English Language: Elementary School: 1st and 2nd Grade Quiz - Grade 2 Language - Compound Words (Questions)

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If you put two or more words together to make a new one, it is a compound word. For example: 'lighthouse' (light + house); 'mother-in-law' (mother + in + law) and 'post office' (post + office). The last word is an example of the so-called open form compound word: the two words are written separately to form a new word.

1. Determine which word is NOT an acceptable compound word.
[ ] bathsoap
[ ] bathtub
[ ] bathrobe
[ ] bathmat
2. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(ham pork chicken) (slice chop burger)
[ ] chicken chop
[ ] pork slice
[ ] chicken burger
[ ] ham burger
3. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(box pan bowl) (meat bread cake)
[ ] pan cake
[ ] bowl cake
[ ] pan bread
[ ] box meat
4. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(pony mare foal) (mail tail pail)
[ ] mare pail
[ ] pony tail
[ ] foal tail
[ ] pony mail
5. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(jelly cake bun) (sole bowl fish)
[ ] jelly bowl
[ ] cake sole
[ ] jelly fish
[ ] bun fish
6. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Tea pot
Compound word: Teapot
[ ] A way of drinking tea.
[ ] A pot for serving water.
[ ] A container for serving tea.
[ ] A can for holding spices.
7. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Arm chair
Compound word: Armchair
[ ] A piece of furniture to sit on that has sides for support.
[ ] A piece of furniture to sleep on with arm supports.
[ ] A bench used to hold objects.
[ ] A piece of furniture to sit on that leans back.
8. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Out law
Compound word: Outlaw
[ ] Someone who likes to eat candy.
[ ] Someone who goes outside a lot.
[ ] Someone who breaks a town’s rules.
[ ] Someone who obeys the rules.
9. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Light house
Compound word: Lighthouse
[ ] A car that is bright in colors.
[ ] A tall tower with a bright lantern on top.
[ ] A place to visit for people who vacation.
[ ] A small place to live that is dark.
10. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Fire proof
Compound word: Fireproof
[ ] Red and orange flames.
[ ] A shirt to wear when it is hot outside.
[ ] Easy to be burned.
[ ] Not able to be burned.
English Language: Elementary School: 1st and 2nd Grade Quiz - Grade 2 Language - Compound Words (Answers)
1. Determine which word is NOT an acceptable compound word.
[x] bathsoap
[ ] bathtub
[ ] bathrobe
[ ] bathmat
It looks like the soap has been left out of the bathroom!
2. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(ham pork chicken) (slice chop burger)
[ ] chicken chop
[ ] pork slice
[ ] chicken burger
[x] ham burger
The correct answer is ham burger because ham and burger together make the compound word hamburger. It was tempting to choose chicken burger, but that would not be a compound word. Tasty, but not compound!
3. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(box pan bowl) (meat bread cake)
[x] pan cake
[ ] bowl cake
[ ] pan bread
[ ] box meat
The correct answer is pan cake because pan and cake together make the compound word pancake.
4. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(pony mare foal) (mail tail pail)
[ ] mare pail
[x] pony tail
[ ] foal tail
[ ] pony mail
The correct answer is pony tail because pony and tail together make the compound word ponytail. "Well", said Mrs. Ray, “I see 5 people wore ponytails to school today.” “Don't you mean 4, Mrs. Ray?” asked Hannah. Why does Hannah think there are only 4? She forgot to count herself!
5. Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(jelly cake bun) (sole bowl fish)
[ ] jelly bowl
[ ] cake sole
[x] jelly fish
[ ] bun fish
The correct answer is jelly fish because jelly and fish together make the compound word jellyfish. It is believed that a jellyfish can live virtually forever. It is one of very few animals that can replace every cell in its body if it is damaged or infected or just suffering from old age.
6. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Tea pot
Compound word: Teapot
[ ] A way of drinking tea.
[ ] A pot for serving water.
[x] A container for serving tea.
[ ] A can for holding spices.
It is for tea and a pot is a container.
7. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Arm chair
Compound word: Armchair
[x] A piece of furniture to sit on that has sides for support.
[ ] A piece of furniture to sleep on with arm supports.
[ ] A bench used to hold objects.
[ ] A piece of furniture to sit on that leans back.
The first part of the definition describes the chair and the side for support are for your arms.
8. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Out law
Compound word: Outlaw
[ ] Someone who likes to eat candy.
[ ] Someone who goes outside a lot.
[x] Someone who breaks a town’s rules.
[ ] Someone who obeys the rules.
Out refers to breaking and not obeying. Rules refer to the law.
9. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Light house
Compound word: Lighthouse
[ ] A car that is bright in colors.
[x] A tall tower with a bright lantern on top.
[ ] A place to visit for people who vacation.
[ ] A small place to live that is dark.
The house is a tall tower and the lantern on top is the light.
10. Use both words to figure out what the compound word means.
Fire proof
Compound word: Fireproof
[ ] Red and orange flames.
[ ] A shirt to wear when it is hot outside.
[ ] Easy to be burned.
[x] Not able to be burned.
Proof means withstanding so fireproof would mean that it is not able to be burned.