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Never Let Me Go - Illustrating and Supporting Points

This GCSE English Literature quiz is about illustrating and supporting points in the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Test your skills in using evidence by trying this quiz. By pointing to some evidence you can strengthen the point you wish to make. When writing about a text don’t forget to follow up with an explanation, too!

How to use evidence to support a point:

There are three main ways to use evidence in support of a point when writing about a text: paraphrase, quoting single words or short phrases, and quoting longer sections of text.

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Paraphrasing can be especially useful and is sometimes neglected. Even if you don’t use direct quotation, you can still demonstrate your knowledge of a text by paraphrasing.

In order to draw attention to a specific choice of language, however, you would be better choosing the second option, which is to quote single words or short phrases. It is also possible to mix paraphrase and quotation in the same sentence. This is usually better than writing long unwieldy sentences full of multiple quotations.

The final option is to quote a full sentence or more. If the full sentence is needed either because a phrase on its own won’t make sense or because you wish to discuss the longer quotation in close detail, this might well be the best choice.

Remember: if you are using a single word which is not especially significant in itself, you do not normally need to use quotation marks. If you are using an exact phrase or sentence from the text, remember to put quotation marks around it.

See how well you do illustrating and supporting points from Kazuo Ishiguro’s book Never Let Me Go.

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Read the text from Never Let Me Go and then choose the answer which best uses evidence in support of a point.
  1. "I was becoming genuinely drawn to these fantastical creatures in front of me. For all their busy, metallic features, there was something sweet, even vulnerable about each of them"
    Don't forget to use quotation marks if directly quoting a phrase. ''Genuinely drawn'', for example, should have quotation marks
  2. "I don't know how it was where you were, but at Hailsham the guardians were really strict about smoking"
    Kathy speaks directly to her audience, using second person pronouns. She imagines that her audience might be from a worse place than Hailsham
  3. "And so we stood together like that, at the top of that field, for what seemed like ages, not saying anything, just holding each other, while the wind kept blowing and blowing at us, tugging our clothes, and for a moment, it seemed like we were holding onto each other because that was the only way to stop us being swept away into the night"
    Be sure to quote accurately
  4. "It's an object, like a brooch or a ring, and especially now Ruth has gone, it's become one of my most precious possessions"
    Kathy's phrasing is important because ''gone'' is a euphemistic way of describing death; she is also describing yet another loss she has suffered
  5. "All we could see was a dark fringe of trees, but I certainly wasn't the only one of my age to feel their presence day and night"
    The woods become more oppressive in the imagination of the students
  6. ''But these days, of course, there are very few donors left who I remember, and so in practice, I haven't been choosing that much."
    Make sure to quote the words, phrase or sentence that illustrates the point you are making
  7. "Here was the world requiring the students to donate. While that remained the case, there would always be a barrier against seeing you as properly human"
    Quotations should be used for a good reason. Single words should have quotation marks if they are very unusual or if the specific word choice is significant
  8. "I wasn't in the best of moods because my own donor had just completed the night before"
    Remember to place quotation marks around the key words or phrasing being quoted from the text
  9. "Some students thought you should be looking for a person twenty to thirty years older than yourself — the sort of age a normal parent would be"
    Sometimes the best way to use evidence from a text is by referring to specific details without directly quoting
  10. "Ruth had been right: Madame was afraid of us. But she was afraid of us in the same way someone might be afraid of spiders. It had never occurred to us to wonder how we would feel, being seen like that, being the spiders."
    Remember that the aim of using a quotation is to give evidence in support of a point. Quoting ''spiders'' or ''afraid'' in this case does not support any point

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