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Writing Narrative
Science fiction is a type of narrative.

Writing Narrative

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on writing narrative. 'Narrative' is an impressive word for the writing we simply call 'stories'. Mysteries, fables, legends, science fiction, action - there are so many different types of narrative. You will almost certainly have written quite a few pieces of narrative while you've been at school.

Most people have a favourite type of narrative. And writers tend to have a favourite type to write about. If you have a favourite author, you will probably know what type of book you will be getting.

See how well you understand story-writing by trying this English quiz.

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1.
Before the ending of a story, you should ____.
write lots of dialogue without any explanations
introduce a completely new character, as a surprise
show how the events or problems were resolved
summarise the entire story again for readers who weren't paying attention
This is known as a 'resolution'.
2.
If you make the reader feel excited or unsure, you have successfully ____.
built suspense
created a character
written the dialogue
summarised the story
Suspense is important in thrillers.
3.
When writing a story, how should you tell the reader that a character is bossy?
Use 'bossy' as an adjective for the character.
Use a stage direction.
Add an aside to the reader ('The others think Alex is bossy').
Include a scene or two where the character is behaving in a bossy manner.
It's more effective in stories 'to show, not tell'. Your reader is more likely to believe a character is bossy after seeing that character behave bossily.
4.
'Watch out!' Harry shouted. 'Watch out for what?' Rachael cried. What is wrong with this dialogue?
Rachael's dialogue shouldn't have a question mark.
Rachael's dialogue should begin on a new line.
Rachael's dialogue should come first.
Harry's dialogue shouldn't have an exclamation mark.
When writing dialogue, always remember: 'New speaker - New line'.
5.
What is a dilemma?
The speech between two characters.
A tricky situation or problem.
A list of events that take place in a story.
An unexpected and frightening event.
A speech between two characters is a dialogue.
6.
What is the name for the events that happen in a story?
Plot.
Plan.
Writing frame.
Dilemma.
A good story will usually have a good plot.
7.
A story should NOT be written in which of the following?
First person.
Second person.
Third person.
First or third person.
Do you know why not?
8.
Which of the following can be used in the opening paragraph of a story?
A description.
Dialogue (speech).
Action.
All of the above.
The goal is to write a story opening which makes your reader want to carry on reading.
9.
What is a 'setting'?
The events that happen in a story.
The point of view from which a story is told.
The main character.
The time and place of the story.
When setting a story, it's good to consider it in detail. What's the weather like? What time of year is it? What time of day? What does it feel like to be in the place where the story is set?
10.
The people in a story are called ____.
actors
inhabitants
characters
friends
Actors play the part of characters.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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