11-Plus English Quiz - Fact and Opinion (Questions)

An 'opinion' is the view somebody takes about a certain matter or subject. A 'fact' is something that can be shown to be true. Here are two examples:

One of them is an opinion and one is fact - do you know which is which? The first is a fact and the second is an opinion. Opinions are expressions of our beliefs. Facts, on the other hand, are expressions of what is true: even if we, personally, don't want to believe them.

See if you can get all ten questions correct in this 11-plus English quiz on fact and opinion.

1. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] Manila is the capital of the Philippines
[ ] C. S. Lewis wrote 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
[ ] The French language is harder than the English language
[ ] Columbus discovered America in 1492
2. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] Silver jewellery is more attractive than gold jewellery
[ ] Less should be spent on space exploration, and more should be spent on helping people in need
[ ] New York is the most exciting city in the world
[ ] The battle of Waterloo was fought in 1815
3. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] The Nile is the longest river in Africa
[ ] The largest lake in the world is the Caspian Sea
[ ] The capital of Wales is Cardiff
[ ] Blue is a nicer colour than brown
4. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] McDonald's burgers are tastier than Burger King's
[ ] An acid combined with a base produces a salt and water
[ ] Curly hair is more attractive than straight hair
[ ] Horses are nicer than ponies
5. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] The capital of Poland is Warsaw
[ ] Paris is a more interesting city than Budapest
[ ] The principal language of Brazil is Portuguese
[ ] Coffee and tea contain caffeine
6. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] Holidays in Greece are nicer than holidays in Spain
[ ] She looks nicer in blue than in red
[ ] The Chinese invented silk, tea, printing, porcelain, paper and gunpowder
[ ] Coca-Cola isn't as nice as Pepsi
7. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] The principal language spoken in the Philippines is called Tagalog. (Did you know that?)
[ ] The Titanic sank in April 1912 with the loss of 1,503 lives
[ ] The tallest structure (building) in the world is the 830 m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
[ ] Prisoners should lose the right to vote
8. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] Butterflies are prettier than birds
[ ] Caravaggio was the best sixteenth century artist
[ ] Holland is also known as The Netherlands
[ ] Florence is the most interesting Italian city
9. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] English is a West Germanic language of the Indo-European family of languages
[ ] The death penalty should be brought back for the crime of murder
[ ] 100 degrees centigrade is the same as 212 degrees Fahrenheit
[ ] Diamond, graphite and amorphous carbon are all forms of carbon
10. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] My sister is two years younger than me
[ ] People should adopt stray dogs
[ ] Safe drugs should be legalized
[ ] The 'stop and search' powers of the police should be restricted
11-Plus English Quiz - Fact and Opinion (Answers)
1. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] Manila is the capital of the Philippines
[ ] C. S. Lewis wrote 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
[x] The French language is harder than the English language
[ ] Columbus discovered America in 1492
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
2. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] Silver jewellery is more attractive than gold jewellery
[ ] Less should be spent on space exploration, and more should be spent on helping people in need
[ ] New York is the most exciting city in the world
[x] The battle of Waterloo was fought in 1815
This is a fact which can be proved
3. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] The Nile is the longest river in Africa
[ ] The largest lake in the world is the Caspian Sea
[ ] The capital of Wales is Cardiff
[x] Blue is a nicer colour than brown
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
4. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] McDonald's burgers are tastier than Burger King's
[x] An acid combined with a base produces a salt and water
[ ] Curly hair is more attractive than straight hair
[ ] Horses are nicer than ponies
This is a fact which can be proved
5. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] The capital of Poland is Warsaw
[x] Paris is a more interesting city than Budapest
[ ] The principal language of Brazil is Portuguese
[ ] Coffee and tea contain caffeine
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
6. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] Holidays in Greece are nicer than holidays in Spain
[ ] She looks nicer in blue than in red
[x] The Chinese invented silk, tea, printing, porcelain, paper and gunpowder
[ ] Coca-Cola isn't as nice as Pepsi
This is a fact which can be proved
7. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] The principal language spoken in the Philippines is called Tagalog. (Did you know that?)
[ ] The Titanic sank in April 1912 with the loss of 1,503 lives
[ ] The tallest structure (building) in the world is the 830 m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
[x] Prisoners should lose the right to vote
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
8. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[ ] Butterflies are prettier than birds
[ ] Caravaggio was the best sixteenth century artist
[x] Holland is also known as The Netherlands
[ ] Florence is the most interesting Italian city
This is a fact which can be proved
9. Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
[ ] English is a West Germanic language of the Indo-European family of languages
[x] The death penalty should be brought back for the crime of murder
[ ] 100 degrees centigrade is the same as 212 degrees Fahrenheit
[ ] Diamond, graphite and amorphous carbon are all forms of carbon
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
10. Which one of the following statements is a fact?
[x] My sister is two years younger than me
[ ] People should adopt stray dogs
[ ] Safe drugs should be legalized
[ ] The 'stop and search' powers of the police should be restricted
This is a fact which can be proved