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Writer's Point of View Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Writer's Point of View Study Guide

Exercise 1

Determine the point of view in the following sentences by circling the letter of the correct answer.

  1. As Xavier held tightly to the rope, Paul used all his strength to pull his friend up out of the gorge.
    1. first person
    2. second person
    3. third person
  2. By now you're settled into your routine. You wake up at 5:00 A.M., walk the dogs, shower, gulp down a quick breakfast, and meet Mr. Walton in the cafeteria for a challenging game of chess before school.
    1. first person
    2. second person
    3. third person
  3. I thought and thought but could not come up with any reason why she would be angry with me.
    1. first person
    2. second person
    3. third person
  4. We'd never talked much before, and he always thought I was a shy person, so he couldn't believe how much I talked when we went out to dinner.
    1. first person
    2. second person
    3. third person
  5. They knew that he wanted to join their club, but they were afraid to make an exception for him.
    1. first person
    2. second person
    3. third person

Exercise 2

Questions

Make the following sentences less formal and more personal by switching the point of view.

  1. The ad makes readers feel good about themselves.
  2. The students are upset about the change in the lunch menu.
  3. People often feel betrayed when someone breaks a promise.

Exercise 3

Questions

The following sentences use the first-person point of view. Change the point of view to the third person to make the statements seem more objective.

  1. Teacher: I think we deserve an additional period each day for class preparation because we have many papers to grade.
  2. Student: We should get less homework. I often feel overwhelmed by how much schoolwork I have to do at home.
  3. Parent: I often wonder if I'm doing the right thing for my children.

Exercise 4

Questions

Read the following sentences and decide which point of view is best for each writing situation. Explain why you believe this point of view would be effective.

  1. You are the president of the new South Mountain High School Student Volunteer Association and you are writing a description of the association for a school brochure.
  2. You are writing an editorial for the school newspaper. Your purpose is to convince students to keep the school property clean.
  3. You are writing a letter to your school's PTA. Your purpose is to thank the PTA for an award you received.

Answers

Exercise 1

  1. c. third person
  2. b. second person
  3. a. first person
  4. a. first person
  5. c. third person

Exercise 2

  1. The ad makes me feel really good about myself.
  2. We're very upset about the change in the lunch menu.
  3. I often feel betrayed when someone breaks a promise.

Exercise 3

Answers may vary slightly, but some may look like this.

  1. Teachers deserve an additional period each day for class preparation because they have many papers to grade.
  2. Students should be assigned less homework. They often feel overwhelmed by how much schoolwork they have to do at home.
  3. Parents often wonder if they're doing the right thing for their children.

Exercise 4

Answers may vary slightly, but here are some possibilities:

  1. For this letter, the third-person point of view is probably best. Any description will probably be read by a large audience, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators, so it would be best if you aimed for an official and objective point of view.
  2. For this letter, you might use the second-person point of view to help readers imagine themselves looking at the trash around campus and feeling good about cleaning it up.
  3. For this letter, the first-person point of view is definitely best. You would want your letter to be warm and personal.
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