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Autobiographical Writing: Roald Dahl's 'Boy' 4

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' 4' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Read a Wide Range of Texts

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is based on the 'Captain Hardcastle' chapter in Roald Dahl's autobiography Boy. Read the chapter and then answer the questions.

Again Roald Dahl describes a character using vivid description. Carefully read his description of Captain Hardcastle at the start of the chapter and select the three correct descriptions of him.

He was big and fat.

He was slim and wiry.

His hair was dark orange.

His hair was curly.

His hair was combed flat with hair-cream.

Roald Dahl describes what Captain Hardcastle looks like through a mixture of similes and metaphors. Match the simile and metaphor with which part of Captain Hardcastle it is describing.

Column A

Column B

hard and thin as ram's legs
his moustache
like a ripe orange
his hair
a thick orange hedge
his legs

What does Captain Hardcastle teach?

Mathematics

Latin

History

What was Captain Hardcastle before he was a teacher?

a builder

a footballer

a soldier in the Great War

What happened to Dahl's pen during Prep (homework time) when Captain Hardcastle was supervising?

It ran out of ink.

It fell on the floor.

The nib broke.

What did Captain Hardcastle think that Roald Dahl was doing when he was asking another boy for a spare nib?

cheating

distracting him

spreading a rumour

Reread the section carefully where Captain Hardcastle questions Dahl about what he was doing. Roald Dahl shows how scared he was through his description of the event.

Select three things below that Dahl does to show he is scared of Captain Hardcastle.

Dahl describes how he was "frozen" with terror.

Dahl describes how he laughed.

Dahl describes how he stammered over his words.

Dahl describes how he whispered.

Dahl describes how he cried.

Dahl ended up receiving two punishments as a result of asking for a pen nib. What were they?

a star

a stripe

a detention

the cane

What was the reaction of the other boys to Roald Dahl's punishment?

They ignored it in case they got in trouble too.

They were angry about it and sympathetic.

One particular boy, Highton, has remained in Dahl's memory. Why?

He gave Dahl some of his own pen nibs.

He wrote to his father to tell him what had happened to Dahl.

He gave him some sweets to make him feel better.

  • Question 1

Again Roald Dahl describes a character using vivid description. Carefully read his description of Captain Hardcastle at the start of the chapter and select the three correct descriptions of him.

CORRECT ANSWER
He was slim and wiry.
His hair was dark orange.
His hair was combed flat with hair-cream.
EDDIE SAYS
The reader learns that Captain Hardcastle was slim and wiry with dark orange hair which was combed flat with hair-cream.
  • Question 2

Roald Dahl describes what Captain Hardcastle looks like through a mixture of similes and metaphors. Match the simile and metaphor with which part of Captain Hardcastle it is describing.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

hard and thin as ram's legs
his legs
like a ripe orange
his hair
a thick orange hedge
his moustache
EDDIE SAYS
hard and thin as ram's legs = his legs
like a ripe orange = his hair
a thick orange hedge = his moustache
  • Question 3

What does Captain Hardcastle teach?

CORRECT ANSWER
Latin
EDDIE SAYS
Captain Hardcastle teaches Latin.
  • Question 4

What was Captain Hardcastle before he was a teacher?

CORRECT ANSWER
a soldier in the Great War
EDDIE SAYS
Captain Hardcastle was a soldier in the Great War.
  • Question 5

What happened to Dahl's pen during Prep (homework time) when Captain Hardcastle was supervising?

CORRECT ANSWER
The nib broke.
EDDIE SAYS
The nib broke on Roald Dahl's pen.
  • Question 6

What did Captain Hardcastle think that Roald Dahl was doing when he was asking another boy for a spare nib?

CORRECT ANSWER
cheating
EDDIE SAYS
Captain Hardcastle thought that Roald Dahl was cheating.
  • Question 7

Reread the section carefully where Captain Hardcastle questions Dahl about what he was doing. Roald Dahl shows how scared he was through his description of the event.

Select three things below that Dahl does to show he is scared of Captain Hardcastle.

CORRECT ANSWER
Dahl describes how he was "frozen" with terror.
Dahl describes how he stammered over his words.
Dahl describes how he whispered.
EDDIE SAYS
Three things that show that the young Dahl was scared is that he was 'frozen' with terror, he stammered over his words and whispered.
  • Question 8

Dahl ended up receiving two punishments as a result of asking for a pen nib. What were they?

CORRECT ANSWER
a stripe
the cane
EDDIE SAYS
Roald Dahl received a stripe and the cane for asking for a pen nib.
  • Question 9

What was the reaction of the other boys to Roald Dahl's punishment?

CORRECT ANSWER
They were angry about it and sympathetic.
EDDIE SAYS
The other boys were angry and sympathetic about what happened to Dahl.
  • Question 10

One particular boy, Highton, has remained in Dahl's memory. Why?

CORRECT ANSWER
He wrote to his father to tell him what had happened to Dahl.
EDDIE SAYS
Highton will always be in Dahl's memory because he wrote to his father explaining what happened to Dahl.
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