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Writing Persuasively

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at writing persuasively. If you want a good example of writing persuasively, look no further than the world of advertising!

If you find yourself thinking that you can't possibly live without the latest toy advertised on TV - you'll know you've been subject to some persuasive writing by clever advertising companies.

Have you ever tried to talk someone else into doing something? It's not always easy. You can't always get very far by saying, 'PleasePleasePleasePleasePlease...' In school you learn several methods which help you develop the ability to be persuasive.

See how much you've learned about persuasive writing by taking this English quiz.

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  1. Which of the following would be used in persuasive writing?
    Using the first person 'I' and 'we', as well as the second person 'you', is very effective in persuasive writing.
  2. What should be in the introduction to a written argument or a persuasive speech?
    An introduction always 'introduces' a subject - in this case, the issue is the subject.
  3. What is a slogan?
    Lots of business have slogans. Can you think of any?
  4. What is the purpose of persuasive writing?
    It's not only used for selling something!
  5. Which verbs are frequently used in persuasive writing?
    Persuasive writing is trying to convince someone to do or believe something, so it uses verbs like 'should', 'could' and 'would'.
  6. Which of the following is NOT an example of persuasive writing?
    A recipe is usually instructive writing.
  7. Rhetorical questions are often used to make writing more persuasive. Which of the following is an example of a rhetorical question?
    Rhetorical questions can be a powerful technique for making the audience feel that everyone agrees about an issue.
  8. Persuasive writing often uses 'groups of three'. Which of these is the best example?
    The more similar the words and the more closely-related, the better the 'group of three' will be.
  9. Which of the following connectives does NOT help to structure an argument?
    Persuasive writing can be easy to spot - if you are drawn into what is being said, it's probably persuasive!
  10. Which of the following would NOT be a suitable technique to use in persuasive writing?
    Facts should always be used in persuasive writing, but not on their own.

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