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Alliteration
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Alliteration

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at alliteration. Most tongue twisters depend on alliteration, which is the repetition of the same sound in words. 'Betty Botter had some butter. "But," she said, "the butter's bitter...."' What makes tongue twisters such as this one so tricky to say? In 'Betty Botter', the repeated sound heard at the beginnings of words is a 'b'. Alliteration is often used in poetry and when writers want to be playful with words.

It’s also often used when children are first learning about the English language as it helps them to remember words. If you compare ‘Edward the tortoise’ with ‘Tommy the tortoise’ you will see that Tommy flows better because the first two letters of Tommy and tortoise are (and sound) the same.

See if you can spot the alliteration in this English quiz.

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1.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The ____ last night was ____ and ____.
weather, cold, dry
weather, wet, windy
moon, full, bright
television, loud, blaring
Weather, wet and windy - each repeats the 'w' sound.
2.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
They had a wonderful time ____ ____ on the ____.
riding, bikes, promenade
blowing, bubbles, breeze
eating, ice-cream, pier
finding, seashells, shore
Blowing, bubbles and breeze - these words share the 'b' sound.
3.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The guinea pigs' names were ____, ____ and ____.
Giggles, Happy, Furry
Furry, Fluffy, Floppy
Squiggles, Shorty, Fluffy
Buttons, Mopsy, Toffee
Furry, Fluffy and Floppy - each repeats the 'f' sound.
4.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
____ City ____ to ____ victory.
Norwich, stalked, total
Stoke, crept, surprising
Manchester, swept, astonishing
Swansea, swept, sweet
Swansea, swept and sweet - each repeats the two sounds found in 'sw'. Sports headlines are often full of alliteration.
5.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The traffic moved slowly, the ____ ____ and ____ over the narrow bridge.
motorbikes, whizzing, shooting
cars, trundling, driving
lorries, labouring, lumbering
lorries, moving, driving
Lorries, labouring and lumbering - each contains an 'l' sound.
6.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The old key was ____ with ____ after many years of neglect.
smooth, wear
bright, polish
red, rust
rusty, age
Red and rust - each has an 'r' sound.
7.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
She carefully ironed the ____ ____ of her ____ skirt.
perfect, pleats, purple
crumpled, pleats, favourite
crumpled, fabric, old
wrinkly, fabric, woollen
Perfect, pleats and purple - each repeats the 'p' sound.
8.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The dusty old floorboards ____ and ____ as they ____ across the room.
creaked, complained, crept
cracked, popped, ran
creaked, moaned, tiptoed
splintered, broke, dashed
Creaked, complained and crept - each repeats the 'c' sound.
9.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The ____ is ____ ____ and tall in my ____.
flower, standing, proud, vase
tree, growing, strong, garden
grass, growing, green, garden
rosebush, becoming, gangly, flowerbed
Grass, growing, green and garden - these words share two sounds: 'g' and 'r'.
10.
Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
____, the ____ dog was left ____ out in the rain.
Unbelievably, loyal, shut
Horrifyingly, freezing, shut
Surprisingly, shivering, locked
Shockingly, shivering, shut
Shockingly, shivering and shut - these three words share the 'sh' sound.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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