Descriptive test questions

1

Which of the following is the most important reason for including some description in a piece of creative writing?

2

Which of the five senses should be used in descriptive writing?

3

Which of the following pieces of description is the most effective?

Read these pieces of description and answer the TWO questions which follow:

(a) “The room was square with a window along one side. It had four chairs and a TV and video. There was a drinks cabinet and computer in the corner. The carpet was red and the ceiling cream.”

(b) “The room was brightly lit by a large window and housed several modern pieces of electrical equipment but the effect was softened by a drinks cabinet and a warm red carpet.”

4

Which passage is the most effective piece of description?

5

Which of the following statements would you agree with?

Read this passage of description and answer the TWO questions which follow:

"He walked into the classroom and crossed to his desk. The floor was worn where years of boys had kicked and scuffed in their rush to escape. A damp, sickly-sweet aroma arose from the pile of jackets crushed in one corner and a blind tap, tapped against the window where a stone or ball had cracked the glass. Mr Jones rubbed his hands across the smooth polished top and examined his finger tips for dust."

6

To which of the five senses does the following descriptive sentence appeal: “Mr Jones rubbed his hands across the smooth polished top”?

7

To which of the five senses does the following descriptive sentence appeal: “A damp, sickly-sweet aroma arose from the pile of jackets”?

Read this passage of description and answer the TWO questions which follow:

"A wet, dull day greeted Mary as she stepped into the grey light. Men huddled by in drab wet coats or stood in dismal doorways waiting for a bus which never seemed to arrive."

8

What of the following statements is true of this description?

9

To which of the following senses does the expression “drab wet coats” appeal?

10

Which of the following should you do when writing about a character in a story?