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Reading Poetry: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

In this worksheet, students answer questions on their understanding of two verses from the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

'Reading Poetry: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Check Understanding

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read these two verses from Tennyson's famous poem. It is about a battle in which the 'Light Brigade' were ordered to fight against a very powerful enemy.

 

 

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

"Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Someone had blunder'd:
Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

...

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

 

 

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If you need to read the extract again as you go through the worksheet, you can do so by clicking on the Help button above the question.

In the poem, Tennyson writes: "Was there a man dismay'd?"

Which technique is he using here?

alliteration

rhetorical question

rule of three

In stanza one we are told that 'someone had blundered'. The blunder was to order these 600 men to fight in a battle they could not win. Who is the most likely person to have made this mistake?

one of the soldiers

one of the army cooks

a General in charge

In the first stanza the writer uses the phrase: "Their's but to do and die". What does this mean?

they will all die

their job is to kill all of their enemies

their job is to fight, whatever the consequences

Tennyson uses the metaphor "Valley of death" to describe the battle the soldiers are entering. Choose THREE of the following words to describe the tone of the poem at this point.

dark

exciting

foreboding

frightening

joyful

The writer uses repetition in the second stanza in the extract. Which word is repeated three times? Write it in the box below.

Read the following comment from a student. Which word is missing?

Tennyson creates tension by emphasising the noise of battle. This is achieved through onomatopoeia: "____________", which portrays a rumbling, deep undertone.

death

thunder'd

shot

Read this quotation from the second stanza in the extract:

Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,

Which of the following techniques are NOT being used by the writer here?

repitition

rhyme

alliteration

simile

Tennyson, the writer, uses lots of negative imagery, such as the metaphor; "mouth of hell". This doesn't sound like a proud army, confidently marching into battle.

 

What TWO points might he be making here?  

that you might be physically hurt in battle

that the soldiers should never have been in this battle

that the soldiers are weak and scared

that the Generals made a terrible mistake

  • Question 1

In the poem, Tennyson writes: "Was there a man dismay'd?"

Which technique is he using here?

CORRECT ANSWER
rhetorical question
  • Question 2

In stanza one we are told that 'someone had blundered'. The blunder was to order these 600 men to fight in a battle they could not win. Who is the most likely person to have made this mistake?

CORRECT ANSWER
a General in charge
  • Question 3

In the first stanza the writer uses the phrase: "Their's but to do and die". What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
their job is to fight, whatever the consequences
  • Question 4

Tennyson uses the metaphor "Valley of death" to describe the battle the soldiers are entering. Choose THREE of the following words to describe the tone of the poem at this point.

CORRECT ANSWER
dark
foreboding
frightening
  • Question 5

The writer uses repetition in the second stanza in the extract. Which word is repeated three times? Write it in the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Cannon
  • Question 6

Read the following comment from a student. Which word is missing?

Tennyson creates tension by emphasising the noise of battle. This is achieved through onomatopoeia: "____________", which portrays a rumbling, deep undertone.

CORRECT ANSWER
thunder'd
  • Question 7

Read this quotation from the second stanza in the extract:

Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,

Which of the following techniques are NOT being used by the writer here?

CORRECT ANSWER
repitition
simile
  • Question 8

Tennyson, the writer, uses lots of negative imagery, such as the metaphor; "mouth of hell". This doesn't sound like a proud army, confidently marching into battle.

 

What TWO points might he be making here?  

CORRECT ANSWER
that the soldiers should never have been in this battle
that the Generals made a terrible mistake
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