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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 10

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' 10' 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 chapters called FIVE TO FIVE and ONE MINUTE TO SIX in Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful. You need to have read these chapters before answering the questions.

Which words best summarise these chapters?

unfairness, firing squad, promises

home, family, injury

The opening of the chapter called FIVE TO FIVE is very shocking and we learn why Tommo has been counting down the time. What do we learn is to happen to Private Peaceful?

 

He is to be sent home.

He is to be shot for cowardice.

He is to be sent to prison.

The novel then flashes back again and we learn what happened to Tommo after the shell attack. What happened to him?

He was buried alive.

His foot was blown off.

He escaped.

Charlie rescues Tommo. Where do they find themselves?

in a trench

in enemy lines

in no-man's-land

What does Sergeant Hanley want the soldiers to do?

Stay where they are.

Run towards the Germans.

Run back to their trenches.

Why are the soldiers all reluctant to do this?

They will be shot and killed.

The are too tired.

They are scared.

Why does Charlie refuse to join the soldiers running at the Germans?

 

He is staying with Tommo who is injured.

He is injured.

He refuses to get shot.

As Charlie and Tommo lie in the dugout, Charlie asks Tommo to look after two things for him if he is shot for disobedience by the firing squad. What are they?

Mother

Molly

his watch

his penknife

What does Tommo reveal to Charlie during their last meeting together before Charlie is shot by the firing squad?

what happened the day Father died

how angry he is that Molly married Charlie and not him

his escape plan

When Tommo returns to camp, ironically what good news is he greeted with?

He is going to be sent home.

Charlie would have been sent home.

Sergeant Hanley is dead.

Where does Tommo go to wait for Charlie to be killed?

in the dug-out

in the barn alone

in the trench

In the final chapter of the novel called ONE MINUTE TO SIX, how does the writer show Charlie's bravery when he faces the firing squad?

He refuses to cover his face.

He fights against being tied up.

He shouts at the firing squad to stop.

Read the POSTSCRIPT at the end of the novel. Is it fact or fiction?

 

fact

fiction

The writer includes the POSTSCRIPT to put the novel into real historical context. During the First World War how many soldiers were shot by firing squad for desertion or cowardice or for falling asleep at their posts?

over 290

920

290

What were many of these soldiers suffering from?

hypothermia

tiredness

shell-shock

When did the authorities finally acknowledge that these soldiers had been treated unjustly?

 

1920

1996

2006

  • Question 1

Which words best summarise these chapters?

CORRECT ANSWER
unfairness, firing squad, promises
EDDIE SAYS
Words that summarise these chapters are: unfairness, firing squad, promises.
  • Question 2

The opening of the chapter called FIVE TO FIVE is very shocking and we learn why Tommo has been counting down the time. What do we learn is to happen to Private Peaceful?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
He is to be shot for cowardice.
EDDIE SAYS
We learn that Private Peaceful is to be shot for cowardice.
  • Question 3

The novel then flashes back again and we learn what happened to Tommo after the shell attack. What happened to him?

CORRECT ANSWER
He was buried alive.
EDDIE SAYS
The reader learns that Tommo was buried alive by the shell attack.
  • Question 4

Charlie rescues Tommo. Where do they find themselves?

CORRECT ANSWER
in no-man's-land
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie and Tommo find themselves in no-man's-land.
  • Question 5

What does Sergeant Hanley want the soldiers to do?

CORRECT ANSWER
Run towards the Germans.
EDDIE SAYS
Sergeant Hanley wants the soldiers to run towards the Germans.
  • Question 6

Why are the soldiers all reluctant to do this?

CORRECT ANSWER
They will be shot and killed.
EDDIE SAYS
The soldiers are reluctant to do this because they will be shot and killed.
  • Question 7

Why does Charlie refuse to join the soldiers running at the Germans?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
He is staying with Tommo who is injured.
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie refuses to go with the other soldiers because he is staying with Tommo who is injured.
  • Question 8

As Charlie and Tommo lie in the dugout, Charlie asks Tommo to look after two things for him if he is shot for disobedience by the firing squad. What are they?

CORRECT ANSWER
Molly
his watch
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie asks Tommo to look after Molly and his watch if he is shot for disobedience.
  • Question 9

What does Tommo reveal to Charlie during their last meeting together before Charlie is shot by the firing squad?

CORRECT ANSWER
what happened the day Father died
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo reveals to Charlie what happened on the day Father died.
  • Question 10

When Tommo returns to camp, ironically what good news is he greeted with?

CORRECT ANSWER
Sergeant Hanley is dead.
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo is greeted with the news that Sergeant Hanley is dead.
  • Question 11

Where does Tommo go to wait for Charlie to be killed?

CORRECT ANSWER
in the barn alone
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo goes to wait for Charlie's death in the barn alone.
  • Question 12

In the final chapter of the novel called ONE MINUTE TO SIX, how does the writer show Charlie's bravery when he faces the firing squad?

CORRECT ANSWER
He refuses to cover his face.
EDDIE SAYS
The writer show Charlie's bravery when he faces the firing squad by the fact that he refuses to cover his face.
  • Question 13

Read the POSTSCRIPT at the end of the novel. Is it fact or fiction?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
fact
EDDIE SAYS
The POSTSCRIPT is factual.
  • Question 14

The writer includes the POSTSCRIPT to put the novel into real historical context. During the First World War how many soldiers were shot by firing squad for desertion or cowardice or for falling asleep at their posts?

CORRECT ANSWER
over 290
EDDIE SAYS
Over 290 soldiers were shot by firing squad for desertion or cowardice or for falling asleep at their posts.
  • Question 15

What were many of these soldiers suffering from?

CORRECT ANSWER
shell-shock
EDDIE SAYS
Many of the soldiers were suffering from shell-shock.
  • Question 16

When did the authorities finally acknowledge that these soldiers had been treated unjustly?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2006
EDDIE SAYS
It wasn't until 2006 that the authorities finally acknowledged that these soldiers had been treated unjustly.
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