Swahili 2a Term 1 Quiz

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Yussuf Hamad, Swahili teaacher
Yusuf serves as a CULP Swahili Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge Language Centre. With over 14 years of experience, he is an expert in Swahili teaching within higher education in the UK and abroad.
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Swahili 2a Term 1 Quiz - Quiz

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Instructions: 1.      This quiz counts for 10% of your course work 2.      Dictionaries, text books, and any electronic devices are not allowed 3.      This quiz is ideal for Intermediate Swahili learners


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The affirmative Subjunctive form of ‘kuja’ is

    • A.

      Uje

    • B.

      Kuja

    • C.

      Njoo

    • D.

      Ukuje

    Correct Answer
    A. Uje
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Uje" because in Swahili, the affirmative Subjunctive form of the verb "kuja" (to come) is "uje." This form is used to express a desire, request, or suggestion.

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  • 2. 

      The negative Subjunctive form of ‘kwenda’ is

    • A.

      Usikwende

    • B.

      Usende

    • C.

      Hakwendi

    • D.

      Nenda

    Correct Answer
    B. Usende
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Usende." The negative subjunctive form of "kwenda" is formed by adding the prefix "u-" to the verb stem and the suffix "-e." In this case, the verb stem is "enda," so when we add the prefix and suffix, we get "usende." This form is used to express a negative command or a wish for someone not to go.

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  • 3. 

    The most appropriate translation of ‘Dogs must be carried’

    • A.

      Mbwa wachukuliwe

    • B.

      Mbwa lazima uwachukuwe

    • C.

      Tafadhali beba mbwa

    • D.

      Mbwa lazima wabebwe

    Correct Answer
    D. Mbwa lazima wabebwe
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mbwa lazima wabebwe". This translation accurately conveys the meaning of the original phrase "Dogs must be carried" by using the word "lazima" which means "must" or "have to", and the verb "wabebwe" which means "be carried". The plural form "wabebwe" is used to indicate that multiple dogs should be carried.

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  • 4. 

     What is a grammatical correct translation of ‘ The first two beautiful girls’ in Swahili?

    • A.

      Wasichana mbili la kwanza rembo

    • B.

      Msichana mabili la kwanza mrembo

    • C.

      Wasichana wawili wa kwanza warembo

    • D.

      Wasichana warembo wapili wa kwanza

    Correct Answer
    C. Wasichana wawili wa kwanza warembo
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Wasichana wawili wa kwanza warembo" which translates to "The first two beautiful girls" in Swahili. This translation follows the correct word order and uses the appropriate agreement between the noun "wasichana" (girls) and the adjectives "wawili" (two) and "warembo" (beautiful).

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  • 5. 

      What is a grammatical correct translation of ‘The new small red car’ in Swahili ?

    • A.

      Gari jipya dogo jekundu

    • B.

      Gari mdogo mpya mwekundu

    • C.

      Gari ndogo mpya ekundu

    • D.

      Gari lekundu lidogo jipya

    Correct Answer
    A. Gari jipya dogo jekundu
    Explanation
    The correct translation of "The new small red car" in Swahili is "Gari jipya dogo jekundu." This translation follows the correct word order and adjective agreement in Swahili. "Gari" means car, "jipya" means new, "dogo" means small, and "jekundu" means red.

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  • 6. 

     In which sentence is –ka- tense used as a narrative past tense?

    • A.

      Jambazi sugu akamatwa

    • B.

      Rais akasirishwa na jeshi la polisi

    • C.

      Rais alikasirishwa na jeshi la Polisi. Akaamrisha wajiuzulu

    • D.

      Wanafunzi wakaguwa jingo jipya la shule

    Correct Answer
    C. Rais alikasirishwa na jeshi la Polisi. Akaamrisha wajiuzulu
    Explanation
    The sentence "Rais alikasirishwa na jeshi la Polisi. Akaamrisha wajiuzulu" uses the "-ka" tense as a narrative past tense because it combines the past tense marker "ali-" with the verb "kasirishwa" to indicate a past action or event. The use of "aka-" before the verb "amrisha" further indicates another past action that follows the first one, creating a narrative sequence of events.

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  • 7. 

    ‘The first three trees’ is similar or equivalent to Swahili

    • A.

      Mti tatu ya kwanza

    • B.

      Miti mitatu ya kwanza

    • C.

      Miti watatu wa kwanza

    • D.

      Miti vitatu vya kwanza

    Correct Answer
    B. Miti mitatu ya kwanza
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Miti mitatu ya kwanza." This is because it is the correct translation of "The first three trees" in Swahili. The phrase "miti mitatu" means "three trees" and "ya kwanza" means "the first." Therefore, "Miti mitatu ya kwanza" accurately conveys the meaning of the original phrase.

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  • 8. 

     The most appropriate translation of ‘Trespassers will be eaten’. Trespassers means ‘Waingiaji bila ruhusa’

    • A.

      Waingiaji bila ruhusa wataliwa

    • B.

      Waingiliaji bila ruhusa waliwe

    • C.

      Waingiliaji bila ruhusa watakulwa

    • D.

      Waingiliaji bila ruhusa watalwa

    Correct Answer
    A. Waingiaji bila ruhusa wataliwa
    Explanation
    The correct translation of "Trespassers will be eaten" is "Waingiaji bila ruhusa wataliwa" in Swahili. This translation accurately conveys the meaning that individuals who trespass without permission will be eaten.

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  • 9. 

    The negative habitual tense of ‘kula’ is

    • A.

      Hakuli

    • B.

      Hakula

    • C.

      Hali

    • D.

      Huli

    Correct Answer
    C. Hali
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Hali." The negative habitual tense of the verb "kula" is formed by adding the prefix "ha-" and the suffix "-i" to the verb stem. Therefore, the correct negative habitual form of "kula" is "hali."

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  • 10. 

     ‘Who is your best friend?’ translates in Swahili as

    • A.

      Nini ni rafiki yako mzuri?

    • B.

      Wapi ni rafiki yako nzuri?

    • C.

      Nani ni rafiki yako mzuri?

    • D.

      Yupi ni rafiki lako nzuri?

    Correct Answer
    C. Nani ni rafiki yako mzuri?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Nani ni rafiki yako mzuri?" This is the correct translation of "Who is your best friend?" in Swahili. The question uses the correct word order and vocabulary to ask about someone's best friend.

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  • 11. 

    ‘Where is your house?’ translates in Swahili as

    • A.

      Nyumba lako ni wapi?

    • B.

      Nyumba yako yuko wapi?

    • C.

      Wapi yuko nyumba yako?

    • D.

      Nyumba yako iko wapi?

    Correct Answer
    D. Nyumba yako iko wapi?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Nyumba yako iko wapi?" This is the correct translation of "Where is your house?" in Swahili. The word "nyumba" means "house," "yako" means "your," "iko" means "is," and "wapi" means "where." Therefore, "Nyumba yako iko wapi?" is the correct way to ask someone where their house is located in Swahili.

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  • 12. 

     ‘When do you get up?’ translates in Swahili as

    • A.

      Lini unaamka?

    • B.

      Wakati gani unaamka?

    • C.

      Wakati unaoamka?

    • D.

      Unapoamka lini?

    Correct Answer
    B. Wakati gani unaamka?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Wakati gani unaamka?" This is the most accurate translation of "When do you get up?" in Swahili. The phrase "Wakati gani" means "When" and "unaamka" means "do you get up". So, when combined, the phrase "Wakati gani unaamka?" directly translates to "When do you get up?".

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  • 13. 

     ‘The man with the Golden gun’ translates in Swahili as

    • A.

      Mtu na bunduki ya dhahabu

    • B.

      Mtu pamoja na bunduki ya dhahabu

    • C.

      Mtu aliye kuwa na bunduki ya dhahabu

    • D.

      Mtu mwenye bunduki ya dhahabu

    Correct Answer
    D. Mtu mwenye bunduki ya dhahabu
    Explanation
    The correct answer, "Mtu mwenye bunduki ya dhahabu," is the most accurate translation of "The man with the Golden gun" in Swahili. It directly translates to "The man with the Golden gun" and accurately conveys the meaning of the original phrase. The other options either have incorrect grammar or do not accurately translate the phrase.

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  • 14. 

     ‘ A wise man’ (Wise = hekima) translates in Swahili as

    • A.

      Mtu wa hekima

    • B.

      Mtu hekima

    • C.

      Hekima mtu

    • D.

      Mtu mwenye hekima

    Correct Answer
    D. Mtu mwenye hekima
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mtu mwenye hekima." In Swahili, "mtu" means "person" and "mwenye" means "who has" or "with." Therefore, "mtu mwenye hekima" translates to "a person who has wisdom" or "a wise person."

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  • 15. 

     ‘Mama alipika chakula’. An appropriate object marker here is

    • A.

      Mama alimpika chakula

    • B.

      Mama aliwapika chakula

    • C.

      Mama alikipika chakula

    • D.

      Mama alilipika chakula

    Correct Answer
    C. Mama alikipika chakula
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mama alikipika chakula." In Swahili, the object marker "ki-" is used to indicate that the object of the verb is a class 7 noun, which includes certain types of food. In this sentence, "chakula" is a class 7 noun, so the appropriate object marker is "ki-". Therefore, the correct form of the verb "pika" (to cook) is "alikipika."

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  • 16. 

    ‘ Mwalimu alisomesha wanafunzi’. An appropriate object marker here is

    • A.

      Mwalimu alimsomesha wanafunzi

    • B.

      Mwalimu aliusomesha wanafunzi

    • C.

      Mwalimu alizisomesha wanafunzi

    • D.

      Mwalimu aliwasomesha wanafunzi

    Correct Answer
    D. Mwalimu aliwasomesha wanafunzi
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mwalimu aliwasomesha wanafunzi." In this sentence, the verb "alisomesha" (taught) requires an object marker to indicate who was taught. The object marker "wa-" is used to indicate a plural object, so "wanafunzi" (students) is the appropriate choice.

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  • 17. 

    ‘Mzee alikata miti’. An appropriate object marker here is

    • A.

      Mzee aliikata miti

    • B.

      Mzee aliukata miti

    • C.

      Mzee aliwakata miti

    • D.

      Mzee alizikata miti

    Correct Answer
    A. Mzee aliikata miti
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mzee aliikata miti." In this sentence, the appropriate object marker is "ii-" because "miti" is a class 9 noun. Class 9 nouns take the object marker "ii-" when they are in the direct object position.

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  • 18. 

     ‘Mtoto alivunja nyumba’. An appropriate object marker here is

    • A.

      Mtoto alilivunja nyumba

    • B.

      Mtoto aliyavunja nyumba

    • C.

      Mtoto aliivunja nyumba

    • D.

      Mtoto alikivunja nyumba

    Correct Answer
    C. Mtoto aliivunja nyumba
    Explanation
    In Swahili, the verb "vunja" means "to break". The object marker "li-" is used to indicate that the action of breaking is being done to a singular object. Therefore, the correct answer is "Mtoto aliivunja nyumba" which translates to "The child broke the house".

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  • 19. 

     ‘Mwalimu alinunua gari’. An appropriate object marker here is

    • A.

      Mwalimu alimnunuwa gari

    • B.

      Mwalimu alilinunuwa gari

    • C.

      Mwalimu alizinunuwa gari

    • D.

      Mwalimu alivinunuwa gari

    Correct Answer
    B. Mwalimu alilinunuwa gari
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mwalimu alilinunuwa gari". In this sentence, the appropriate object marker is "li-" because the verb "nunua" (to buy) is in the past tense. The object marker "li-" is used for class 5/6 nouns, which includes "gari" (car). Therefore, the correct sentence is "Mwalimu alilinunuwa gari" which means "The teacher bought a car."

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  • 20. 

     ‘Rafiki yangu atanunuwa chombo’. An appropriate object marker here is

    • A.

      Rafiki yangu atayanunuwa chombo

    • B.

      Rafiki yangu atainunuwa chombo

    • C.

      Rafiki yangu atakinunuwa chombo

    • D.

      Rafiki yangu atawanunuwa chombo

    Correct Answer
    C. Rafiki yangu atakinunuwa chombo
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Rafiki yangu atakinunuwa chombo." In this sentence, the verb "kununuwa" (to buy) is being used in the future tense. The appropriate object marker for the future tense is "ki-" which is added before the verb stem. Therefore, the correct form is "atakinunuwa."

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  • 21. 

    ‘I am a teacher’. In Swahili this translates as

    • A.

      Mimi nina mwalimu

    • B.

      Mimi huwa mwalimu

    • C.

      Mimi nitakuwa mwalimu

    • D.

      Mimi ni mwalimu

    Correct Answer
    D. Mimi ni mwalimu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mimi ni mwalimu." This is because "ni" is the Swahili word for "am" and "mwalimu" means "teacher." Therefore, the phrase "Mimi ni mwalimu" translates to "I am a teacher" in English.

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  • 22. 

    What is the correct reciprocal form of the verb ‘Samehe’ (forg

    • A.

      Samehena

    • B.

      Samehiana

    • C.

      Sameheana

    • D.

      Samehina

    Correct Answer
    C. Sameheana
    Explanation
    The correct reciprocal form of the verb "Samehe" (forgive) is "Sameheana". This form indicates that the action of forgiving is reciprocal, meaning it is done between two or more people. The suffix "-ana" is added to the verb stem "Samehe" to form the reciprocal form.

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  • 23. 

    What is the –ka- expeditious form of the verb ‘pika’ below

    • A.

      Ukapika

    • B.

      Akapika

    • C.

      Akakupika

    • D.

      Nikapike

    Correct Answer
    D. Nikapike
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Nikapike." In the given question, we are asked to identify the "-ka-" expeditious form of the verb "pika." The "-ka-" expeditious form is used to indicate that an action is done quickly or immediately. Among the options provided, "Nikapike" is the only one that contains the "-ka-" prefix followed by the verb "pika," indicating the expeditious form.

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  • 24. 

    ‘I have ten fingers’. In Swahili this translates as

    • A.

      Mimi nina vidole kumi

    • B.

      Mimi ni vidole kumi

    • C.

      Mimi huwa na vidole kumi

    • D.

      Mimi nilikuwa na vidole kumi

    Correct Answer
    A. Mimi nina vidole kumi
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mimi nina vidole kumi." This is the correct translation of "I have ten fingers" in Swahili.

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  • 25. 

    What is the –ka-  ‘headline- newspaper reporting’ tense of the verb ‘kamata’ below

    • A.

      Mwizi akakamatwa

    • B.

      Mwizi kakamatwa

    • C.

      Mwizi akakamatwe

    • D.

      Mwizi nikamkamate?

    Correct Answer
    B. Mwizi kakamatwa
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mwizi kakamatwa." This is the -ka- tense of the verb "kamata" which indicates that the action of "kamata" (to be arrested) has already taken place. The prefix "ka" is used to show that the action happened in the past. Therefore, "Mwizi kakamatwa" means "The thief was arrested."

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