UKUK USUSIndiaIndia
Fun Learning and Revision for KS1, KS2, 11-Plus, KS3 and GCSE
Join Us
Much Ado About Nothing - Illustrating and Supporting Points
I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

Much Ado About Nothing - Illustrating and Supporting Points

This GCSE English Literature quiz sees how good you are at illustrating and supporting points, specifically for Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. One of the most important skills you can develop during your GCSEs is the ability to support your points by referring in detail to evidence in the text. This quiz allows you to test those skills. When you wish to make a point about a text, you can be much more persuasive by quoting or referring explicitly to a specific part of the text. After you’ve given some evidence to support your point, you will also need to follow up with an explanation.

How to use evidence to support a point:

There are three key methods you can use in order to support a point with evidence: paraphrasing, quoting single words or short phrases, and quoting longer sections of text.

Many people forget about paraphrasing, but it’s actually one of the most useful methods. In fact, it is an essential skill which you will find yourself using on many occasions, even when you are not writing English essays. Paraphrasing demonstrates your knowledge of the text and is usually more elegant than quoting multiple words and is also more practical than quoting a very long passage.

Quoting a single word or short phrase is a good choice if you wish to draw attention to a specific language choice. Sometimes, when you have a complex point to make, the best strategy is to use a combination of methods, perhaps by paraphrasing a longer section of the text and quoting a word or short phrase which perfectly complements the paraphrase. This takes practise to do well, but is nearly always better than writing long, unwieldy sentences full of multiple short quotations.

The third method is to quote a full sentence or more. If you want to discuss a longer quotation in close detail, or if a shorter quotation just refuses to make sense, this is the best method to use.

Although you will of course wish to be accurate in your quotations, remember that you will not normally need to use quotation marks if you are referring to a single, ordinary word contained in the text. For example, it is rather silly to quote “cat” unless the use of the word is unusual or unexpected in some way. When you do use an exact phrase or sentence from the text, however, do remember to put quotation marks around it.

See how you do with this quiz on the best way to use evidence from Much Ado About Nothing. Remember, the purpose of this quiz is to test your ability to quote and to paraphrase, rather than to test your knowledge of the text. One helpful tip is that it might be easier to eliminate the incorrect answers first!

Did you know...

You can play all the teacher-written quizzes on our site for just £9.95 per month. Click the button to sign up or read more.

Sign up here
Read the text from Much Ado About Nothing and then choose the answer which best uses evidence in support of a point.
1.
"A miracle! Here's our own hands against our hearts." - Benedick
Benedick refers to the "written" evidence of "love" as pitting his and Beatrice's "hands" against their "hearts"
Benedick refers to the written "evidence" of love as pitting his and Beatrice's "hands" against their "hearts"
Benedick refers to the written evidence of love as pitting his and Beatrice's "hands" against their "hearts"
Benedick refers to the written evidence of love as pitting his and Beatrice's hands against their "hearts"
"Hands" and "hearts" are examples of metonymy; each stands for more than mere parts of the body. Therefore, although these are ordinary words, they are not confined here to their ordinary meanings and should be quoted
2.
"But that my Lady Beatrice should know me, and not know me! The Prince's fool! Ha, it may be I go under that title because I am merry." - Benedick
"Benedick" contrasts two types of "knowing": Beatrice "knows him" and does "not know him"
Benedick contrasts two types of "knowing": Beatrice "knows me" and does "not know me"
Benedick contrasts two types of knowing: Beatrice knows his character very well, but apparently fails to recognise him during the revelry
Benedick contrasts two types of knowing: Beatrice "knows" his character very well, but apparently fails to "recognise" him during the revelry
Remember that paraphrase is an excellent method of using evidence to make a point about a text
3.
"He hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him." - Don Pedro
Don Pedro compares falling in love with death, referring to Cupid as a little hangman
Don Pedro compares falling in love with death, referring to Cupid as a "little hangman"
Don Pedro compares falling in love with death, referring to Cupid as a little "hangman"
Don Pedro compares "falling in love" with death, referring to Cupid as a "little hangman"
Remember to quote the entire phrase that you use; here "little hangman" is correct, whereas little "hangman" is not. This point could be followed by one which comments on the implications of the word "little"
4.
"By my troth, 's but a night-gown in respect of yours - cloth o' gold, and cuts, and laced with silver, set with pearls, down sleeves, side sleeves, and skirts round underborne with a bluish tinsel." - Margaret
Margaret undermines her praise of Hero's wedding dress by referring to the "cloth o'gold", "silver", "pearls", and general extravagance of the "sleeves and skirts" of the Duchess of Milan's wedding dress
Margaret undermines her praise of Hero's wedding "dress" by referring to the "cloth o'gold", "silver", "pearls", and general extravagance of the sleeves and skirts of the Duchess of Milan's "wedding dress"
Margaret undermines her praise of Hero's wedding dress by referring to the cloth o'gold, silver, pearls, and general extravagance of the sleeves and skirts of the Duchess of Milan's wedding dress
Margaret undermines her praise of Hero's wedding dress by referring to the "cloth o'gold", "silver", "pearls", and general extravagance of the sleeves and skirts of the Duchess of Milan's wedding dress
Although silver and pearls are ordinary words, because they appear in a list with "cloth o'gold", it makes more sense to use quotation marks, although not using quotation marks for those two words would also be acceptable
5.
"I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me." - Beatrice
Beatrice compares men's declarations of love to the instinctive, and irritating, behaviour of dogs who "bark at a crow"
Beatrice compares men's declarations of love to the instinctive, and irritating, behaviour of dogs who bark at a crow
Beatrice compares a man's declaration of love to the instinctive, and irritating, behaviour of a dog "barking at a crow"
Beatrice compares men's declarations of "love" to the instinctive, and irritating, behaviour of dogs who bark at a crow
Remember to quote accurately (for example, "barking" is not identical to "bark", making the third option incorrect)
6.
"I have deceived even your very eyes. What your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light." - Borachio
Borachio mocks the gentlemen because he "deceived even your very eyes"
Borachio takes pride in "deceiving" the gentlemen's "very eyes", even though he has been caught out by the "shallow fools"
Borachio mocks the gentlemen whose "very eyes" have been "deceived", even though they are not shallow fools
Borachio mocks the gentlemen for being less perceptive than the "shallow fools" who uncover the plot
It takes practice to write sentences which are clear and use quotations correctly. The first option here is ungrammatical
7.
"Come, come, do you think I do not know you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? Go to, mum, you are he. Graces will appear and there's an end." - Ursula
In Ursula's view, virtues are inevitably visible, a belief she emphasises when she says, "Graces will appear and there's an end"
In Ursula's view, "virtues" are inevitably visible, a belief she emphasises when she says, "Graces will appear and there's an end"
In Ursula's view, virtues are inevitably visible, a belief she emphasises when she says, graces will appear and there's an end
In Ursula's view, virtues are inevitably visible, "Graces will appear and there's an end"
Remember not to drop quotes into your writing as if they explain themselves (as in the fourth option)
8.
I have marked
A thousand blushing apparitions
To start into her face, a thousand innocent shames
In angel whiteness beat away those blushes,
And in her eye there hath appeared a fire.
The Friar
The Friar depicts Hero's face as a battlefield in which an angel whiteness and fire are her defenders
The Friar depicts Hero's face as a battlefield in which an "angel whiteness" and "fire" are her defenders
The Friar observes the "blushing apparitions" and innocent shames in Hero's "face"
The Friar observes the "blushing apparitions" and "innocent" shames in Hero's "face"
Remember to make a point, rather than just restating what happens in the passage
9.
"If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it." - Don Pedro
By telling Claudio to "cherish it", Don Pedro places greater emphasis on the experience of love itself, rather than on the person who has supposedly inspired this love
Don Pedro encourages Claudio to love Hero, but his emphasis, when he tells the young man to "cherish it", is on love itself, rather than its object
When Don Pedro tells Claudio to "cherish it", his impersonal "it" refers to love, rather than to Hero; love is more important than the beloved
All of the above
There are many ways to use evidence from the text correctly. Try to practise different methods
10.
"He hath ta'en th'infection. Hold it up." - Claudio
Claudio resembles a "doctor" who observes a patient "catching" an "infection"
Benedick "catches" the "infection of love" from the false gossip he overhears
Claudio refers to the false report of Beatrice's love as an "infection" which Benedick has caught
All of the above
This point could be followed by another discussing the way that gossip and false report act like deadly infections in the text
Author:  Sheri Smith

© Copyright 2016-2018 - Education Quizzes
TJS - Web Design Lincolnshire

Valid HTML5

We use cookies to make your experience of our website better.

To comply with the new e-Privacy directive, we need to ask for your consent - I agree - No thanks - Find out more