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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 7

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' 7' 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 chapter called FOURTEEN MINUTES PAST TWO of Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful. You must have read the chapter before answering the questions.

What words best describe the chapter?

France, training, bullying

Germany, fighting, escape

In the opening section of this chapter what is Tommo thinking about most?

his family

time

Molly

Sergeant Hanley takes a real dislike to Charlie. Why is this? Select two reasons from the list below.

He is lazy.

He won't jump through hoops for the Sergeant.

He isn't scared of the Sergeant.

He can't shoot his gun very well.

How did Tommo manage to fool the recruiting officer into allowing him to join the army?

He wore a smart suit.

He pretended to be Charlie's twin.

He tried to grow a beard.

After the Peaceful brothers have finished their training they board a ship to France. Little Les James says he can smell a storm in the air. Why does the writer include this?

to explain what the weather will be like

to create tension by suggesting that something bad is going to happen

to show that life is hard

Sergeant Hanley is described in detail in this chapter. Select three phrases below that are used by the writer to demonstrate how horrible he is.

chief scourge and tormentor

eyes of lead

eyes of steel

lashing snarl

laughing snarl

When Sergeant Hanley is picking on Charlie, what does Charlie do that annoys the Sergeant even further?

ignores him

laughs

replies 'Happy to be here'

When Sergeant Hanley realises he won't intimidate Charlie with his bullying, who does he pick on next?

Tommo

Les James

nobody

When Sergeant Hanley picks on Tommo, Charlie stands up for him. What does Charlie do to the Sergeant?

He hits him.

He shoots him.

He screams at him and tells him what he thinks.

Charlie's punishment is to be tied to a gun wheel in the rain. He was lucky. What could his punishment have been?

 

being shot and killed by the firing squad

being sent to prison

being sent home

  • Question 1

What words best describe the chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
France, training, bullying
EDDIE SAYS
Words that best describe the chapter are: France, training, bullying.
  • Question 2

In the opening section of this chapter what is Tommo thinking about most?

CORRECT ANSWER
time
EDDIE SAYS
Time is foremost on Tommo's mind in the opening section of this chapter.
  • Question 3

Sergeant Hanley takes a real dislike to Charlie. Why is this? Select two reasons from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
He won't jump through hoops for the Sergeant.
He isn't scared of the Sergeant.
EDDIE SAYS
Sergeant Hanley dislikes Charlie because he won't jump through hoops for him and isn't scared of him.
  • Question 4

How did Tommo manage to fool the recruiting officer into allowing him to join the army?

CORRECT ANSWER
He pretended to be Charlie's twin.
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo fooled the recruiting officer by pretending to be Charlie's twin.
  • Question 5

After the Peaceful brothers have finished their training they board a ship to France. Little Les James says he can smell a storm in the air. Why does the writer include this?

CORRECT ANSWER
to create tension by suggesting that something bad is going to happen
EDDIE SAYS
The writer is trying to create tension by suggesting that something bad is going to happen.
  • Question 6

Sergeant Hanley is described in detail in this chapter. Select three phrases below that are used by the writer to demonstrate how horrible he is.

CORRECT ANSWER
chief scourge and tormentor
eyes of steel
lashing snarl
EDDIE SAYS
Phrases that demonstrate how unkind Sergeant Hanley is are: 'chief scourge and tormentor', 'eyes of steel' and 'lashing snarl'.
  • Question 7

When Sergeant Hanley is picking on Charlie, what does Charlie do that annoys the Sergeant even further?

CORRECT ANSWER
replies 'Happy to be here'
EDDIE SAYS
When Sergeant Hanley is picking on Charlie, Charlie merely replies 'Happy to be here'.
  • Question 8

When Sergeant Hanley realises he won't intimidate Charlie with his bullying, who does he pick on next?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tommo
EDDIE SAYS
Sergeant Hanley picks on Tommo when he realises that Charlie won't be intimidated by him.
  • Question 9

When Sergeant Hanley picks on Tommo, Charlie stands up for him. What does Charlie do to the Sergeant?

CORRECT ANSWER
He screams at him and tells him what he thinks.
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie stands up for Tommo by screaming at Sergeant Hanley and telling him what he thinks of him.
  • Question 10

Charlie's punishment is to be tied to a gun wheel in the rain. He was lucky. What could his punishment have been?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
being shot and killed by the firing squad
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie was lucky as his punishment could have been death by being shot by the firing squad.
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