11-Plus Verbal Reasoning Quiz - Making Words from Larger Words 4 (Questions)

So, you have made it to the fourth and final quiz in this section on Making Words from Larger Words. Well done for getting this far! If you’ve been playing all the others then, with luck, you’ve been learning new vocabulary as you went along.

Expanding your vocabulary is one of the best ways you can improve your English. But it’s not just in school that this will help. If you want a career in the media, in politics or in public life, a good command of words is a must. It will also help you in everyday life, as you’ll be able to express yourself more clearly and impress would-be employers.

But that’s all a long way into the future. For now, just try learning as many new words as you can by reading a lot and by looking unfamiliar words up in a dictionary – oh, and by playing these quizzes of course!

Example:
From the word IMPORTANCE, form new words having the following meanings (the number of letters in the words is given by the number of dashes, so you do not have to use all the letters):

Tighten: _ _ _ _ _
Two parts of the eye: _ _ _ _ _ _ AND _ _ _ _ _ _
A form of transport: _ _ _ _ _
Writer of verse: _ _ _ _
Close: _ _ _ _

'Cramp' can be made, and it is a five-letter word meaning ‘tighten’.
Both ‘cornea’ and ‘retina’ are parts of the eye that can be made from the letters.
The form of transport is 'train' (not 'car' as there are five letters in the answer, rather than three).
A writer of verse is a 'poet', and the required letters are all there.
The word meaning ‘close’ (rhymes with ‘dose’, not ‘rose’) is 'near'.
1. Using the letters from the word BINOCULARS, make a 6-letter word meaning ‘work’.
[ ] Brains
[ ] Labour
[ ] Social
[ ] Burial
2. Using the letters from the word DIAPHRAGM, make a 6-letter word which is a common first name.
[ ] Maria
[ ] Ralph
[ ] Griph
[ ] Graham
3. Using the letters from the word FACILITATE, make a 4-letter word which is a type of fabric.
[ ] Face
[ ] Fact
[ ] Felt
[ ] Feat
4. Using the letters from the word HEXAGONAL, make a 4-letter word meaning ‘prison’.
[ ] Gaol
[ ] Long
[ ] Hang
[ ] Axle
5. Using the letters from the word JEOPARDOUS, make a 5-letter word meaning ‘love’.
[ ] Adore
[ ] Dear
[ ] Proud
[ ] Prose
6. Using the letters from the word LACQUER, make a 3-letter word meaning ‘a piece of grassy land’.
[ ] Arc
[ ] Lea
[ ] Era
[ ] Ace
7. Using the letters from the word NOSTALGIC, make a 5-letter type of dance.
[ ] Latino
[ ] Canto
[ ] Tango
[ ] Lingo
8. Using the letters from the word PERAMBULATOR, make a 6-letter word meaning ‘move in a slow and heavy way’.
[ ] Barrel
[ ] Patrol
[ ] Armour
[ ] Lumber
9. Using the letters from the word REFILLABLE, make a 5-letter word meaning ‘a set of instructions for a job’.
[ ] Libra
[ ] Fable
[ ] Brief
[ ] Rifle
10. Using the letters from the word THEOLOGY, make a 4-letter word which is a pronoun.
[ ] Hoot
[ ] Logo
[ ] Ogle
[ ] They
11-Plus Verbal Reasoning Quiz - Making Words from Larger Words 4 (Answers)
1. Using the letters from the word BINOCULARS, make a 6-letter word meaning ‘work’.
[ ] Brains
[x] Labour
[ ] Social
[ ] Burial
All of the options can be made from the letters, but only one of them means ‘work’. The answer is ‘labour’ (the Labour Party got its name because it represents workers)
2. Using the letters from the word DIAPHRAGM, make a 6-letter word which is a common first name.
[ ] Maria
[ ] Ralph
[ ] Griph
[x] Graham
‘Griph’ is not a real first name – though ‘Griff’ is. Ralph is a name, but it contains an ‘L’ and is only 5 letters long. ‘Maria’ can be made, but that is only 5 letters long too. The answer is ‘Graham’
3. Using the letters from the word FACILITATE, make a 4-letter word which is a type of fabric.
[ ] Face
[ ] Fact
[x] Felt
[ ] Feat
All of the options can be formed from the given letters, but only one of them is a fabric. The answer is ‘felt’. Lace is also a fabric but isn't one of the answers
4. Using the letters from the word HEXAGONAL, make a 4-letter word meaning ‘prison’.
[x] Gaol
[ ] Long
[ ] Hang
[ ] Axle
All of the options are genuine 4-letter words which can be made from the given letters, but only one of them means ‘prison’. Prisoners might spend a ‘long’ time locked up, and people were once ‘hanged’ in prisons but neither of these means ‘prison’. The answer is ‘gaol’, although most people today use the American spelling of ‘jail’
5. Using the letters from the word JEOPARDOUS, make a 5-letter word meaning ‘love’.
[x] Adore
[ ] Dear
[ ] Proud
[ ] Prose
Whilst you might be ‘proud’ of someone you love, and call them ‘dear’, neither of these words actually means love (and ‘dear’ is only 4 letters). ‘Prose’ is non-poetic writing. The answer is ‘adore’
6. Using the letters from the word LACQUER, make a 3-letter word meaning ‘a piece of grassy land’.
[ ] Arc
[x] Lea
[ ] Era
[ ] Ace
I hope you knew the meaning of ‘arc’, ‘era’ and ‘ace’ already! A ‘lea’ is a piece of arable land which is currently being used as pasture for animals to graze. ‘Rec’ might also have worked, as it is an abbreviation of ‘recreation ground’ and these are grassy areas. However, it was not amongst the options
7. Using the letters from the word NOSTALGIC, make a 5-letter type of dance.
[ ] Latino
[ ] Canto
[x] Tango
[ ] Lingo
All four options are genuine words that can be made from the given letters. A ‘canto’ is a section in a long poem, and ‘lingo’ is a slang word for words in a foreign language or a particular subject. ‘Latino’ (which describes things from South America) could be a type of dance, but it’s 6-letters long. The answer is ‘tango’
8. Using the letters from the word PERAMBULATOR, make a 6-letter word meaning ‘move in a slow and heavy way’.
[ ] Barrel
[ ] Patrol
[ ] Armour
[x] Lumber
All of the four options are genuine words you can make from the letters in ‘perambulator’. Someone on ‘patrol’ would move slowly, but not necessarily heavily. Someone wearing ‘armour’ would move slowly and heavily, but the word itself does not mean that. To ‘barrel’ is to move fast, so it has the opposite meaning to the word we want. The answer is ‘lumber’
9. Using the letters from the word REFILLABLE, make a 5-letter word meaning ‘a set of instructions for a job’.
[ ] Libra
[ ] Fable
[x] Brief
[ ] Rifle
As well as meaning ‘short’, brief can also mean a description of what is required in a job, or a set of instructions. It can also be used informally to refer to a lawyer
10. Using the letters from the word THEOLOGY, make a 4-letter word which is a pronoun.
[ ] Hoot
[ ] Logo
[ ] Ogle
[x] They
Pronouns are words which refer to unnamed people, but I’m sure you knew that already!