KCSE Past Papers 2014 Home Science Paper 1 (441/1)

KCSE Past Papers Home Science 2014

3.13.1 Home Science Paper 1 (441/1)

SECTION A: (40 marks)

Answer ALL the questions in this section in the spaces provided.

1 State two functions of proteins in the body.(2 marks)

2 Give four advantages of using a wooden spoon for cooking.(2 marks)

3 Give four reasons for blanching vegetables.(2 marks)

4 State four ways of minimizing fatigue while working in the kitchen.(2 marks)

5 Distinguish between garnishing and decorating food.(2 marks)

6 Define ventilation.(1 mark)

7 State three advantages of using gas as a fuel in the home.(3 marks)

8 State two disadvantages of concealed drainage system.(2 marks)

9 List two sources of consumer information.(1 mark)

10 Give the meaning of the word “counterfeit”.(2 marks)

11 Name four vaccines a child should be given by the age of nine months.(2 marks)

12 Identify two uses of each of the following items in first aid:(2 marks)

(a) safety pin;

(b) cotton swab.

13 Highlight three points on the care given to a child with fever at home.(3 marks)

14 Identify four points to consider when sorting clothes for washing.(2 marks)

15 State two points to observe when hanging clothes in the wardrobe.(2 marks)

16 State one factor that determines the width of a hem on a garment.(1 mark)

17 Give two reasons for using machine fell seam on children’s garments.(2 marks)

18 State three uses of interfacing in garment construction.(3 marks)

19 Differentiate between a fibre and a fabric.(2 marks)

20 Name the following pattern symbols.(2 marks)

SECTION B: (20 marks)

COMPULSORY Answer Question 21 in the spaces provided.

21 Your cousin is celebrating her l7“‘ birthday and has asked you to assist her in the preparations.

(a) State three factors to consider when setting a table for the invited guests. (3 marks)

(b) Outline the procedure to follow when arranging flowers for the party. (9 marks)

(c) Outline the procedure for thorough cleaning a canvas bag that she will use after the party.(8 marks)

SECTION C: (40 marks)

Answer any TWO questions from this section in the space provided after question 24.

22. (a) List six details found on bread wrapping.(3 marks)

(b) (i) State three advantages of budgeting the family income.(3 marks)

(ii) Explain two problems faced by consumers in Kenya today.(4 marks)

(c) (i) State two principles of food preservation.(2 marks)

(ii) Explain two disadvantages of preserving food.(4 marks)

(d) Arrange the following steps of making yeast mixtures in order:

shaping, fermentation, second kneading, first proving, baking, mixing, first kneading, second proving.(4 marks)

23 (a) (i) List four materials suitable for finishing the floor in a living room.(2 marks)

(ii) Identify six activities that take place in a living room.(3 marks)

(b) State two functions of each of the following in relation to pregnancy:(4 marks)

(i) placenta;

(ii) amniotic fluid.

(c) Outline the procedure of caring for a household duster after use.(6 marks)

(d) Highlight five ways of enhancing personal health.(5 marks)

24. (a) Identify four methods of softening temporary hard water for laundry work.(4 marks)

(b) State four points to observe when Working hand stitches.(4 marks)

(c) Highlight four qualities of a well made patch on a pillow case.(4 marks)

(d) Explain four properties of linen that make it suitable for bedsheets.(8 marks)

3.13.2 Home Science Paper 2 (441/2)


A pattern of a girl’s skirt is provided. You are advised to study the sketches, instructions and layout carefully before you begin the test.


Pattern Pieces

1. A — Skirt back

B— Yoke (front)

C— Lower skirt (front)

D— Front waistband

E— Back waistband

F— Frill

2.Plain lightweight cotton fabric 56 cm long by 90 cm wide.

3. Sewing thread to match the fabric.

4. One large envelope.


Using the materials provided, cut out and make the left half of the girl ’s skirt to show the following processes:

(a) Cutting out. (14 marks)

(b) Making of the dart at the back skirt. (6% marks)

(c) Joining of the yoke front to the lower skirt front using an overlaid seam. Do not trim. Neaten half the seam using loop stitches. (12 marks)

(d) Attaching of the frill to the lower skirt front using a plain seam. Leave the gathering stitches and do not trim the seam allowance. ( 11 marks)

(e) Making of the skirt side seam from the yoke to the hemline using an open seam. (7 marks)

(f) Attaching of the front and back waistbands and holding them in place using tacking stitches.(21 marks)

(g) Making of the worked buttonhole. (12 marks)

(h) OMIT

The management of the skirt hem.

(i) Overall presentation. (6% marks)

At the end of the examination, firmly sew onto your work, on a single fabric, a label bearing your name and index number. Remove the needle, pins and loose threads from your work. Fold your work neatly and place it in the envelope provided. Do not put scraps of fabric in the envelope. Do not seal the envelope.


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