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Narrative - Third Person
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Narrative - Third Person

This quiz looks at third person narrative and works alongside the Narrative - First Person quiz. This task will teach KS1 children that instead of ‘I’ they can work in third person, through the voice of a narrator. This will not only expand on their growing knowledge of literacy and the English language, but will also aid their creative writing skills.

When you read a story, there are characters and there is also a narrator. The narrator tells you what is happening but you don’t know who they are or what they look like. Any stories with a narrator are called third person narrative. This means the story isn’t from one point of view but from many.

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1.
Which answer is written in third person?
"I can't find my dog," I said.
The man sat down and I had some dinner.
That's my dog, I said.
"I can't find my dog," said the man.
Even though the word 'I' is in the sentence, it is the character speaking, not the narrator.
2.
Which answer is written in third person?
I opened the door and looked around the kitchen to see three empty bowls and three broken chairs.
They opened the door and I looked around the kitchen to see three empty bowls and three broken chairs.
They opened the door and looked around the kitchen to see three empty bowls and three broken chairs.
They opened the door and looked around the kitchen and I saw three empty bowls and three broken chairs.
Remember, you will only use the word 'I' when a character is speaking.
3.
Which answer is written in third person?
My skin was thick and tough and his teeth as sharp as razor blades.
His skin was thick and tough and my teeth as sharp as razor blades.
My skin was thick and tough and my teeth as sharp as razor blades.
His skin was thick and tough and his teeth as sharp as razor blades.
A person who studies dinosaurs is called a paleontologist.
4.
Which answer is written in third person?
Dear Diary, today was amazing. I won the tennis tournament, got a certificate for my English homework and won a dance competition!
Dear Diary, today was amazing. She won the tennis tournament, got a certificate for my English homework and won a dance competition!
Today was amazing. She won the tennis tournament, got a certificate for my English homework and won a dance competition!
Today was amazing. She won the tennis tournament, got a certificate for her English homework and won a dance competition!
Although this diary entry is in third person narrative, you should always use first person narrative when writing a diary.
5.
Which of these answers is written in third person narrative?
I walked over to the bench and sat down.
She walked over to the bench and sat down.
Suddenly I heard a noise.
If only I'd brought my umbrella!
Third person narrative will use words like 'she', 'he', 'they' etc.
6.
Which sentence is not written in third person narrative?
They closed the door and crept up the stairs.
"I want to eat that," he said.
"Let me try," demanded Emma.
I will never let you look after my dog again.
If a character is speaking, you can use 'I' but if it is the narrator or story teller, then you can't.
7.
Which answer is written in third person?
"I know magic," I shouted with joy.
"I know magic," he shouted with joy.
I know magic.
My friend knows magic.
The most famous magician of all time was called Harry Houdini.
8.
Which answer is written in third person?
All he ever wanted was to be a real boy and not have any strings.
All I ever wanted was to be a real boy and not have any strings.
All he ever wanted was to be a real boy and I didn't want any strings.
"I want to be a real boy" I said.
The last answer would be correct if it said 'he said' instead of 'I said'.
9.
How is third person narrative different to first person narrative?
Third person has a narrator telling you what is happening whereas first person is from one person’s viewpoint.
First person has a narrator telling you what is happening whereas third person is from one person's viewpoint.
Third person has a doctor telling you what is happening whereas first person is from a dog's viewpoint.
Third person must rhyme whereas first person is a song.
The benefit of writing in third person is that you can describe things easier and say how other characters are feeling. If you write in third person, though, you must always stay in that narrative.
10.
Which answer is written in third person?
I was playing the video game when a sudden flash appeared on the screen. The lights dimmed and I was sucked into the television.
He was playing the video game when a sudden flash appeared on the screen. The lights dimmed and I was sucked into the television.
He was playing the video game when a sudden flash appeared on the screen. The lights dimmed and he was sucked into the television.
He was playing the video game when a sudden flash appeared on the screen. The lights dimmed and my body was sucked into the television.
The first video game was made in 1958 and called Tennis for Two.
Author:  Finola Waller

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