English Topic 04 - Demonstrate understanding of words and their meanings in context


‘Demonstrate understanding of words and their meanings in context’ is a question type that commonly appears in 11 plus exams.

Example Question 1:

‘Lydia was a stout, well-grown girl of fifteen with a fine complexion and a good-humoured countenance; a favourite with her mother, whose affection had brought her into public at an early age. She had high animal spirits, and …’ (Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen)

Question: What do you understand by the word ‘countenance’?

Answer: Expression on a face

Explanation: The word ‘countenance’ refers to Lydia’s facial expression – which shows that she friendly and cheerful.

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