An Easy Way To Support and Check Analytical Thinking and Reading!
These multiple choice questions based on text sentences from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens are excellent teaching tools, providing the basis for thoughtful, engaging activities & analysis.
This PDF downloadable Grammardog Guide for Great Expectations contains 16 sections of analytical multiple choice questions (with a total of over 250 questions!) covering:
- sentence types
- figurative language
- literary devices
- allusions & symbols
- and more--all directly related to the novel!
All examined sentences are from the novel. Figurative language is abundant ("a haystack of buttered toast," "the closet whispered, the fireplace sighed," "a post office of a mouth," "so very blank and high was the dead wall of her face"). Allusions are drawn from mythology (Hercules, myrmidons, Telemachus, Cupid, Argus), religion (Noah's ark, Cain, Lord's Prayer) and literature (Hamlet, Coriolanus, Richard III, Anthony's oration in Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens).
ABOUT GRAMMARDOG: Grammardog was founded in 2001 by Mary Jane McKinney, a high school English teacher and dedicated grammarian. She and other experienced English teachers in both high school and college regard grammar and style as the key to unlocking the essence of an author. Their philosophy, that grammar and literature are best understood when learned together, led to the formation of Grammardog, a means of sharing knowledge about the structure and patterns of language unique to specific authors. These patterns are what make a great book a great book. The arduous task of analyzing works for grammar and style is done for you, yielding a unique product, guaranteed to enlighten the reader of literary classics. Grammardog’s strategy is to put the author’s words under the microscope. The result yields an increased appreciation of the art of writing and awareness of the importance and power of language.