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Autobiographical Writing: Roald Dahl's 'Boy' 1

In this series of worksheets, students will be guided in their reading of Roald Dahl's autobiography 'Boy'. Students need a copy of the text.

'Autobiographical Writing: Roald Dahl's 'Boy' 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Check Understanding

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is part of a series based on Roald Dahl's autobiography Boy. The worksheet is based on the chapters called 'Papa and Mama' and 'Kindergarten'. You need to have a copy of this text in order to read the different chapters.

Roald Dahl's Boy is an autobiography. Match the term below with its correct definition.

Column A

Column B

autobiography
a written account of a person's life written by th...
biography
a written account of a person's life written by ot...

The word autobiography comes from a combination of different words from the Greek language. Match the Greek parts of the word with their English translation. 

Column A

Column B

autos
writing
bios
life
graphein
self

There are many words in our English language that have origins in the Greek language. Lots of words include the roots auto, bio and graph.  

Can you match some of these words below with their meanings? You may need to use a dictionary.

Column A

Column B

automatic
the power to govern yourself
biology
a system of sending messages
autonomy
working by itself
autograph
to decay naturally
biodegrade
science of living things
telegraph
a person's signature

Read the first chapter entitled 'Papa and Mama'. 

What part of Roald Dahl's life is this based on?

his birth and early life

his childhood

his adult life

What country did Roald Dahl's father come from?

Sweden

Norway

Denmark

Why did his father only have one arm?

He was born that way.

He fell off a roof.

He had a car accident.

Where was Roald Dahl's mother from?

Norway

France

Wales

Where did Roald Dahl grow up?

Norway

Wales

England

Now read the second chapter 'Kindergarten'. Roald Dahl has a very sad point in his childhood. What happened?

His mother died.

His brother died.

His sister and father died.

What is the only thing Roald Dahl could remember clearly from his time at Kindergarten?

riding there on his tricycle with his sister

his teachers

his uniform

  • Question 1

Roald Dahl's Boy is an autobiography. Match the term below with its correct definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

autobiography
a written account of a person's l...
biography
a written account of a person's l...
EDDIE SAYS
autobiography = a written account of a person's life written by themselves.
biography = a written account of a person's life written by other people.
  • Question 2

The word autobiography comes from a combination of different words from the Greek language. Match the Greek parts of the word with their English translation. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

autos
self
bios
life
graphein
writing
EDDIE SAYS
autos = self
bios = life
graphein = writing
  • Question 3

There are many words in our English language that have origins in the Greek language. Lots of words include the roots auto, bio and graph.  

Can you match some of these words below with their meanings? You may need to use a dictionary.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

automatic
working by itself
biology
science of living things
autonomy
the power to govern yourself
autograph
a person's signature
biodegrade
to decay naturally
telegraph
a system of sending messages
EDDIE SAYS
automatic = working by itself
biology = science of living things
autonomy = the power to govern yourself
autograph = a person's signature
biodegrade = to decay naturally
telegraph = a system of sending messages
  • Question 4

Read the first chapter entitled 'Papa and Mama'. 

What part of Roald Dahl's life is this based on?

CORRECT ANSWER
his birth and early life
EDDIE SAYS
This chapter is about his birth and early life.
  • Question 5

What country did Roald Dahl's father come from?

CORRECT ANSWER
Norway
EDDIE SAYS
Roald Dahl's father was from Norway.
  • Question 6

Why did his father only have one arm?

CORRECT ANSWER
He fell off a roof.
EDDIE SAYS
His father only had one arm because he fell off a roof when he was 14 and had to have it amputated.
  • Question 7

Where was Roald Dahl's mother from?

CORRECT ANSWER
Norway
EDDIE SAYS
Roald Dahl's mother was from Norway.
  • Question 8

Where did Roald Dahl grow up?

CORRECT ANSWER
Wales
EDDIE SAYS
Roald Dahl grew up in Wales.
  • Question 9

Now read the second chapter 'Kindergarten'. Roald Dahl has a very sad point in his childhood. What happened?

CORRECT ANSWER
His sister and father died.
EDDIE SAYS
Roald Dahl's sister and father died.
  • Question 10

What is the only thing Roald Dahl could remember clearly from his time at Kindergarten?

CORRECT ANSWER
riding there on his tricycle with his sister
EDDIE SAYS
Dahl could only clearly remember riding there on his tricycle with his sister.
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