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Using Evidence from the Text

Now that you are studying English at GCSE, you are expected to be able to use evidence from the text to support any point you make. It's not good enough to make unsupported statements or assertions about a text. In order to convince your reader (a teacher or examiner), you will need to provide proof, often in the form of quotes. This quiz helps you to revise the many ways you can present evidence from a text.

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  1. 'I met a traveller from an antique land / Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone / Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, / Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, / And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, / Tell that its sculptor well those passions read' - From Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem, 'Ozymandias'. Which of the following does NOT use quotation marks correctly?
    'Sneer of cold command' is the phrase quoted from the poem, so the quotation marks must go around the entire phrase
  2. Which of the following correctly embeds a quote from Seamus Heaney's poem, 'Blackberry-Picking'?
  3. McCaig's reference to lights which 'die into pits' ...... at a darker side to the city.
  4. Which of the following correctly embeds a quote from Shenagh Pugh's poem, 'The Beautiful Lie'?
    A correctly-embedded quote will merge seamlessly into your own sentence.  If you write a full sentence, then place a colon followed by your quote, you are introducing the quote rather than embedding it
  5. Which of the following does NOT correctly embed a quote?
  6. Which of the following correctly introduces a quote from Norman MacCaig's poem, 'November Night, Edinburgh'?
    To introduce a short quote, end your sentence with a colon and remember to place quotation marks around the quote
  7. The reference to Bluebeard in Heaney's poem, 'Blackberry-Picking', ironically ...... the reader to see blackberry juice as blood, and the boys as murderers.
  8. Which of the following uses evidence from the text by paraphrasing?
    For more practice with paraphrasing as a method of using evidence from the text, try our Paraphrasing quiz
  9. When writing an essay, in addition to providing quotes from the text, you should also...
    Many teachers refer to this as P.E.E. (point, evidence, explain)
  10. Which of the following correctly embeds a quote?
    'Embedding' a quote means that it appears naturally in the middle of your own sentence (with quotation marks, of course)

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