This GCSE English Literature quiz is about illustrating and supporting points in the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Test your skills in using evidence by trying this quiz. By pointing to some evidence you can strengthen the point you wish to make. When writing about a text don’t forget to follow up with an explanation, too!
There are three main ways to use evidence in support of a point when writing about a text: paraphrase, quoting single words or short phrases, and quoting longer sections of text.
Paraphrasing can be especially useful and is sometimes neglected. Even if you don’t use direct quotation, you can still demonstrate your knowledge of a text by paraphrasing.
In order to draw attention to a specific choice of language, however, you would be better choosing the second option, which is to quote single words or short phrases. It is also possible to mix paraphrase and quotation in the same sentence. This is usually better than writing long unwieldy sentences full of multiple quotations.
The final option is to quote a full sentence or more. If the full sentence is needed either because a phrase on its own won’t make sense or because you wish to discuss the longer quotation in close detail, this might well be the best choice.
Remember: if you are using a single word which is not especially significant in itself, you do not normally need to use quotation marks. If you are using an exact phrase or sentence from the text, remember to put quotation marks around it.
See how well you do illustrating and supporting points from Kazuo Ishiguro’s book Never Let Me Go.