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

It's not urgent that you play this KS3 spelling quiz on words beginning at ur - but if you get the urge, give it a whirl!

"I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going." - Jim Valvano.

One excellent way to work on spelling skills and increasing vocabulary at the same time is to collect words which are closely related. For instance, how many words can you list which are related to "emotion"? There are the obvious words, such as "emotional", "emotionally", "emotive", "emotionless", "emote" and "emoting", among many others. Then there are also newer words, such as "emo" and "emoticon". Enjoy the creativity of language as you collect such groups of words, and make sure you notice how and why spellings change as the word changes its purpose.

Test your spelling skills with this quiz.

1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Characteristic of city life
[ ] uarban
[ ] urrban
[ ] uerban
[ ] urban
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
An animal having a backbone
[ ] verterbrate
[ ] vertibrate
[ ] vertabrate
[ ] vertebrate
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Along the direction of a plumbline or along a straight line that includes the centre of the Earth
[ ] vertical
[ ] vertecal
[ ] vurtical
[ ] virtical
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A general term for all kinds of craft designed for transportation on water
[ ] vesel
[ ] vessell
[ ] vessle
[ ] vessel
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A submicroscopic infectious organism
[ ] viarus
[ ] vierus
[ ] virous
[ ] virus
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Any of a specific group of organic compounds essential in small quantities for healthy human growth
[ ] vitamin
[ ] vitarmin
[ ] vitemin
[ ] vitamen
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The collection of words a person knows and uses
[ ] vocabulery
[ ] voccabulary
[ ] vocabelary
[ ] vocabulary
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Of or pertaining to the voice or speech
[ ] voacel
[ ] vocall
[ ] vocal
[ ] vocul
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The measure of three dimensional space
[ ] volumne
[ ] volumn
[ ] vollume
[ ] volume
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
In English they are the letters a, e, i, o and u
[ ] vowels
[ ] vauels
[ ] vowells
[ ] vaeiouls
KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with ur... (Answers)
1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Characteristic of city life
[ ] uarban
[ ] urrban
[ ] uerban
[x] urban
Remember that the final unstressed syllable has an a
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
An animal having a backbone
[ ] verterbrate
[ ] vertibrate
[ ] vertabrate
[x] vertebrate
The vowels in the unstressed syllables are a bit tricky here: the second syllable has a single e, but the final syllable has an a-e digraph with a t in the middle of it (this type of spelling used to be known as the "silent e")
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Along the direction of a plumbline or along a straight line that includes the centre of the Earth
[x] vertical
[ ] vertecal
[ ] vurtical
[ ] virtical
Both "vertical" and "horizontal" end in an -al
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A general term for all kinds of craft designed for transportation on water
[ ] vesel
[ ] vessell
[ ] vessle
[x] vessel
"Vessel" ends in -el, not -le
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A submicroscopic infectious organism
[ ] viarus
[ ] vierus
[ ] virous
[x] virus
The words "viral", "virus" and "virulent" are related
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Any of a specific group of organic compounds essential in small quantities for healthy human growth
[x] vitamin
[ ] vitarmin
[ ] vitemin
[ ] vitamen
The i of the unstressed final syllable might catch you out!
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The collection of words a person knows and uses
[ ] vocabulery
[ ] voccabulary
[ ] vocabelary
[x] vocabulary
It might be helpful to split the word into syllables: vo-ca-bu-la-ry
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Of or pertaining to the voice or speech
[ ] voacel
[ ] vocall
[x] vocal
[ ] vocul
Can you think of any other words beginning with voca-?
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The measure of three dimensional space
[ ] volumne
[ ] volumn
[ ] vollume
[x] volume
So you can spell "volume", but can you spell "voluminous"?
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
In English they are the letters a, e, i, o and u
[x] vowels
[ ] vauels
[ ] vowells
[ ] vaeiouls
"Vowels" and "owls" rhyme but are not spelled the same