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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Illustrating and Supporting Points

This GCSE English Literature quiz focuses on illustrating and supporting points in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Offering evidence for the points you make about a text makes your essay writing far more persuasive. It also shows how carefully you read and understand what you have read. By referring specifically and accurately to evidence from a text, you make your writing much more effective. This essential skill is not the easiest to learn and definitely requires practice. Attention to detail and punctuation is also required in order to get things right. This quiz is designed to test the vital literary skills of quoting evidence from a text in support of a point. How well are you able to identify the answers which have done this accurately? When writing 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:

There are three key methods of using evidence from a text and you should practise each of these. These methods are paraphrasing, quoting single words or short phrases, and quoting longer sections of text. One of the easiest of these methods is paraphrasing; it’s amazing how often this useful skill is overlooked. Spend some time practising paraphrasing because it is an essential aspect of good writing. When you paraphrase some text in your own words, you clearly demonstrate your knowledge. This skill is especially important in exam situations where you do not have the text to hand.

A second method is to select individual words and phrases from the text which support the point you wish to make. This is another very useful skill to possess when faced with an exam, especially if you have memorised short, relevant quotes from the text. If you wish to draw attention to language choice or to minor details in the text, this is the best method to use. Writing essays which use quotes from texts takes plenty of practice and you might like to consider combining methods. Mixing paraphrase with short quotations in the same sentence can be especially effective. Being capable of this type of flexibility will help you to avoid writing long sentences crammed full of multiple short quotations. These sorts of sentences are often awkward and very difficult to read.

The final method of using evidence is to quote a full sentence or more. When a short phrase does not make sense on its own or incorporating a short quote grammatically does not seem possible, this is the method to use. It also works well when you plan to discuss a longer quotation in detail.

Remember: avoid quoting single, ordinary words just because they are used in the text. For single words, quotation marks should only be used if the word itself is significant. An ordinary word only requires quotation marks if there is something significant about its use. You wouldn’t need to quote an everyday word such as “glove”, if it is in fact referring to a glove, but only if it is being used in an unexpected or unusual way, for example as part of a metaphor. You must use quotation marks whenever you use an exact phrase or sentence from the text.

Try this quiz on the best way to use evidence from Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. 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 Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and then choose the answer which best uses evidence in support of a point.
  1. "Right in the midst there lay the body of a man sorely contorted and still twitching. They drew near on tiptoe, turned it on its back and beheld the face of Edward Hyde"
    Here, the single word, "it", is important
  2. "From that time forward, Mr Utterson began to haunt the door in the by-street of shops"
    Sometimes it can be tricky to quote grammatically and accurately
  3. "'This Master Hyde, if he were studied,' thought he, 'must have secrets of his own: black secrets, by the look of him; secrets compared to which poor Jekyll's worst would be like sunshine'"
    Sometimes the most practical way to use quotes from the text is by selecting single words and incorporating them into your point
  4. "The other snarled aloud into a savage laugh; and the next moment, with extraordinary quickness, he had unlocked the door and disappeared into the house"
    Be careful to place quotation marks around the exact words quoted
  5. "'Tut-tut,' said Mr Utterson; and then after a considerable pause, 'Can't I do anything?' he inquired. 'We are three very old friends, Lanyon; we shall not live to make others'"
    Remember to use evidence from the text in order to make a point of your own, and not just to summarise the plot
  6. "In this character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men"
    It would not be correct to place quotation marks around "downfall", a word which refers to "down-going" without being identical
  7. "'That is just what I was about to venture to propose,' returned the doctor with a smile. But the words were hardly uttered, before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair, as froze the very blood of the two gentlemen below. They saw it but for a glimpse, for the window was instantly thrust down; but that glimpse had been sufficient, and they turned and left the court without a word"
    Paraphrasing is often the easiest choice when trying to express a complicated idea. Remember to use your own words!
  8. "And this again, that that insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife, closer than an eye; lay caged in his flesh, where he heard it mutter and struggle to be born"
    Despite being a relatively ordinary word, "born" should be enclosed in quotation marks because of the unusual use Stevenson makes of it here
  9. "Strange to relate, this ludicrous accoutrement was far from moving me to laughter. Rather, as there was something abnormal and misbegotten in the very essence of the creature that now faced me — something seizing, surprising and revolting — this fresh disparity seemed but to fit in with and to reinforce it"
    Using evidence can be tricky. Remember that you need to make a point and not just include quotations in your sentences
  10. "As the cab drew up before the address indicated, the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy street, a gin palace, a low French eating house, a shop for the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads, many ragged children huddled in the doorways, and many women of many different nationalities passing out, key in hand, to have a morning glass"
    Choose the evidence carefully, depending on the point you wish to make. There are many ways to do this correctly! Here, the first answer does not quote, but still uses detail from the text

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