NECTA FORM FOUR 2011            

(For School Candidates Only) 

Time: 3 Hours 


1. This paper consists of sections A, B, C and D.
2.Answerall questions in sections A, B and C and one (1) question from each part of section D. 

3. Map extract of Malampaka (sheet 49/1) is provided.
4. Credit will be given for the use of relevant sketch maps and diagrams. 

5.Calculators and cellular phones arenot allowed in the examination room. 

6.Write your Examination Number on every page of your answer booklet(s) 

SECTION A (25 Marks) 

Answer all questions in this section. 


1. For each of the items (i) - (x), choose the correct answer from among the given alternatives andwrite its letter beside the item number. 

   (i) One of the following features is a characteristic of coniferous forests:

   A.    Trees are made up of hard wood 

   B.    Trees occur in stands

   C.   Trees favour high temperatures 

   D.   Trees have broad leaves 

   E.   Trees grow in a few years. 

(ii) The Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) means
 A.    a region of low pressure 

 B.   a region of doldrums

 C.   a region of high pressure
 D.   a sub-tropical high pressure belt
 E.   a region with high speed winds.

(iii) Rias often provide natural harbour because they are 

 A. found along the sub-merged coast

 B. mainly found in Europe where the sea is shallow 

 C. deep outlets of water along the coast 

 D. not deep, ships can approach ports easily
 E. similar to lagoons but have shallow depths. 

(iv) If the local time at town X (30°E 45°N) is 5.00 p.m. Monday, what will the time be at town Y  (15°W 50°S)? 

 A.  2 a.m. Monday 

 B.  8 p.m. Monday

 C.  2 p.m. Monday 

 D.  3 p.m. Monday

 E.  2 p.m. Sunday. 

(v) The following are instruments used in chain and tape survey: 

 A.   Barometer, pegs, notebook, compass

 B.  Tape measure, chain, cross staff, anemometer

 C. Chain, arrows, ranging poles, altimeter 

 D.  Arrows, ranging poles, pegs, chain
 E. Cross staff, notebook, chain and plane table.

(vi) When the river flows in its long profile it performs the following geological activities: 

 A. Moves fast and can carry everything on the earth’s surface 

 B. Erodes, transports and deposits weathered materials 

 C.  Meanders and forms ox-bow lakes throughout the profile 

 D. Does three functions such as abrasion, solution and attrition 

 E.  Acts as agent of weathering and erosion along the profile. 

(vii)  If the location of a point on a map is given by grid reference 365490, then 

 A.  365 are Degrees

 B.  365 are Longitudes

 C.  490 are Northings

 D.  490 are Eastings 

 E.  365 are Northings. 

 (viii) The following are the elements of weather: 

 A. Soils, clouds, dew, humidity, rainfall 

 B. Fog, barometer, humidity, pressure, air mass 

 C. Clouds, sunshine, pressure, humidity, thermometer 

 D. Pressure, clouds, sunshine, humidity, winds

 E. Pressure, humidity, soils, fog.

(ix) Which one of the following is not an outcome of the rotation of the earth on its own axis? 

A. Deflection of winds and ocean currents

B. Difference of one hour between two meridians 15° apart 

C. Day and night

D. Seasons of the year 

E. Sunrise and sunset.

(x) Landforms formed by vulcanicity can be divided into 

A. Many parts according to the nature of lava

B. Sills, dykes, valleys and earthquakes only 

C.  Volcanic mountains and sills only 

D.  Extrusive and intrusive features 

E.  Batholiths, dykes and volcano only.

2. Match the items in ​List A​ with the responses in ​List B​ by writing the letter of the correct response beside the item number.
  List A
  List B
(i) Earth’s zone which is rich in Nickel and 

(ii) Erosional feature which is always formed in the young/upper stage of the river 

(iii)Consists of a huge canopy which limits the undergrowth. 

(iv) The feel of coarseness or softness of the 
individual soil particles. 

(v) A planet in the solar system with the 
longest orbit around the sun. 
 Soil texture


 Soil structure 


E  Jupiter
.Coniferous forest 



I   Tropical rainforest 

J.Interlocking spurs 

3. Soils may differ from one area but they share almost the same components. Describe the composition of the soil. 

SECTION B (27 Marks) 

Answer all questions this section. 



4. Data in the following table show the enrolment of Form One students at Mji Mpya Secondary School from 2006 to 2010. Carefully study them and answer the questions that follow. 

Number of 

    (a) Present the data by using simple bar graph

    (b) Comment on the trend of the enrolment.

    (c) Explain the advantages of the method you have used in (a) above. 

5. (a) What is hypothesis formulation? 

    (b) Explain four importance of hypothesis in research. 

6.  Form three students at Nguvumali secondary school would like to conduct a simple chain survey around their school compound and measure the height of the big gully near the headmaster’s  office. Describe  the significance of survey in Tanzania. 

SECTION C (28 Marks) 

Answer all questions in this section. 


7. Carefully study the map extract of Malampaka (sheet 49/1) provided and answer the following  questions: 

 Calculate the area covered by seasonal swamps in Km square

   (b)Explain the distribution of natural vegetation. 

   (c)  How long in kilometres is river Ng’hulu from grid reference 625496 to grid reference 

   (d)Identify any three ways which have been used to represent relief in the area.

   (e)  Through giving evidence, explain any four economic activities that might be taking place in the area.  

8. Carefully study the following photograph and answer the questions that follow 

  (a) Such the type of the photograph by giving two reasons. 

  (b) Suggest any four economic activities that might be taking place in the area shown on the 

  (c) Comment on the nature of the settlement pattern as it is portrayed on the photograph. 

  (d) Explain the relief of the area. 

                                               SECTION D (20 Marks) 

Answer one (1) question from each part. 


9. (a) Distinguish between large scale and small scale farming.

    (b) What are the advantages of large scale over small scale farming? 

10. “Oil as an economic resource has improved the living standards of the people of Libya”. Discuss. 


11. Explain the environmental factors which influence population distribution in Tanzania. 

12. Suggest the measures to be taken in order to reduce the effects of global climate change atnational level. 

                       ANSWER (NECTA GEOGRAPHY 2011)



3.   Soil is the thin upper layer of the earth's crust which has been weathered from the parents material and decomposed animals and plants. soil support plants growth and animal life. Soils may differ from one area but they share almost the same components.

       Soil compositions refers to the soil components or materials contained in the soil.
      The following are the  description of composition of the soil.

 Organic matters

Organic matters include all remains of dead organism   (plants and animals) that  have been fully or partially decomposed and mix with  the soils mass. Part of the soil largely consisting  of the organic matter is called  humus. Soils get organic matter from organic manures  applied to a soil , died plants, died animals and industrial organic waste products. Organic matters forms 5% of the total volume of soil

      (ii)Inorganic matter

        Inorganic matter forms 45% of the total volume and is made up of minerals from the parent rock. Minerals constitute several nutrients which are needed by plants.

      (iii) Soil air 

Soil contains air which  forms 25% of the total soil components. Air in the soil occurs in the pores space of both  macro and micro organisms. The amount of air depend on the size of the soils particles  and the amount of water present in the soil body.

       (iv) Soil water 

Soil contains water which is derived from rainfall, streams and irrigation practices. The amount of water in the soil is of 25% of the total soil components.

       (v) Soil Organisms

The soil body contains living  organism. Life in the soil include plants, micro and micro organism.


 (b) 2006  has the  highest number of students enrolment of form one students at mji mpya secondary school by 220students, then students enrolment started to decrease to 200 students in2007 to 150 students in 2008, also it started to increase in 2009 by 180 students and in 2010 by 205 students.

(c)  Advantages of simple bar graph

      (i) It is simple to construct, read and interpret.

      (ii)  It has a good visual impression

      (ii) It can be used to compare how the amount of an item varies from time to time.

5.(a) . hypothesis formulation refer to an assumption used on what one expects to find out in the field It can be either true or false or Hypothesis is a prediction of outcome of the results. It is the statement of expected results.

   (b)   The following  are the four (4) importance ofhypothesis in research.
      (i) A hypothesis ensures the entire research process remains scientific and reliable, following the principles of deduction 

      (ii) Hypothesis makes a research activity to the point and destination

      (iii) Hypothesis select required relevant materials. 

      (iv) Hypothesis develop research technique 

6.   Survey is the process of observing and measuring in order to determine distance, position, boundaries and elevation of physical features on the land. 

      The following  are the significance of survey in Tanzania. 

       (i)  It helps in determine distance between various points on the ground

       (ii) It helps to determine heights on the ground

       (iii) It helps to determine angles on the ground

       (iv) It helps in determine areas of plots of land

       (v)  It helps to take ground measurements for construction of various structure E.g roads, buildings e.t.c

       (vi)  Leveling survey helps to determine level of sloped ground

       (vii) It helps to determine for sight intermediate and back sight of various points on the ground especial sloped land.

       (viii) Survey is help in taking measurements to some areas where underground structure to be constructed E.g. pipe line, underground canal etc.

calculating area using the square method

         (i) Count the full square covered by lake Tanganyika on a map
                 Full square= 2

         (ii) Also count half square covered by Tanganyika on a map and divide it by 2 
                 Half square = 38÷2
                 Half square=19

        (iii) Add full square and half square result obtained by divided half square by 2

         (iv) Convert map area into actual area
                  Scale =1:50000, this means 1cm = 1/2 km 

  Use this scale to calculate area covered by swamps ( 1cm=1/2km)

Square both side 1cm=1/2km to get relationship between cm and km in square unit.
                  (1cm) square= (1/2) square
                    1cm square = 0.25km square

         (v) find area of one square on the map.

  To find the area of one square  covered by swamps on the map, take a rule and measure the width multiply by itself.

                  Area of square = wxw 
                                         W= 2 so 
                                          A= 2x2

                 Area of one square on a map =4cmsquare

  (vi) find the area  covered by swamps
                 1cm square =0.25 km square
                 4cm square = x

                Cross multiplication

                                1xX= 4x 0.25
                                    X= 1kmsquare
                Convert 21 square into kilometre square

            21x1km square= 21 km square

  Therefore Area covered by swamps  = 21km square.

  (b)  natural vegetation found on a map are scrubs, thickest and tree swamps and distributed as follow

    (i) Tree swamps occur near soda river on a map

    (ii) Thickest occur eastern part of the map

    (iii) Scrubs occur in all part  on the map

  (c) To measure the distance of  river Ng’hulu from grid reference 625496 to grid reference
700522 using a sheet of paper.

  By using a piece of paper the map distance of river Ng’hulu from grid reference 625496 to grid reference 700522 is 20.5cm.

   Scale on map = 1:50000
   Change. 1:50000 into kilometres.

   1km = 100000cm
        X = 50000cm

100000x = 50000x1
x = 50000/100000
x =1/2 km (one a half)

So. 1Cm = 1/2 km
  20.5= X
  X=20.5x 1/2
  X=10.25  km
  Therefore distance of river Ng’hulu from grid reference 625496 to grid reference
700522  is 10.25 km

 (d) Three ways which have been used to represent relief in the area are

    (i)   Latitude.

    (ii)  Grid references.

   (iii) Contour line.
 (e)  The following  are the four economic activities that might be taking place in the area. 

   (i) fishing activities due to the presence of Soda river,seasonal swamps and  Ng’hulu river on a map

   (ii) industrial activities due  to the presence ofginnery  on a map

   (iii) trade activities due to the presence of weather road  on a map

   (iv) agriculture activities due to the presence of scattered cultivation on a map

8.(a)  The type of the photograph is oblique photograph  due to the following reasons
     (i)   Photograph is taken from the sky with the camera tilted at an angle towards the ground.

     (ii)  The horizon is not seen on this  photograph.

  (b) Four(4)  economic activities that might be taking place in the area shown on the photograph are
      (i)  fishing activities due to the presence ocean 

      (ii)  industrial activities due  to the presence of two wheat factory building

     (iii) transportation activities   due  to the presence of ocean.

     (iv) trade activities due to the presence  ship. 

   (c) The nature of the settlement pattern as it is portrayed on the photograph is Urban settlement

   (d)   The photograph show cultural relief  features which is settlement that contain both tall buildings and short buildings. 

9.(a) Small scale farming is the type of agriculture (crop cultivation) where a farmer owns a piece of land covers less than 5 hectares.

         Large scale agriculture  a type of agriculture which takes place in a large area of land approximately 100 hectares. This is also known as commercial agriculture or state agriculture. The money gained from large scale agriculture is essential for keeping the system going on.

    The following  are the different between large scale and small scale farming.
    (i)   Large scale  agriculture takes place in a large area of land approximately 100 hectares whileSmall scale farming  takes place in a small area of land approximately less than 5 hectares.  

    (ii) Large scale  agriculture productivity is very high  while Small scale agriculture productivity is very low.

    (iii)In Large scale  agriculture te risk of pests and diseases is highly reduced  while in Small scale agriculture  the risk of pests and diseases is very highly 
    (iv)Large capital is needed to be invested in  Large scale  agriculture while in Small scaleagriculture small  capital is needed to be invested.

    (v)   Large scale  agriculture use advanced technology  while in Small scale  agriculture use low technology

    (vi)   Large scale  agriculture takes places where there is no high population  Small scale  agriculture  takes places where there is high population

(a)   The following  are the advantages of large scale over small scale farming

    (i)   Productivity is very high and large amounts of capital/income is obtained

    (ii)   Risk of pests and diseases is highly reduced 

   (iii) Promotes the growth of other sectors 

   (iv) Promote the development of social services i.e. Housing Electricity And water supply

   (v) It is the source of foreign money exchange. 

   (vi) Provides employment to the people.

10. Libya is a country having declared independence in 1951. For the last 39 years, the country has been ruled by a single man, ColonelMuammar al-Gaddafi. Over the years, the identity of this leader and his exquisite sense of style have mingled with the identity of the country itself. The  oil  sector  is  considered  as  the  primary  source  of  revenue  for  Libya.

 Therefore,  the  oil  and  gas industry  helps  to  enhance  the development  of  the  economy  in  the  country.  This  sector  also  contributes  to  the provision  of  better  health  services  and modern  education  to  the  peoples  of  Libya

  The following  are the factors show that “Oil as an economic resource has improved the living standards of the people of Libya”. 
   (i) Oil is the source of revenue in Libya

   (ii) Oil created employment to people of Libya

   (iii) Oil increased foreign investment

   (iv) Oil influenced established of industries in libya

   (v) People of libya use oil as the source of energy

   (vi) Oil provided  foreign currency in libya

11.   Population is a number of people, animals and plants (living things) living a certain area. Or the inhabitants of a particular place. Human Population Is a group of people occupying a certain geographical unit.

        Environment refers to all external conditions surrounding an organism and which have influence over its behaviour and activities.

        The following  are the environmental factors which influence population distribution in Tanzania. 

  (i) . Relief (Topography)

Where the slope is steep there is low or no population due to poor soil and nature of the land, but on gentle slope or flat surface there is high population since soil is good and mechanization can take place easily. Also low land tends to flood usually since people avoid settling in those areas.

  (ii) . Climate

Areas with reliable (moderate) rain have attracted high population but where there is poor rain like in the desert there is low population. Also areas with high or very low temperatures do not attract population while areas with moderate temperature attract population (high).

  (iii) Vegetation

In areas where dense vegetation is difficult to clear like in Tropical forest of Amazon and Congo basin discourage people to live leading to sparse population or no population at all. Dense vegetation hinders penetration and development. In less dense vegetation people are attracted since they grow crops after clearing for cultivation.

  (iv) . Soil

Thin, infertile and badly leached soil discourages settlement since they can’t support agriculture. Good soil attracts population.

  (v) . Mineral and energy resources

Area with mineral and energy resources attract population e.g. rand of S. Africa, iron and coalfield in Europe and southern part of W. Africa where there are rich mineral deposits like diamond, oil, etc.

 (vi)  Natural Hazards Areas with natural hazards like floods in low land, earthquakes, and tornadoes are avoided by people.

 (vii) Diseases and Pests

People like settling in areas which are free of diseases and pests. There is high population in highlands of Tanzania which have healthy climate like Arusha. But areas with high incidence of disease and pests infestation like mosquitoes that causes malaria, tsetse flies discourage population settlement.

12.  Environment refers to all external conditions surrounding an organism and which have influence over its behaviour and activities.

       The following  are the measures to be taken in order to reduce the effects of global climate change at national level.

  (i) . Discouraging the uses of burning of material that release harmful greenhouse gases such as CO 2, CFC's

 (ii) . Alternative sources of energy, which are environmentally friendly, should be encouraged e.g. geothermal, power, solar energy, and wind energy.

 (iii) . Formation of an international policies and cooperation among different nations in the fight against air pollution.

 (iv) Modification of the combustion system in the machine.

 (v) Control of pollution in order to control and discourages excessive uses of fossils and biomass energy.

(vi) Recycling of wastes should be encouraged rather than burning  or dumping  on the surface.