in greenhouses 
    3. They grow their crops on reclaimed land 
    4. They sell their crops through co-operatives 
  12. Three of the following are roles of citizens in the electoral process except __________________________
    1. electing responsible leaders
    2. ensuring that leaders do not misuse their powers
    3. participating in elections once they attain the age of 18 years
    4. promoting free and unfair election

The illustration below shows the structure of the county government. Use it to answer question 27-28,


  1. The part lebelled X reptresents
    1. County senate
    2. County ward committee 
    3. County assembly
    4. County governor office
  2. Which one of the following is not true of members making up the part labelled X?
    1. Some are elected to represent wards 
    2. They are appointed by the governor 
    3. Include representatives of people with disabilities
    4. Include representatives of the youth and women

Study the map below and answer questions 29 and 30.


  1. Four class 8 pupils were discussing about the map and the following is what each said.
     Makori   The two mountains marked xxx are fold mountains. 
     James  The Island marked A are the Synchelles.
     Mueni  The river marked C has a delta.
    Paul  The desert marked B is Sahara.
    Which two pupils were correct?
    1. Paul and Muen
    2. Makori and Paul
    3. Jane and Paul
    4. Makori and Muen
  2. The water bodies numbered 1, 2 and 3 respectively are ___________________________________
    1. Atlantic ocean, Indian ocean, mediteranean sea
    2. Indian ocean, Atlantic ocean, Mediterranean sea
    3. Mediterranean sea, Indian ocean, Atlantic ocean
    4. Atlantic ocean, mediterranean sea, Indian ocean
  3. Three of the following are conditions of clove growing which one is not?
    1. Black cotton soils which do not drain easily
    2. High rainfall ranging from 1500 to 2000mm
    3. High level of humidity
    4. Light sandy soils which are easily drained
  4. Which one of the following methods of mining is not commonly used in Kenya?
    1. Drilling
    2. Dredging
    3. Open cast
    4. scooping
  5. Which one of the following was not a treatment given to Africans by the British?
    1. They were paid low wages.
    2. They were forced to live in reserves. 
    3. They were forced to carry an identity card.
    4. They were forced to live in estates.
  6. Which one of the following is the main problem facing settlement schemes in Kenya?
    1. Inadequate land for food crops 
    2. Increased land fragmentation 
    3. Increased soil erosion
    4. Poorly maintained infrastructure
  7. The main reason why ECOWAS was established was to
    1. set up new industries
    2. fight for independence in the region
    3. increase volume of trade among member states
    4. develop a common currency
  8. The main difference between Khoikhoi and San is __________________________
    1. their political organization
    2. their language
    3. their physical appearance
    4. the area they occupy
    1. It recommends the creation of new constituencies.
    2. It prepares and distributes materials needed for elections.
    3. It sets dates for by-elections. 
    4. It ensures that elections are conducted in a free and fair manner.
    5. It gives guidelines on the amount of money to be spent by political parties during elections.
      The above are functions of a certain commission in Kenya. The commission is _____________________
      1. Teachers service commission
      2. Salaries and renumeration commission
      3. Land demacation commission
      4. Indepedent Electoral and boundaries commission
  10. Which of the following is not a social activity in map reading and interpretation? 
    1. Human settlement
    2. Tourism
    3. Population density
    4. Population distribution
  11. One of the negative effects of plains on human activities is that, ____________________________
    1. they are barriers to communication
    2. all of them are infested with insects that transmit diseases
    3. they encourage irrigation farming
    4. they get flooded during rainy season 
  12. Which of the following is not a characteristic feature of white settler farming?
    1. It involved growing of cash crops. 
    2. It was capital intensive.
    3. Used simple farm tools in its operation.
    4. It was practised on large scale.
  13. Three of the following groups are involved in the management of a school. Which one is not?
    1. Kenya National Union of Teachers
    2. Parents Teachers Association
    3. School Management Committee 
    4. Ministry of Education
  14. The main reason for establishing game sancturies in Kenya is ____________________________
    1. to generate income for the government
    2. to make it easier for tourist to view animals
    3. to make it easier to carry out animal studies
    4. to enhance threatened species to multiply
  15. Which of the following Eastern Africa countries has no Coastline along the Red sea?
    1. Eritrea
    2. Ethiopia
    3. Djibouti
    4. Sudan
  16. The Imperial British East Africa Company was headed by _________________________
    1. Dr. Livingstone
    2. Fredrick Lugard
    3. Sir William Mackinnon
    4. Karl Peters
  17. Which one of the following is not a problem associated with mining in Africa?
    1. Minerals are found in small quantities which are uneconomical to mine.
    2. Minerals are found in remote areas where there is no transport.
    3. Africa has very small percentage of mineral deposits.
    4. Heavy rains make mining impossible.
  18. Which of the following is the main challange facing tourism in Kenya?
    1. Political instability
    2. high taxes imposed on the industry
    3. Inadequate publicity
    4. Insecurity due to terrorist threats
    1. Many people live in industrialized towns. 
    2. Population growth rate is low.
    3. Population density is high.
    4. Birth rate and death rate are low.
      The above characteristics explain the population structure of
      1. Kenya
      2. Germany
      3. India
      4. Nigeria
  20. Which of the following is the main contribution of horticulture farming to the economy of Kenya?
    1. Creation of employment opportunities 
    2. Promotion of National unity
    3. Earning foreign exchange
    4. Source of raw materials for locally based industries
  21. Which of the following factors does not undermine national unity?
    1. Equal distribution of resources 
    2. Political differences
    3. Tribalism
    4. Nepotism
  22. Which of the following is the main cause of road accident in Kenya?
    1. Poor roads
    2. Overspeeding
    3. Careless road users
    4. Overloading

Study the diagram below to answer questions 51 and 52


  1. The above diagram shows the formation of ________________________________________
    1. volcanic mountains
    2. plateau
    3. plains
    4. rift valley
  2. An example of the above relief feature is
    1. Yatta plateau
    2. inselberg
    3. Congo basin
    4. Mt. Suswa
  3. What was the effect of introducing Western technology in the traditional Kenyan society?
    1. Many craftmen went out of work.
    2. It helped craftmen in promoting their work. 
    3. Goods became more scarce in markets than before.
    4. Goods became more expensive than before.
  4. All the following were prominent leaders in traditional Kenyan societies except?
    1. Jomo Kenyatta
    2. Masaku
    3. Sakawa
    4. Koitalel Arap Samoei 
  5. Eastern Africa lies between longitudes
    1. 23°E and 12°W
    2. 34°E and 42°E  
    3. 22°E and 51°E
    4. 51°E and 22°E
  6. Which of the following shows the composition of the National Assembly in Kenya?
    1. Cabinet secretaries, 290 elected members, 16 women representatives, speakers 
    2. 290 elected members, 47 women representatives, 12 nominated
    3. President, deputy president, 290 elected members, 12 nominated members, speaker
    4. Attorney general, 47 elected members, 12 nominated members, 16 women representatives, speaker
  7. Who among the following people led the Mau mau movement during the struggle for independence?
    1. Bildad Kaggia and General Mathenge 
    2. Pio Gama pinto and J.M Kariuki 
    3. Jomo Kenyatta and Achieng Oneko
    4. Dedan Kimathi and Waruhiu Itote
  8. The following are tourist attraction sites in Eastern Africa. Which one is not a historical site?
    1. Meroe in Sudan
    2. Fort Jesus in Kenya
    3. Slave market in Zanzibar
    4. Vasco da Ghama pillar in Kenya
  9. Which one of the following communities was ruled by a king?
    1. The San
    2. The Khoikhoi
    3. The Soninke
    4. The Nyamwezi
  10. The responsibility of caring for the handicapped members in the family is entrusted to __________________________
    1. other siblings
    2. all family members
    3. mother
    4. father


  1. The main teaching of the Genesis stories creation is that; ____________________________
    1. human beings were last to be created
    2. human beings were created to multiply
    3. God is the creator of universe
    4. God blessed the way of rest
  2. The main reason why Noah built an ark was to make him ______________________________
    1. Fulfil God's wish
    2. Worship God there
    3. Keep the animals
    4. Hide his family
  3. Abraham's obedience to God was shown when he __________________________
    1. agreed to sacrifice his son Isaac
    2. agreed to move from Haran to Canaan
    3. married Sarah
    4. saved his nephew Lot
  4. God led the people of Israel through the wilderness to the promised land by use of
    1. thunder and lighting
    2. wind and rainfall
    3. fire and cloud
    4. fire and smoke
  5. When Moses was called by God he was living in ___________________________
    1. Ur
    2. Midian
    3. Fayet
    4. Haran
  6. Gideon the mighty judge was from the weakest tribe of ?
    1. Abiezer
    2. Manasseh
    3. Orphah
    4. Joash
  7. Who among the following prophet ordered the killing of the whole family of Omri?
    1. Elijah
    2. Jeremiah
    3. Elisha
    4. Joel
  8. Which king of Israel made Jerusalem a centre of worship?
    1. Solomon
    2. Saul
    3. Rehoboam
    4. David
  9. Which of the following is related or connected with prophet Joel?
    1. The new covenant
    2. Birth place of Jesus
    3. The day of Pentecost
    4. Prophet of love
  10. Joseph the father of Jesus took his family to Egypt so that, ___________________
    1. God's mission could be fulfilled
    2. they could become refugees.
    3. their child may grow up in the palace
    4. they become great in the land"
  11. Jesus Christ went with his parents to the temple when he was twelve years old in order to
    1. be dedicated to the temple
    2. be purified
    3. get councelled by the elders
    4. attend the passover festival
  12. The miracle of healing the boy with a deaf and dumb spirit (Mark 9: 14-29) teaches Christians that
    1. everything is possible if we have faith 
    2. Jesus was a universal saviour
    3. Jesus has the power over nature
    4. Jesus has power to forgive sins
  13. The blind Bartimaeus healed by Jesus in Jericho was the son of?
    1. Joseph
    2. Timaeus
    3. Philip
    4. Alphaeus
  14. The parable of the marriage banquet teaches Christians that
    1. they should learn to share as Christians
    2. they should pray persistently
    3. they are all invited in the kingdom of heaven but few will be chosen
    4. they should be ready for Jesus coming
  15. Which one of the following is a teaching of Jesus about revenge?
    1. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
    2. Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair black or white.
    3. If you do these things publicly you will not have any reward from your father in heaven.
    4. If someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt let him have your coat as well.
  16. During Jesus' trial who clothed him with purple robe and mocked him calling him a king (MK 15:18)?
    1. The soldiers
    2. King Herod
    3. Pilate
    4. The Pharisees
  17. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene who was crucified. He has risen! He is not. here (MK 16: 18)? who said those words? 
    1. Joseph of Arimathea
    2. A soldier
    3. Mary Magdalene 
    4. An Angel
  18. Which one of the following events did not happen during Sauls conversion?
    1. Jesus spoke to him
    2. A sudden light from heaven flashed
    3. Saul became dumb
    4. Saul fell to the ground
  19. In the book of the Acts of the Apostles which role was played by Simon Peter?
    1. Raised the dead
    2. Rescued Paul and Silas from prison
    3. Baptised the Ethiopian Eunuch
    4. Buried Ananias and Saphira
  20. Which one of the following bible book was written by Paul in the New Testament? A
    1. 1st and 2nd Peter
    2. Titus
    3. James
    4. Jude
  21. Which of the following staments is true about traditional African religion and Christianity?
    1. Both religions have a founder.
    2. Both religions follow bible teachings.
    3. The followers believe in the Holy spirit.
    4. The followers prayed in special places. 
  22. Which one of the following traditional African practices was a sign of peace?
    1. Initiation ceremonies
    2. Raids
    3. Shaking hands
    4. Marriage
  23. A traditional African rite of passage which is not acceptable in Christianity is
    1. Marriage
    2. Death of children
    3. Birth
    4. Initiation of all members
  24. Who among the following people in traditional African communities were punished by being sent away from the clan?
    1. Adulterer
    2. Herbalist
    3. Witches
    4. Seers
  25. Christians should pray for peace in our country because of one of the following reasons. Which one is it?
    1. It is our civic responsibility.
    2. It is among the ten commandments.
    3. It is in the country's constitution.
    4. Praying is a talent.
  26. Which one of the following activities can best be used by parents to teach their children good morals?
    1. Punishing children when they do wrong
    2. Parents being role models to their children
    3. Using the clergy to advice the children
    4. Requesting teachers to teach Christian values
  27. Your deskmate Alice has refused to lend you a pen. As a Christian what action would you take?
    1. Take the pen from her
    2. Inform the C.R.E teacher
    3. Tell her its good to assist others
    4. Ask your friend to borrow it for you
  28. Leisure time is best used for
    1. exercising our bodies
    2. serving others
    3. prayers and bible reading
    4. developing our skills
  29. Simon a boy in your class has told you that he has been smoking bhang since last year. Which one of the following is the best action to take?
    1. Advice him to seek advice from his friend.
    2. Ask him to show you the bhang.
    3. Inform the classteacher about it.
    4. Advice him to stop the habit.
  30. The first mission school was started at Rabai in Kenya mainly because the Africans
    1. Needed to read the bible
    2. Wanted to read English
    3. Needed white collar jobs
    4. Wanted to fight the colonialists


  1. Surah Al-Fatiha teaches Muslims to follow the path of those who __________________________
    1. earned Allah's forgiveness
    2. performed swalat
    3. earned Allah's grace
    4. praised Allah
  2. The main lesson from Surah Al-Qariah is _________________________
    1. The last day
    2. Importance of time
    3. Oneness of Allah
    4. Evil of piling wealth
  3. Complete the hadith: Whoever is not thankful to Allah is not thankful to _____________________
    1. parents
    2. Allah
    3. oneself
    4. prophet (pbuh)
  4. Which statement about Friday is true?
    1. It is the first day of the week
    2. It is the birthday of the prophet (Pbuh) 
    3. The day the prophet (Pbuh) migrated to Madinah
    4. The day prophet Adam (AS) was created
  5. __________________ is the place of worship for the Hindu. 
    1. Synagogue
    2. Temple
    3. Church
    4. mosque
  6. One of the following is not a method used by the Quraish to persecute Muslims. Which one?
    1. Beating them
    2. Boycotting the Muslim
    3. Bombing their houses
    4. Killing them
  7. Bilal met Khalid on his way to school. He should greet him by saying
    1. Subalkheir
    2. Asalam aleikum
    3. How are you
    4. Good morning
  8. On which occasion is optional ghusl performed?
    1. After giving birth
    2. After experiencing wet dreams
    3. After menstruation period D
    4. After washing a dead body
  9. How does one convert to Islam? 
    1. By reciting Sural Al-fatiha 
    2. By reciting the kalima
    3. By performing wudhu
    4. By performing swalat
  10. Which one of the following prophets is correctly matched with the scripture revealed to him?
    1. Musa - Injil 
    2. Daud - Taurat
    3. Ibrahim - Suhuf
    4. Issa - Zabur
  11. A lesson Muslims learn from the treatment of the prisoners of war in battle of Badr is that prisoners __________________
    1. should be treated kindly
    2. should be freed
    3. should be denied
    4. should be locked up
  12.  ___________________is the mid-morning prayer.
    1. Fajr
    2. Dhuhr
    3. Dhuha
    4. Asr
  13. Asmah wants to buy a dress for Idd celebration. As a Muslim you would advise her to buy a dress that is __________________
    1. current in fashion
    2. shinny and attractive
    3. very expensive
    4. modest that covers nakedness
  14. Three of the following are items liable for Zakat except
    1. clothes for sale
    2. household furniture
    3. cash savings
    4. farm produce
  15. The prophet said, "Worship Allah as if He sees you and if He doesn't, then worship Him as if you see Him.' This hadith teaches on
    1. Tawheed
    2. Ihsan
    3. Shukr
    4. Islam
  16. Which one of the following is not a pillar of Iman?
    1. Belief in Zakat
    2. Belief in prophets
    3. Belief in angels
    4. Belief in Qadar
  17. The angel that was a teacher to the prophet (SAW) is_
    1. Israfil
    2. Munkar
    3. Shukr
    4. Jibril
  18. Islam forbids riba in order to fight against
    1. pride
    2. violence
    3. intolerance
    4. injustice
  19. Three of the following are the reasons why zinaa is forbidden in Islam. Which one is not?
    1. Cause hatred in the society
    2. Leads to overpopulation
    3. Leads to break up of families
    4. Spreads dangerous diseases
  20. Which statement about prophet Nuh is correct?
    1. He built the Qaabah
    2. He was swallowed by a whale
    3. He built the ark
    4. He healed the sick
  21. Which of the following is a duty of a Muslim to their neighbours?
    1. To give them Zakat
    2. To offer them greetings
    3. To find out what they are doing
    4. To watch over their houses
  22. Which one of the following stations is not a station of Hajj?
    1. Mina
    2. Muzdalifa
    3. Arafat
    4. Quba
  23. Three of the following are names of angels. Which one is not?
    1. Ridhwan
    2. Idris
    3. Israfil
    4. Malik
  24. According to the treaty of Hudaibiya, the peace between the Muslims and the Quraish was to last for ___________________
    1. three years
    2. five years
    3. seven years
    4. ten years
  25. The main reasons why the Quraish rejected the message of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is that, ______________________
    1. they could not believe that one God could control the world
    2. they did not want to abandon the religion of their ancestors
    3. they wanted to see Allah physically 
    4. His message condemned their evil deeds
  26. Which Ibadah is performed by Kenyan Muslims during Iddul-Adha?
    1. Saayi
    2. Twawaf
    3. Ihram
    4. Slaughtering animals
  27. The first mosque in Islam was built in by the prophet (SAW).
    1. Jerusalem
    2. Qubaa
    3. Sanaa
    4. Makka
  28. Muslims can best help beggars by providing them with ______________________
    1. food
    2. employment
    3. shelter
    4. clothes
  29. Who among the following categories of people are exempted from fasting?
    1. Widows
    2. Orphans
    3. Travellers
    4. Debtors
  30. ______________________ led to the spread of Islam along the coast of E. Africa.
    1. Colonization
    2. Trade
    3. Intermarriage
    4. Culture



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


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


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