English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Letter Writing (Basics) (Questions)

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Layout and structure are two of the basics when it comes to letter writing. The English dictionary tells us that the word 'formal' means 'being in accord with established forms, conventions and requirements'! Letters can be written in both a formal and an informal manner.

Test your knowledge of the subject with this quiz.

1. Which of these would require a formal letter?
[ ] A blog
[ ] A job application
[ ] To a friend
[ ] To a relative
2. Which of these would require an informal letter?
[ ] For a job application
[ ] To a company complaining about faulty goods
[ ] To a penfriend
[ ] To your local newspaper
3. A formal letter should begin with .......
[ ] Dear Evie,
[ ] Dear John,
[ ] Dear Mum,
[ ] Dear Sir/Madam,
4. An informal letter could begin with .......
[ ] Dear John,
[ ] Dear Madam,
[ ] Dear Sir,
[ ] Dear Sir/Madam,
5. A letter beginning with 'Dear Sir/Madam,' should end .......
[ ] Best wishes,
[ ] With love,
[ ] Yours faithfully,
[ ] Yours sincerely,
6. A letter beginning with 'Dear John,' could end .......
[ ] Best wishes,
[ ] Yours faithfully,
[ ] Yours fatefully,
[ ] Yours sincerely,
7. The formal term for the beginning of a letter is .......
[ ] The beginning/opening
[ ] The conclusion/ending
[ ] The opening/beginning
[ ] The salutation/greeting
8. A letter opening with 'Dear Mr. Blue' should end with .......
[ ] Best wishes,
[ ] Yours faithfully,
[ ] Yours sincerely,
[ ] Yours sincerly,
9. The formal term for the ending of a letter is what?
[ ] The end
[ ] The ending
[ ] The goodbye
[ ] The valediction
10. The date of writing the letter should be .......
[ ] Not written anywhere
[ ] Written at the top under the address
[ ] Written at the very end
[ ] Written before your signature.
English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Letter Writing (Basics) (Answers)
1. Which of these would require a formal letter?
[ ] A blog
[x] A job application
[ ] To a friend
[ ] To a relative
A blog is informal since it is often a type of online diary
2. Which of these would require an informal letter?
[ ] For a job application
[ ] To a company complaining about faulty goods
[x] To a penfriend
[ ] To your local newspaper
3. A formal letter should begin with .......
[ ] Dear Evie,
[ ] Dear John,
[ ] Dear Mum,
[x] Dear Sir/Madam,
A formal letter could also use names as in 'Dear Mr. Smith'
4. An informal letter could begin with .......
[x] Dear John,
[ ] Dear Madam,
[ ] Dear Sir,
[ ] Dear Sir/Madam,
You'll write informally here as you know John by name
5. A letter beginning with 'Dear Sir/Madam,' should end .......
[ ] Best wishes,
[ ] With love,
[x] Yours faithfully,
[ ] Yours sincerely,
Use a capital for 'Yours' and lower case for 'faithfully'
6. A letter beginning with 'Dear John,' could end .......
[x] Best wishes,
[ ] Yours faithfully,
[ ] Yours fatefully,
[ ] Yours sincerely,
7. The formal term for the beginning of a letter is .......
[ ] The beginning/opening
[ ] The conclusion/ending
[ ] The opening/beginning
[x] The salutation/greeting
Dear John' , 'Dear Sir' etc. are salutations
8. A letter opening with 'Dear Mr. Blue' should end with .......
[ ] Best wishes,
[ ] Yours faithfully,
[x] Yours sincerely,
[ ] Yours sincerly,
Use 'Yours sincerely' when you know the person's surname. Remember to put a second 'e' in 'sincerely'!
9. The formal term for the ending of a letter is what?
[ ] The end
[ ] The ending
[ ] The goodbye
[x] The valediction
'Yours faithfully', 'Yours sincerely' and 'Best wishes' are all valedictions
10. The date of writing the letter should be .......
[ ] Not written anywhere
[x] Written at the top under the address
[ ] Written at the very end
[ ] Written before your signature.
Always include the date as a point of reference