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Practice - Reading - 08

Hello terrific KS3 students! Time to put your English Reading skills to test as we delve into various realms of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama texts. This fun quiz will help us understand how well you can interpret these texts and understand their themes, contexts, and literary techniques. So, gear up for a magical adventure with words and let’s see how many you can crack!
What is a 'soliloquy' in a play?
A scene with two characters discussing
A character talking to themselves, sharing thoughts aloud
A character singing on stage
Action that happens off-stage
A 'soliloquy' is a device often used in drama when a character speaks alone on stage to allow their thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience.
What is the main difference between fiction and non-fiction?
Fiction is true, non-fiction is not.
Non-fiction is about animals, fiction is not.
Fiction is imagined, while non-fiction is based on truth.
Fiction is for children, non-fiction is for adults.
Fiction is a form of literature that is based on imagination, whereas non-fiction is based on facts and real-life events.
What is ironic about the saying ‘The fire station burnt down’?
Fire stations should be fireproof
It’s a metaphor
Fire stations can't burn down
It’s a humorous statement
The situation is ironic because one would expect a fire station, of all places, to be equipped to prevent itself from burning down.
In literature, what do we call the main character?
A 'protagonist' is the main character of a story around whose life events of the story revolve.
In literature, which term describes alliteration?
The message behind a story
Hints or clues about what will happen later
Describing a scene in great detail
The repetition of the initial sound in words
An example of alliteration is 'The dark day dawned'.
Which one of these titles is NOT an example of alliteration?
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Pride and Prejudice
Gone Girl
Sense and Sensibility
Alliteration is a stylistic device where a number of words with the same first consonant sound are placed close together.
What is meant by the term 'blank verse' in poetry?
A poem that doesn't rhyme
A poem with a hidden meaning
A poem without a specific metre
A poem that doesn't convey emotions
'Blank verse' is poetry that doesn't have a rhyme scheme but does have a specific metre.
Which literary device is used in 'The sound of silence was deafening'?
An 'oxymoron' is a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear in conjunction. Here, 'sound' is contradictory to 'silence'.
What does the term 'third-person' perspective mean in literature?
The story is told by one of the characters.
The story is told from the perspective of all characters.
The story is told by a narrator outside of the story.
The story is told from the perspective of the antagonist.
In 'third-person' perspective, the narrator is not a character in the story, but an outside observer who can tell you what multiple characters are thinking and feeling.
Which one of these is a 'metaphor'?
She is as cunning as a fox.
You sing like a lark.
Life is a journey.
He roars like a lion.
A 'metaphor' is a figure of speech that directly compares two things. 'Life is a journey' is an example. The other eaxmples are similes because they use 'like' or 'as'.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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