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Text Features
Find out in question 8 the definition of an 'editor'.

Text Features

Text features are about the presentation of the written word, whether that be a story, article or poem. The purpose of 'informational text features' is to help you find your way in a text more easily as well as provide additional information to improve the reader's comprehension.

Next time you are in the library, pick a selection of books, one fiction, one non-fiction and perhaps a newspaper too. Spend some time looking through the books (and paper) and see how many text features you can recognise. You will need to look at the first few (and last few) pages of books to see some of the features.

This 11-plus English quiz will give you an introduction to informational text features used in books and similar literary works. See how much you remember from your lessons.

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1.
Which one of the following is not a graphic aid?
Graph
Paragraph
Map
Sketch
A 'paragraph' is a written aid
2.
What does the word 'preface' mean?
This is an introduction to a book written by the book's author
It's another name for the front cover of a book
It's another name for the back cover of a book
It is another name for 'glossary'
An introduction written by a person who is not the work's author is called a 'foreword'; the foreword comes before the author's preface
3.
Which one of the following is not a font?
Times New Roman
Bullets
Arial
Calibri
A 'font' is a particular style of printing. If you open Microsoft's Word, you will find a lot of fonts in the 'font menu': try writing using some of the different fonts; there are lots of them!
4.
A 'cross section' is a graphic informational text feature. Why is it useful?
It gives you an internal view of the object discussed in a text
It gives you an external view of the object discussed in a text
It gives you a magnified view of the object discussed in a text
It gives you side (lateral) views of the object discussed in a text
A cross section is a plane surface formed by cutting through an object at right angles to an axis. Cross sections are used a lot in biology books, e.g. the cross section of a plant's stem
5.
Which one of the following correctly defines the following words: 'author', 'editor' and 'publisher'?
The author is in charge of the publication of the book; the editor writes the book; the publisher publishes the book
The author writes the book; the editor publishes the book; the publisher is in charge of the publication of the book
The author writes the book; the editor is in charge of the publication of the book; the publisher publishes the book
The author publishes the book; the editor is in charge of the publication of the book; the publisher writes the book
The editor and publisher usually work for a 'publishing house': this is an established publishing company
6.
What does the word 'index' mean?
The contents of a text listed alphabetically
A list of the meanings of the terms used in a scientific book
A list, in page order, of the subjects covered in the text
The contents of a text listed alphabetically with their page numbers
The index is found at the back of a book. On the other hand, the 'table of contents' (TOC) of a book is found at the front: it lists the subjects covered in the book in their order of appearance followed by their page numbers
7.
What does the word 'glossary' mean?
It defines the words contained in the text
It describes words that have been printed in bright colours
It defines the pages that have been printed in bright colours
It is another word for 'index'
Traditionally, a glossary is found at the end of a book
8.
What does the word 'caption' mean?
This is a list of those people who helped in the writing of a book
This is a list of graphic informational text features
This is the explanatory text that is written under a picture or photograph
This is the first chapter in a written text
Captions are also written under cartoons
9.
What does the word 'appendix' mean?
This is additional textual information that accompanies the main text
This is additional graphic information that accompanies the main text
This is another name for the plot of a novel
This is additional information (both graphic and textual) that accompanies the main text
The appendix is usually found at the end of the book. Plural: 'appendices' or 'appendixes'
10.
Why are 'flow diagrams / flow charts' important informational text features?
Flow diagrams graphically describe the sequence of operations in a process
Flow diagrams list the book chapters in order of appearance
Flow diagrams graphically describe the pictures found in a book
Flow diagrams analyse the flow of a book's written style
Flow diagrams/charts are very useful when it comes to describing complicated sequential procedures, e.g. industrial chemical procedures and the code for computer programs
Author:  Frank Evans

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