11-Plus English Quiz - Nouns (Questions)

The word 'noun' is the grammatical term used to define a person, place, object, abstract idea or feeling. For example, John (person), China (place), tree (object), democracy (abstract idea) and anger (feeling). Proper nouns are the names of persons and places and are capitalized.

In your English lessons, you will have covered nouns extensively. Practically every sentence in the English language will have at least one noun. Most of the time they are very easy to spot. In this 11-plus quiz, you should have no problems but for an extra challenge, try our Nouns 2 quiz.

Just remember this: a noun names, but it doesn't describe anything. Best of luck!

1. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
dog, cat, blue, mouse
[ ] blue
[ ] dog
[ ] cat
[ ] mouse
2. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
Africa, African, China, India
[ ] African
[ ] Africa
[ ] China
[ ] India
3. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
big, small, tall
[ ] big
[ ] None of them are nouns
[ ] tall
[ ] small
4. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
German, French, English
[ ] German
[ ] French
[ ] English
[ ] They could be nouns or adjectives
5. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
clinical, hospital, nurse, doctor
[ ] doctor
[ ] nurse
[ ] hospital
[ ] clinical
6. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
hungry, hunger, poverty, riches
[ ] hungry
[ ] riches
[ ] hunger
[ ] poverty
7. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
circle, square, circular, rectangle
[ ] square
[ ] circle
[ ] circular
[ ] rectangle
8. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
high, height, length, width
[ ] width
[ ] high
[ ] length
[ ] height
9. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
wooden, door, window, jar
[ ] jar
[ ] window
[ ] wooden
[ ] door
10. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
death, deadly, alive, birth
[ ] deadly
[ ] death
[ ] alive
[ ] birth
11-Plus English Quiz - Nouns (Answers)
1. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
dog, cat, blue, mouse
[x] blue
[ ] dog
[ ] cat
[ ] mouse
Colours are adjectives: describing words
2. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
Africa, African, China, India
[x] African
[ ] Africa
[ ] China
[ ] India
The best answer here is 'African', which is an adjective, for example: an African vase; however, African and similar words (English, Chinese, German, etc.) can also be used as nouns when they have the meaning of the language spoken or nationality, e.g. 'He is studying English'; 'He isn't German; he's English'. By the way, there is NO African language
3. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
big, small, tall
[ ] big
[x] None of them are nouns
[ ] tall
[ ] small
These are descriptive words: all descriptive words are adjectives
4. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
German, French, English
[ ] German
[ ] French
[ ] English
[x] They could be nouns or adjectives
German, French and English can be either nouns or adjectives; it depends on how they are used. For example: 'He speaks German' (noun - language); 'A good German beer' (adjective - describes the beer); He isn't French; he's German' (noun - nationality)
5. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
clinical, hospital, nurse, doctor
[ ] doctor
[ ] nurse
[ ] hospital
[x] clinical
'Clinical' is an adjective: look up its meaning
6. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
hungry, hunger, poverty, riches
[x] hungry
[ ] riches
[ ] hunger
[ ] poverty
'Hungry' is an adjective
7. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
circle, square, circular, rectangle
[ ] square
[ ] circle
[x] circular
[ ] rectangle
'Circular' is an adjective
8. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
high, height, length, width
[ ] width
[x] high
[ ] length
[ ] height
The adjective of 'height' is 'high'
9. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
wooden, door, window, jar
[ ] jar
[ ] window
[x] wooden
[ ] door
'Wooden' is an adjective
10. Decide which word is NOT a noun.
death, deadly, alive, birth
[x] deadly
[ ] death
[ ] alive
[ ] birth
'Deadly' can be used both as an adjective and an adverb: 'A deadly virus' (adjective) and 'I was deadly serious about it' (adverb - absolutely serious)