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Putting Words Into Groups 2

Welcome to the second in this series of Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning quizzes on Putting Words into Groups. If you have played the first, then you’ll know that, to answer these questions, you will be grouping similar or related words together.

If you have not yet played the first quiz, then please go back to it. These kinds of question are ones which many candidates slip up on when they take their exam, so the more practise you get, the better prepared you will be.

As always, take your time and don’t rush through the quizzes. If you can’t work out the relationship between the words in a group, finding what links the words in other groups can lead you to the answer through a process of elimination..

Good luck!

Example:
Below are four groups of words. All of those in the same group are connected in some way. Once you have worked out what the connection is between the words in each group, decide which group the test word goes in to.

Group A: Asthma, Influenza, Tuberculosis
Group B: Spotty, Freckled, Greasy
Group C: Fig, Apple, Grape
Group D: Trio, Quartet, Single

Which group does CLEAR belong in?

The words in Group A are all illnesses. Group B contains words which refer to the state of someone's skin. The words in Group C are all fruits. Group D’s words describe the number of things.
Someone’s skin could be described as ‘clear’ so it belongs in Group B
1.
Group A: Rubbish, Garbage, Trash
Group B: Bleach, Detergent, Soap
Group C: Hip, Thigh, Chest
Group D: Bacteria, Virus, Fungi

Which group does WAIST belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group C is made up of parts of the body. The ‘waist’ is also part of the body, so it belongs in Group C. Rubbish, garbage and trash are all different words for ‘waste’
2.
Group A: Rubbish, Garbage, Trash
Group B: Bacteria, Virus, Fungi
Group C: Hip, Thigh, Chest
Group D: Bleach, Detergent, Soap

Which group does DISINFECTANT belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
You might have been tempted to go for Group B, as ‘disinfectants’ kill pathogens (microorganisms which cause disease). However, we use ‘disinfectant’ to clean our homes, so it belongs in Group D with the other cleaning products
3.
Group A: Govern, Rule, Command
Group B: Sikh, Christian, Muslim
Group C: Sleet, Hail, Snow
Group D: Marten, Shrew, Weasel

Which group does REIGN belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group A are to do with being in charge of a country, and ‘reign’ is a word we use to refer to a monarch being in charge. The words in Group C are all forms of precipitation, so ‘rain’ would go in there
4.
Group A: Bargain, Discount, Trade
Group B: Witch, Wizard, Sorcerer
Group C: Oar, Mast, Anchor
Group D: Giant, Ogre, Troll

Which group does SAIL belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group C is made up of words associated with ships or boats. Some ships and boats have ‘sails’ so it belongs in Group C. The words ‘sale’ would go into Group A
5.
Group A: Bargain, Discount, Trade
Group B: Witch, Wizard, Sorcerer
Group C: Oar, Mast, Anchor
Group D: Giant, Ogre, Troll

Which group does CYCLOPS belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group D are mythical monsters. A ‘cyclops’ is a giant with one eye, so also a mythical monster. It belongs in Group D
6.
Group A: Begone, Scram, Leave
Group B: Europe, Africa, Asia
Group C: Sock, Wellie, Sandal
Group D: Polar, Arctic, Freezing

Which group does SHOO belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All the words in Group A might be said to someone you want to go away. You might also say ‘shoo’ to them, so it belongs in Group A. The words in Group C are things you wear on your feet, so ‘shoe’ would go in that group
7.
Group A: Govern, Rule, Command
Group B: Sikh, Christian, Muslim
Group C: Sleet, Hail, Snow
Group D: Marten, Shrew, Weasel

Which group does MORMON belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
A ‘Mormon’ is someone who follows a religion called ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’. All of the words in Group B describe followers of particular religions, so ‘Mormon’ belongs in there
8.
Group A: Snapper, Gnasher, Cruncher
Group B: Sews, Crochets, Weaves
Group C: Sweet, Salty, Sour
Group D: Lice, Fleas, Worms

Which group does NITS belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
The words in Group D are all parasites which, hopefully, you will never come into contact with. Nits are the eggs of headlice and a colloquial name for lice, so ‘nits’ belongs in Group D. The words in Group B describe arts and crafts related to textiles, so the word ‘knits’ could go in there
9.
Group A: Snapper, Gnasher, Cruncher
Group B: Sews, Crochets, Weaves
Group C: Sweet, Salty, Sour
Group D: Lice, Fleas, Worms

Which group does BITTER belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All the words in Group C are tastes we sense with our tongues, and so is ‘bitter’, so it belongs with them. There is a fifth taste you may not have heard of – ‘umami’, which is a savoury taste
10.
Group A: Begone, Scram, Leave
Group B: Europe, Africa, Asia
Group C: Sock, Wellie, Sandal
Group D: Polar, Arctic, Freezing

Which group does ANTARCTICA belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
You might have been tempted to say Group D, as all these words mean ‘cold’. However, ‘Antarctica’ is a continent, and so are Europe, Asia and Africa, so it belongs in Group B
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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