Question Words
What? Why? When? Where? Who?

Question Words

This quiz looks at question words and introduces children to who, when, what, where and why. The National Curriculum suggests Year 2 children in KS1 English and Literacy learn how to use question marks and with that, an understanding of question sentence openers will be expected. This task asks them to identify the most appropriate question word.

We know we are reading a question because at the end of the sentence there will be a question mark (?). When you see that sign, it means an answer or reply is needed. Many questions begin with the Five W words (who, where, what, when and why).

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  1. Only one of these questions is correct and used for many jokes; which one is it?
    Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side, of course!
  2. Which of these words is not one of the Five W's?
    The word 'explain' isn't one of the Five W's but it is a question word. When you read that word, it is asking for you to add detail in your answer.
  3. '...can we play outside?' Which word cannot be used at the beginning of this question?
    By changing the first word of a question, you can change the answer. Asking 'What can we play outside?' can tell us what games we are allowed to play; compared to 'Where can we play outside?' which tells us locations.
  4. '...are you going on holiday?' Which word cannot be used at the beginning of this question?
    Two thirds of all British people go on holiday during July and August. Do you go on holiday during those months?
  5. '...colour is her hair?" Which word can be used at the beginning of this question?
    If you have red hair, it is harder and takes more stages to change the colour of your hair.
  6. '...is the rabbit show jumping competition held?' Which word should be used at the beginning of this question?
    There is a rabbit show jumping competition in Sweden.
  7. Only one of these questions is correct; which one is it?
    The answer is a horse! They can run very fast.
  8. '...is hiding behind the sofa?' Which word can be used at the beginning of this question?
    Dalmatians are very active, sometimes hyper, dogs.
  9. '...do sea otters hold hands?' Which word should be used at the beginning of this question?
    They hold hands so that they don't drift out to sea when they fall asleep.
  10. Which of these words is not one of the Five W's?
    Similar to 'explain', the word 'describe' is asking you to give details when answering a question.

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