Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education(KCSE 2013) English Paper 1 with Marking Scheme

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    1. Imagine that you are the caretaker of Fahari Children's Home in Bahati. There is a heavy storm one evening. After the storm you discover that one of the children is missing. The child is hearing impaired (deaf). Write a notice appealing to the public for help to trace the child. There will be a handsome reward for information that will help locate the child. (10 marks)
    2. Three days later, you receive a telephone call from the local police station informing you that the child has been found. Write a thank you note to the person who found and brought the child to the police station, giving details of how he/she will receive the reward. (10 marks)
  2. Read the passage below and fill in each blank space with an appropriate word. (10 marks)
    When people hurt you, should you lash out at them 1.......... give them a piece of your 2.........? There are those that argue that 3........ your emotions is much better than suppressing them. Perhaps the 4................. lies in between.
    What most people would readily agree 5.......... is the fact that it is 6................. to run away from the cause of your hurt because 7........... is likely to breed resentment. Imagine that your cubemate in the dormitory has 8............... damaged your reputation by telling blatant lies about you. Instead of 9................... him or her to settle the matter, you move to the 10......... cubicle. You may feel better for some time, but what if the teacher puts the two of you in a discussion group?
    1. Read the poem below and then answer the questions that follow.
      Day Seventeen
      FEBRUARY 6,2009
      i find myself
      looking at Black men
      with different eyes
      thinking things like
      Act right fool, don't you know
      we got a Black president!
      i take Barack's
      success & failure
      i feel as if
      i represent him
      as much as
      he does me
      From Auction Block to Oval Office: 100 Poems in 100
      Days of Obama's Presidency by Kahlil Almustafa
      New York: MVMT Publishing 2009
      1. Indentify one instance of alliteration in this poem. (1 mark)
      2. Give two examples of assonance in this poem. (2 marks)
      3. How would you perform the lines in italics? (4 marks)
      4. Pronouns such as "him" and "me" are usually not stressed. Explain why you would stress them in the last stanza. (1 mark)
    2. Identify any five pairs of words that are pronounced the same from the list below. (5 marks)
      phloem   mad
      floors   flaws
      berry   coarse
      clause   mud
      course   cause
      close   cloze
      bold   bald
      floss   flame
      phlegm   bury
    3. For each of the following words, underline the part that is stressed.
      re.gis.ter (verb)
      ap.proach (noun)
      a.larm (noun)
      a.buse (noun) (5 marks)
    4. Your school has organized a farewell party for the form four students. You have been asked at short nocie to move a vote of thanks. This will take the form of an impromptu speech. List the elements of your speech in the order in which they will appear. (6 marks)
    5. Read the dialogue below and then answer the questions that follow.
      REHEMA: Good morning, Aisha.
      AISHA: Good morning.
      REHEMA: (frowning) You don't look happy... What's the matter?
      AISHA: I have just received a call from home, and...
      REHEMA: Ah, these fellows from home are always calling. My mother also called me.
      AISHA: Well, in my case, it is bad news. My brother...
      REHEMA: As I was saying, my mother called me, and all she wanted to tell me is that they're fine. (shaking her head absentmindendly)
      AISHA: My brother was involved in a car accident. But you're not listening...
      REHEMA: What did you say?
      AISHA: (despairingly) I give up.
      1. What kind of listener is Rehema? Illustrate your answer. (4 marks)
      2. What should Rehema do to improve her listening skills? (2 marks)


  1. Points of interpretation
    1. Must be a notice if not deduct 2 marks.
      Format  (3 marks)
      • Headings and subheadings  -  must be written clearly in catchy bold print to attract the attention of the reader.
      • Overall presentation  -attractive design, use of capital letters e.t.c.
      • Include the following
      • Heading
      • Name of Institution
      • Subject
      • Format - name of a person/official designation
      • Border line
      • Date of notice

        Language  (3 marks)
      • Language accuracy  -  should communicate clearly and accurately
      • Use short clear phrases

        Content  (4 marks)
      • Description of the child (2 marks)
        e.g. -  height
      • complexion
      • age (mandatory)
      • clothing
      • Indicate child is deaf (mandatory)
      • Offer a handsome amount of money for information that will help locate the child. (1 mark)
      • Give contact details e.g. phone number. (1 mark)
    2. Expect an informal letter if not deduct 2 marks.
      The letter need not be long, it is the sincerity of the tone that matters.
      Format  (3 marks)
      • Senders address and date
      • Salutation  e.g. Dear Mr./ Mrs e.t.c
      • Signing off e.g. yours sincerely e.t.c

        Language  (4 marks)
      • Ability to communicate accurately
      • proficient use of language structures
      • coherency
      • appropriate punctuation
      • Tone -  should adopt a relaxed formal tone since the addressee is not known by the sender.
      • Paragrahing

        Content  (3 marks)
      • Sincere expression of thanks.
      • Details of how the person who found the child will receive their reward.
        (appreciation (1), reward (1), how, where and when (1))
    1. and
    2. mind
    3. expressing
    4. truth
    5. on
    6. cowardly/ wrong/ bad
    7. this/ that/ it
    8. badly/ deliberately/ purposely/intentionally
    9. confronting
    10. farthest/ next/adjacent.
      1. thinking/ things - must underline sound
      2. i, find, myself
        with, different
        thinking, things
        don’t, know
        he, me
      3. stress “fool” (which comes before a pause in the first utterance); also stress
        “black” (to distinguish it from “white” presidents); the whole group of words
        is an exclamation, and it would be said at a particularly high pitch/rising and
        falling intonation.   The words would also be spoken with a knowing, comic
        Use gestures and a stern ironic facial expression.
        • Pronouns like other function words are stressed when they occur in a final position.
        • Contextually the pronouns indicate a shared identity:black.
      1. Berry  -  bury
      2. Cloze  -  clause
      3. Coarse  -  course
      4. Flaws  -  floors
      5. Close - cloze
    3. col.league
      1. Acknowledgement  (2 marks)
        Acknowledgement + greet the important people at the party: chair BOG, chair PTA,
        Principal, Deputy principal, Senior Teacher, Class teachers, Subject teachers, other
        members of the teaching staff, fellow students  -  greetings.
        (should follow a hierarchical order).
      2. Appreciation   (3 marks)
        • Thank God (optional)
        • Thank the teachers/principal (mandatory)
        • Thank parents and guardians (optional)
        • Thank the organizers of the party (mandatory)
        • Thank the cooks, servers and other support staff (mandatory)
        • Thank form four students for behaving well
      3. Concluding remarks (e.g Thank you for listening to me + goodbye till we meet again  -  when we come for our results)  (mandatory)
        God bless you. (1 mark)
        • Non -  empathetic listener/callous/inconsiderate/insensitive/unfriendly.
        • Inattentive - absent minded
        • Impatient - interrupts Aisha’s speeches
        • Absent - minded - “what did your say?”
          Any two well illustrated points.
        • Should try to enter Aisha’s world and look at things from her point of view.
        • Improve on her turn - taking and stop interrupting.
        • Should be more attentive/ stop being absent - minded.
        • Should stop being selfish.
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