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Identifying bias in Media non-fiction texts


A quiz to help learners develop an understanding of how to identify and comment on bias in media non-fiction texts.
Sarah Holmes
Quiz by Sarah Holmes, updated more than 1 year ago
Sarah Holmes
Created by Sarah Holmes over 6 years ago

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Question 1

The term bias means that an argument is presented in a fair an balanced way, giving equal consideration to all points of view concerned.
  • True
  • False

Question 2

In the newspaper article Explorers or boys messing about? Either way taxpayer gets rescue bill there is a very strong bias against the two men. Having examined the way this is created in the first part of the article during the video lesson, see if you can find the right quotes to match each explanation of how bias is developed in the latter part of the article in the table below.
  • It was “nothing short of a miracle”
  • claims to have been flying
  • it is not the first time
  • Ironically, one of the aims . . .
  • The wisdom of the . . . latest adventure
  • “highly unlikely"
  • probably "have their bottoms kicked"

Question 3

Read the short extract below which comes from an article written in 2009 by Aylet Waldman entitled Why it can be good to be a bad mother in a world where modern parenting has become hideously competitive. Drag and drop the annotations to the highlighted parts of the text to show how bias is being created.
  • noun phrase makes us feel bad
  • adverbial phrase makes us feel good
  • phrase emphasises desperation of writer
  • phrase emphasises excitement of writer
  • phrase indicates physical drain
  • phrase indicates physical pain
  • phrase indicates extreme boredom
  • phrase indicates extreme joy
  • verb indicates extent of social faux-pas
  • noun indicates extent of social faux-pas
  • rhetorical question makes us think
  • direct question makes us switch off
  • colloquial phrase reader can relate to
  • colloquial phrase distances reader

Question 4

Choose from the drop-down menu to complete this sentence which comments on the bias shown in the 'Why it can be good to be a bad mother in a world where modern parenting has become hideously competitive' article you have just annotated. By using language in this way Aylet Waldman reinforces her opinion that [blank_start]all mothers feel this way[blank_end] but [blank_start]are afraid to say so.[blank_end]
  • all mothers feel this way
  • she is a bad mother
  • she has a right to her own opinion
  • are afraid to say so.
  • pretend to be great
  • feel ashamed

Question 5

Which of the following language features can be used to create bias? Choose all that apply.
  • Emotive language
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Facts and opinions
  • Hyperbole
  • Anecdotes
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Assonance
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