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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 8

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' 8' 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 Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful. It is based on the chapters called A MINUTE PAST THREE and TWENTY-FIVE PAST THREE. You need to have read these chapters before attempting the questions.

Which words below best describe these chapters?

letters, trenches, fighting, ticket home

camping, singing, training

The chapter A MINUTE PAST THREE describes the reality and horrors of war to the reader. What three shocking images of the war do the soldiers see as they march through France and into Belgium?

dead bodies

shell-shattered villages

empty coffins waiting

injured children

field hospitals

Why is singing the song 'Oranges and Lemons' as they march so important to Charlie and Tommo?

They know all the words.

It keeps them marching in time with all the other soldiers.

It reminds them of Big Joe and home.

In this chapter the writer describes two enemy planes fighting. What are they compared to and what technique is being used?

 

butterflies

buzzards

simile

metaphor

What does the writer describe as the biggest problem facing the soldiers in the trenches of the First World War?

rain

rats

fleas

Tommo describes an attack by the Germans. What is his last thought as he thinks he is going to die?

Molly

his Mother

his Father

In the chapter TWENTY-FIVE PAST THREE the writer describes a battle in the First World War. What type of sentences does the writer use to make it sound dramatic?

short

long

In this chapter Tommo fears that Charlie has been killed. What is his biggest worry?

who will earn money at home

writing to Molly and Mother telling them the news

how he will manage on his own

What actually happened to Charlie?

He was captured.

He got lost.

He was shot in the foot.

Charlie's injury means he has to be sent home. What is Tommo's overriding feeling when he learns this?

fear

sadness

anger

  • Question 1

Which words below best describe these chapters?

CORRECT ANSWER
letters, trenches, fighting, ticket home
EDDIE SAYS
Words that sum up this chapter are: letters, trenches, fighting, ticket home.
  • Question 2

The chapter A MINUTE PAST THREE describes the reality and horrors of war to the reader. What three shocking images of the war do the soldiers see as they march through France and into Belgium?

CORRECT ANSWER
shell-shattered villages
empty coffins waiting
field hospitals
EDDIE SAYS
The soldiers see shell-shattered villages, empty coffins waiting for soldiers and field hospitals.
  • Question 3

Why is singing the song 'Oranges and Lemons' as they march so important to Charlie and Tommo?

CORRECT ANSWER
It reminds them of Big Joe and home.
EDDIE SAYS
Singing the song 'Oranges and Lemons' as they march is so important to Charlie and Tommo because it reminds them of Big Joe and home.
  • Question 4

In this chapter the writer describes two enemy planes fighting. What are they compared to and what technique is being used?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
buzzards
simile
EDDIE SAYS
The planes are described as like buzzards which is a simile.
  • Question 5

What does the writer describe as the biggest problem facing the soldiers in the trenches of the First World War?

CORRECT ANSWER
rain
EDDIE SAYS
Rain is described as the biggest problem facing the soldiers in the trenches of the First World War because it flooded the tranches, and created mud resulting in trench-foot.
  • Question 6

Tommo describes an attack by the Germans. What is his last thought as he thinks he is going to die?

CORRECT ANSWER
his Father
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo wanted his last thought to be Molly but it is actually him saying sorry to his Father.
  • Question 7

In the chapter TWENTY-FIVE PAST THREE the writer describes a battle in the First World War. What type of sentences does the writer use to make it sound dramatic?

CORRECT ANSWER
short
EDDIE SAYS
The writer uses short sentences to make the battle sound dramatic.
  • Question 8

In this chapter Tommo fears that Charlie has been killed. What is his biggest worry?

CORRECT ANSWER
writing to Molly and Mother telling them the news
EDDIE SAYS
When Tommo fears that Charlie has been killed, his biggest worry is writing to Molly and Mother.
  • Question 9

What actually happened to Charlie?

CORRECT ANSWER
He was shot in the foot.
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie was shot in the foot.
  • Question 10

Charlie's injury means he has to be sent home. What is Tommo's overriding feeling when he learns this?

CORRECT ANSWER
anger
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo is angry that Charlie gets to return to England.
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