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Spelling 10 - More Fun with Q
The SEQUOIA is a mammoth redwood tree of California.

Spelling 10 - More Fun with Q

We thought we'd end the spelling section of our Upper Primary English quizzes with a couple of easy ones just for fun! In this quiz, like the last, you have to find the words containing the letter Q.

The letter Q is the 17th letter of the English alphabet and the letter U is the 21st letter. The positions of the two letters in the alphabet have no particular numerical significance but the two letters combine to give some amazing words which enrich the English vocabulary.

Q is among the lesser used letters in English. Interestingly the letter is even more rarely used without an accompanying U. Almost all the words that contain the letter Q in their spelling do so in combination with the letter U, thus - QU. A standalone Q is limited to proper nouns.

Another facet of the QU combination is the fact that the letter that follows QU is always one of the vowels, or (very occasionally) a letter Y. Thus you will find words such as QUADRANT, QUEEN, QUIVER and QUOTIENT, but no words can be found with the QUU combination.

Another facet of the QU combination is the fact that most of the words begin with the combination QU. Very few words are found containing the QU combination in the middle of the word.

The QU combination has given us some extremely interesting words such as MASQUERADE, PICTURESQUE and CONSEQUENT which help to make our written English very colourful. What would the critics do if they did not have the CRITIQUE word? What would medical emergency care givers do without a TOURNIQUET? Take the quiz that follows and learn some new words containing the letter Q in their spelling.
1.
"The minister accused the media of having _________ him in their reports." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
disquoted
enquoted
inquoted
misquoted
If somebody is misquoted it means that their words have been wrongly quoted. 'Quote' is a word that describes somebody's spoken words in exactly the same way that they were spoken
2.
"We all wondered whether this _________ would bring life to the play." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
soliloque
soliloquy
soliloqui
soliloki
A soliloquy is a discourse by a person who is talking to himself. A soliloquy is sometimes used in plays to reveal a character's innermost feelings. 'Soliloquy' is one of the rare words that uses a Y after QU
3.
"The girl wearing the _________ blue earrings is my sister." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
turkhoise
turcoise
turkwaise
turquoise
Turquoise is a mineral often used as a gem for making jewellery
4.
"The _______ furniture was treasured by him because it passed through five generations." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
bygone
antique
new
aging
An antique is a work of art from an earlier period that acquires value for its age along with its workmanship
5.
"In the age of smart phones no one stands in a _____ to buy tickets to the movie." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
cue
que
queue
queu
A queue is a line of persons waiting their turn. The spelling of 'queue' is quite tricky!
6.
"The _______ is a mammoth redwood tree of California." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
sequoia
sekwai
sekoia
secoia
The sequoia is a large American coniferous tree found in California. 'Sequoia' is one of the words that has the QU combination in the middle of the word
7.
"Mustaq is a recent ___________ of mine whom I met through another friend." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
enemy
accident
acquaintance
incident
An acquaintance is a known person but not necessarily a close friend
8.
"_____ is an independent emirate on the Persian Gulf." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
Qatar
Quatar
Katar
Qwatar
Like Iraq, Qatar is also a country in the Middle-East and 'Qatar' is one of the proper nouns that does not use the letter U after the letter Q
9.
"The country of ____ was ruled by Saddam Hussein." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
Irack
Irakh
Iraqu
Iraq
Iraq is a country in the Middle-East, which was ruled by Saddam Hussein. 'Iraq' is one of the proper nouns that does not use the letter U after the letter Q
10.
"The _______ into the air crash will be held next Thursday." - Fill the blank with the appropriate word.
inquiry
funeral
reason
interrogation
An inquiry is an investigation to find out the reasons for the occurrence of an event, incident or accident
Author:  V T Narendra

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