KS2 English Quiz - Alliteration (Questions)

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
2. 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
3. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
____ City ____ to ____ victory.
[ ] Norwich, stalked, total
[ ] Stoke, crept, surprising
[ ] Manchester, swept, astonishing
[ ] Swansea, swept, sweet
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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

 

KS2 English Quiz - Alliteration (Answers)
1. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The ____ last night was ____ and ____.
[ ] weather, cold, dry
[x] 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.
She carefully ironed the ____ ____ of her ____ skirt.
[x] perfect, pleats, purple
[ ] crumpled, pleats, favourite
[ ] crumpled, fabric, old
[ ] wrinkly, fabric, woollen
Perfect, pleats and purple - each repeats the 'p' sound.
3. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
____ City ____ to ____ victory.
[ ] Norwich, stalked, total
[ ] Stoke, crept, surprising
[ ] Manchester, swept, astonishing
[x] Swansea, swept, sweet
Swansea, swept and sweet - each repeats the two sounds found in 'sw'. Sports headlines are often full of alliteration.
4. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The guinea pigs' names were ____, ____ and ____.
[ ] Giggles, Happy, Furry
[x] Furry, Fluffy, Floppy
[ ] Squiggles, Shorty, Fluffy
[ ] Buttons, Mopsy, Toffee
Furry, Fluffy and Floppy - each repeats the 'f' sound.
5. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The old key was ____ with ____ after many years of neglect.
[ ] smooth, wear
[ ] bright, polish
[x] red, rust
[ ] rusty, age
Red and rust - each has an 'r' sound.
6. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The dusty old floorboards ____ and ____ as they ____ across the room.
[x] creaked, complained, crept
[ ] cracked, popped, ran
[ ] creaked, moaned, tiptoed
[ ] splintered, broke, dashed
Creaked, complained and crept - each repeats the 'c' sound.
7. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The traffic moved slowly, the ____ ____ and ____ over the narrow bridge.
[ ] motorbikes, whizzing, shooting
[ ] cars, trundling, driving
[x] lorries, labouring, lumbering
[ ] lorries, moving, driving
Lorries, labouring and lumbering - each contains an 'l' sound.
8. 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
[x] Shockingly, shivering, shut
Shockingly, shivering and shut - these three words share the 'sh' sound.
9. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
They had a wonderful time ____ ____ on the ____.
[ ] riding, bikes, promenade
[x] blowing, bubbles, breeze
[ ] eating, ice-cream, pier
[ ] finding, seashells, shore
Blowing, bubbles and breeze - these words share the 'b' sound.
10. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
The ____ is ____ ____ and tall in my ____.
[ ] flower, standing, proud, vase
[ ] tree, growing, strong, garden
[x] grass, growing, green, garden
[ ] rosebush, becoming, gangly, flowerbed
Grass, growing, green and garden - these words share two sounds: 'g' and 'r'.