This GCSE English Literature quiz about John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men gives you the opportunity to test your skills in using evidence in support of a point. By highlighting evidence you strengthen your point, making your argument more persuasive. When writing an essay about a text, don’t forget to follow up your quotation with an explanation, too!
There are three primary methods of using evidence in support of a point when writing about a text: by paraphrasing, by quoting single words or short phrases, or by quoting longer sections of text. Paraphrasing is very often neglected, but is an essential skill and very useful in this context.
Even if you don’t use direct quotation, paraphrasing clearly demonstrates your knowledge of the text.
Quoting single words or short phrases is very effective in drawing attention to a specific choice of language. Remember that it is also possible to mix paraphrase and quotation in the same sentence. This is almost always better than writing long unwieldy sentences full of multiple quotations.
The final possibility is to quote a full sentence or more. This is often the best choice when the phrase on its own makes no sense or because you would like to discuss the longer quotation in close detail.
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 you do with this quiz on the best way to use evidence from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.