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So, by now we should've read quite a few folk tales (most of them involving the world Brer about 300 times, but they don't have to). How much do you think you know about folk tales? Below are some statements about writing folk tales. Some of them are right, some are rubbish. It's up to you to use your folk tale knowledge to try and sort the truth from the twaddle!

 

Speech marks are actually called inverted commas.

 

Folk tales are written in the present tense.

                                                                                                                

Folk tales often have magic or impossible things.

 

Folk tales are very serious and use formal language.

 

There usually isn’t much dialogue in a folk tale.

 

This sentence has a fronted adverbial for where: As the sun rose, the birds began to sing.

 

Folk tales contain themes and morals, like good over evil, weak over strong, brains over brawn.

 

An introductory paragraph in a folk tale should describe the setting and characters.

 

You can tell the reader how a character feels using dialogue, like “Leave me alone!” snapped Bob angrily.

 

Similes aren’t very useful when describing characters and setting.

 

The nouns in this sentence are in bold: Bill stared at the goblin and smiled.

 

You can use these punctuation marks with speech: . , ! ?

 

If you have a new speaker, you must carry on in the same line.

 

Folk tales are set in the future.

 

In this sentence, the main clause is in bold: Running along, Tim tripped over.

 

Folk tales are never written in the third person.

 

This sentence has a fronted adverbial for when: As dawn broke, the town started to wake up.

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