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ENGLISH
Paper 2

(Comprehension, Literary Appreciation And Grammar)


2 hrs October/November 2013

KAKAMEGA CENTRAL SUB-COUNTY


FORM THREE JOINT END YEAR EXAM
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Instructions to Candidates
a) Write your name and admission number in the spaces provided. b) Sign and write the date of the examination. c) Answer Q 2 a or 2 b plus all the other questions on the paper. d) Answers to all questions must be written in the spaces provided. e) This paper consists of____ printed pages. t) Candidates should check the paper to ascertain that all pages are printed as indicated and that no questions are missing.

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QUESTION 1 2 3 4 TOTAL

MAXIMUM SCORE 20 25 20 15 80

CANDIDATE SCORE

1. READING COMPREHENSION Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow. One of the concerns that prompted the review of the current 8 4 4 system was the heavy reliance on good performance in national examinations as an indicator of candidates ability. This problem has been most prevalent in primary schools. Many candidates are primed to believe that they are failures if they dont get top grades in the exams
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1. READING COMPREHENSION Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow. One of the concerns that prompted the review of the current 8 4 4 system was the heavy reliance on good performance in national examinations as an indicator of candidates ability. This problem has been most prevalent in primary schools. Many candidates are primed to believe that they are failures if they dont get top grades in the exams. English Paper 2 - Form three Mock - October, 2013. Page 1 Both schools and parents are to blame but the larger share of the blame should be attached to a system that tees so many premiums on one exam at the end of eight - year cycle. Over the decades, both Public and Private schools have accepted the national ranking as indicative of their success or failure. For schools, being ranked among the top 50 nationally has become a mantra that is putting so much pressure on candidates. In fact, so intense in this pressure that over the last five years, many have become suicidal, partly due to the taunting of teachers and classmates, but also because their parents demand nothing less than the very best. Many have gone a head and killed themselves, seeing themselves as total failures because of a system that demonizes average grades. It is therefore good news that the Government is reviewing the ranking system for schools to look at factors other than just performance in KCPE. We have said it before on this page that academic excellence alone need not be the only goal of learning. Children, especially in primary school, need all round development rather than shallow academic giants. The physical and spiritual developments are just as important as the grades. Because of the heavy work load in schools many parents rarely spend time with their children who are so overburdened with home work that they never have time to just be kids and so do what all kids do, play. Research shows that child friendly schools produce candidates who are confident in their ability to succeed and who have the mental fortitude to withstand the anxiety of waiting for the result of national examinations. But what is astounding is that the tool the ministry of education intends to use for the review has been in existence since 2002. Why has it taken so long for it to be adopted? Or is the announcement to review simply a public relations exercise by the government to ward off public criticism that has grown stronger over the years of the national ranking? We hope not, since some schools, including private ones, have continued to defy the Ministrys directive against holiday tuition. And then there is the nagging, but unspoken perception that some schools are more equal than others, and so will still fail the assessment but get a top national ranking. How does the Government ensure the integrity of the process? This is key if the planned review is to win support by sector players. Regardless, however, it is a step in the right direction. (Adapted from the standard newspaper, Monday, January 26, 2013). QUESTIONS a) According to the passage, what prompted the review of the current 8 4 4 system? (lmk)

b) According to the writer, what makes one to be considered a failure in life?

(lmk)

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c) Mention three parties that are to blame for the current state of affairs.

(3mks)

d) What happens when a school is ranked among the top 50 schools nationally?

(lmk)

e) Make notes on why many candidates have become suicidal in the last five years.

(3mks)

f) Many have gone ahead and killed themselves (Add a question tag).

(lmk)

g) Is there anything that is being done to curb the problems that come with the ranking of schools in the national examination? (2mks)

h) A part from grades, which other aspects are important in human growth and development? (2mks)

i) What makes it difficult for parents to spend time with their children?

(1 mk)

j) What are child friendly schools according to the passage?

(2mks)

k) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. (i) Fortitude

(3mks)

(ii) Premium

(iii) Mantra EITHER 2. (a) Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow. Let them show us that my daughter is not going to starve in that wasteland they call a home. They trooped back into the hut and the negotiations began in earnest. Brothers, people of Sakwa, we are pleased to welcome you to Yimbo. It is customary, because of the good dak between us, for you to marry our daughters and we yours. We are therefore more than neighbours, we have great wat between us because of the intermingling of blood though this has not occurred between our two lines so there is no danger of brother marrying sister - a great taboo.
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Since you are our brothers, we will not make things difficult for you. Here he stopped to take a sip of Kongo and you could have heard the ants talk, so great was the silence. However, nobody was fooled by his sweet words. He continued, enjoying immensely the tension he was creating. Our daughter, Adoyo Obanda is a great beauty whose assets have been praised and sung by many a nyatiti from here to Chumbu Kombit, from Sakwa to Loka Nam. She is as fleet as a gazelle and her flying feet have been incorporated into the sayings of our village so that mothers sending their daughters on errands tell them to run like Adoyo of the flying feet. She has been carefully brought up and has been taught all the requirements of Chik. She is a very apt pupil, and will therefore not bring shame and ruin to her husband by improper conduct. Her antecedents are peerless for she can trace her bloodline clear to Ramogi our great father and her blood is pure for we have always taken care to marry correctly. She is also the eldest daughter of our great chief, a man whose fame is known throughout this land. After careful consultation, we have therefore decided that thirty head of cattle should be the proper bride price. Was that an inaudible gasp from someone at the back? Chief Owuor Kembo signaled to his uncle and the old man spoke. QUESTIONS a) Place the excerpt in its immediate context. (4mks)

b) State the importance of this ceremony.

(2mks)

c) Illustrate any two themes brought out in the passage.

(4mks)

d) Identify and explain any two features of style used in the passage.

(4mks)

e) Cite evidence of Akoko s attributes referred to in the passage.

(4mks)

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f) We have therefore decided that thirty head of cattle should be the proper bride price. From elsewhere in the novel, why does this become a source of conflict and with what consequences? (4mks)

g) Let them show us that my daughter is not going to starve in that wasteland they call a home. Explain any one character trait of chief Odero Gogni brought out by this statement. (2mks)

h) However, nobody was fooled by his sweet words. (Change into active voice).

(lmk)

OR 2. (b) Read the extract below and then answer the questions that follow. GIRL TRACTORIST: All pleasures have to be rationed. Tobacco is rationed, and wine. Discussion should be rationed. OLD MAN; right (sighing): Deeth to the facists! All right, I will come to the point and explain just why we want our valley back. Makina Abakidze, unpack the goat cheese. (A PLEASANT WOMAN from the right takes from a basket an enormous cheese wrapped in a cloth, Applause and laughter.) Help yourselves, comrades have some! OLDMAN, left (suspiciously): Is this a way of influencing us? OLDMAN, right (amid laughter): How could it be a way of influencing you, Surab, you valleythief? Everyone knows youll take the cheese and the valley, too. (laughter.) All I expect from you is an honest answer. Do you like the cheese? OLDMAN, left: The answer is: yes. OLDMAN, right: Really, (Bitterly) I might have known you knew nothing about cheese. OLDMAN, left: Why? When I tell you I like it? OLDMAN, right: Because you cant like it. Because its not what it was in the old days. And why not? Because our goats dont like the new grass. The grazing land over there is no good, whatever the young folks say. You cant live there. It doesnt even smell of morning in the morning. (several people laugh) Please put that in your report. DELEGATE: Dont mind them: they got your point. After all, why does a man love his country? Because the bread tastes better, voices sound stronger, the sky is higher, the ground is easier to walk on. Isnt that so? OLDMAN, right: The valley has belonged to us from all eternity. SOLDIER, left: What does that mean, from all eternity? Nothing belongs to anyone from all eternity. When you were young you didnt even belong to yourself. You belonged to the Kazbeki princes. OLDMAN, right: The valley belongs to us by law.
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GIRL TRACTORIST: In any case, the laws must be re-examined to see if they are still right.

QUESTIONS a) Place the extract in its immediate context. (5mks)

b) Is this a way of influencing us? what has been done to influence them? What would be the intention of the influence? (3mks)

c) What reason do the goat herders give for the change in the taste of cheese?

(3mks)

d) All pleasures have to be rationed. Tobacco is rationed, and wine. Discussion should be rationed. What shows that the delegate from the city is a good arbiter (judge)? (2mks)

e) Is this meeting held in a friendly atmosphere? Suggest a reason for your answer.

(2mks)

f) From elsewhere in the text, state how the agricultural group led by Kato propose to make the disputed valley more profitable. (5mks)

g) What, according to the delegate, does a man love his country for?

(4mks)

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h) The valley belongs to us by law. (Add a question tag) (lmk)

3. Read the following Oral poem and answer the questions that follow, Oh beautiful bride, dont cry Your marriage will be happy. Console yourself, your husband will be good. And like your mother and your aunt, You will have many children in your life, Two children, three children, four.......... Resign yourself, do like all other, A man is not a leopard, A husband is not a thunderstruck, Your mother was your fathers wife, It will not kill you to work. It will not kill you to grind the grain Nor will it kill you to wash the pots. QUESTIONS a) With evidence, classify the oral poem (2mks) Nobody dies from gathering firewood Nor from washing clothes. We did not do it for you, We did not want to see you go; We love you too much for that Its your beauty that did it Because you are so gorgeous............ Ah, we see you laugh beneath your tears! Goodbye, your husband is here And already you dont seem To need our consolation. (Translated by Challote and Wolf Leslan)

b) Who do you think are the singers of the song?

(2mks)

c) How do the singers make the situation bearable for the lady?

(2mks)

d) What is the altitude of the society from which this song is derived towards women? (2mks)

e) Illustrate and explain the effect of the following in the oral poem. (i) Repetition

(4mks)

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(ii) Ellipses.

f) State in note form the duties of a wife according to the song.

(2mks)

g) Explain any one social aspect and one economic activity carried out in the community from which the oral poem is taken. (4mks)

h) Explain the irony in the eighth stanza. (2mks)

4. GRAMMAR (15 MKS) a) Rewrite the following sentences according to instructions given after each. (i) He said I want to go home. (Punctuate). (4mks)

(ii) James regrets that he didnt work harder at school. (Rewrite using... Working )

(iii) Someone is following us. (Rewrite in the passive)

(iv) Amayamu will not win the election if he does not clear himself of the corruption charges. (Begin: Unless )

b) Use phrasal verbs formed from the words in brackets to fill the blank spaces. (3mks) (i) I am sorry you were not satisfied by our services, I will __________________________ your complaint at once. (look) (ii) I _____________________________ Michael when I was in town this morning. (run) (iii) The last thing I would like to do is to _____________________________ with my parents. (fall)
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c) Fill in the correct prepositions. (3mks) (i) Mother complimented Sarah ____________________ her neat appearance. (ii) _______________ no account would she agree to sell her house. (iii) The thief jumped ____________________ the wall and into the sewage. d) Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the word in brackets. (3mks) (i) Omondi was liked by all his colleagues because of his _________________________ (humble) (ii) He was arrested because Raila made a malicious _________________ against him. (allege) (iii) The material is best known for its _____________________________ value. (medicine) e) The following sentences have incomplete idiomatic expressions. Complete them correctly. (2mks) (i) To finish this work by today is a __________________ order. (ii) Stop poking your ___________________ on other peoples affairs.

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