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BOY  by Roald Dahl


Question 1


Boy is non-fiction – that is true rather than imaginary:

The main forms of non-fiction are: biography, autobiography, travel, history and real life adventure

  1. write a brief definition for each of these and give an example, noting the title, author, publisher and year of publication.
  2. which of these headings does Boy come under?


Question 2


The author, Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl wrote several books about is own life as well as many children’s books. Go to his website to find out about some of these

  1. List the books about his life and briefly explain which part of his life they cover.
  2. Write a paragraph about any aspect of his life you think sounds interesting (other than the period covered in Boy)


Question 3


Introduction: Read the introduction to Boy and explain in your own words why Dahl wrote the book.


Question 4


Structure: The story of the novel or play is called the PLOT

  1. Why is it less likely for an autobiography to have a plot
  2. How is Boy structured?
  3. Write a paragraph for each of the 4 sections, explaining what it is about.


Question 5  Setting:


1.        On a map of Europe, trace Boys trips. Use a different colour for each – you should include

P11 – Sarpsborg (near Oslo), Paris, Cardiff, Llandaff

P 53 Going to Norway, Cardiff, London, Newcastle, Oslo, Tjome

Repeat on a map of Great Britain and include St Peter’s, Cardiff, Weston-on-Mare, Bexley, Repton (near Derby)


2.       There were several important places in Boys life – some where he was happy and some where he was less happy.

Briefly describe the place – in your own words but with a couple of brief quotes

Explain with examples the good and/or bad features of life in this place

Write a paragraph on your own life comparing QMC with Repton (do not get personal about teachers!)



Question 6  Roald Dahal Bio Poem


(First name)-

(Four adjectives)

(Brother of or Sister of)

Lover of (three different things that the person loves)

Who feels (three different feelings and when or where they are felt)

Who gives (three different things the person gives)

Who fears (three different fears the person has)

Who would like to see (three different things the person would like to see)

Who lives (a brief description of where the person lives)

-(last name)


Construct a poster  using the biopoem but include as much information as you can about Dahl’s life ie photos, what he liked, typical words etc

Excellence – shows a deep understanding of Dahl and presented creatively

Merit – shows understanding with suitable presentation

Achieved – shows an understanding with neat presentation



































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