Writing Explanations
She was angry because someone had stolen her purse.

Writing Explanations

An 'explanation' explains something: it tells us the 'how', 'why' and 'what' of something we want to know about, for example:

  • How does a steam engine work?
  • What makes us feel sleepy?

If you are curious about life and/or a budding scientist, you will love explanations! Reading about how something works, what makes the world turn or even why some people have brown eyes and some blue, is so interesting. It's one thing to read an explanation, but this quiz will see how good you are at spotting written explanations.

This 11-plus English quiz will test you to see if you can recognize explanatory statements. This is a really easy test, but you might learn a few interesting things.

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  1. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why do people have red eyes in flash photographs?
    Some cameras adjust for this nuisance
  2. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why do cats eat grass?
    Folic acid is a vitamin that is essential to a cat's well-being
  3. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    How did the mirror get broken?
    Mirror mirror on the wall,
    Who is the fairest of them all?
  4. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why do we have seasons?
    The Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees. The tilt of the Earth means the Earth leans towards the sun in the summer (more heat) and it leans away from the sun in the winter (less heat). In between these seasons, we get spring and autumn
  5. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    How did the Titanic sink?
    The iceberg tore a 90 m gash along her starboard side (right side as you face the front of the ship: the left side is called the port side): 1,503 people perished
  6. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why do leaves change colour in autumn?
    Food producing procedures shut down and the green chlorophyll vanishes from the leaves. This green colour is in turn replaced by the rusty colours that we see in autumn
  7. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why are you late?
    Get up earlier next time
  8. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why do dogs eat grass?
    This disorder is called pica: the desire to eat non-foods things. In this case, grass is a non-food. In general, there is no agreement as to why dogs eat grass
  9. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why was she angry?
    Let's hope she gets her purse back
  10. Which one of the statements is an explanatory statement?
    Why doesn't bronze rust?
    Bronze is an alloy of copper (Cu) and tin (Sn): it doesn't rust, but it may tarnish. An 'alloy' is a mixture of metals

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