Read the extract and answer the following questions.
MY grandmother, like everybody’s grandmother, was an old woman. She had been old and wrinkled for the twenty years that I had known her. People said that she had once been young and pretty and had even had a husband, but that was hard to believe. My grandfather’s portrait hung above the mantelpiece in the drawing room. He wore a big turban and loose-fitting clothes. His long, white beard covered the best part of his chest and he looked at least a hundred years old. He did not look the sort of person who would have a wife or children. He looked as if he could only have lots and lots of grandchildren.
(The Portrait of a Lady)
How does the narrator describe his grandmother’s appearance?
Answer by the student:
The narrator describes his grandmother as an old and wrinkled woman who had been old for the twenty years that he had known her.
To answer this question, we need to identify the words and phrases that the narrator uses to describe his grandmother’s appearance in the extract. We can use bullet points to list them:
- an old woman
- old and wrinkled
- had been old for the twenty years that he had known her
We can then use these points to write a complete sentence that summarizes the narrator’s description of his grandmother’s appearance. We can use simple words and connect them with conjunctions like “and” or “who”. We can also use bold formatting to highlight the key words. For example:
- The narrator describes his grandmother as an old and wrinkled woman who had been old for the twenty years that he had known her.😊
What did people say about the grandmother’s past that was hard to believe for the narrator?
- (a) She had once been young and pretty
- (b) She had once been a famous singer
- (c) She had once been a brave warrior
- (d) She had once been a wealthy merchant