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Pride and Prejudice - Illustrating and Supporting Points

This GCSE English Literature quiz will test you on illustrating and supporting points in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. When writing about a text in an exam or in an essay, your argument will be more persuasive if you can offer evidence for the points you make. Whenever you refer specifically and accurately to evidence from a text, you make your writing much more effective. This skill is essential, but complex, and it certainly takes some practice and attention to get things right. This quiz is designed to test the vital literary skills involved in quoting evidence from a text in support of a point. See how well you can identify the answers which have done this accurately. Of course, when you write your own essays or exam answers, don’t forget to follow up your quotation with an explanation, too!

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How to use evidence to support a point:

You will need to be able to master three key methods of using evidence when writing about a text. These are firstly, paraphrasing; secondly, quoting single words or short phrases; and finally, quoting longer sections of text. Paraphrasing is one of the easiest of these methods and is sometimes overlooked as a way to use evidence. Practise this important skill because paraphrasing is an essential aspect of good writing. By paraphrasing, you clearly demonstrate your knowledge of a text. Being able to use this method can prove crucial in an exam where you do not have the text to hand.

Selecting individual words and phrases is another effective method of using evidence from the text. This skill can also be used in an exam, if you have memorised short, relevant quotes. This method is useful when you wish to draw attention to language choice or perhaps to minor details in the text. Practise using combinations of methods. You can, for example, mix paraphrase and a short quotation in the same sentence. Being capable of this type of flexibility is far preferable to writing long sentences full of multiple quotations. Sentences crammed with multiple short quotations are often awkward and very difficult to read.

The final method of using evidence is to quote a full sentence or more. Sometimes a short phrase will not make sense on its own or it seems impossible to incorporate a short quote grammatically. In these cases, or if you plan to discuss a longer quotation in detail, this is the method to use.

Remember: only use quotation marks around a single word if that word is unusual or significant in itself. Ordinary words only require quotation marks if there is something significant about their use. You wouldn’t need to quote an everyday word such as “garden”, for example, if it is in fact referring to a garden, but only if it is being used in an unexpected or unusual way. You must use quotation marks whenever you use an exact phrase or sentence from the text.

Have a go at this quiz on the best way to use evidence from Pride and Prejudice. Remember, the aim of this quiz is to test your ability to quote and to paraphrase; your knowledge of the text is not being tested here. One helpful tip is that it might be easier to eliminate the incorrect answers first!

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Read the text from Pride and Prejudice and then choose the answer which best uses evidence in support of a point. Remember that the answer will also need to be grammatically correct.
  1. "She perfectly remembered every thing that had passed in conversation between Wickham and herself, in their first evening at Mr Philip's. Many of his expressions were still fresh in her memory. She was now struck with the impropriety of such communications to a stranger, and wondered that it had escaped her before. She saw the indelicacy of putting himself forward as he had done, and the inconsistency of his professions with his conduct"
    There are a number of correct methods to use when you quote from a text. Practise making your point in several different ways
  2. "'You may depend upon it, Madam,' said Miss Bingley, with cold civility, 'that Miss Bennet shall receive every possible attention while she remains with us'"
    Sometimes quoting single words can be an effective way to make a point
  3. "One may be continually abusive without saying any thing just; but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty"
    Here it is important to quote "witty" because of the sharp contrast to Elizabeth's description of herself as "continually abusive"
  4. "Oh! - you mean Jane, I suppose - because he danced with her twice. To be sure that did seem as if he admired her - indeed I rather believe he did - I heard something about it - but I hardly know what - something about Mr Robinson"
    Paraphrasing is especially useful when you want to condense a long sentence for analysis, or, as here, where you also wish to make a point about the punctuation. The second answer is not correct because it implies that Mr Bingley danced twice either with Charlotte or with Mrs Bennet herself
  5. "I have no pleasure in talking to undutiful children. - Not that I have much pleasure indeed in talking to any body. People who suffer as I do from nervous complaints can have no great inclination for talking. Nobody can tell what I suffer!"
    You can use the repetition of a particular word in a text to make a good point
  6. "You shall not defend her, though it is Charlotte Lucas. You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger, security for happiness"
    Any phrase which is used exactly as it appears in the text must have quotation marks around it
  7. "They knew that she had not prudence enough to hold her tongue before the servants, while they waited at table, and judged it better that one only of the household, and the one whom they could most trust, should comprehend all her fears and solicitude on the subject"
    It is unnecessary to place "servants" in quotation marks because the use of this ordinary word is not relevant to the point being made
  8. "Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!"
    Remember to make your sentence grammatically correct. Here, the final answer is incorrect because it mentions Mrs Bennet in the third person, making the first person plural "our" ungrammatical
  9. "But I can assure the young ladies that I come prepared to admire them. At present I will not say more, but perhaps when we are better acquainted -"
    Remember to quote accurately. The final answer is not accurate in quoting "admiration" where the text has "admire"
  10. "'That is the most unforgiving speech,' said Elizabeth, 'that I ever heard you utter. Good girl!'"
    Ensure quotations are exact

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