Comprehension 03
What could possibly be inside?

Comprehension 03

This KS2 English quiz is our third and final about comprehension. Comprehension is about understanding the meaning of words. The more books you read - and the wider your choice of books - the better you will become at understanding what you read. You will be able to understand not only the facts and whatever is obvious - you will also see the underlying and hidden meanings the author has included in the story.

Next time you are reading a book, take some time to look for any unspoken (but hinted at) messages in the story - you may be surprised to find there are plenty!

Here's another chance to practise your reading comprehension by taking this third English quiz on the subject.

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  1. Julia gave the parcel a tentative shake. 'What could possibly be inside?' she wondered. What does the word 'tentative' mean?
    Rather than use the same word again, use synonyms in your writing.
  2. She considered the label again. 'For Julia,' it said, 'NOT to be opened before midnight.' What effect do the capital letters of 'NOT' have?
    Capital letters or italics are sometimes used for emphasis.
  3. What might happen next?
    In a story, almost anything can happen. The one thing you would not expect from this story about Julia is for the author to forget about the parcel and never mention it again.
  4. She placed the parcel gently on the table before sitting down. Who would know if she opened it a little bit early? Why doesn't this question have speech marks?
    Julia is asking herself the question - she is wondering what will happen if she doesn't wait until midnight.
  5. What type of question is it?
    A rhetorical question does not need an answer.
  6. The sender had meticulously wrapped the mysterious object with brown paper, edges neatly folded and taped down with precision. What does this sentence tell us about the unknown sender?
    A 'meticulous' person pays careful attention to small details.
  7. Absent-mindedly, Julia picked at a corner of the paper with her fingernail. She heard a sound like the creak of a rusty gate being opened for the first time in a decade. One of these sentences contains an example of what?
    'A sound like the creak of a rusty gate' is a simile.
  8. She tugged at the paper. Creak. She tore the paper again. Scritch. And again! Scratch! What techniques have been used in these sentences?
    Remember to look at all the answers first before making your choice.
  9. What is the effect of the techniques used in question eight?
    Imagine if the sentence had simply said, 'Julia opened the parcel'.
  10. Julia could no longer restrain herself. She grabbed the paper with both hands and ripped it from the parcel. Which word does NOT describe Julia's actions?
    What do you think might be in the parcel?

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