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2015 KCSE Gem Sub-County Joint Evaluation

English Paper 1


Follow the instructions below.

You are the principla of Boresha Secondary school. Your former student has indicated you as his referee in his application for a job at Utumishi organization to be employed as a clerk. Write a reference letter to the Human Resource manager about the suitability of the applicant.

20 marks

2.CLOZE TEST (10 Marks)

Read the passage below and fill the blanks with the most appropriate word.

Read the passage below and fill in each of the blank spaces with an appropriate word.
Corruption (1)_______________one of the country,s(2) _____________serious governance issues. In November 2014,through one of its quarterly survey,IPSOS polled Kenyans(3)_____________various socio-economic, cultural and political issues.(4)____________________them was an evaluation of the Jubilee government on 13 policy areas compared to be(5)____________________coalition government’s performance. It (6)_____________that whereas more than half of Kenyans(7)____________that the current government is doing better in (8)______________of health services and education 59 per cent thought it

20 marks

3. ORAL SKILLS (30 Marks)

Answer the questions that follow.

Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow in the spaces provided.
Kurukuru kakara kukuru kakara,
The train moves
Roaring and racing on the ridge.
Kukuru kakara kukuru kakara,
Crawling,criss-crossing beautiful plains
I sit staring at scenic scenes
Observing the wild animals.
Kukuru kakara kukuru kakara,
I feel the heat
I see the Swahili houses
Thriving thatched homestead.
Kukuru kakara kukuru kakara,
I see the bright ocean.
The train grinds to a hault.
I am in Mombasa.
By Egara Kabaji
i) Describe the rhyme scheme of this poem. (2 marks)
ii) Describe how rhythm has been achieved in this poem. (4 marks)
iii) How would you make this poem interesting if you were to recite it to audience. (3 marks)
iv) If the words ‘kukuru kakara kukuru kakara ‘are translated into English, what would happen? (1 mark)

20 marks


Your school has invited a bank manager to come and address form four students on banking as a career. During the discussion the students on banking as a career. During the discussion the students seemed not to be concerning. Suggest what could be the manager’s shortcomings.

6 marks


In these sentences the stressed word is underlined. Explain their meanings.
i) Is Mary going to Nairobi?
ii) Is Mary going to Nairobi?
iii) Are you happy with him?
iv) Are you happy with him?

4 marks


Identify the odd one out of the following. (4 marks)
i) One walk work
ii) Send ten weak
iii) Debt Debut prompt
iv) Rock mock cost

4 marks


In the telephone conservation below, Mercy calls Toyota Kenya Limited Company to book an appointment with the managing director. Complete their conversation. (6 marks)
Mercy: __________________________________________________________________________ (1 mark)
Telephone operator: Yes,it is .How can I help you ?
Mercy: __________________________________________________________________________ (1 mark)
Telephone: Please hold on as I put you through the managing director’s secretary.
Secretary: ________________________________________________________________________ (2 marks)
Mercy: I am Mercy Mapendo.I would like to book an appointment with managing Director on Wednesday at 2pm.
Secretary: (2 marks)
Mercy: Friday, 12:45 p.m. is fine with me.
Secretary: That’s fine thank you for calling and keep time.
Mercy: (1 mark)
Secretary: You’re welcome.

7 marks

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