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The Darkness Out There
Study Guide

This study guide is meant to support students for GCSE examinations in English and English Literature. It may also be helpful to the general reader who is interested in the stories of Penelope Lively.

The activities in the resource may be done in writing or orally, as students and teachers wish. Some of the activities here can be used also for assessment in speaking and listening, in original writing and in wider reading. The resource also profiles all the main characters in the story, examines Penelope Lively's technique in writing the story and considers the language used in the story.

The resource also helps students in the preparation for a written examination, featuring The Darkness Out There.