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English Questions and Answers - Grade 5 Opener Exams Term 2 2023 Set 1

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Read the conversation below and then answer questions 1-5.
Kwamboka: How are you, Kevin?
Kevin: I am fine, Kwamboka. How do you do?
Kwamboka: How do you do? You look sad. Why?
Kevin:Our football team did not win the match yesterday.
Kwamboka: I am sorry. Where was the match played?
Kevin: It was played yesterday afternoon in our school after the lessons.
Kwamboka: Oh! Okay. Which teams were playing?
Kevin: Our school team and the team from our neighbouring school
Kwamboka:Who scored the winning goal?
Kevin: The match was two all at half time. But...
Kwamboka : But what?
Kevin: In the second half, tables turned against us.
Kwamboka:The opponents came back with a bang and changed their game plan, right?
Kevin: How did you know yet you were not there?
Kwamboka: I heard one of my classmates talk about the match with my class teacher.
Kevin: You are right. We struggled to find our footing.
Kwamboka: We tried our best but it was not good enough.
Kevin: We conceded the third and winning goal in the dying minutes of the match.
Kwamboka: Sorry but that is part of the match. There is always a tomorrow to fight back and claim your win.
Kevin: Sure. That is the spirit of sportsmanship.

  1. Why did Kevin look sad?
    1. He had not seen Kwamboka since yesterday.
    2. His team had lost a football match.
    3. The mother had disciplined him for coming home late.
    4. It was his nature to become unhappy
  2. What does the writer mean by two all?
    1. The writer's team had conceded two goals.
    2. Two goals were scored in the whole match.
    3. The two teams had scored two goals each.
    4. The writer's team was leading two goals to nil.
  3. How did Kwamboka know about the football match?
    1. She overheard her class teacher and classmate discuss the match.
    2. She was present at the stadium where the match was played.
    3. She always knew things to do with football.
    4. Kevin's friends had told her.
  4. How many goals were scored during the match?
    1. Three
    2. Two
    3. Five
    4. Six
  5. How do we know that Kevin was a good sportsman?
    1. He felt sad when his team lost.
    2. He listened to the advice of Kwamboka.
    3. He was ready to fight for his team.
    4. He took the loss positively after the talk and accepted to wait for the future.

Read the following passage and then answer questions 6 - 9.
Okoth knows that it is very important to use the road safely. As a Grade 5 learner in Burudi Primary School, he has to cross the highway in the morning in order to get to school. In the evening, he also has to cross this road again. His teachers and parents have taught him what to do.
"Always use the footbridge to cross the road because it is safe,' his father always says.
"If you need to cross the road and there is no footbridge," teacher Wamalwa says, "then do so at a pedestrian crossing. Always be careful on the road. A reckless driver may speed and hit you if you are not careful."
Okoth also knows how to read road signs. One day when they travelled to another town, he saw many signs along the way "This one shows that there is a hospital nearby," he told his sister."This shows that there is a bump ahead!" true to his word, the vehicle they were travelling in gently drove up and down the bump. The driver controlled the vehicle carefully All the passengers felt safe and comfortable in the car.
"How about that road sign?" his sister asked, just as they approached the town.
"Oh, this one means that children cross the road here. This warns road users like drivers and cyclists to be cautious and slow down as they approach this section of the road."
"I can see that you have learnt a lot about road safety, Okoth," his sister said laughing.

  1. How many times does Okoth cross the road in a day?
    1. Once
    2. Twice
    3. Three times
    4. Many times.
  2. Who taught Okoth how to use the road?
    1. His teachers and parents.
    2. His teachers only.
    3. His parents only
    4. Everybody at home.
  3. Three of the following are things you should do on the road except?
    1. You should be careful at all times.
    2. Cross the road at a pedestrian crossing.
    3. Always use a footbridge when crossing the road.
    4. Talk on a mobile phone when crossing the road.
  4. The best title for the passage above would be
    1. Okoth teaches the sister road signs.
    2. Road signs.
    3. How to safely cross the road.
    4. Learning about road signs.

Read the passage below and then answer questions 10 – 12.
Wangwe, the village comedian, almost made many break their jaws in laughter. He was loved by everyone because he was humorous. He was well-known for his stories, many of which had moral lessons but were full of hilarious statements. On one particular day, he met some boys and girls walking home from a nearby primary school and at once captured their attention with one of his rib- cracking stories.
The story was about a girl called Mbiro who longed to have her birthday celebrated at least once in her life. She was so obsessed with having a birthday party that everyone knew her greatest desire. Unfortunately, her parents could not afford such a luxury since they were peasants. Mbiro was so consumed with her birthday fantasy that one day something wonderful happened.
Her mother woke her up and sent her to the shop to buy breakfast. When she came back, she could not believe her eyes! Their house had suddenly turned into a castle of cakes iced in different colours of whip and butter cream. Mbiro was so surprised that she did not know what to do. The floor was made of carrot cake, the walls were vanilla cake and the roof was a marble cake. Her bed had turned into a well-decorated six-tier velvet cake. Her dream would finally become a reality. However, the truth was that Mbiro was in for a rude shock!

  1. Why would people in the village break their jaws with laughter?
    1. Mbiro dreamt of celebrating a birthday party.
    2. Wangwe cracked jokes and told wonderful stories.
    3. They loved laughing at all times.
    4. Mbiro's mother lied to her daughter.
  2. Why couldn't Mbiro's parents throw a birthday party for her?
    1. They had more important things to do.
    2. They never liked her.
    3. They were poor.
    4. They were rich but stingy
  3. What do we learn about Mbiro's dream of a birthday in the last paragraph?
    1. It came to pass.
    2. It was a success.
    3. It was one of a kind.
    4. It was just a dream.

Read the following passage and then answer questions 13 - 15.
Jamhuri Day is a national holiday in Kenya. It is celebrated on 12th December every year. Jamhuri is the Swahili word for republic and the holiday is meant to mark the day when Kenya became a republic on 12th December, 1964. The country became a republic after gaining full self-governance from the United Kingdom. This came after gaining internal self-rule or Madaraka on 15 June, 1963 and independence or Uhuru on December 12th, 1963.
Jamhuri Day is important to Kenyans and is marked by many festivities which highlight the country's cultural heritage. The day also looks back at Kenya's journey to independence and self-governance. During the period between December 12th 1963 and December 12th, 1964, Kenya was an independent country but a dominion within the British Monarchy. Hence, the Kenyan as Prime Minister and head of government but the Queen of country had a the United Kingdom remained the Head of State of Kenya. During the Jamhuri event of 1964, Jomo Kenyatta assumed presidency of the Republic of Kenya. Queen Elizabeth II ceased being the Head of State of Kenya. Sir Everlyn Baring also ended his role as Governor-General and representative of the British monarchy in Kenya.

  1. Why do we celebrate Jamhuri Day?
    1. It shows our heritage.
    2. It marks the journey to independence and becoming a republic.
    3. It shows our togetherness.
    4. It is our national holiday.
  2. Who was Kenya's first Prime Minister?
    1. Raila Odinga.
    2. Jomo Kenyatta
    3. Everlyn Baring
    4. Queen Elizabeth
  3. The word cease has been used to mean?
    1. spread
    2. stretch
    3. stop
    4. begin

Read the passage below. It contains blank spaces numbered 16 – 20.
For each blank space, choose the best alternative from the given four.
Agriculture is ................16..................backbone of our country. It is from Agriculture that we ...............17................. food and other cash crops that we export to earn Kenya...............18.................. exchange. Cash crops like sugar cane, coffee, tea...............19.................. pyrethrum are grown on large scale in Kenya. This is not to...............20.................. horticultural products like flowers, fruits or vegetables.

    1. some
    2. a
    3. the
    4. any
    1. get
    2. manufacture
    3. sell
    4. prepare
    1. local
    2. native
    3. alien
    4. foreign
    1. and
    2. or
    3. even
    4. also
    1. remember
    2. say
    3. forget
    4. claim

For questions 21-25, choose the best alternative to complete the given sentence.

  1. Wangare's class is untidy ...................... she wants clean it.
    1. yet 
    2. so
    3. and
    4. because
  2. Ondiek fell ill .................... he ate fruits without washing them.
    1. because
    2. but
    3. also
    4. although
  3. We stopped playing and watched Maria running. ............................ do you think she was running?
    1. When
    2. What
    3. Whose
    4. Why
  4. Mary walked into the room ......................... so as not to wake up the sleeping baby.
    1. quietly
    2. happily
    3. excitedly
    4. quickly
  5. Unity is ........................
    1. everybody's choice
    2. caring
    3. strength
    4. the way to go

For question 26, choose the correct arrangement of letters to make a word.

  1. They did all their ............................ and finished on time (rechos)
    1. echoes
    2. rechos
    3. chorus
    4. chores

For the question 27, choose the alternative with the plural given word

  1. Ox
    1. Oxes
    2. Oxen
    3. Ox
    4. Oxens

For questions 28, choose the alternate with a preposition from the given sentences.

  1. The learners jumped into the swimming pool.
    1. pool
    2. jumped
    3. into
    4. learners

For the question 29, choose the alternative that means the same as the underlined words.

  1. She helped the old lady to prepare lunch.
    1. her 
    2. him
    3. us
    4. your

For question 30, choose the alternative with the correctly punctuated sentence.

    1. Whose bag is lying here!
    2. Where did mother go to.
    3. I have not seen the new boy in our class!
    4. Who took my snacks fro here?


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