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Writing Narrative

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on writing narrative. 'Narrative' is an impressive word for the writing we simply call 'stories'. Mysteries, fables, legends, science fiction, action - there are so many different types of narrative. You will almost certainly have written quite a few pieces of narrative while you've been at school.

Most people have a favourite type of narrative. And writers tend to have a favourite type to write about. If you have a favourite author, you will probably know what type of book you will be getting.

See how well you understand story-writing by trying this English quiz.

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  1. What is a 'setting'?
    When setting a story, it's good to consider it in detail. What's the weather like? What time of year is it? What time of day? What does it feel like to be in the place where the story is set?
  2. What is a dilemma?
    A speech between two characters is a dialogue.
  3. The people in a story are called ____.
    Actors play the part of characters.
  4. Before the ending of a story, you should ____.
    This is known as a 'resolution'.
  5. If you make the reader feel excited or unsure, you have successfully ____.
    Suspense is important in thrillers.
  6. When writing a story, how should you tell the reader that a character is bossy?
    It's more effective in stories 'to show, not tell'. Your reader is more likely to believe a character is bossy after seeing that character behave bossily.
  7. Which of the following can be used in the opening paragraph of a story?
    The goal is to write a story opening which makes your reader want to carry on reading.
  8. What is the name for the events that happen in a story?
    A good story will usually have a good plot.
  9. A story should NOT be written in which of the following?
    Do you know why not?
  10. 'Watch out!' Harry shouted. 'Watch out for what?' Rachael cried. What is wrong with this dialogue?
    When writing dialogue, always remember: 'New speaker - New line'.

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