THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL
PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVING EXAMINATION
Time: 1:30 HoursThursday, 20th September 2012 a.m.
SECTION A: GRAMMAR
Choose the words that complete the sentences by shading the letters of the correct answer in the answer sheet provided.
1.The children _____________ when the lights went off.
A where studyingB was studying
D is studyingE are studying
2.The teacher _____________ me with a stick yesterday.
A hitsB hitC heat
3.Mr Kiula _____________ in his vegetable garden now.
A workedB is working
D workE has worked
4.My friend _____________ a bath before I arrived.
A takenB takingC will take
5.Sometimes he _____________ alone.
A goB goesC went
6.Some elephants _____________ our crops.
A destroysB has destroyed
D was destroyingE have destroyed
7.If he _____________, we will go with him.
A comeB comingC comes
8.Did you _____________ your home work last night?
A finishB finishesC finished
9.Farmers _____________ maize next year.
A will growB have grown
D were growingE had grown
10. Is Andrew _____________ well in his studies these days?
A doB doesC did
11._____________ she was tired, she worked hard.
A AlthoughB InspiteC Despite of
12.We wear shoes _____________ to protect our feet.
A soB asC because
13.This book is _____________ big to fit in my bag.
A veryB tooC so
14.He looks _____________ younger since he came back from Loliondo.
A manyB anyC muchD veryEsome
15.The man _____________ stole the books was caught at night.
A whoseB whichC whoD whomE what
16.Will you _____________ me your pen, please?
A borrowB lendC takeD helpE assist
17.Write the indirect speech for the sentence “My brother will be here tomorrow.” Mary said.
A Mary said that her brother could be there the next day
B Mary said that my brother will be there the next day
C Mary said that her brother would be there the next day
D Mary said that her brother will be there the next day
E Mary said that your brother will be there the next day.
18.Mr Kalasamaki goes fishing every evening, _____________?
A don’t heB wasn’t heC hasn’t heD isn’t heEdoesn’t he
19.Mr and Mrs John have a _____________ family.
A happilyB happyC happiest
D most happinessE more happiest
20.He is both a committed prefect _____________ a clever pupil.
A butB withC andD forEalso
21.I was so exhausted _____________ I did not work anymore.
A enoughB suchC althoughD thatEthe extent
22.Did you send me _____________ empty parcel?
A aB fewC anD someEmany
23.Mr Tajiri’s house is _____________ big _____________ Mr Maskini’s house.
A so … asB as … asC too … asD so … that Etoo … to
24.He got up early _____________ catch the aircraft.
A becauseB so thatC that toD in order to Etherefore
25.It is cloudy, _____________ it will rain today.
A andB thatC perhapsD asEso as
26.My mother uses _____________ onion as a spice.
A anB aC andD manyEa few
27.We have known him _____________ 1995.
A forB sinceC byD atEin
28.There was _____________ rainfall in January than in February this year.
A plentyB mostC bestD lessEplentiful
29.Rehema bought a _____________ of soap and a kilo of sugar.
A bunchB pileC crowdD loafEbar
30.She injured herself _____________ a knife.
A withB byC onD andE of
SECTION B: VOCABULARY
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For each of the following questions, choose the correct answer and shade its letter in the answer sheet provided.
31.A person who cuts other people’s hair is called a __________.
A saloonB barberC hair cutterD hair dresser E hair saloon
32.A person who defends a country when there is a war is called __________.
A a doctorB a soldierC a policeD an ambassador E a pilot
33.Our cow has just given birth to a __________.
A pigletB puppyC calfD chickE kitten
34.The items: skirt, shirt, pair of trousers and coat are all __________.
A dressesB wearsC blousesD clothesE pajamas
35.A pedestrian is a person who __________.
A pedals the bicycleB walks on footC travels by car
D uses a pedalE travels by train
36.When a person does not get some food nutrients, he/she can get __________.
A dehydration B diabetesC measlesD constipation E malnutrition
SECTION C: COMPOSITION
This section has four mixed sentences. Arrange the sentences so as to make a good composition by
giving them letters A-D. Shade the letter of the correct answer in your answer sheet.
37.She jumped out of bed and ran to her mother happily.
38.She found her mother in the kitchen with a cake and some toys.
39.Diana was still fast asleep in the morning dreaming about her birthday.
40.Suddenly, she heard her mother calling her.
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SECTION D: COMPREHENSION
Read the following passage carefully and then answer the questions that follow by shading the letter of the correct answer in your answer sheet.
A long time ago, there was a Monkey and his wife who had a garden full of different crops such as beans, peas and cabbages. They also had plenty of yams. Mr and Mrs Monkey worked very hard day and night. During the dry season, they watered their garden by using water from the nearby well.
Near their garden lived a Tortoise who was slow and lazy. Mr Tortoise never did any work. He
used to sing his favourite songs all day while Monkey and his wife worked in their garden.
There was a lot of food in the Monkey’s house. The house was so small it could hardly keep all
the food from the garden. This was different from Mr. Tortoise’s house since there was no food at all. When Tortoise wanted some food, he got it by telling stories and singing songs. He
used to tell children from different homes to take food along when going to his house for the
stories and songs.
These children’s parents discovered that Mr Tortoise was using their children for his survival. So they stopped their children from going there, hence Tortoise suffered from hunger. One day, the Tortoise sent his son to the Monkey’s house to borrow some food and promised to pay him the next day. The Monkey gave the Tortoise some food.
The following day, Monkey went to Tortoise’s house and asked to be paid his money. Tortoise told him not to worry as he would pay him “the next day”. Unfortunately for the Monkey, the next day never came.
41.Who worked hard in his garden?
A The MonkeyB The TortoiseC Monkey’s friends
D Tortoise’s childrenE Monkey’s children.
42.Who lived near the Monkey’s garden?
A The Monkey’s wifeB The Monkey’s friendsC The children
D The TortoiseE The children’s parents.
43.How did the Tortoise get food?
A Telling storiesB Stealing foodC Selling food
D Growing foodE Working hard.
44.Whose house was full of food?
A The children’s houseB The neighbours’ house
C The Tortoise’s houseD The Monkey’s house
E The Monkey’s friends’ house.
45.Why did the Tortoise suffer from hunger?
A Because he was a beggarB Because he was lazy
C Because he liked storiesD Because he liked visiting friends
E Because he liked singing.
46.Who did the Tortoise send to the Monkey’s home?
A His nieceB His daughter
D His nephewE The children.
47.When did Tortoise promise to pay Monkey for the food?
A After a weekB The following day
D The same dayE In the morning.
48.Where did Monkey get water from in the dry season?
A The oceanB The riverC The sea
49.Who used to give food to Tortoise?
A The Monkey B The parents C The children D The sonE The friend.
50.What did Tortoise borrow from Monkey?
A Some foodB Some beansC Some cabbages
D Some peasE Some yams.