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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 4

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' 4' 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 part of a series based on Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful.

It is based on the fourth chapter called TEN TO MIDNIGHT. You need to have read the chapter before attempting the questions.

What words below best summarise this chapter?

escape, return, war

caught red-handed, alone at school, plane

Why do you think each chapter has a different time as its title?

to show that time is slowly passing for Tommo, as if he is waiting for something

to make the story more realistic

to make the chapters more interesting

Reread the opening paragraph of this chapter. How would you describe Tommo's state of mind in this paragraph?

happy

excited

confused

What is Tommo questioning in the opening paragraph?

the existence of God and heaven

his relationship with his father

the truth about Molly

Tommo describes a memory of the night he and Charlie got caught poaching. Why did they get caught?

They made too much noise.

Tommo fell over.

Tommo fell asleep.

What was the boys' punishment?

They received a hiding from the Colonel.

They had to pay for everything they had poached.

They had to clean out the dog kennels every day until Christmas.

What early Christmas present did the brothers receive?

new fishing rods

a dog

Molly back visiting

In this chapter Tommo describes the widening age-gap between himself and Charlie and Molly. How does the narrator show this? Select the three situations below that Tommo describes in the chapter to show the growing gap between them.

Tommo is left at school on his own.

Charlie and Molly don't talk to Tommo anymore.

Charlie and Molly get jobs up at the Big House.

Tommo tries to join in their conversation but they talk about things he doesn't know about.

Charlie and Molly call Tommo a baby.

In this chapter, the reader is given one of the first insights into the war that is about to change life forever for the Peacefuls. What is it?

a poster

a soldier

an aeroplane

At the end of this chapter the brothers can't sleep. What has Charlie done that is making them stay awake worrying?

stolen from the Colonel

rescued Bertha

lost his wages

  • Question 1

What words below best summarise this chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
caught red-handed, alone at school, plane
EDDIE SAYS
The words that summarise this chapter are: caught red-handed, alone at school, plane.
  • Question 2

Why do you think each chapter has a different time as its title?

CORRECT ANSWER
to show that time is slowly passing for Tommo, as if he is waiting for something
EDDIE SAYS
The chapters each have a different time as their titles to show that time is moving slowly for Tommo, as if he is waiting for something.
  • Question 3

Reread the opening paragraph of this chapter. How would you describe Tommo's state of mind in this paragraph?

CORRECT ANSWER
confused
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo is clearly confused in the opening paragraph.
  • Question 4

What is Tommo questioning in the opening paragraph?

CORRECT ANSWER
the existence of God and heaven
EDDIE SAYS
In the opening paragraph Tommo is questioning the existence of God and heaven.
  • Question 5

Tommo describes a memory of the night he and Charlie got caught poaching. Why did they get caught?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tommo fell asleep.
EDDIE SAYS
They got caught because Tommo fell asleep.
  • Question 6

What was the boys' punishment?

CORRECT ANSWER
They had to clean out the dog kennels every day until Christmas.
EDDIE SAYS
As a punishment the boys had to clean out the dog kennels every day until Christmas. They were supposed to receive a hiding but somehow their mother stopped that happening.
  • Question 7

What early Christmas present did the brothers receive?

CORRECT ANSWER
Molly back visiting
EDDIE SAYS
The boys got home on Christmas Eve to find Molly in their house, better after her illness.
  • Question 8

In this chapter Tommo describes the widening age-gap between himself and Charlie and Molly. How does the narrator show this? Select the three situations below that Tommo describes in the chapter to show the growing gap between them.

CORRECT ANSWER
Tommo is left at school on his own.
Charlie and Molly get jobs up at the Big House.
Tommo tries to join in their conversation but they talk about things he doesn't know about.
EDDIE SAYS
Three situations that Tommo describes to show the widening age-gap between them are that Tommo is left at school on his own, Charlie and Molly get jobs up at the Big House and Tommo tries to join in their conversation but they talk about things he doesn't know about.
  • Question 9

In this chapter, the reader is given one of the first insights into the war that is about to change life forever for the Peacefuls. What is it?

CORRECT ANSWER
an aeroplane
EDDIE SAYS
The aeroplane is the first hint of the approaching war.
  • Question 10

At the end of this chapter the brothers can't sleep. What has Charlie done that is making them stay awake worrying?

CORRECT ANSWER
rescued Bertha
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie and Tommo can't sleep because Charlie has rescued Bertha.
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