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Good day, future persuasive writers! We've crafted a fun quiz to test your knowledge about writing persuasively. Are you ready to walk into the world of arguments, strong vocabulary, and powerful language? Let's find out how much you've really learnt in your KS3 English lessons. Enjoy, and remember, the main goal is to learn!
1.
Which sentence is the most persuasive?
It is nice to recycle.
Start recycling, it's your duty to save our planet.
You could recycle.
Recycling is a thing you can do.
Option B is strong and commands action (imperative), appealing to the reader's sense of responsibility.
2.
Which of the following can be considered a persuasive technique?
Statistics
Humour
Questioning
All of the above
All the options given are techniques used in persuasive writing. Statistics provide convincing data, humour engages readers, and questioning provokes thought.
3.
What is the purpose of a counter-argument in a persuasive text?
To weaken your argument
To show balance and refute opposing views
To confuse the reader
To increase the length of the text
Presenting a counter-argument shows that you've considered other views, giving your argument more credibility as you refute them.
4.
Which of these is NOT a feature of persuasive writing?
First-person narration
Strong adjectives
Use of facts and evidence
Descriptive language
Persuasive writing can be written from any point of view depending on the context, not necessarily in the first person.
5.
What does the term 'rhetorical question' mean in persuasive writing?
A question with no answer
A question for which the answer is obvious
A question meant to start a debate
A question that is not really a question
A rhetorical question is one where the answer is so obvious that it isn't expected to be answered. It's used to make a point or emphasise an idea. For example, 'Do you want your children to live in a world without hope?'
6.
Why are facts and statistics used in persuasive writing?
To make the text longer
To confuse the reader
To support arguments and make them believable
To dazzle the reader with big numbers
Facts and statistics are used to back up arguments and make them more credible to the reader.
7.
A persuasive text usually ends with:
A summary of ideas
A strong concluding statement
A question
Recipes or instructions
A strong concluding statement that reinforces the argument is usually the hallmark of an effective persuasive text.
8.
What is the purpose of persuasive writing?
To inform
To entertain
To convince
To narrate
Persuasive writing is meant to persuade or convince the reader to agree with your point of view or take a specific action.
9.
Which sentence is written in a persuasive manner?
You should try the cake, it is good.
The cake is nice, try it.
The tantalising, delicious cake awaits your indulgence.
The cake is sweet.
Option C employs strong and appealing adjectives (tantalising, delicious) making it persuasive.
10.
What is an 'emotive language' in persuasive writing?
Language that makes the reader cry
Language that stirs up emotions in the reader
Language that describes emotions
Language that is written in capitals
Emotive language is designed to evoke emotional responses from the reader, thereby making the argument more persuasive.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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