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Writing Recounts
Let me tell you how I became a lawyer.

Writing Recounts

If you wanted to retell a true event or experience, you would write a 'recount': it can be written in the first or third person. For example, in 'Sea and Sardinia', the author D. H. Lawrence recounts his brief excursion to the island of Sardinia in 1921.

There are a great many recount books on the market. Next time you are in a library or bookshop, see how many you can spot. Even in the larger supermarkets, there is usually a book aisle with famous people's autobiographies. A book about the life of a well-known footballer or TV celebrity and how they came to be famous would be in the form of a recount - even if it was written by another person.

Do this 11-plus English quiz and learn how to recognize when you can write a recount.

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1.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
A recipe
A handbook
A 'how to' book
A book of battles
You could recount the battles: what happened in the battles, who won and who lost
2.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
Buy the best PCs on the market
How I conquered my fear of mice
The Alsatian dog owner's guide
How to deal with high blood pressure
You could recount your experiences and how you eventually got over your fear of mice - squeak! squeak!
3.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
How I baked my first cake
Twenty ways to improve your vocabulary
Stamp collecting for beginners
Ten top books for bedtime
You could recount your experiences of baking your first cake
4.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
Three years in a prisoner of war camp
The best bathroom furniture in town
How to build up your self-confidence
The Mercedes Benz E Class range of cars
You could recount your experiences and the difficulties you faced
5.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
Do it yourself painting and decorating
Good sleeping habits
How I became a lawyer
How to breed sheep
You could recount your experiences that led up to you becoming a lawyer
6.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
How to cook fish
The discovery of Tutankhamun
You are what you eat
Home decorator tips
You could recount how Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt was discovered
7.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
Ten years in the Foot Guards regiment
Join the army and see the world
The British Army is very professional
Do you want to join the army?
You could recount your experiences of life in the Foot Guards
8.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
How to cook sweet potatoes
The life and death of Napoleon Bonaparte
Looking after horses
Advanced driving tips
You could recount Napoleon Bonaparte's life and death: his achievements, his failures, how he lived his life and how he died
9.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
How to assemble self-assemble furniture
The best way to play golf
The fall of the city of Constantinople
Ten top recipes
You could recount how the city fell (in 1453) and what happened to the inhabitants
10.
Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
How to make apple crumble
Ten top fishing tips
What to look for when buying a second hand car
A journey through Africa
You can recount your adventures and experiences
Author:  Frank Evans

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