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Autobiographical Writing: Roald Dahl's 'Boy' 5

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' 5' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read a Wide Range of Texts

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is based on the chapter called 'Goat's Tobacco' from Roald Dahl's autobiography Boy. Reread the chapter and then answer the questions that follow.

wooden tobacco pipe - stock photo

Read the opening two pages of the chapter. How do the children feel about their older sister getting engaged?

pleased

annoyed

indifferent

What word does Roald Dahl repeat in the opening paragraph that emphasises why the family resented the fiance?

romance

alone

keen

Select two reasons why the younger children don't like their sister's fiance.

He stops them doing things together as a family.

He tells bad jokes.

He only talks to their sister.

He keeps his pipe in his mouth when he talks.

Roald Dahl decides to play a trick on the fiance. What does he do?

wooden tobacco pipe - stock photo
throws all the tobacco in the sea

hides the pipe

mixes goat's droppings into the tobacco

Roald Dahl cleverly builds up suspense for the reader as we wait to find out what will happen when the fiance smokes the pipe. How does he create this suspense?

He delays the point when the pipe is lit by describing other things.

He describes a different memory to make us wait.

Roald Dahl creates suspense by delaying describing the point at which the pipe is lit. He does this by describing everything in great detail leading up to the pipe being lit.

Put the different things Dahl describes in the correct order below.

Column A

Column B

1
describes the calm sea and the sun shining
2
describes him slowly lighting his pipe
3
describes the fiance getting out of the sea and dr...
4
describes the conversation between the fiance and ...
5
describes their sister and fiance gazing at each o...

When the fiance finally smokes the goat's droppings, Roald Dahl describes his reaction using very dramatic language and imagery.

Reread the paragraph that begins 'Then all of a sudden...' and select three examples of dramatic language or images that are used.

let out a piercing scream

body shot four feet in the air

he ran as if he was being chased

his features were twisted

he cried like a baby

Roald Dahl also uses punctuation and sentence structure to show the shock of the fiance. Read the page that describes him after he has smoked the goat's tobacco. Select two features from below that Dahl uses.

exclamation marks

commas

complex sentences

short sentences

What is the fiance's reaction when he finds out the truth?

He is angry.

He thinks it's funny.

He is relieved.

The children are scared of the angry fiance. Select three phrases from the list below, used to describe what happens, that show that he is frightening.

he started to rise slowly

manly lover's face

menacingly

ran for our lives

jumped off the rocks

  • Question 1

Read the opening two pages of the chapter. How do the children feel about their older sister getting engaged?

CORRECT ANSWER
annoyed
EDDIE SAYS
The children feel annoyed that their sister is engaged.
  • Question 2

What word does Roald Dahl repeat in the opening paragraph that emphasises why the family resented the fiance?

CORRECT ANSWER
alone
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'alone' is repeated to emphasise that the couple didn't want the children hanging around.
  • Question 3

Select two reasons why the younger children don't like their sister's fiance.

CORRECT ANSWER
He stops them doing things together as a family.
He keeps his pipe in his mouth when he talks.
EDDIE SAYS
The children don't like the fiance because he stops them doing things together as a family and he keeps his pipe in his mouth when he talks.
  • Question 4

Roald Dahl decides to play a trick on the fiance. What does he do?

wooden tobacco pipe - stock photo
CORRECT ANSWER
mixes goat's droppings into the tobacco
EDDIE SAYS
Roald Dahl plays a trick by mixing goat's droppings into the tobacco.
  • Question 5

Roald Dahl cleverly builds up suspense for the reader as we wait to find out what will happen when the fiance smokes the pipe. How does he create this suspense?

CORRECT ANSWER
He delays the point when the pipe is lit by describing other things.
EDDIE SAYS
Dahl creates suspense by delaying the point when the pipe is lit by describing other things.
  • Question 6

Roald Dahl creates suspense by delaying describing the point at which the pipe is lit. He does this by describing everything in great detail leading up to the pipe being lit.

Put the different things Dahl describes in the correct order below.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
describes the fiance getting out ...
2
describes him slowly lighting his...
3
describes the conversation betwee...
4
describes their sister and fiance...
5
describes the calm sea and the su...
EDDIE SAYS
1 = describes the fiancee getting out of the sea and drying himself.
2 = describes him slowly lighting his pipe.
3 = describes the conversation between the fiance and a younger sibling about tobacco.
4 = describes their sister and fiance gazing at each other.
5 = describes the calm sea and the sun shining.
  • Question 7

When the fiance finally smokes the goat's droppings, Roald Dahl describes his reaction using very dramatic language and imagery.

Reread the paragraph that begins 'Then all of a sudden...' and select three examples of dramatic language or images that are used.

CORRECT ANSWER
let out a piercing scream
body shot four feet in the air
his features were twisted
EDDIE SAYS
Examples of dramatic language used in the text are: 'let out a piercing scream', 'body shot four feet in the air' and 'his features were twisted'.
  • Question 8

Roald Dahl also uses punctuation and sentence structure to show the shock of the fiance. Read the page that describes him after he has smoked the goat's tobacco. Select two features from below that Dahl uses.

CORRECT ANSWER
exclamation marks
short sentences
EDDIE SAYS
Roald Dahl uses exclamation marks and short sentences to show the shock of the fiance.
  • Question 9

What is the fiance's reaction when he finds out the truth?

CORRECT ANSWER
He is angry.
EDDIE SAYS
When he discovers the truth the fiance is angry.
  • Question 10

The children are scared of the angry fiance. Select three phrases from the list below, used to describe what happens, that show that he is frightening.

CORRECT ANSWER
he started to rise slowly
menacingly
ran for our lives
EDDIE SAYS
Phrases that show that the children are frightened of the fiance's reaction are: 'he started to rise slowly... menacingly... ran for our lives... '.
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