KS1 English Quiz - Antonyms (Questions)

This quiz focusses on antonyms. It is designed to allow KS1 children to spot connections between words and identify the opposite word or antonym. This quiz will help expand their vocabulary, literacy and all-round general English knowledge.

Sometimes we need to disagree and to do so, we need to know the opposite word. An antonym is a word that is opposite to another, like the opposite to up is down.

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1. What is an antonym?
[ ] Two words that mean the same thing.
[ ] Two words that sound the same.
[ ] Two words that mean opposite things.
[ ] A doing word.
2. 'The soup was cold.' Which word is opposite to 'cold'?
[ ] hot
[ ] warm
[ ] mild
[ ] tasty
3. 'A light box.' Which word is opposite to 'light'?
[ ] empty
[ ] brown
[ ] lovely
[ ] heavy
4. 'A long rope.' Which word is opposite to 'long'?
[ ] huge
[ ] short
[ ] massive
[ ] brown
5. 'A loud man.' Which word is opposite to 'loud'?
[ ] young
[ ] nice
[ ] noisy
[ ] quiet
6. 'These children are rich.' Which word is opposite to 'rich'?
[ ] wealthy
[ ] poor
[ ] hungry
[ ] happy
7. 'I would like to buy a jumper.' Which word is opposite to 'buy'?
[ ] give
[ ] get
[ ] offer
[ ] sell
8. 'I love my new house.' Which word is opposite to 'new'?
[ ] old
[ ] refurbished
[ ] large
[ ] modern
9. 'He is a very slow tortoise.' Which word is opposite to 'slow'?
[ ] greedy
[ ] fast
[ ] intelligent
[ ] steady
10. 'He is a good footballer.' Which word is opposite to 'good'?
[ ] average
[ ] ok
[ ] mediocre
[ ] bad
KS1 English Quiz - Antonyms (Answers)
1. What is an antonym?
[ ] Two words that mean the same thing.
[ ] Two words that sound the same.
[x] Two words that mean opposite things.
[ ] A doing word.
An antonym is a word that is the complete opposite to another word. The word 'cat' isn't an exact opposite of 'dog' even though they are completely different animals. An antonym needs to be the exact opposite.
2. 'The soup was cold.' Which word is opposite to 'cold'?
[x] hot
[ ] warm
[ ] mild
[ ] tasty
We need to pick the word that is the furthest away from 'cold'. 'Warm' is only mildly different, whereas 'hot' is the complete opposite.
3. 'A light box.' Which word is opposite to 'light'?
[ ] empty
[ ] brown
[ ] lovely
[x] heavy
Remember - we aren't describing the box, we are finding the opposite word to describe it.
4. 'A long rope.' Which word is opposite to 'long'?
[ ] huge
[x] short
[ ] massive
[ ] brown
If we were looking for words that were similar, we would be asking for synonyms.
5. 'A loud man.' Which word is opposite to 'loud'?
[ ] young
[ ] nice
[ ] noisy
[x] quiet
The letters 'q' and 'u' are friends and are almost always next to each other.
6. 'These children are rich.' Which word is opposite to 'rich'?
[ ] wealthy
[x] poor
[ ] hungry
[ ] happy
Being rich isn't always about money; sometimes you can be rich with love.
7. 'I would like to buy a jumper.' Which word is opposite to 'buy'?
[ ] give
[ ] get
[ ] offer
[x] sell
Buying and selling are opposite but without one, you can't have the other.
8. 'I love my new house.' Which word is opposite to 'new'?
[x] old
[ ] refurbished
[ ] large
[ ] modern
The word 'refurbished' means redecorated or redesigned.
9. 'He is a very slow tortoise.' Which word is opposite to 'slow'?
[ ] greedy
[x] fast
[ ] intelligent
[ ] steady
A group of tortoises is called a creep.
10. 'He is a good footballer.' Which word is opposite to 'good'?
[ ] average
[ ] ok
[ ] mediocre
[x] bad
The other three words all mean similar things - they are all ways of saying average.