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1 CLOSE READING EXERCISE: TECHNIQUES TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN

2 PART ONE: DESCRIPTIVE TECHNIQUES Re-read p. 81, from “we slipped across the road…” to “But then surely he had been too?” (p. 82). As Ellie reflects on the courage she needs to leave the cover of darkness (the paragraph beginning “That was the first moment at which…”, describe the sentence structure and any language techniques you can find that provide an effect for the reader. (e.g., the narrator uses fragmented sentences and exclamation marks to show she is agitated…) As Ellie takes her four steps, how does the author help us to get inside her head? “Four steps” become Ellie’s metaphor for a rite of passage. Why? What do you think she is trying to say in the last line? From this passage, is there anything else that you can find that shows you how the author has made use of language techniques?

3 PART TWO: LITERARY TECHNIQUES Re-read p. 126, from “I began to inch forward…” to p. 129, “Luckily it wasn’t, but I don’t know what I would have done…at the time” What is Ellie trying to achieve in this section? What happens? What is the dialogue in this section? Who says it? What effect does this have on the rest of the passage? Consider the words “sidled”, “silently”, “smoothly”, “screech”. The repetition of a “s” sound in figurative language is called sibilance. Why do you think the author has filled this paragraph with sibilant words? The author has deliberately worked to build up tension in this passage. Taking the passage as a whole, how has he controlled the build-up and release of tension? (You can re-use the examples above as part of your answer.)


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