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Answer Questions on the Poem 'The Ballad of John Silver'

In this worksheet, students will read an extract from 'The Ballad of John Silver' by John Masefield and infer what meaning the writer may have had.

'Answer Questions on the Poem 'The Ballad of John Silver'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 7 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Inference and Evidence

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will  be looking at an extract from  'A Ballad of John Silver' by John Masefield


Read the extract from the start of the poem, and then answer the following questions.




a sailing ship


We were schooner-rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull,

And we flew the pretty colours of the crossbones and the skull;

We'd a big black Jolly Roger flapping grimly at the fore,

And we sailed the Spanish Water in the happy days of yore.


We'd a long brass gun amidships, like a well-conducted ship,

We had each a brace of pistols and a cutlass at the hip;

It's a point which tells against us, and a fact to be deplored,

But we chased the goodly merchant-men and laid their ships aboard.




Let's have a go at some questions on this extract.


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