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Q1F Summarising mastery: practice (part 1, Night-time photography)

Quiz by Scott Darnell

Key Stage 4
English National Curriculum

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  • Q1

    Read the following paragraph. Read the Quizalize rubric: place the summaries below into the corresponding category. 

    My plan was to take photographs by the light of the harvest moon. The harvest moon is the full moon that appears closest to the autumn equinox in September. All full moons make their appearance around the time of sunset. But, unlike the rise of other full moons, there is no period of darkness between sunset and the majestic ascension of the harvest moon. This gigantic, orange globe, which sits contentedly on the horizon like a celestial pumpkin, earned its name because its glowing cast over the earth allowed farmers to continue harvesting even after the sun had set.

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  • Q2

    Read the following paragraph. Select the best fitting summary.

    You don’t need to be ambitious when heading out into the evening to take photographs. In fact, the simpler your idea, the more likely it is to succeed. I settled on an extremely easy plan. I would follow a railway line out of town and use it to guide me as I weaved my way across the countryside, and then I’d catch a late train home from a village station when I’d had enough.

    An easy life (to not complicate the art of photography)

    Ambition is best (to excel as a photographer)

    Less is more (to capture the optimum photo)

    Travel the world (in search of the best photo)

  • Q3

    Read the following paragraph. 

    I wanted to begin in the town to document just how different the town is from the open countryside at night. Streetlights suck the night and all its raw beauty from the world. However, even in the town I felt myself paying more attention to the world than I do during the day. I was walking east, in the direction of the rising moon; I could see its copper glow on the horizon, and my camera captured how it silhouetted the rooftops and chimneys as it crept up into the sky.

    This paragraph emphasises how important the surroundings are when taking photographs at night. 

    True or False
  • Q4

    Read the paragraph. Select the correct the statement that summarises a photographer's innate ability to take photographs. 

    Other senses take over after dark. I felt the warmth radiating from the engine of a recently parked car. A man passed, walking a dog, and I caught the scent of soap. I turned into a quiet and deserted residential street, from which I could hear the low hum of the distant main road. A train rushed past. I stopped to listen to its receding sound, and then followed along in its wake, feeling energised.

    Sensory perceptions


    Knowledge of photography

    Skill and flare (talent)

  • Q5

    Read the paragraph.

    Taking photographs as I went slowed my progress and I began to feel the cool air penetrate my clothing. Photography at night takes a long time because you have to use a camera that has a long exposure. Whenever I decided to take a picture, I had to frame it, manually focus and then stand for 30 seconds waiting for the exposure to finish. My tripod kept my camera in position, while I enjoyed standing still and observing the world around me more carefully.

    Having patience is more important that the tools used to capture the moment. 

    True or False
  • Q6

    Read the following paragraph. Is there summary below correct?

    A fellow enthusiast hurried past. He nodded quickly and smiled: ‘Just over there. Amazing colours behind the trees. I think you’ll catch them.’ He scurried ahead. I could see he too was following the train-line. He seemed preoccupied. I hoped I would catch up with him later.

    This paragraph focuses on being enthusiastic about taking photographs. 

    True or False
  • Q7

    The darkness at the edge of the town was distinct. The houses and the streetlights came to a sharp halt and in front of me was the abrupt blackness of an empty field.

    This paragraph is describing how...

    the street lights stopped working

    the town was different to other places

    the sky at night is open and vast

    the land where there is no cattle

  • Q8

    Clouds drifted swiftly across the fat round moon, by now about a hand’s breadth above the horizon.

    This paragraph is describing...

    the photographer's hand and position

    the moon's shape and dimension

    the cloud's movement and direction

    the photographer's body shape

  • Q9

    I only used my torch briefly to work out the terrain. The point of this walk was to savour and record the differences and uncertainties of the night. I didn’t want to artificially beam a thin shaft of weak light across my adventure. It took some moments to adjust to the darkness and the stillness, but, as I walked along the margins of the ploughed field, my eyes began to adjust. Planes circled in the sky, sweeping slowly across the constellations. I set up my tripod to capture how the sky was much lighter than the land, and how the trees at the edge of the field jutted, black, up into the rusty suburban sky.

    This essence of this paragraph can be summarised as...

    the way to shine a torch brightly

    the pleasure of taking photographs at night

    the beauty of urban night-time photography

    the unpredictability of night-time photography

  • Q10

    The whole extract is called 'Night-time photography'. This text is taken from a longer narrative. The writer, Alastair, is talking about taking photographs at night.

    Which of the following summaries encapsulates the essence of this text?

    The text portrays the art and skill required for taking photos at night. 

    The text conveys how enthusiastic and passionate about photography you have to be. 

    The demonstrates that knowledge and expertise is essential before going out at night. 

    The text highlights how difficult and cumbersome night-time photography can be. 


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