KCSE Past Papers 2016 English Paper 3 (101/3)

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

2016 English Paper 3

Answer three questions only.

1. Imaginative composition (compulsory)


(a) Write a story to illustrate the saying: “The early bird catches the worm.”


(b) Write a story beginning: `I regretted ever having had Riziki for a friend … (20 marks)

2. The Compulsory Set Text (20 marks)

Bertolt Brecht: The Caucasian Chalk Circle

One’s self-sacrifice and determination will always be rewarded in life. Using illustrations from the play The Caucasian Chalk Circle write an essay in support of this statement.

3. The Optional Set Texts (20 marks)

Answer any one of the following three questions.


(a) The Short Story Ilieva Emilia and Wareng Olembo (Ed) When the Sun Goes Down and Other Stories from Africa and Beyond.

Discuss the futility of illegal immigration using illustrations from Sefi Atta’s Twilight Trek.


(b) Drama Francis Imbuga: Betrayal in the City With illustrations from Francis Imbuga’s Betrayal in the City show how corruption is dehumanizing.


(c) The Novel Witi Ihimaera: The Whale Rider Identify and discuss the various levels of conflict in Witi lhimaera’s The Whale Rider.

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