KCSE Past Papers 2017 English Paper 1 (101/1)

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

2017 English Paper 1

1. Imagine that you are a former drug addict who has recovered rehabilitation centre. You have been invited to a youth forum drug and substance abuse among the youth. after spending three months in a to talk about ways of preventing

Write down the speech you would deliver during the occasion. Education, teachers and some school principals will attend. Students, the County Director of (20 marks)

2. Read the passage below and fill in each blank space with an appropriate word. (10 marks)

A rich vocabulary can only be acquired through wide reading, and can only be (a)………….in the mind through (b) extensive reading. Dictionaries are useful up to a point. They give information where needed. (c) the exact flavour of a word can only (d) familiar with repeated encounters of (e) in different contexts. It is (f) remembering that we acquire (g) all our active vocabulary without the help of a dictionary at all. (h) in the acquisition of vocabulary, the course book and the dictionary are mere (i) in a more natural process founded chiefly (j) leisure-time reading.

3. (a) Read the Song below, and answer the questions that follow: (30 marks)

Maize has a market

Sorghum has a market

Maize has a market

What about my children?

My children’s market is the graveyard

What about my children?

My children’s market is the graveyard

You are a backbiter

You are a witch

You are a gossip

My children

You will kill them because of jealousy

My children

You will kill them because of jealousy.

Adapted from Magomoro: Portrait of an African Village (1987) Landeg White, Cambridge

University Press, 1987

(i) With an illustration in each case, identify any three features that contribute to the oral nature of the song. (6 marks)

(ii) Briefly explain why the word “You” should be stressed while performing the song. 1/4.) (2 marks)

‘ (b) Identify a sound feature in each of the short forms given below. (6 marks)

(i) Challenge: It can be cracked, It can be made.

It can be told, It can be played. What is it?

Respondent: A joke

(ii) A good wife and health are man’s best wealth.

(iii) Ken can can a can of curled Kales.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, 2017

(c) Group the following words according to the pronunciation of the underlined letters. (4 marks)

guide fluid juice cruise biscuit

anguish built quite suitable equipment

guilt (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)

(d) For each of the following words underline the part that is stressed.

(e) You have just attended a public meeting where various speakers were sensitizing people on the problem of cheating in national. examinations. A news reporter who was covering the function decides to interview you.

Fill in the gaps in the conversation so that it flows naturally.

Reporter: Hello, what is your name and what do you do?

You:

(1 mark)

(1 mark)

You: I found the talk both enlightening and useful.

Reporter:

What is the most outstanding thing that you hPe learnt today?

You:

(2 marks)

Reporter:

(1 mark)

– You:

I would like to tell them that

(1 mark)

Reporter:

(1 mark)

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