KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with pe... (Questions)

Show off like a pesky peacock if you get ten out of ten in this KS3 spelling quiz on words beginning at pe.

"People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet." - Sa'di.

The English language developed from the same family of languages as German and was later influenced by Latin, then French (including Latin word first borrowed into French). Over the centuries, the language was enhanced by the many others with which it came into contact, through migration, trade and Empire. This makes for a rich vocabulary! When you develop your ability to spell well, you also become familiar with spelling rules from many different languages. For instance, you might approach a Latin word, such as "variegated" with confidence, and your familiarity with French rules through the many borrowings from the language into English means you automatically have a good idea how to spell a word like "plumage". What a talent to have!

1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Lasting for an indefinitely long time
[ ] permanent
[ ] permenent
[ ] permunent
[ ] permanant
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
At or forming a right angle (to)
[ ] perpandicular
[ ] perpendicular
[ ] purpendicular
[ ] perpendiculer
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things
[ ] personal
[ ] personel
[ ] personnal
[ ] persenal
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The literary technique where an object or animal is described as having human characteristics
[ ] personnification
[ ] personifercation
[ ] personificatiun
[ ] personification
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The appearance of depth in objects
[ ] perrspective
[ ] peurspective
[ ] perspective
[ ] purspective
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
To successfully convince (someone) to agree to, accept, or do something
[ ] pursuade
[ ] peursuade
[ ] persuade
[ ] persuede
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The art of convincing someone to change a conviction, opinion or belief
[ ] persuasion
[ ] pursuasion
[ ] persuesion
[ ] peursuasion
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
To copy documents and other visual images quickly and cheaply
[ ] phottocopy
[ ] photocopy
[ ] photocopie
[ ] photercopy
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
[ ] phisercal
[ ] phsical
[ ] physical
[ ] physercal
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
One who travels, especially on a journey to visit sites of religious significance
[ ] pillgrim
[ ] pilgerim
[ ] pilgrimn
[ ] pilgrim
KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with pe... (Answers)
1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Lasting for an indefinitely long time
[x] permanent
[ ] permenent
[ ] permunent
[ ] permanant
The a of the second syllable and the e of the final syllable are the key letters to remember here
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
At or forming a right angle (to)
[ ] perpandicular
[x] perpendicular
[ ] purpendicular
[ ] perpendiculer
It is useful to be able to spell "perpendicular" in maths classes. The second and final syllables are the trickier ones
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things
[x] personal
[ ] personel
[ ] personnal
[ ] persenal
Be careful not to confuse "personnel" with "personal"!
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The literary technique where an object or animal is described as having human characteristics
[ ] personnification
[ ] personifercation
[ ] personificatiun
[x] personification
Take "person" and add -ification to get "personification"
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The appearance of depth in objects
[ ] perrspective
[ ] peurspective
[x] perspective
[ ] purspective
It helps to break this word down into syllables: per-spec-tive
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
To successfully convince (someone) to agree to, accept, or do something
[ ] pursuade
[ ] peursuade
[x] persuade
[ ] persuede
The e of the unstressed first syllable can be difficult to remember
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The art of convincing someone to change a conviction, opinion or belief
[x] persuasion
[ ] pursuasion
[ ] persuesion
[ ] peursuasion
If you can spell "persuade", you will have an advantage spelling "persuasion"
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
To copy documents and other visual images quickly and cheaply
[ ] phottocopy
[x] photocopy
[ ] photocopie
[ ] photercopy
Add "photo" to "copy" to make "photocopy"
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
[ ] phisercal
[ ] phsical
[x] physical
[ ] physercal
"Physical", like "physics", begins with phy-
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
One who travels, especially on a journey to visit sites of religious significance
[ ] pillgrim
[ ] pilgerim
[ ] pilgrimn
[x] pilgrim
A pilgrim goes on pilgrimage