Upper Primary School English Quiz - Vocabulary 15 - Onomatopoeia 1 (Questions)

Haven’t we all heard of the most famous song and nursery rhyme, ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’? In that song we have the following words:

With a cluck cluck here,
And a cluck cluck there,
Here a cluck, there a cluck,
Everywhere a cluck cluck...


The word ‘cluck’ is used in the context of describing the sounds made by chickens. Similarly other words are used to describe the sounds made by more animals in the farm: oink for pigs; baa for sheep; neigh for horse; quack for duck and moo for cow. All these words (cluck, oink, baa, neigh, quack and moo) are onomatopoeic words.

[readmore]The dictionary meaning of ONOMATOPOEIA is 'the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang' and also is 'the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect'.

The meaning of the word OINK is the squealing or grunting sound made by a pig and OINK sounds very much like the noise it describes. It is easy for us to understand the words describing the grunts, growls, barks and roars of animals. As we go about our daily lives we come across situations where we can relate words to sounds heard in other situations too:

The zoom! or vroom! of a fast moving car,
The achoo! of a sneeze,
The whoosh! of the wind or an aeroplane,
The beep! of a car horn.

All of these examples above are onomatopoeic words. Just recall any situation and you will probably find an onomatopoeic word you can relate to. Take the quiz that follows to learn some more onomatopoeic words.
1. "Ayesha --- her mouth with a mouthwash." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Gargled
[ ] Washed
[ ] Cleaned
[ ] Rinsed
2. "After eating a heavy meal it is impossible not to ---." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Relax
[ ] Smile
[ ] Sleep
[ ] Belch
3. "I could hear my sister coming as her heels --- on the wooden floor." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Sounded
[ ] Clacked
[ ] Thumped
[ ] Landed
4. "Anamika cannot stand the --- noise of pots and pans when the maid washes them." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Annoying
[ ] Awful
[ ] Clanging
[ ] Loud
5. "While you can tweet on Twitter, birds can not only tweet but also ---." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Sing
[ ] Grate
[ ] Cry
[ ] Chirp
6. "As Lewis Hamilton's F1 car --- past the chequered flag he became the World Champion." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Zoomed
[ ] Raced
[ ] Went
[ ] Rolled
7. "In the book 'The Day of the Jackal,' the assassin's bullet --- past the presidential nose." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Raced
[ ] Sped
[ ] Whizzed
[ ] Ran
8. "Nicky used a coin to --- the guitar as he had lost the plectrum." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Stroke
[ ] Strum
[ ] Pluck
[ ] Play
9. "Ayesha --- the chicken soup served at the restaurant." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Sipped
[ ] Licked
[ ] Drank
[ ] Slurped
10. "Despite the --- from my horn, the pedestrians did not move away." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Toot
[ ] Sound
[ ] Blast
[ ] Blare
Upper Primary School English Quiz - Vocabulary 15 - Onomatopoeia 1 (Answers)
1. "Ayesha --- her mouth with a mouthwash." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[x] Gargled
[ ] Washed
[ ] Cleaned
[ ] Rinsed
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'gargled' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the act of gargling which it describes
2. "After eating a heavy meal it is impossible not to ---." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Relax
[ ] Smile
[ ] Sleep
[x] Belch
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'belch' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the act of belching which it describes
3. "I could hear my sister coming as her heels --- on the wooden floor." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Sounded
[x] Clacked
[ ] Thumped
[ ] Landed
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'clacked' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the sound of heels hitting a wooden floor
4. "Anamika cannot stand the --- noise of pots and pans when the maid washes them." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Annoying
[ ] Awful
[x] Clanging
[ ] Loud
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'clanging' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the noise made by contact of metal against metal which it describes
5. "While you can tweet on Twitter, birds can not only tweet but also ---." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Sing
[ ] Grate
[ ] Cry
[x] Chirp
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'chirp' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the noise a bird makes
6. "As Lewis Hamilton's F1 car --- past the chequered flag he became the World Champion." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[x] Zoomed
[ ] Raced
[ ] Went
[ ] Rolled
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'zoomed' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the sound of a F1 car travelling at high speed
7. "In the book 'The Day of the Jackal,' the assassin's bullet --- past the presidential nose." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Raced
[ ] Sped
[x] Whizzed
[ ] Ran
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'whizzed' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the sound of a speeding bullet
8. "Nicky used a coin to --- the guitar as he had lost the plectrum." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Stroke
[x] Strum
[ ] Pluck
[ ] Play
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'strum' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the sounds a guitar makes when its strings are struck
9. "Ayesha --- the chicken soup served at the restaurant." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[ ] Sipped
[ ] Licked
[ ] Drank
[x] Slurped
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'slurped' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the noise made while sucking soup from a plate or a bowl
10. "Despite the --- from my horn, the pedestrians did not move away." - Choose the appropriate onomatopoeic word from the four options to fill the blank.
[x] Toot
[ ] Sound
[ ] Blast
[ ] Blare
While all the words in other options can also be used, 'toot' is the appropriate onomatopoeic word. Its sound resembles the noise made by a car horn