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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 5

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' 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 next two chapters in Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful called TWENTY-FOUR MINUTES PAST TWELVE and NEARLY FIVE TO ONE. It is important that you have read both chapters before starting the questions.

Have you read the chapter TWENTY-FOUR MINUTES PAST TWELVE? Which words below summarise the chapter?

Bertha, letters and leaving school

working, war, Colonel

The next few questions are based on TWENTY-FOUR MINUTES PAST TWELVE.

In the opening paragraph of this chapter the reader finally learns where Tommo is when he is describing his memories of growing up. Where is he?

in prison

fighting in the First World War

on a boat

Which phrase tells the reader that Tommo is a soldier in the First World War?

"heard owls"

"seen larks"

"no-man's-land"

In Tommo's first memory in this chapter he remembers how he and Charlie were anxious about the Colonel discovering that they had taken Bertha. What detail tells the reader that they were anxious?

 

They didn't eat any breakfast.

They ate their breakfast very quickly.

They ate their breakfast in silence.

How does Mother ensure that Charlie can't be blamed for stealing Bertha?

She makes him give Bertha back.

She hides Bertha.

She pays sixpence for Bertha.

What happens as a result of the Colonel discovering that Charlie had rescued Bertha?

He sacks Charlie.

He calls the police.

He takes Bertha back.

In this chapter the writer informs the reader about some of the facts about the First World War. How does the writer reveal these facts?

Through a news broadcast Tommo listens to.

Through Mother explaining it to Tommo and Charlie.

Through Molly reading it in a newspaper she irons for the Colonel.

What details about the background to the First World War does the reader learn about? Select three correct answers below.

An Archduke was shot in Sarajevo.

The Prime Minister of Germany was shot.

France and Germany were gathering armies to fight against each other.

France and England were gathering armies to fight against each other.

England would join France's side.

Tommo and Charlie's relationship has started to change. What two things are responsible for this?

Molly

Bertha

Tommo leaving school and working with Charlie

Big Joe

How does the Colonel get revenge on the Peaceful brothers?

He makes their boss sack them.

He makes them leave the cottage.

He shoots Bertha.

The next questions are based on the chapter NEARLY FIVE TO ONE. Have you read this chapter? Which words below best summarise the chapter?

burial and Big Joe

birthday and Grandma Wolf

Who goes missing in this chapter?

Molly

Big Joe

Mother

Where do they find Big Joe?

at the top of the church tower

under his bed

in the woods

The chapter ends on a positive note. Which three words does the writer use to suggest this mood?

yahooing

joy

happy

relief

celebrating

  • Question 1

Have you read the chapter TWENTY-FOUR MINUTES PAST TWELVE? Which words below summarise the chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
Bertha, letters and leaving school
EDDIE SAYS
The words that summarise this chapter are: Bertha, letters and leaving school.
  • Question 2

The next few questions are based on TWENTY-FOUR MINUTES PAST TWELVE.

In the opening paragraph of this chapter the reader finally learns where Tommo is when he is describing his memories of growing up. Where is he?

CORRECT ANSWER
fighting in the First World War
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo is fighting in the First World War.
  • Question 3

Which phrase tells the reader that Tommo is a soldier in the First World War?

CORRECT ANSWER
"no-man's-land"
EDDIE SAYS
The phrase that tells the reader that Tommo is a soldier in the First World War is "no-man's-land".
  • Question 4

In Tommo's first memory in this chapter he remembers how he and Charlie were anxious about the Colonel discovering that they had taken Bertha. What detail tells the reader that they were anxious?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
They ate their breakfast in silence.
EDDIE SAYS
The reader can tell the brothers are anxious because they ate their breakfast in silence.
  • Question 5

How does Mother ensure that Charlie can't be blamed for stealing Bertha?

CORRECT ANSWER
She pays sixpence for Bertha.
EDDIE SAYS
Mother pays sixpence for Bertha to ensure that Charlie can't be accused of stealing.
  • Question 6

What happens as a result of the Colonel discovering that Charlie had rescued Bertha?

CORRECT ANSWER
He sacks Charlie.
EDDIE SAYS
The Colonel sacks Charlie as a result of him rescuing Bertha.
  • Question 7

In this chapter the writer informs the reader about some of the facts about the First World War. How does the writer reveal these facts?

CORRECT ANSWER
Through Molly reading it in a newspaper she irons for the Colonel.
EDDIE SAYS
The reader is given some background information to the First World War through Molly reading it in a newspaper she irons for the Colonel.
  • Question 8

What details about the background to the First World War does the reader learn about? Select three correct answers below.

CORRECT ANSWER
An Archduke was shot in Sarajevo.
France and Germany were gathering armies to fight against each other.
England would join France's side.
EDDIE SAYS
The true facts were that an Archduke was shot in Sarajevo, France and Germany were gathering armies to fight against each other and England would join France's side.
  • Question 9

Tommo and Charlie's relationship has started to change. What two things are responsible for this?

CORRECT ANSWER
Molly
Tommo leaving school and working with Charlie
EDDIE SAYS
Molly and Tommo leaving school and working with Charlie are responsible for Tommo and Charlie's relationship starting to change.
  • Question 10

How does the Colonel get revenge on the Peaceful brothers?

CORRECT ANSWER
He shoots Bertha.
EDDIE SAYS
The Colonel seeks revenge by shooting Bertha.
  • Question 11

The next questions are based on the chapter NEARLY FIVE TO ONE. Have you read this chapter? Which words below best summarise the chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
burial and Big Joe
EDDIE SAYS
The words that best describe this chapter are burial and Big Joe.
  • Question 12

Who goes missing in this chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
Big Joe
EDDIE SAYS
Big Joe goes missing in this chapter.
  • Question 13

Where do they find Big Joe?

CORRECT ANSWER
at the top of the church tower
EDDIE SAYS
They find Big Joe at the top of the church tower.
  • Question 14

The chapter ends on a positive note. Which three words does the writer use to suggest this mood?

CORRECT ANSWER
yahooing
joy
celebrating
EDDIE SAYS
The three words used by the author at the end of the chapter are: yahooing, joy and celebrating.
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