English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Knowledge of Language - Homonyms (Questions)

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Homonyms are words that are spelled the same but in their given context have different meanings. One example of this would be the word “bat”. This could refer to a stick such as in a baseball “bat” or it could refer to a flying mammal as in a fruit “bat”.

1. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

I could hear the dog BARK all night long.
[ ] the outer covering of a tree
[ ] a sharp spoken sound
[ ] a harsh sound
[ ] a cough
2. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

They passed the CAN around for donations.
[ ] a toilet
[ ] a verb
[ ] a noun
[ ] a container
3. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

I could see the BEAM in his eyes as he received his diploma.
[ ] to shine
[ ] a squared piece of lumber
[ ] a streak of light
[ ] the breadth of a ship
4. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

Mrs. Aaronson put a CHECK by each correct answer.
[ ] a piece of paper to contract payment of a bill
[ ] a type of mark
[ ] to look in on
[ ] to stop movement
5. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

The umpire threw the PITCHER out for his behavior.
[ ] a person who throws a ball
[ ] a container of fluids
[ ] an image captured by a camera
[ ] a type of dog
6. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

We were able to get first ROW at the concert.
[ ] a motion used to propel a boat
[ ] a line of items
[ ] a set of oars
[ ] a loud fight
7. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

She could not STALL any longer so she finally stepped forward.
[ ] a small cubicle
[ ] bad food
[ ] to halt a motion
[ ] to run away
8. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

He tried as hard as he could to get the bike into the TRUNK.
[ ] an elephant's nose
[ ] a large, wooden suitcase
[ ] the main branch of a tree
[ ] the back compartment of a car
9. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

Charlie rode the biggest WAVE that I ever saw.
[ ] a way of saying goodbye
[ ] a swell of moving water
[ ] signals that transmit light or sound
[ ] a fleeting emotion
10. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

My parents bought a new swing set for our YARD.
[ ] back lawn area of a house or building
[ ] lines on a football field
[ ] a form of measurement
[ ] equal to three feet
English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Knowledge of Language - Homonyms (Answers)
1. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

I could hear the dog BARK all night long.
[ ] the outer covering of a tree
[ ] a sharp spoken sound
[x] a harsh sound
[ ] a cough
The definition in (a) clearly does not relate to a dog but to a tree. The definition in (b) tells us that it is a spoken sound and dogs don’t speak. This word would be used in the sense of an officer “barking” out orders. The definition to (d) would refer to the sound of a bad cough. That leaves us the definition of (c) meaning the dog’s bark was a harsh sound.
2. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

They passed the CAN around for donations.
[ ] a toilet
[ ] a verb
[ ] a noun
[x] a container
The word “can” at times is used as a slang word for a toilet but it is not what we want here. It is true that the word “can” is both a verb and a noun but they are not the definition we are looking for here. When used as a noun, a “can” refers to a container that may hold things in it. So (d) is the homonym meaning we need.
3. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

I could see the BEAM in his eyes as he received his diploma.
[x] to shine
[ ] a squared piece of lumber
[ ] a streak of light
[ ] the breadth of a ship
The word “beam” can be used as a verb or a noun. In both (b) and (d) the definition is related to an object that would not be found in a person’s eyes. The meaning given in (c) would relate to a ray of light such as a sun beam. For this sentence, we are looking for eyes that are shining brightly so (a) is the homonym we are looking for.
4. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

Mrs. Aaronson put a CHECK by each correct answer.
[ ] a piece of paper to contract payment of a bill
[x] a type of mark
[ ] to look in on
[ ] to stop movement
The meaning of (a) relates to a form of making a monetary payment. The meaning of (b) shows the word as a verb as to 'check in on your little brother'. In (c) the meaning refers to motion as in a chess came - 'he checked his pawn'. That leaves us with (b) in which the meaning refers to a mark made to tick off an item on a list.
5. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

The umpire threw the PITCHER out for his behavior.
[x] a person who throws a ball
[ ] a container of fluids
[ ] an image captured by a camera
[ ] a type of dog
The meaning of (b) refers to a object such as a pitcher of lemonade and would not be the right meaning here. Both (c) and (d) are meanings to different words (picture and pincher). The definition of (a) is the homonym we are looking for here.
6. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

We were able to get first ROW at the concert.
[ ] a motion used to propel a boat
[x] a line of items
[ ] a set of oars
[ ] a loud fight
The meaning of (a) refers to a physical action such as rowing a row boat. The meaning of (c) refers to items used to perform the motion of rowing. In some dialects, the meaning of (d) refers to an argument between two people or groups of people. The meaning we are looking for with the homonym is (b) a line of items such as chairs at a stadium.
7. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

She could not STALL any longer so she finally stepped forward.
[ ] a small cubicle
[ ] bad food
[x] to halt a motion
[ ] to run away
The meaning of (a) refers to a physical location such as where a horse would be kept. The meaning to (b) is a misguided meaning and not a correct answer here. The meaning of (d) is wrongly used here and, again, is not the correct homonym. That leaves us with (c) to halt a motion. To stall is to delay making a move that you feel uncomfortable with.
8. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

He tried as hard as he could to get the bike into the TRUNK.
[ ] an elephant's nose
[ ] a large, wooden suitcase
[ ] the main branch of a tree
[x] the back compartment of a car
The meaning of (a) refers to an appendage of an elephant. Clearly not the homonym we are looking for here. The meaning of (b) and (c) are not places or things in which a bike could be placed. The meaning given in (d), however, is a physical location for storing or carrying items such as a bike. So (d) is the homonym we are looking for.
9. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

Charlie rode the biggest WAVE that I ever saw.
[ ] a way of saying goodbye
[x] a swell of moving water
[ ] signals that transmit light or sound
[ ] a fleeting emotion
The meaning of (a) is a way of saying goodbye and is not something that can be ridden. The meaning used in (c) refers to items such as sound waves, radio waves or light waves. The meaning as given in (d) refers to a quick emotion such as a wave of fear. The homonym meaning we are looking for here is (b) a swell of moving water.
10. For the CAPITALIZED word in the sentence below, find the correct meaning of the homonym used.

My parents bought a new swing set for our YARD.
[x] back lawn area of a house or building
[ ] lines on a football field
[ ] a form of measurement
[ ] equal to three feet
The meanings of (b), (c) and (d) all refer to measurement and are not the homonyms were are looking for in this sentence. Rather, (a) refers to a place where the swing set can be placed.