KCSE Past Papers 2017 English Paper 3 (101/3)

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

2017 English Paper 3

Answer three questions only.

1. Imaginative Composition (Compulsory) (20 marks)


(a) Write a story that includes the following:

a wallet, a letter and a reward.


(b) Write a composition on the effects of corruption on development, and explain what the Government of Kenya can do to end it.

2. The Compulsory Set Text (20 marks)

Margaret A. Ogola, The River and the Source C.) Contentment and humility are the secrets to happiness. Write a composition in support of this statement, drawing illustrations from The River and the Source.

3. The Optional Set Texts (20 marks)

Answer any one of the following three questions.


(a) The Short Story


Ilieva Emilia and Waveney Olembo (Eds.), When the Sun Goes Down and Other Stories from Africa and Beyond

Using illustrations from Rayda Jacob’s short story, “The Guilt”, write a composition to illustrate the truth that racism brings suffering to both the racists and those discriminated against.


(b) Drama

Francis Imbuga, Betrayal in the City

Choices have Consequences. Using Francis Imbuga’s Betrayal in the City, write an essay in support of the truth of this statement.


(c) The Novel


Witi Ihimaera, The Whale Rider

For centuries, humans have assumed there is a special link between them and nature. Refer to Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider, to defend this belief.


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