Much Ado About Nothing - Illustrating and Supporting Points

This GCSE English Literature quiz sees how good you are at illustrating and supporting points, specifically for Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. One of the most important skills you can develop during your GCSEs is the ability to support your points by referring in detail to evidence in the text. This quiz allows you to test those skills. When you wish to make a point about a text, you can be much more persuasive by quoting or referring explicitly to a specific part of the text. After you’ve given some evidence to support your point, you will also need to follow up with an explanation.

How to use evidence to support a point:

There are three key methods you can use in order to support a point with evidence: paraphrasing, quoting single words or short phrases, and quoting longer sections of text.

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Many people forget about paraphrasing, but it’s actually one of the most useful methods. In fact, it is an essential skill which you will find yourself using on many occasions, even when you are not writing English essays. Paraphrasing demonstrates your knowledge of the text and is usually more elegant than quoting multiple words and is also more practical than quoting a very long passage.

Quoting a single word or short phrase is a good choice if you wish to draw attention to a specific language choice. Sometimes, when you have a complex point to make, the best strategy is to use a combination of methods, perhaps by paraphrasing a longer section of the text and quoting a word or short phrase which perfectly complements the paraphrase. This takes practise to do well, but is nearly always better than writing long, unwieldy sentences full of multiple short quotations.

The third method is to quote a full sentence or more. If you want to discuss a longer quotation in close detail, or if a shorter quotation just refuses to make sense, this is the best method to use.

Although you will of course wish to be accurate in your quotations, remember that you will not normally need to use quotation marks if you are referring to a single, ordinary word contained in the text. For example, it is rather silly to quote “cat” unless the use of the word is unusual or unexpected in some way. When you do use an exact phrase or sentence from the text, however, do remember to put quotation marks around it.

See how you do with this quiz on the best way to use evidence from Much Ado About Nothing. Remember, the purpose of this quiz is to test your ability to quote and to paraphrase, rather than to test your knowledge of the text. One helpful tip is that it might be easier to eliminate the incorrect answers first!

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Read the text from Much Ado About Nothing and then choose the answer which best uses evidence in support of a point.
  1. "A miracle! Here's our own hands against our hearts." - Benedick
    "Hands" and "hearts" are examples of metonymy; each stands for more than mere parts of the body. Therefore, although these are ordinary words, they are not confined here to their ordinary meanings and should be quoted
  2. "Come, come, do you think I do not know you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? Go to, mum, you are he. Graces will appear and there's an end." - Ursula
    Remember not to drop quotes into your writing as if they explain themselves (as in the fourth option)
  3. "He hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him." - Don Pedro
    Remember to quote the entire phrase that you use; here "little hangman" is correct, whereas little "hangman" is not. This point could be followed by one which comments on the implications of the word "little"
  4. I have marked
    A thousand blushing apparitions
    To start into her face, a thousand innocent shames
    In angel whiteness beat away those blushes,
    And in her eye there hath appeared a fire.
    The Friar
    Remember to make a point, rather than just restating what happens in the passage
  5. "If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it." - Don Pedro
    There are many ways to use evidence from the text correctly. Try to practise different methods
  6. "But that my Lady Beatrice should know me, and not know me! The Prince's fool! Ha, it may be I go under that title because I am merry." - Benedick
    Remember that paraphrase is an excellent method of using evidence to make a point about a text
  7. "By my troth, 's but a night-gown in respect of yours - cloth o' gold, and cuts, and laced with silver, set with pearls, down sleeves, side sleeves, and skirts round underborne with a bluish tinsel." - Margaret
    Although silver and pearls are ordinary words, because they appear in a list with "cloth o'gold", it makes more sense to use quotation marks, although not using quotation marks for those two words would also be acceptable
  8. "He hath ta'en th'infection. Hold it up." - Claudio
    This point could be followed by another discussing the way that gossip and false report act like deadly infections in the text
  9. "I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me." - Beatrice
    Remember to quote accurately (for example, "barking" is not identical to "bark", making the third option incorrect)
  10. "I have deceived even your very eyes. What your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light." - Borachio
    It takes practice to write sentences which are clear and use quotations correctly. The first option here is ungrammatical

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