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2015 KCSE Kajiado County Joint Examination

English Paper 1


Follow the instructions below.

a) Your study group has been assigned to write a review of the play, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, for
presentation to the class in two week’s time.
Write the book review. (12 marks)
b) Similarly, your subject teacher writes a reminder to the group on the importance of completing this
assignment in time. Write the reminder the group received. (8 marks)

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 the blank spaces with the most appropriate word
Some students know so (1)________ that they are unable to understand and do the tasks that the examiner requires of them. This is also, (2) ________ often the result of lack of proper preparation on their part (3) _______ the teacher’s (4) _______to teach them. Rarely is this (5) ____ due to lack of teaching and access to books. Another aspect is the unfortunate desire (6) _____ many student’s part to try to impress. The desire often leads to (7) ______ use of vocabulary that distorts communication completely. Students are advised to use vocabulary that they are (9) ______ with and understand their meaning if not, the examiner is more likely to find out the fault with your diction than be impressed (10) ________ it.

20 marks

3. ORAL SKILLS (30 Marks)

Answer the questions that follow.

a) Read the poem below and then answer the questions that follow.
There are words like freedom
Sweet and wonderful to say
On my heartstrings freedom sings
All day everyday
There are words like liberty
That almost makes me cry
If you had known what I know
You would know why.
(Langston Hughes)
i) Describe the rhyme scheme of the poem. (2 marks)
ii) How would you perform line 6 of the poem. (2 marks)
iii) Give two pairs of rhyming words in the poem. (2 marks)
iv) Why do you think the words freedom and liberty are in italics. (2 marks)
v) Provide homophones for the following words used in the poem. (3 marks)
a) There
b) Sweet
c) Know

11 marks


Utaala nya rukana baba yata vuza zing’ombe (luhya)
(Whoever did not see his/ her mother when she was still young and beautiful imagines that her/ his father just gave away his cows.
i) Explain a situation where this genre is applicable. (2 marks)
ii) What role does the genre play in the situation you have described in (ii) (2 marks)

4 marks


Identify and explain three different situations in which it will be courteous for you to maintain a respectable distance as you interact with people.

6 marks


Study the following conservation then answer the questions that follow:
Michael: Hey, you! What is it?
Paul : Two fifteen. Can’t you buy your own watch?
Michael: Ah! Don’t ask me funny questions. Is there a bus stop here?
Paul : Yeah that way, towards the market. You don’t know where to board a bus? Some people are
Michael: Don’t you see I’m a stranger? Where did you say the bus stop is? Near which market?
Paul : Ah! I told you that way! Don’t you have ears? The bus stop is that way, towards the market!
Michael: Don’t shout at me! Don’t shout! I don’t know what’s wrong with some people. I just don’t
Paul: Go away. I don’t know what’s wrong with you either.
i) What is the setting of this conservation? (2 marks)
ii) Identify instances of breach etiquette committed by the two. (4 marks)
iii) What should Paul have done in order to improve on his giving direction? (2 marks)

6 marks

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