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Question Marks
When writing a question, don't forget the question mark.

Question Marks

This quiz is all about question marks and is designed for KS1 children studying English. It adheres to the National Curriculum's requirement that Year 1 children should be introduced to question marks and Year 2 should know how to use them. This activity is designed for both year groups and asks them to identify the question and when to use this form of punctuation mark. The quiz will aid their learning of literacy.

We always end a sentence with a full stop but sometimes we can use a question mark instead. A question mark should be used when you are writing a question. It works in the same way as a full stop and should only be written at the end of the sentence that asks something. Once it appears, the next word should be capitalized as it is a new sentence.

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1.
Which of these is not a question?
How big is he
What does he eat
Elephants are mammals
Where do they live
Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.
2.
Which one is a question?
What's your favourite colour
There are many colours in the rainbow
I know a song about a rainbow
My favourite colour is blue
The word 'what' tells a reader immediately that you are being asked a question and you need to reply.
3.
Which of these choices is written perfectly?
Do you walk to school. My mum drives me.
Do you walk to school. My mum drives me?
Do you walk to school? My mum drives me?
Do you walk to school? My mum drives me.
You need to make sure the question mark is given only to the question.
4.
Which of these is a question?
Flowers smell nice
Can you smell the flower
This girl is smelling a flower
Flowers come in different colours
Each short sentence will end with either a full stop, exclamation or question mark. Read each phrase aloud to help you decide which one would need an answer.
5.
Which of these is a question?
I like chocolate cake
This is a picture of chocolate cake
Would you like some chocolate cake
I made that chocolate cake
If a question needs just a 'yes' or 'no' answer it is called a 'closed' question but if you can answer in sentences, then it's an 'open ended' question.
6.
A question must always end with a question mark. Which answer is correctly formatted?
How long are crocodiles?
Do all crocodiles have tails.
How long do crocodiles live for!
Where do crocodiles live,
If we are asking a question then only a question mark (?) will do. Any other form of punctuation is incorrect.
7.
Which question is perfect?
do you sing in the shower?
Do you sing in the shower?
Do you? sing in the shower?
Do you sing in the? shower?
Remember to only have the punctuation at the end of the sentence/question. Then the next sentence will begin with a capital letter.
8.
Which answer is correctly punctuated?
Are all frogs poisonous??
How high can frogs jump!
Do frogs sleep
Are all frogs green?
A frog is an amphibian. They lay their eggs in water, which hatch into tadpoles.
9.
Which of these choices is written perfectly?
Can you play the piano? My best friend loves her piano lessons.
Can you play the piano? my best friend loves her piano lessons.
Can you play the piano? My best friend loves her piano lessons?
Can you play the piano. My best friend loves her piano lessons.
Even though a question and exclamation mark look different to a full stop, they still do the same thing. All three are called 'end stops' because they end a sentence.
10.
Which of these is not a question?
What colour is your car
Can you drive
When did you learn to drive
There is a green car in this picture
There are over one billion cars on earth.
Author:  Finola Waller

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