KS3 English Quiz - Text (Identifying Different Types) 01 (Questions)

As an English student, you will read and write many types of texts such as poetry, prose, biography, autobiography, letters and plays. Each genre has particular features which give them a certain look or feel helping you to distinguish between each type.

Biography, as you know, is a text written about someone's life, with the aim of producing a reasonably factual account (although all biographies demonstrate bias). An autobiography is similar, except that the author writes about his or her own life, presenting a sort of personal history. Autobiographies use first person narration whereas biographies use the third person. Both are written in the past tense.

Letters are different in form and are part of a conversation usually, unless the original recipient of a letter never responds. Because of this feature, letters might use the second person. Sometimes letters are reproduced in biographies and autobiographies, if they are important to the historical account. Some authors of novels also include letters, although these are fictional since they are supposedly written by characters, rather than by real people. This is not as confusing as it sounds - practice makes us into sophisticated readers who can tell the difference between historical letters and fiction, even when genres are mixed in this way.

Plays are intended to be staged, so include lots of information to help the director and actors to perform the script. You wouldn't typically find stage directions in an autobiography!

Sharpen your identification skills by playing this quiz on the subject.

1. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Mr Walter Smith was born in 1901, the eldest son of .......
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
2. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Waiter: Can I help you sir?
Man 1: I'm just looking .......
[ ] Biography
[ ] Essay
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
3. Where might you read the following excerpt?
My father ran a carpentry business, my mother .......
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Letter
[ ] Play
4. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Dear Editor .......
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Letter
[ ] Play
5. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Mr. Wright / saw a light / in the middle of the night.
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
6. Where might you read the following excerpt?
I always wanted to become a doctor.
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
7. Where might you read the following excerpt?
....... so readers take action now! Yours, Disgruntled of Mull.
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Letter
[ ] Poem
8. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Join us later / alligator / take a while / crocodile.
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Letter
[ ] Poem
9. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Oliver: Can I have some more?
Teacher: More? No!
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
10. Where might you read the following excerpt?
She began her teaching career in a small school in .......
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem

 

KS3 English Quiz - Text (Identifying Different Types) 01 (Answers)
1. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Mr Walter Smith was born in 1901, the eldest son of .......
[ ] Autobiography
[x] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
Biography uses the third person, e.g. "he lived in ......."
2. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Waiter: Can I help you sir?
Man 1: I'm just looking .......
[ ] Biography
[ ] Essay
[x] Play
[ ] Poem
A playscript sets out the characters and speeches
3. Where might you read the following excerpt?
My father ran a carpentry business, my mother .......
[x] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Letter
[ ] Play
Autobiography uses first person narrator: "I was ......." or "my ....... "
4. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Dear Editor .......
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[x] Letter
[ ] Play
This example sounds like the beginning of a letter to a newspaper editor
5. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Mr. Wright / saw a light / in the middle of the night.
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Play
[x] Poem
Not all poems have rhyme, but they are all laid out differently from prose
6. Where might you read the following excerpt?
I always wanted to become a doctor.
[x] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
The "I" narrates autobiography
7. Where might you read the following excerpt?
....... so readers take action now! Yours, Disgruntled of Mull.
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[x] Letter
[ ] Poem
This is the ending of a letter
8. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Join us later / alligator / take a while / crocodile.
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[ ] Letter
[x] Poem
Rhyme is very obvious here
9. Where might you read the following excerpt?
Oliver: Can I have some more?
Teacher: More? No!
[ ] Autobiography
[ ] Biography
[x] Play
[ ] Poem
In play scripts the character's name precedes the speech so actors know who should be speaking
10. Where might you read the following excerpt?
She began her teaching career in a small school in .......
[ ] Autobiography
[x] Biography
[ ] Play
[ ] Poem
Third person narrator; this is biographical writing