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Read Chapter 10, from ‘On Hallowe’en morning...’ to ‘…disappeared from view.’ Rowling is combining many elements here. She is describing the image of the feast, building tension to an exciting scene and telling the reader lots about the characters through what they say and do. Which words and phrases stand out? Pick out some interesting language from this extract. 


Using Chapter 10, answer the following questions:


1) Where are most of the teachers?


2) Name two things Harry and Ron notice which warn them that the troll is nearby, before they see it.


3) They shrank into the shadows and watched as it emerged into a patch of moonlight.


Which word is closest in meaning to shrank? Tick one.


deflated        shortened       shook         retreated



4)  How is the troll ‘like a boulder’?

5) The troll stopped next to a doorway and peered inside. It waggled its long ears, making up its mind, then slouched slowly into the room.

Choose one interesting verb from the text above. What image of the troll does the verb create?


6) …as they reached the corner they heard something that made their hearts stop…


Who is making the noise and why does it make ‘their hearts stop’?


7) Name two things that Harry and Ron do to distract the troll.


8) The shouting and the echoes seemed to be driving the troll berserk.


What does the word berserk mean in this context?


9) Find and copy a group of words which show that the troll has dull senses.


10)or catch him a terrible blow with the club.


What does the word blow mean in this context? Name another synonym which could replace it?

11) What happens to make the troll unconscious?

12) What makes Ron finally move after being frozen in shock?



13) Tick one box in each row to show whether each statement is true or false.





Harry spoke first after the troll fell.



Quirrell fainted when he saw the troll.



The teachers first noticed Hermione when she stood up.



Ron knew that Hermione would tell a lie to the teachers.





14) Now think about all three extracts. Why are Hermione’s actions surprising? Why do you think that she lies about what had happened? Can you explain your thinking?