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Comprehension 02
Why was Jacob's bike so inviting?

Comprehension 02

Get ready for the second KS2 English quiz on comprehension! Comprehension is like being a detective when you read – figuring out what the author is saying and feeling the story. Authors use tricks to keep readers curious about what happens next and what characters are thinking.

Good authors love surprises, so they don't tell everything at once. Skilled readers use inference (making smart guesses) and deduction (using facts to decide). When you write your own stories, remember these tricks to make them super exciting! Test your skills in this second Comprehension quiz and become a reading detective!

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Jacob looked out the window and sighed. Which one of the following emotions could Jacob be feeling?
Any of the above
Authors often use this technique to 'hook' the reader. Wanting to know why Jacob sighs will encourage a person to continue reading.
The birds chirped, the morning sun shone and the drone of lawnmowers floated on the air, along with the scent of freshly-mown grass. In this sentence, what is being carried in the breeze?
The sound of children playing.
The smell of grass and the sound of lawnmowers.
The smell of rain.
Falling leaves.
There is no mention of children, rain or leaves.
What does 'drone' mean?
A continuous noise.
A loud sound.
A quiet sound.
An unbearably loud noise.
'Drone' especially means a continuous sound of humming or buzzing.
In the garden, Jacob could see his bike where he had left it out the night before - how inviting it appeared. What is implied by this sentence?
Jacob is going to go out on his bike.
Jacob wishes he could go out.
Jacob wishes he'd remembered to put his bike away.
Jacob doesn't like his bike.
The word 'inviting' is an adjective.
He listened very carefully. No one else was stirring. What does 'stirring' mean in this sentence?
Mixing something for breakfast.
Being excited.
Going around in circles.
Many words in the English language have more than one meaning.
What is Jacob listening out for in question five?
Signs that anyone else is awake.
The sound of lawnmowers.
The sound of the birds chirping.
Signs of rain.
Do you get the impression that Jacob is planning something?
If he went out on his bike, no one would be able to find him in time for the exam. Which of the following words describes how Jacob is thinking in this sentence?
Here, Jacob is plotting, planning, scheming, or calculating.
Swiftly, he grabbed his shoes, eased open his door and began creeping down the stairs. Which one of the following is NOT true?
Jacob doesn't want anyone to hear him.
Jacob is hoping to escape.
Jacob wants to watch TV.
Jacob is going to carry out his plan.
Wanting to watch TV doesn't follow from the information about Jacob that we have so far.
'Jacob!' his mother called, cheerily. 'Good, you're up. Why don't you do some piano practice now, so you'll be ready?' Which of the following words best describes how Jacob might feel at this point?
He's been heard by his mother which means he won't be allowed out on his bike now.
Why was Jacob's bike so inviting?
He was recently given the bike for his birthday.
He needs to ride his bike to school.
He rides his bike every day.
He doesn't want to take his piano exam.
He would rather be riding his bike than taking a piano exam!
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Comprehension

Author:  Sheri Smith

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