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COURTESY OF ATIKA SCHOOL
Read the following passage below and answer questions 39 to 50.
The pupils of Kimbuni Primary School and the neighboring community have realized that it is possible to grow a forest even in a dry area.
Ten year ago, Mr. Kumbi was posted to the school to teach science. The head teacher said that the new teacher was very keen on tree planting and farming. “he will be in charge of afforestation campaign and he will help us establish a school farm, “the head teacher declared. The pupils stared as the head teacher and Mr. Kumbi in disbelief. What kind of farming could happen in this place which received rain only in November and remained dry and dusty for the rest of the year?
The head teacher was a Local resident and he knew what r. Kumbi was proposing was not going to be easy. But he promised to co-operate, Mr. Kumbi had received agricultural training in college. He was so enthusiastic and confident that the head teacher admired him.
Today. Mr. Kumbi is the proud patron of the Environmental club, the young Farmers’ Association and the Green Belt Movement in the school. He has inspired such love for growing trees that each pupil in the school has planted at least two trees and is taking care of them. The species include the exotic and indigenous ones. The pupils believe that the greenery of the whole compound which has even spread to the surrounding village is entirely the work of Mr. Kumbi. However emphasis that it is the efforts of the pupils. At no stage does he give himself that is so obvious his.
The students remember the trips Mr. Kumbi used to make in his pick-up truck to get red soil and seedlings. They remember going to collect cow dung from the fields and their homes. Fetching water from the stream was very tiring. Later, the head teacher and the parents organized a fundraising event and the school was able to buy a water pump.
The water pump has enabled the school not only to water the trees but also to grow food crops. Nowadays, pupils of Kiambuni Primary school can boast of a good meal at lunch time and a quiet retreat into the forest they have helped to grow. The school is a big contrast to what it used to be ten years ago when parents had to buy every food item on the menu. draw water and meet the cost of replacing corrugated sheets blown off by the wind.
Kimbuni Primary School is now a model school. It is surrounded by trees and there are lovely plots of potatoes. cabbages, beans, cauliflower and kales. There are also banana gloves and small plantations of maize and millet. The school also keeps dairy cows, pigs and poultry. The boys and girls no longer look for manure for they have more than enough. The school is a living example of what determination can do.
39. Other school started planting trees
a. Because the area was very dry
b.In November when its wet
c.When it got a water pump
d. When Mr. Kumbi was posted there
40. The pupils’ reaction when they were first told about tree planting and farming shows that they
a.Though that the head teacher was not serious
b.Wondered if they had heard properly
c.Were doubtful that the project would succeed
d.Had never considered such a thing.
41. The school had not planted trees before because
a. It only rained once a year
b.Nobody wanted to plant trees
c.There was no red soil
d.Everybody thought it was too difficult
42. What made Mr. Kumbi succeed in his efforts?
a.He was determined and interested in everything he did
b. He was determined and got support from everybody
c.He was an enthusiastic and confident person
d.He was an enthusiastic and co-operative person
43.From the fourth paragraph we Learn that
a.The pupils enjoy taking care of trees
b.The trees on the school were planted by “the Green Belt Movement”
c.Only exotic trees were planted in the school
d.Mr. Kumbi is proud of the work he has done.
44. The word exotic as used in the passage means?
45. Which of the following does not describe Mr. Kumbi’s character?
46. How has the keeping of livestock helped to improve the school farm?
a. It has made the school farm a model
b. It has provided manure for the school farm
c.It has made milk and meat available
d.It has made the school farm attractive
47. Why don’t the parents keep replacing the roof anymore?
a. The wind does not blow any more
b.They have put on a permanent roof
c.The wind is not blown off by the wind anymore
d.They have planted trees all round
48. Why do you think its necessary to buy a water pump?
a.It made it easier to water the trees and crops
b.It was very tiring to keep walking to the stream
c.The parents wanted to expand the school farm
d.The parents had raised enough money to buy the pump
49. We are told in the passage that, the greenery spread to the surrounding villages. This means?
a.The whole area has become green
b.The water pump was helping everyone
c.The community realised the importance of trees
d.The community also began to plant trees
50. What do you think would be a suitable title for this passage?
a.Trees in the desert
b.Successful tree planting
c.Mr. Kumbi and the trees
d.Transformation of Kimbuni.
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Maurice A. Nyamoti is a teacher by profession and has passion for assisting students improve performance