Form III & IV English Comprehension Revision Questions – Part 1

Form III & IV English Comprehension Revision Questions – Part 1

01. Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions that follow: 

Ladies and gentlemen, we have come here to celebrate the success of our sons and daughters. We have gathered here to tell them, “We are proud of you. You have put us on the national map”. The boys and girls of Kipunguni Secondary School have excelled in the class and the field. Parents, how does this make you feel? We have come to recognize and reward success in the national examination, in the drama festivals and sports. Our daughter from this very school was awarded the regional prize for being the best student in all the subjects. To crown it all the school football team has produced 5 out of the 11 members of the national Under-17 team. Isn’t the something to celebrate?

The actual prizes will go to a few individuals, but ladies and gentlemen this is the success of all of us: of the parents who look after the students, of the support staff members who prepare the playgrounds, of the classroom teachers, of the cheer team members whose encouraging song hangs in the air. Yes, it is our success: all of us. 


Ladies and gentlemen. And as we celebrate, what lessons do we learn from this success? In other words, what do we need to know and do to remain at the top? I know the answer of the parents may be different from that of the teachers, and both may be different from those of the students. Nevertheless, ladies and gentlemen, we need the answers from all three groups to sustain our success. Let us pull together and as we celebrate the success of yesterday let us look to the success of tomorrow.


(a) (i)  

Identify one point in the speech where you think the person making speech looks at the audience. (@01 mark per item)

(ii) What is the purpose of this speech?

(iii) Identify the phrase that marks the opening of the speech.

(iv) Identify one point in the speech where you think the audience applauded.

(v) Identify a point in the speech where you think the speaker could have shifted eye contact to face certain sections of the audience directly.

(b) Complete the sentences below with the words in the box. (01 mark per item)

  Audience, relevant, volume, eye, gestures

 (i) When making speech, address the ………………………….directly.

(ii) Maintain …………….. contact with the audience.

(iii) Strengthen the verbal message with movements, and ………………….

(iv) Vary the ………………… and pitch of your voice appropriately.

(v) Keep the speech ……………………… the occasion.

02. Read the following passage and then answer the questions below: 

The stadium was so crowded that one could hardly step in. It was a day for a great match. Tanzania was playing against England. Spectators were very excited because for the first time they would see giant players like Ashley Cole and Patrick Viera. Tanzania was one of the best teams in the world as it had beaten Brazil 6, Japan 5-2, Germany 2-0, Italy 6-0 and draw 1-1 against Spain. Today it was a semi-final. The Tanzanian president has enabled the Tanzania soccer team, the Bongo heroes to get the best coach in the world; his name was Mr Calos Delgado from Argentina.

As usual, people started arriving at the stadium from 5:00 A.M. carrying both their breakfast lunch as they would spend the whole day there. The match was expected to start at 4:30 P.M. There were drum beats, trumpets, bands and local dances that made the stadium live and pleasurable.

At 3:00 P.M several government officials started arriving including the president of the Tanzania Football Association (TFF). At 3:15 P.M the prime minister entered the stadium waving his hands to greet people. After five minutes, the guest of honour, Hon President John Magufuli arrived at the stadium. He was welcomed by loud applaud from the crowd.

At 4:20 P.M the referee was in the centre of the stadium. At 4:25 P.M he blew the whistle. The Bongo Heroes were the first to enter the stadium; they wore beautiful jazzes which were in the colour of their national flag. Then, the England soccer team ran into the stadium. Yells and shouts were all over the stadium as these world soccer stars were trotting in the stadium. The noises went far as Morogoro.

As the referee was about to start the match, something bad happened. Unexpectedly, rain poured heavily in the stadium. I suddenly woke up. It was 7:30 P.M, Oooh!!!! I was late for school! I put on my school uniform and rushed to the bus stop.


(i) Suggest the suitable title of the passage

(ii) Tell why the crowd was so happy

(iii) Tell whether there was a match between Tanzania and England.

(iv) According to the author of this passage, what was the contribution of Mr President in the good performance of Bongo Heroes?

(v) Comment on the story.

(b) Synopsize the above passage in not less than 60 words.

03. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: (KATAVI REGION MOCK 2018

It is breakfast time. You have been looking forward to eating a nice ripe banana ever since you woke up. Just when you reach for the delicious piece of fruit on your counter, you see something that makes you much less hungry. A swarm of fruit flies.

Fruit flies are tiny insects that are attracted to ripe or rotting fruits and vegetables. The flies not only eat the fruit they also lay eggs there. A single fruits fly can lay up to 500 eggs on the surface of a piece of fruit. Within eight days, the fruit flies that hatch from these eggs is full adults that can then lay their eggs. As you can see what might start as a small fruit fly problem can become very large very quickly.

Although there is a chance fruit flies can carry germs onto your food, this is not very likely. Fruit flies are annoying, but they probably will not hurt you. 

Because they are such a nuisance, however, most people want to get rid of these pesky bugs as quickly as possible. Some people use pesticide sprays on the fruit flies. Although this will kill the flies, it will also spread harmful poison all over your kitchen. Luckily, there is also a completely safe way for you to get rid of fruit flies in your house.

 The first step is for you to remove all fruits or vegetables from your counter. Store these items in the refrigerator or sealed containers. Clean up any spilt juice or bits of food that might be on the floor. Take out the trash and empty the recycling bin. Wash any dirty dishes that are in your sink. Doing all of these things will stop new' fruit flies from finding food or places to lay their eggs.

Next, make a trap to catch all of the remaining fruit flies in your house. First, fill a small bowl with a few tablespoons of vinegar. Then, put a piece of very ripe or rotting fruit into the vinegar. Cover the bowl very tightly with a sheet of plastic wrap and poke a few very small holes in the wrap with a fork. If all goes according to plan, the flies will enter the trap through the holes but will be unable to fly back out. This trap will catch all of the remaining fruit flies. You can either kill these flies or release them outdoors.

Fruit flies can be a pest, but they do not have to make you crazy. With a little effort, you can get the existing flies out of your house and prevent new ones from taking over your kitchen.


A. Write the letter of the correct answer in your answer booklet.

i. In reading this passage, we learn that fruits fly:

(a) Are only attracted to ripe bananas

(b) Die immediately after they lay their eggs

(c) Are bothersome and harmful

(d) Are bothersome and harmless

ii. As used to the paragraph three a nuisance is sometimes that:

(a) Bothers you

(b) Can be dangerous

(c) Grows fast

(d) Is very small

iii. According to the passage, why should you not use pesticide spray to kill fruits flies?

(a) Most sprays do not kill all the fruits flies.

(b) Buying sprays can be expensive if you need to use a lot of them.

(c) The sprays take too much time to work.

(d) It can be dangerous to use them in your kitchen.

iv. In the penultimate (next-to-last) Paragraph the author thinks

(a) Some people do not find having fruits flies in their house a problem

(b) Some people do not like killing insects

(c) Fruits flies do not like vinegar

(d) Making a fruit fly trap can be difficult

v. The author suggests three safe ways of getting rid of fruit flies in your homestead, two of them:

(a) Emptying the bins and spraying insecticides

(b) Removing the spilt juices and bits of food using vinegar as a hob

(c) Removing all fruits or vegetables and using vinegar as a hob

(d) Cleaning the floor and washing dishes.

B. Complete the following sentences with the right information from the passage.

i. Why are fruit flies attracted to ripe or rotten fruits and vegetables?

a) …………………………………………………………………………

b) ………………………………………………………………………….

ii. Imagine you had a fruit fly outbreak in your kitchen, mention two safe ways you would use to handle the situation.

a) ………………………………………………………………………….

b) ………………………………………………………………………….

(iii) Give a collective name of a large group of insects.………………………………

04. Read the passage below carefully and summarize it in one paragraph of five sentences. Do not write numbers.

The importance of traditional medicine is acknowledged even today in many parts of the world. Over 80% of the general global population (especially in the developing world) depends on traditional medicines for their health needs. Even in the USA, one-third of the adult population use some form of alternative medicine such as herbal supplements and other therapies. And in East Africa, traditional plants and herbs like neem (mwarobaini), aloe vera and stinging nettle, are becoming very popular as supplements or therapies for a variety of ailments. Although the potential of traditional medicine is widely acknowledged in Africa, enough has not yet been done to utilize plants with proven health usefulness. More should be done in that field. It is possible for example to more widely grow medicinal plants that can be used for local or industrial production of medicine and herbal supplements.


05. Read the following passage then answer the questions that follow: 

Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His name rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen, he had brought honour to his village by throwing Amalinze, the cat. Amalinze was the great wrestler who for seven years was unbeaten, from Umofia to Mbaino. He was called the Cat because his back would never touch the earth. 

It was this man that Okonkwo threw in a fight which the old men agreed was one the fiercest since the founder of their own engaged of the wild for seven days and seven nights. 


(i) Suggest the title of the passage in not more than five (05) words

(ii)            When did Okonkwo bring respect to his village?

(iii)          Why Amalinze was called a Cat?

(iv)          How long did Amalinze remain unbeaten?

(b) Summarize the above passage is not more than fifty (50) words.



Happy revision!


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