11-Plus English Quiz - Text Features (Questions)

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.

1. 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'
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'
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. Which one of the following is not a graphic aid?
[ ] Graph
[ ] Paragraph
[ ] Map
[ ] Sketch
7. Which one of the following is not a font?
[ ] Times New Roman
[ ] Bullets
[ ] Arial
[ ] Calibri
8. 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
9. 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
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
11-Plus English Quiz - Text Features (Answers)
1. What does the word 'glossary' mean?
[x] 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
2. What does the word 'preface' mean?
[x] 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. 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
[x] 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'
4. 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
[x] 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
5. 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
[x] 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
6. Which one of the following is not a graphic aid?
[ ] Graph
[x] Paragraph
[ ] Map
[ ] Sketch
A 'paragraph' is a written aid
7. Which one of the following is not a font?
[ ] Times New Roman
[x] 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!
8. 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
[x] 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
9. A 'cross section' is a graphic informational text feature. Why is it useful?
[x] 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
10. Why are 'flow diagrams / flow charts' important informational text features?
[x] 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