Form 3 English Study Notes


TIME: 3 HOURS                        ___________    MAY 2019


  1. This paper consists of sections A, B, C and D.
  2. Answer all questions as instructed in each section.
  3. All writings must be in blue or black pen.
  4. All communication devices are not allowed in the examination room.
  5. This paper consists of six printed pages.


    SECTION A (10 Marks)


    Answer all questions in this section

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

    This problem of jobless primary school leavers is, in fact, a product of the present system. increasingly, children are starting school at six or even five years of age, so that they finish primary school when they are still too young to become responsible young workers and citizens. To add on to that is the fact that the society and type of education they have received leads them to expect paid employment. In other words, their education was not sufficiently related to the tasks which have to be done in our society. This problem therefore calls for a major change in the content of our primary education and raising the primary school entry age so that the child is older when he or she is at school.

    There is no other way in which this problem of primary school leavers can be solved. For the vast majority of those who get the opportunity to go to primary school, all they receive will be equivalent of the present seven years education. Of those who go to primary school, only a few of them will have the chance of going on to secondary school. Quite soon, only a portion of these will have the opportunity to go to the university. These are economic facts of life for Tanzania. They are practical meaning of our poverty.

    The only choices before us are how we allocate the educational opportunities, and whether we emphasise the individual interests of the few or design our education system to serve community as a whole. For our state, only the latter is possible.

    The meaning and result of this is that the education given in our primary schools must be a complete education in itself. It must not continue to be simply a preparation for secondary school. Instead of primary school activities being intended for preparing pupils for competitive examination that will select the few who go on to secondary school, they must be a preparation for life that the majority of the children will lead.

    Similarly, secondary school must not simply be a process for a few to go to the university, teacher’s colleges, and so on. They must prepare people for life and service I the villages and rural areas of the country.

    In Tanzania, as it is today, secondary education is given to the few for service to the many. Education should not be provided simply for education’s sake; it must be general education for the masses. Further, education for a selected few must stop; it should be education to serve all. There can be no acceptable reason convincing enough for using the many to give education to only a few.


    I)    Why does the issue of young primary school leavers is a problem?

    1. Because they finish school when they are too old to become responsible workers and citizens.
    2. Because they finish primary school when they are still too old to become responsible young workers and citizens.
    3. Because the society does not need the contribution of the primary school leavers.
    4. Because the employment opportunities in our community in our community are satisfactory to the primary school leavers.

    II)    What are the economic facts of life in Tanzania, stated in the passage?

    1. The low number of students who gets the opportunity to go to the universities and many who are left behind without the knowledge of self-reliance.
    2. The large number of those who gets the opportunity to go to primary schools.
    3. The large number of those who gets the chance to go to the secondary schools.
    4. The low number of students who gets the chance to go to secondary schools.

    III)    Of the two choices, which one does Tanzania should follow?

    1. Allocating our educational opportunities.
    2. Letting our education system to operate as it is now.
    3. Designing our education system to serve the community as a whole.
    4. To emphasize the individual interests of the few.

    IV)    What should secondary education prepare people for?

    1. They must prepare people for life and service in our nation at large.
    2. They must prepare a few to go to the university, teacher’s colleges and so on.
    3. They must prepare the few for service to the many.
    4. They must prepare people to know how to read, write and speak English.

    V)    What is the solution for the problems in primary school education?

    1. It must continue to prepare the pupils for secondary school.
    2. It must continue to enrol the majority of the pupils/ children.
    3. It must continue to drop the large number of the pupils after seven years and carries the few to secondary schools.
    4. It must be a complete education in itself and have to prepare the school leavers for the life of self-reliance.
  2. Read the passage below carefully and summarize it in five (05) sentences:

    Planets are heavenly bodies which circle the sun and appear to be wandering through the sky. They produce no light of their own but reflect the light of the sun. When the ancient Greeks studied the skies, they called these morning stars “planets”:- a word which means “wanderers”, our earth is a planet circling the sun at an average distance of 93,000,000 miles. There are eight others:- Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto and there may be other planets which have not yet been discovered. All these eight names of roman gods or goddesses.


    SECTION B (20 Marks)


  3. Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given:
    1. He is very ill. He can’t write the exam.

      (Rewrite using ………too……………….).

    2. Maganga was not present. Mrisho was not present.

      (Join the sentences beginning: Neither………Nor………..).

    3. English is more difficult than Physics.

      (Begin: Physics……………)

    4. Jane is very tall. She can clean the blackboard.

      (Join the sentences using: …………Enough……to….).

    5. “if you don’t stop it, I will call the police”

      (Begin: Unless………)

  4. Match the following names in the box with the expressions provided after them:

    House girl, Dentist, Oculist, Optician, Scullery, Washroom, Pedestrian, Pediatrician

    (a)    One who journeys on foot_____________

    (b)    A place where plates, dishes and other cooking utensils are washed up _______

    (c)    One who attends the diseases of the eye _________

    (d)    One who attends to the teeth ____________

    (e)    One who attends sick children ___________

  5. Supply appropriate propositions for the following sentences:
    1. The meeting start at 10 on the dot. So please be _________ time.
    2. I want you to blow this whistle __________ half past four precisely.
    3. We’ll have to work ___________ nightfall to finish this job.
    4. __________ a number of years, the firm’s profits have been excellent.
    5. __________ posting that letter, remember to put a stamp on it.
  6. Fill the blanks by using words from the box below. You can use one word more than once.

    The (i)______passed quickly. I was to (ii) ______ even to dream. I only once (iii)______ to hear the (iv)_______ roaring. The (v)______ fell in torrents. When I again (vi)______ my eyes, a loud bell was ringing, the boys were up and (vii) ______ I too (viii)______ unwillingly, it was (ix)______ could and I dressed as quickly as I could. I was last to the basin to (x)______ .

    Thunder, looked, dressed, rose, night, dressing, wash, furious,

    wake up, tired, slight, rain, opened, managed, very.


    SECTION C (30Marks)


  7. Match the phrases in LIST A with the responses in LIST B, to form complete meaningful sentences, by writing the letter of the correct response beside the item number.

    LIST A

    LIST B

    1. If you run out of bread
    2. The rebels intended to set up
    3. We successful understood
    4. I’ll never rely on him again
    5. These apples don’t look good
    1. Early in the morning.
    2. A major operation.
    3. You have to cook your dinner yourself.
    4. To eat.
    5. An independent republic.
    6. To prepare a meal for us.
    7. He let the visitor in.
    8. You run round to the baker’s.
    9. He let me down badly recently.
    10. The task.


  8. Rearrange the following five sentences in a logical sequence to make a meaningful paragraph:
    1. The lady extended her hand towards him for money.
    2. The lady hesitated then slowly took a plate and filled it with food.
    3. Kibanga walked to one of the women and ordered rice and meat.
    4. Kibanga took his food and joined the other men sitting on a bench.
    5. “Don’t worry mama, I’ll settle the bill after eating”, he told her.
  9. Answer two questions from the four alternatives A, B, C and D.
    1. The Mgololo forest fires caused a lot of damage to environment. Your village has invited you for a meeting to discuss the harmful effects of burning forests and bushes. Write a speech that you will give at the meeting. (In about 250 words).
    2. Tanzania’s performance in international sports is relative poor. Write an essay explaining what you think are the contributing factors to poor performance. (Not less than 250 words).
    3. What is your ambition in life? Describe it in detail and say how it influences your daily life. (Use about 250 words).
    4. Study the following advertisement from “TANZANIA BROADCASTING TELEVISION” and then apply for the job.


      Applications are invited for a Book Keeper vacancy. Applicants have to state clearly their reasons for applying for the post. Interested persons should send their application letters to the address below. The deadline is three weeks from the first appearance of the advertisement.

              The Principal,

              Mafinga Teacher’s College,

              P.O.Box 79,



      SECTION D (40 Marks)


    Answer two questions from this section. One (1) question should be selected from poetry and the other from novels and short stories or plays.



    A wreath for Fr. Mayer          – S.N. Ndunguru (1977), Mkuki na Nyota.

    Unanswered cries             – Osman Conteh, Macmillan

    Passed Like a Shadow              – B.M. Mapalala (2006) DUP

    Spared                  – S.N. Ndunguru (2004) Mkuki na Nyota.

    Weep Not Child              – Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1987) Heinemann

    The interview                  – P.Ngugi (2002) Macmillan



    Three Suitors One Husband        -O. Mbia (1994), Eyre methuen

    The Lion and the Jewel         – W. Soyinka (1963). OUP.

    This Time Tomorrow             – Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1972), Heinemann

    The Black Hermit            – Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1968), Heinemann



    Songs of Lawino and Ocol         – O.P’Biket (1979), EAPH

    Growing up with Poetry        – D. Rubadiri (Ed) (1989), Heineman

    Summons                 – R.Mabala (1980), TPH.

  10. With examples, differentiate between poetry and other prose narratives.
  11. Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow.

    For I take to smoking my pipe

    And forget all the hostilities of life

    One this is that you don’t care anymore,

    So you sink back into your bed,

    And pull at our pipe every hour you wake up,

    And all your nerves are tied up and you don’t feel,

    So they maltreat you,

    And you don’t feel the pains, you sleep,

    Then you make up and look around

    And you see a fleet of devils

    And you pull at your opium pipe

    And though you see them, you don’t care


    1. Who is the persona in this poem?
    2. What is the mood of the poet?
    3. What is the poem about?
    4. Identify all possible themes of the poem.
    5. How many verses are there in this poem?
    6. Are you satisfied with the decision taken by the poet? Why?
    7. Is the poem relevant to your society? Why?
  12. What did traditional society think of formal education? Taking into account to the behaviour of those who got it, and how it affected them. Use one play.
  13. Choose one novel and explain its relevance to the Tanzanian society.

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