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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 2

In this series of worksheets, students are supported in their private reading of Michael Morpurgo's 'Private Peaceful'. They must have a copy of the text.

'Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 2' 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 second chapter in Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful called TWENTY TO ELEVEN. Make sure you have read the chapter before you attempt the questions. You need to have a copy of the text with you.

Which words below sum up what this chapter is about?

family

war

What tense is the opening paragraph written in?

past

present

future

What tense is the second section after the butterflies written in?

past

present

future

Why do you think the tense changes from the present to the past tense?

to make the narrator seem in control

to add mystery to the story

to show that the narrator is describing memories from the past

In this chapter, the reader is introduced to Tommo's brother Joe. Select four facts from below that are true about Joe.

Joe had meningitis and nearly died as a baby.

Joe recovered fully from the meningitis.

Joe has brain-damage as a result of the meningitis.

Joe is called Little Joe as a nickname.

Joe is called Big Joe as a nickname.

Joe's favourite song is 'Oranges and Lemons'.

What do we learn about in this chapter that shows how protective Tommo and Charlie were over Big Joe?

They lied for him.

They stole for him.

They got into a fight for him.

In this chapter Tommo remembers his mother. He clearly has very fond memories of her and the writer uses the five senses when describing these memories. Match the memories below with the sense we associate with it.

Column A

Column B

He remembers the colours of the flowers they saw o...
sight
He remembers the scent of all the flowers they use...
hearing
He remembers her voice.
touch
He remembers her brushing Molly's hair.
smell

What three things happen as a result of Tommo's father's death?

They are at risk of having to move out of their house.

Tommo's mother meets someone else.

To keep the house, Tommo's mother has to go and work at the Colonel's house.

The boys have to go to boarding school.

Grandma Wolf moved in to look after the boys.

How does the writer show that Grandma Wolf is an unkind character?

She doesn't give the children enough food.

She is unkind to Big Joe.

She ignores the children.

At the end of the chapter the narrator Tommo describes a recurring nightmare he had. What was in the nightmare and who would always make him feel better?

He dreamed of Grandma Wolf.

He dreamed of his father's death.

Molly

Charlie

  • Question 1

Which words below sum up what this chapter is about?

CORRECT ANSWER
family
EDDIE SAYS
This chapter is about family.
  • Question 2

What tense is the opening paragraph written in?

CORRECT ANSWER
present
EDDIE SAYS
The opening paragraph is written in the present tense to show that the action is happening now. This makes it seem more immediate for the reader and we become involved.
  • Question 3

What tense is the second section after the butterflies written in?

CORRECT ANSWER
past
EDDIE SAYS
The second section is written in the past tense.
  • Question 4

Why do you think the tense changes from the present to the past tense?

CORRECT ANSWER
to show that the narrator is describing memories from the past
EDDIE SAYS
The tense changes from the present to the past to show that the narrator is describing memories from the past.
  • Question 5

In this chapter, the reader is introduced to Tommo's brother Joe. Select four facts from below that are true about Joe.

CORRECT ANSWER
Joe had meningitis and nearly died as a baby.
Joe has brain-damage as a result of the meningitis.
Joe is called Big Joe as a nickname.
Joe's favourite song is 'Oranges and Lemons'.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct facts about Tommo's brother Joe are that he had meningitis and nearly died as a baby, he has brain-damage as a result of the meningitis, is called Big Joe as a nickname and his favourite song is 'Oranges and Lemons'.
  • Question 6

What do we learn about in this chapter that shows how protective Tommo and Charlie were over Big Joe?

CORRECT ANSWER
They got into a fight for him.
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo and Charlie are very protective of Big Joe and this is shown in the fact that they got into a fight for him.
  • Question 7

In this chapter Tommo remembers his mother. He clearly has very fond memories of her and the writer uses the five senses when describing these memories. Match the memories below with the sense we associate with it.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

He remembers the colours of the f...
sight
He remembers the scent of all the...
smell
He remembers her voice.
hearing
He remembers her brushing Molly's...
touch
EDDIE SAYS
He remembers the colours of the flowers they saw on their walks. = sight
He remembers the scent of all the flowers they used to see. = smell
He remembers her voice. = hearing
He remembers her brushing Molly's hair. = touch
  • Question 8

What three things happen as a result of Tommo's father's death?

CORRECT ANSWER
They are at risk of having to move out of their house.
To keep the house, Tommo's mother has to go and work at the Colonel's house.
Grandma Wolf moved in to look after the boys.
EDDIE SAYS
As a result of Tommo's father's death, they are at risk of having to move out of their house; to keep the house, Tommo's mother has to go and work at the Colonel's house; and Grandma Wolf moved in to look after the boys.
  • Question 9

How does the writer show that Grandma Wolf is an unkind character?

CORRECT ANSWER
She is unkind to Big Joe.
EDDIE SAYS
The writer shows that Grandma Wolf is unkind because she is unkind to Big Joe.
  • Question 10

At the end of the chapter the narrator Tommo describes a recurring nightmare he had. What was in the nightmare and who would always make him feel better?

CORRECT ANSWER
He dreamed of his father's death.
Charlie
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo dreamed of his father's death and Charlie would be there to make him feel better.
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