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Practice - Non-Fiction - 07

Hello young scholars! Ready to dive into the captivating world of biographies? This study helps us understand the lives of individuals, their choices, their triumphs, and their challenges. Think you've got what it takes to analyse such engaging non-fiction texts? Tally ho! Let's test your knowledge with this fun and fascinating quiz!
What is the main difference between a biography and an autobiography?
Biographies are always shorter than autobiographies
Biographies are written by the person themselves and autobiographies by another person
Authors of biographies are more famous
Biographies are written about another person, while autobiographies are written by the individual themselves
The main difference between biographies and autobiographies lies in who is narrating the story. In a biography, it's someone else doing the narrating, while in an autobiography, the person is telling their own life story.
What is the purpose of analysing biographies?
To interpret the life story, and author's perspective
To predict the future life of the individual
To write a diary
To translate it into another language
By analysing biographies, we can gain a deeper understanding of the life story and gain insights into the author's perspective.
What is a biography?
A story based on imagination
A factual account of a person's life
A record of events in a country
A scientific research paper
In a biography, the author gives a detailed account of another person's life.
Why is it important to critically evaluate a biography?
To understand the author's bias
To reproduce the biography
To memorise all the facts
To convert it into a novel
Critical evaluation helps you to understand the author's perspective and whether they may have a bias that influences the way they present the person’s life.
What does the term 'chronological order' refer to in a biography?
Explaining events in random order
Listing events based on their importance
Presenting events in the order they occurred
Detailing events based on their relevance to the current day
Chronological order refers to presenting events in the sequence that they happened in real life.
Why is analysing the author's viewpoint crucial when studying a biography?
To understand the author's writing style
To detect potential bias or skewed portrayals
To mimic the author's vocabulary
To challenge the author's grammar
Analysing the author's viewpoint can reveal potential bias, allowing the reader to question and understand the narrative better.
What type of source is a biography usually considered?
Primary source
Secondary source
Tertiary source
Visual source
Biographies are typically considered secondary sources as they are based on primary sources or direct experiences/key events in someone’s life.
What are some common features of a biography?
Space travel, magic and dragons
Facts, dates and direct speech
Made-up characters and events
Endings with a climactic battle
Unlike fictional narratives, biographies rely on facts, dates, and direct speech and often include real-life experiences, events and incidents of the person’s life.
What does 'bias' in a biography mean?
The author's favourite colour
The author's decision to write a biography
The author's inclination to present events/story in a certain light
The author’s ability to write long chapters.
Bias in a biography refers to the author's tendency to present the story in a particular way which might not be completely objective.
What is an autobiography?
A book about another person's life
A book about a vehicle
A book about an animal's life
A book where the author tells their own life story
An autobiography is a self-written biography.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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