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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 6

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' 6' 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 number six in a series of worksheets based on Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful.

This worksheet is based on the chapter called TWENTY-EIGHT MINUTES PAST ONE. You need to have read this chapter and have a copy of the text with you before attempting the questions.

Which words best describe this chapter?

work, wedding, running away

pregnancy, wedding, propaganda and war

In the opening sections of this chapter Tommo describes his current surroundings of the battlefields and compares it to home. From the list below select the four phrases that describe the battlefields in France.

squat church towers

rolling hills

high church spires

wide open plains

no hills

fields

Who comes to live with the Peacefuls in this chapter?

Grandmother

Molly

a new dog

After Charlie and Molly get married how does Tommo feel?

 

happy for them

excited about the wedding

left out and lonely

When Tommo visits the market why is Sergeant Major Hatherleigh there with a group of soldiers?

to recruit more soldiers

to protect the town

waiting for a train to war

On his way back from town Tommo decides to sign up to fight. What are the main reasons he does this?

He wants to show the old woman he isn't a chicken and to serve his country.

He wants to have his own gun.

He wants to make Molly admire him and maybe fall in love with him.

He doesn't like his job any more.

He will make Mother and Big Joe proud.

Why can't Tommo officially join the army? 

He has poor eye-sight.

He can't leave his current job.

He is too young.

Although Tommo is 15 and too young to fight, Charlie has to join the army. Why is he forced to do so against his wishes?

All boys aged 17 and over have to fight.

Molly persuades him to fight.

If he doesn't join the army, the Colonel will take their house away.

Why does Tommo lie about his age and join up with Charlie?

He will miss Charlie.

He wants to look after Charlie.

He doesn't want to be at home on his own.

Two days later the brothers leave for war. How do they get there?

on the train

by marching

  • Question 1

Which words best describe this chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
pregnancy, wedding, propaganda and war
EDDIE SAYS
Words that summarise the chapter are: pregnancy, wedding, propaganda and war.
  • Question 2

In the opening sections of this chapter Tommo describes his current surroundings of the battlefields and compares it to home. From the list below select the four phrases that describe the battlefields in France.

CORRECT ANSWER
high church spires
wide open plains
no hills
fields
EDDIE SAYS
The phrases that describe the French battle fields are: high church spires, wide open plains, no hills and fields.
  • Question 3

Who comes to live with the Peacefuls in this chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
Molly
EDDIE SAYS
Molly comes to live with the Peacefuls in this chapter.
  • Question 4

After Charlie and Molly get married how does Tommo feel?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
left out and lonely
EDDIE SAYS
When Charlie and Molly get married Tommo feels left out and lonely because he also loves Molly.
  • Question 5

When Tommo visits the market why is Sergeant Major Hatherleigh there with a group of soldiers?

CORRECT ANSWER
to recruit more soldiers
EDDIE SAYS
The Sergeant Major and the soldiers are in the town to recruit more soldiers as part of the war propaganda programme.
  • Question 6

On his way back from town Tommo decides to sign up to fight. What are the main reasons he does this?

CORRECT ANSWER
He wants to show the old woman he isn't a chicken and to serve his country.
He wants to make Molly admire him and maybe fall in love with him.
He will make Mother and Big Joe proud.
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo decides to join the army to show the old woman he isn't a chicken and to serve his country, to make Molly admire him and maybe fall in love with him and to make his mother and Big Joe proud.
  • Question 7

Why can't Tommo officially join the army? 

CORRECT ANSWER
He is too young.
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo can't officially join the army because, like many soldiers who eventually fought, he is too young.
  • Question 8

Although Tommo is 15 and too young to fight, Charlie has to join the army. Why is he forced to do so against his wishes?

CORRECT ANSWER
If he doesn't join the army, the Colonel will take their house away.
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie has to join the army because if he doesn't, the Colonel will take their house away.
  • Question 9

Why does Tommo lie about his age and join up with Charlie?

CORRECT ANSWER
He wants to look after Charlie.
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo lies about his age and signs up because he wants to look after Charlie.
  • Question 10

Two days later the brothers leave for war. How do they get there?

CORRECT ANSWER
on the train
EDDIE SAYS
The brothers leave for war on the train.
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