Shall we see the annual examinations of history and genral studies of Form 5 held at Musoma Scondary School in May.

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Time: 90 minutes


Read the following questions carefully and then answer any three questions out of five questions.

  1. "Pre-colonial African Societies were characterised by non-exploitative relations, conservatism and motionlessness." Disentangle this statement.
  2. Critically analyse the contetion that Atlantic Slave Trade was abolished due to the humanitarian grounds.
  3. Account for the timing of Berlin West African Conference of 1884/85.
  4. Critically analyse the salient features of colonial education. By using one country of your choice show how these features were eliminated after independence.
  5. The second world war was a turning point in African history. In the light of this statement assess the impact of the war to the political transformation of Africa.

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General studies

Time: 3 hours


  1. Read all the questions.
  2. Choose four questions only and answer them precisely.

1. Read the following pasage and then answer the questions that follow.

There has been diversity of interpretation on the concept of class. Marx, once writing, said that the owners of labour power, owners of capital and land owners, whose respective source of income are wages, profit and ground-rent, in the other words wage labourers, capitalists and landowners constitute the three big classes of modern society based on the capitalist mode of production.

The idea of ownership of the means of production to stand alone as a criterion for the categorization of social groups is not enough for itself. It needs some analysis. This is because the concept of a class cannot be reduced to the question of the ownership of the means of production alone. That is why Marx, again, argues that ownership itself is a much wider concept and essentially relates to social relations. Therefore, classes can be defined as large groups of people differing from each other by the place they occupy in the historically determined system of social production; by their relation to the means of production; by their role in the social organization of labour, and cosequently by the dimensions and mode acquiring the share of social wealth of which they dispose.


(a) What is the suitable title for this passage?

(b) What mode of production is Marx refering classes here?

(c) Why the writer argues that the idea of ownership of means of production to stand alone as a criterion for the categorization of social groups is not enough?

(d) Define classes according to the passage.

2. "A society is like a fragile plant which needs no disturbance in its growth." Relate this statement to the effects of El-nino rains of 1997/98 to the society of Tanzania.

3. Women and children sexual harassment is seemed a big problem in our today Tanzania society. Discuss.

4. "Communication is very important in the human society." What aspects one would consider in communicating with another one through letter?

5. Define the concept of philosophy. List the four branches of philosophy.

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