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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 9

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' 9' 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 NEARLY FOUR O'CLOCK in Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful. You need a copy of the text and to have read this chapter before attempting the questions.

Which words best summarise this chapter?

bomb attack, injury, love

gas attack, Anna's death, Charlie returns

Why does this morning feel different to Tommo than all the others in battle?

It is peaceful and warm.

He knows whose death it will be today and how it will happen.

He doesn't miss home.

What helps Tommo cope after Charlie leaves?

a new hobby

lots of fighting

the new recruits

Why is life in the trenches now easier for the soldiers?

They have better food rations.

They have new uniforms.

It isn't raining so the trenches dry out.

What line does the writer include to suggest that the soldiers are in for a shock?

"This was a picnic."

"We were lulled by the blue skies."

"The awakening came suddenly."

What happens as Tommo is writing to his Mother?

 

a gas attack

a bomb

shooting

The gas is described as a creature or person attacking the soldiers. What is this technique called?

onomatopoeia

simile

personification

Tommo describes the gas attack in detail. What technique does the writer use to create drama and tension in his description?

long sentences

short sentences

similes

Tommo manages to escape the gas attack but in a narrative twist what almost happens to him?

He gets shot.

He shoots an enemy soldier.

An enemy soldier almost shoots him but then lets him go.

Tommo reads some of his letters from home. The writer does this to give the reader information about other characters in the story. What do we learn about Molly?

 

She has had a baby girl.

She has had twins.

She has had a baby boy.

Near the end of the chapter the writer describes a sad and a happy event for Tommo. Match the correct character involved with either happy or sad.

Column A

Column B

Charlie
sad event
Anna
happy event

This chapter ends on a cliffhanger. What is it?

whether Charlie will escape

whether Tommo will die

whether Charlie will die

  • Question 1

Which words best summarise this chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
gas attack, Anna's death, Charlie returns
EDDIE SAYS
Words that summarise this chapter are: gas attack, Anna's death, Charlie returns.
  • Question 2

Why does this morning feel different to Tommo than all the others in battle?

CORRECT ANSWER
He knows whose death it will be today and how it will happen.
EDDIE SAYS
This morning is different for Tommo because he knows whose death it will be today and how it will happen.
  • Question 3

What helps Tommo cope after Charlie leaves?

CORRECT ANSWER
the new recruits
EDDIE SAYS
The new recruits who join the army help Tommo to cope after Charlie leaves.
  • Question 4

Why is life in the trenches now easier for the soldiers?

CORRECT ANSWER
It isn't raining so the trenches dry out.
EDDIE SAYS
Life is easier in the trenches because it isn't raining so the trenches dry out.
  • Question 5

What line does the writer include to suggest that the soldiers are in for a shock?

CORRECT ANSWER
"The awakening came suddenly."
EDDIE SAYS
The writer includes the line 'The awakening came suddenly' to suggest that the soldiers are in for a shock.
  • Question 6

What happens as Tommo is writing to his Mother?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
a gas attack
EDDIE SAYS
As Tommo is writing to Mother there is a gas attack.
  • Question 7

The gas is described as a creature or person attacking the soldiers. What is this technique called?

CORRECT ANSWER
personification
EDDIE SAYS
Describing the gas as a person or creature attacking the boys is an example of personification.
  • Question 8

Tommo describes the gas attack in detail. What technique does the writer use to create drama and tension in his description?

CORRECT ANSWER
short sentences
EDDIE SAYS
The writer uses short sentences to create drama and tension in his description of the gas attack.
  • Question 9

Tommo manages to escape the gas attack but in a narrative twist what almost happens to him?

CORRECT ANSWER
An enemy soldier almost shoots him but then lets him go.
EDDIE SAYS
After surviving the gas attack, in a narrative twist, an enemy soldier almost shoots Tommo but then lets him go.
  • Question 10

Tommo reads some of his letters from home. The writer does this to give the reader information about other characters in the story. What do we learn about Molly?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
She has had a baby boy.
EDDIE SAYS
The reader learns that Molly has had a baby boy.
  • Question 11

Near the end of the chapter the writer describes a sad and a happy event for Tommo. Match the correct character involved with either happy or sad.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Charlie
happy event
Anna
sad event
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie's return is the happy event and the death of Anna is the sad event.
  • Question 12

This chapter ends on a cliffhanger. What is it?

CORRECT ANSWER
whether Tommo will die
EDDIE SAYS
This chapter ends on a cliffhanger with the reader left wondering whether Tommo will die after being shot.
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