In this topic, individuals can learn and revise nonfiction text using a sample extract and "a series" of multiple-choice quiz questions. This topic aims to help you learn to select and comprehend nonfiction texts for GCSE English Language exams.

The multiple-choice questions (MCQ) are a valuable tool for enhancing retrieval practice and an excellent revision aid. The objective is to improve one's understanding and interpretation of factual data through comprehension exercises.

You will find 30 questions below, in 3 sets of ten questions. So, whether you are a complete beginner or a student who considers yourself a seasoned pro, these questions will keep you learning and engaged. So please sit back, relax, and have fun answering them. You might learn something new along the way!

Nonfiction texts

Before we start the revision quiz, let's do a quick recap of nonfiction texts.

A nonfiction text is based on facts. It is nonfiction literature, in reality, lacks fictional elements such as imaginative stories or poems. It encompasses a wide range of genres, covering everything from cereal box blurbs to library scholarly reference materials.

Nonfiction written material spans from newspaper articles to critiques of the latest Hollywood movie. These types of texts have various intentions and are directed towards diverse audiences.

Generally speaking, nonfiction texts are a type of written work that aims to inform readers about real people, events, and topics. Nonfiction texts can be found in a variety of forms and serve different purposes, including providing information, presenting arguments, telling stories, or explaining concepts.

Examples of nonfiction text

Here are examples of different types of nonfiction that you may come across in the English language:

ESSAYS: Essays are a common type of nonfiction text that typically present a writer's opinion or argument on a particular topic. They can be formal or informal and vary in length.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biographies are a type of nonfiction text that tell the story of a person's life, often with a focus on their accomplishments, struggles, and impact on society.
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES: Autobiographies are similar to biographies but are written by the person themselves, providing a first-hand account of their own life.
REFERENCE BOOKS: Reference books are a type of nonfiction text that provides factual information on a wide range of topics, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases.
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES: Scientific articles are a type of nonfiction text that reports on research studies, providing readers with information about new discoveries or advancements in a particular field.

Other forms of nonfiction texts include  Instructional texts, speeches, memoirs, advertisements, reviews, letters, diaries and blogs, newspaper articles, information leaflets and magazine articles.

Overall, nonfiction texts come in many different forms and serve a wide range of purposes, but they all share the common goal of providing readers with accurate and informative information about the world around us.

Revision Quiz: Select and Comprehend Nonfiction

Learning and revising the topic of Nonfiction Comprehension can be daunting,🤯 but it can become more manageable with the right tools and knowledge. Our revision questions are designed to help you learn and understand the fundamental concepts behind nonfiction comprehension. In addition, we break down the topic into manageable chunks to make it easier to learn and revise for your GCSE English Language exams.

To answer the questions correctly, hover over each option and click to select it. After you finish, click 'Submit' to check your score and see the correct answers and explanations. Most questions will include an explanation of the solution. Please take the time to read the explanations accompanying the answers to your questions. Doing so will give you a better overall understanding of the topic.

Please note that there is no need to attempt all 30 questions at once, as our revision notes and quizzes are designed to be used flexibly. Whether preparing for an exam or simply looking to test your knowledge on the topic, you can return to our resources anytime. So take your time and work through the material at your own pace, and remember that practice makes perfect! All the best.


Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, close to A303, Salisbury and Amesbury, is one of the most mystical and mysterious sites in the UK. It is essentially a series of rocks designed in a circle, but this does nothing to describe what you will see and feel when you visit the site. Or, should I say, when you visit close to the site. Litter and erosion by tourist footfall have led to the site being roped off. You cannot walk around the stones themselves, but only view it from around 100 yards away. The only time you can sit amongst the stones themselves is during the solstice.

But, why visit a bunch of old stones gathered in a circle? First, there is the mystery of how the ancient site was established. The stones are huge – and they were erected 5000 years ago – without the help of cranes. So, mystery number one. Second, no one fully knows why it was erected. There are theories about why it was built – mostly related to pagan worship of the sun – but no one really knows. It has even been the topic of a Doctor Who episode and given over to the aliens. The likelihood is that it was some prehistoric monument of some kind – but this only adds to the mystery and the spirituality of the site.

The best way to experience the site is to visit on the eve of the summer solstice and spend the night with the pagan worshippers who fill the site to celebrate the rising of the sun. The sun rises and is sited within one of the major stone arches for a time and many believe that this was done by design. If you don’t believe the religious significance, you can’t help but be moved by the sense of community and spirituality at this moment. It is a crowded site and you need to get there early – but the moment when the sun rises is special – a moment of strange serenity and silence.

The stones themselves are not the only feature of interest in the area. There are also other historic sites and areas of natural significance. There is King Barrow Ridge – which is a Bronze Age burial mound. It is the place of some of the most ancient beech trees in the UK. It is the site of the Green Woodpecker and some rare butterflies.

There is also the beauty of the Durrington Walls. There is a theory that the builders of the stone circle lived in the area within these walls. Then, there is The Avenue – a bank-and-ditch earthwork that is more than 3 miles long. It is thought to have been the route taken during ceremonies at the stone circle – but some believe this avenue predates even Stonehenge itself.

If you want to know more about the area – the history and the nature – there is also a visitors’ centre, which will guide you through all you need to know. This is also a great place to park, if you are looking to go on an extended walk amongst the beautiful environment.

Please use the above extract to answer the questions below.

Set 1: Ten revision questions on select and comprehend nonfiction

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