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THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE, TECHNOLODY AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING


LUGEYE SECONDARY SCHOOL
FORM IV MID-TERM EXAMINATION TEST SEPTEMBER, 2016
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
TIME: 3:00 HOURS
INSTRACTIONS:

i.
ii.
iii.
iv.

This paper consists of section A, B, C and D


Follow the instructions under each section
Write your names/number on every page of your answer sheet
Cellular phones and electronic calculators are not allowed in the examination room.
SECTION A (10 marks)
COMPREHENSION AND SUMMARY

1.

2.

Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions that follow.
Soil erosion is a problem that causes concern world widely. This is because it has very bad effects on the areas
concerned.
The causes of soil erosion are many and varied. Deforestation is the one major cause of soil erosion. People cuts
down forests for various reasons. For example for fire wood and construction purposes. They may also cut
down trees in order to make room for cultivation where land is scarce and to get timber for commercial
purposes.
Poor farming practice is also the cause of soil erosion. Overcropping is one of the poor farming methods. In
many places, the same types of of crops are grown on the same place over the years, without any attempt to
replace used up nutrients. These crops use up the soil nutrients and leave the soil loose and vulnerable to erosion
by wind. People who cultivate on hillsides or sloppy areas also contribute to soil erosion. When such areas are
cultivated, the vegetation cover is removed and the soil is left bare. During the rains, running water easily
washes away the soil down to the lowlands.
In many places, people tend to overgraze. Many animals are reared on small pieces of land. The animals eat
vegetations and leave the land bare. This makes it easier for the agent of soil erosion to carry away the soil.
The new development in agriculture and in proved methods of farming has helped in preservation of soil
erosion. In the sloppy areas, cover plants such as sweet potato vines are grown. The farmers practice contour
farming and terracing. These methods ensure the running water does not carry away the soil to the lowlands.
Crop rotation and meaningful intercropping should be practiced as they help to prevent soil, few animals should
be grazed in a plot of land to ensure that overgrazing does not take place.
Afforestation is another measure used to control soil erosion, where forests have been cleared by man or fines,
new trees are planted. The roots of these trees hold the soil and protect it from agents of soil erosion.
Questions
(i)
Suggest a suitable title for this passage
(ii)
From the passage, mention two causes of soil erosion
(iii)
From the passage, explain three ways of preventing soil erosion
(iv)
With reference to the passage above, explain in why people cut down trees?
(v)
From the passage above, why Afforestation is said to be a major control of soil erosion? (Give two
points)
Red and summarize the following passage into two (2) clear sentences.
The human brain is an expanded bulb structure made up of two hemispheres the right and left. It is spongy
matter consisting of many tarts, each with its special function. Messages from different parts of the body are
sent to the brain for processing. Thereafter they are sent to various parts of the body to perform different tasks.

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4.

SECTION B (20 MARKS)


The following sentences are wrong, rewrite them correctly.
(i)
I can speaks foreign languages
(ii)
Is your mother a Tanzania?
(iii)
She have gone to school
(iv)
It produce electricity
(v)
How high is they?
Complete the sentences below using the words provided in the box to make meaningful idea

Much,

5.

6.

7.

Many,

Little,

Some,

Any,

A lot of,

Enough

By,

Of

(i)
Was there ________ trouble in my absence?
(ii)
He knows __________ German.
(iii)
There is _________ possibility of their reaching the station on time.
(iv)
There is _________ water in the well
(v)
Hamisi died _________ the deadly disease currently known as HIV/AIDS
Change the verbs in brackets into their appropriate tenses.
(i)
The sun (shine) __________ everyday
(ii)
They (go) __________ to church last Sunday
(iii)
I have just (write) __________ the exams
(iv)
She (be) _______ carrying now
(v)
Sir Papaa (have) __________ been arrived to school.
Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each.
(i)
Had she heard the noise, she would have opened the door. (Begin: She would have ________if
____________
(ii)
If Juma comes, I will go with him (change into conditional sentence type two II)
(iii)
If he came early in the morning, we would plan how to manage this job. (change into conditional
sentence type one I)
(iv)
Mwl. Komba is too fat to win the race. (re-write using so that)
(v)
We want to go, we have enough money to get there. (use: Not only .. but also)
Complete the following sentences with MUCH and MANY
(i)
How _________ does sugar cost?
(ii)
How ____________ money do you want
(iii)
Not __________ doctors can live in villages
(iv)
Africa has ______________ problems.
SECTION C (30 MARKS)
Answer question 8, 9 and two of the four given alternatives in 10.

8.

9.

Re-arrange the following five sentences into a logical sequence to make a meaningful paragraph by writing the
corresponding number in the answer sheet provided.
A. The match was between Lugeye secondary school and Kongoro secondary school
B. Lugeye secondary school scored two goals while the opponents were through
C. At 5:00PM, another match started between the staff members of Lugeye secondary school and Kongoro
staff members
D. It was a nice Friday, when Lugeye secondary school had a friendly match.
E. The match started with strive competition between the students of Lugeye secondary school and Kongoro
secondary school.
Match the items in LIST A with the responses in LIST B to make meaningful sentences by writing the letter of
the correct responses beside the items.
LIST A
(i)
(ii)
(iii)

Unless you study hard


We played football
Would you please!

LIST B
A. Was present at his birthday party
B. See me to the bus stand
C. You will pass the exams

(iv)

Neither his father or his mother

D.
E.
F.
G.
H.

Whom I was talking about


Were present at his birthday party
Escort me to the bus stand
Inspite of rain
You will fail the exams

10. Answer two questions from four alternatives A, B, C and D


A. Use the information provided below then writes an invitational card.
(i)
0757147665 contact
(ii)
The date: Friday 26 September 2016
(iii)
Place of residence: Magu, Mwanza
(iv)
Name of recipient: Mr/Mrs/Dr/Horn Joseph
(v)
Purpose of invitation: Form four graduation of Elizabeth
(vi)
Place: The open University
(vii)
Sender: Mr & Mrs papaa
(viii)
Time: 09:30AM to 04:30PM
B. Write a letter to the general Manager of Mbeya Cement Company Ltd, P.O BOX 400 Mbeya on a vacancy
for secretary. Say you are ready to work as a secretary. Your address is 14, Songwe-Mbeya.
C. In not more than 250 words suggest the best ways of improving academic performance at Lugeye
secondary school
D. Poverty in Tanzania has been a burning issue. Discuss the best ways of eliminating poverty
SECTION D (40 MARKS)
RESPONSE TO READING
Answer two (2) questions from this section, one question should be selected from poetry and the other from novels
and short stories or plays.
LIST OF READINGS:
NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES
A wreath for Fr. Mayer S. N. Ndunguru (1977) Mkuki na Nyota
Un answered cries Osman Conteh, Macmillan
Spared - S. N. Ndunguru (2004) Mkuki na Nyota
Weep not child Ngungi wa Thiongo (1987) Heinemann
The interview P. Ngungi (2002), Macmillan.
PLAYS
Three suitors one hasband O. Mbia (1994), Eyre Methuen
The lion and the Jewel W. Soyinka (1963), OUP
This time tomorrow - Ngungi wa Thiongo (1972) Heinemann
The black hermit - Ngungi wa Thiongo (1968) Heinemann
POETRY
Songs of Lawino and Ocol O. P> Bitek (1979), EAPH
Growing up with poetry D. Rubadiri (ed) (1989), Heinemann
Summons R. Mabala (1960), TPH
11. Read the following poem carefully and answer the questions that follow.
i.
To you dada,
Its the days that matter,
For we are unable to chat,
In the language we had.
ii.
When I took at you,
And see my pay-slip,
In your eyes,
I fell empty,

iii.

iv.

v.

vi.

And sapped.
Your glance sister,
Is to me the measure,
Of the heat of the dough,
In my pocket.
Never are passions cool,
To you I am now a tool,
And all my wage is now the force,
I ride on your throbbing kisses.
It is you I accuse,
Because you lone is lose,
And you only touch me,
With the tenderness that asks,
Where my wallet is.
It is to you dada,
That my pen tears the pan,
For I only see your love,
Focused on my purse,
With your passions,
Chasing may bank account.

Questions
(a) What is the poem about?
(b) Does dada in this poem have a true love to the personal?
(c) What does the poet mean by the word dada?
(d) What is the mood o the poet?
(e) How many stanzas are there in the poem?
(f) What are the possible themes in the poem?
12. Use two poems you have read, comment on how the poet analyses themes to reflect the societies.
13. Suggest lessons which can be drawn from two plays you have read under this section. Give for lessons from
each play).
14. The HIV/AIDS pandemic spreads like a burning fire in the forest. Verify this statement by using one novel
you have read.
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We create our tomorrow by what we dream today Says Papaa.