This GCSE English Literature quiz will challenge you on illustrating and supporting points in George Eliot's Silas Marner. If you wish to discuss and to argue about a text, you will need to rely on evidence. By referring specifically and accurately to evidence from a text, you strengthen the points upon which your argument relies. This is not the easiest of skills to learn, however. This quiz gives you the opportunity to test these skills. See how well you can spot the answers which have incorporated the evidence in support of a point accurately and grammatically. And don’t forget when writing essays to follow up your quotation with an explanation, too!
There are three key methods of using evidence when writing about a text: the first is by paraphrasing, the second by quoting single words or short phrases, and the third is by quoting longer sections of text.
Often neglected, paraphrasing is actually one of the easiest methods and is an essential skill. Paraphrasing clearly demonstrates your knowledge of a text, even though you don’t use a direct quotation.
One effective method of drawing attention to a specific choice of language is by quoting single words or short phrases. It can also be useful to mix paraphrase and quotation in the same sentence. This is almost always better than writing long sentences full of multiple quotations. Such sentences can be unwieldy and difficult to read.
The third, and final, possibility is to quote a full sentence or more. This is often the best choice when quoting a short 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 George Eliot's Silas Marner.