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Story Point of View: Reading Comprehension Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 24, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Story Point of View: Reading Comprehension Review Study Guide

PRACTICE

Identify whether first-, second-, or third-person point of view is being used in each of the following sentences.

  1. I was strolling along in the park when I saw a bird land on a man's head.
  2. He arrived at the meeting about five minutes late.
  3. You should always look both ways before crossing the street.
  4. The Robinsons are planning a vacation for the summer, but they can't decide where to go.
  5. My cereal got really soggy this morning, because it sat too long in the milk before I got a chance to eat it.
  6. The Internet has become a tool that is indispensable to most people.
  7. Did you get the letter I sent you?
  8. Fortunately, she wasn't hurt when she fell while ice-skating the other day.

Identify whether the following statements are objective or subjective.

  1. Marco turned the radio on at a high volume.
  2. The radio is too loud.
  3. We arrived at the weekly Racquetball Club meeting already out of breath from having run inside to escape the downpour.
  4. Some people experience an allergic reaction to jewelry that is made from inexpensive metals.

Read the passage and then answer the questions that follow.

To ensure that we are able to comply with any special requests you might have, we ask that you place your order at least two weeks in advance. As a catering service, we pride ourselves on providing you with the highest quality food at the lowest cost. To make our service even more convenient, we also offer free delivery to any location within a 25-mile radius. If for any reason you are not satisfied with any aspect of our company, please don't hesitate to let us know, and if you have any other questions, please contact us at the phone number listed below. Thank you.

  1. Which point of view is used in this passage?
  2. Who is the you in the passage?
  3. How do you know who the you is?

ANSWERS

  1. first person
  2. This clue word I signals the first-person point of view.

  3. third person
  4. The clue word he signals the third-person point of view.

  5. second person
  6. The clue word you signals that the sentence is written in the secondperson point of view.

  7. third person
  8. In this sentence, the people are referred to as the Robinsons and they, which are clues to the third-person point of view.

  9. first person
  10. The clue words my and I signal the first-person point of view.

  11. third person
  12. This sentence is just a general, detached statement about the Internet, which signals the third-person point of view.

  13. second person
  14. The second-person point of view talks directly to a certain audience using the word you. This sentence is a question addressed to a specific you.

  15. third person
  16. Because the person in this sentence is referred to as she, you can tell that it is written in the third-person point of view.

  17. objective
  18. This statement is unaffected by the thoughts and feelings of the writer. It is purely something that occurred.

  19. subjective
  20. This statement is affected by the thoughts and feelings of the writer. The writer thinks the radio is too loud.

  21. subjective
  22. This sentence, while not stating an opinion, is still subjective, becauseit is based on the experience of the Racquetball Club members.

  23. objective
  24. This statement is not based on the thoughts of the writer; it's purely a fact.

  25. first person and second person
  26. The passage is addressing a particular person or group of people, and it uses the word you. This signals the second-person point of view. The use of we and our signals first person.

  27. The you is a potential customer of a catering company.
  28. We know from reading the passage that the person or persons writing the passage are from a catering service. The second sentence starts with As a catering service. . . . As we read and observe the content of the rest of the passage, we see that the catering company seems to be explainingsome basic aspects of its company to the you. Knowing this, we can then ask ourselves, who would a catering company be writing to about some basic aspects of their company and service? The answer is, someone who hasn't used their services before (otherwise, the person would already know the company's information).
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