Discover Noun Variations: Types Of Nouns Quiz

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Check out this exciting quiz on the different types of nouns. This English grammar quiz aims to help you develop an understanding of nouns, specifically deciphering between common and proper nouns. Also, it will give you a greater understanding of concrete, abstract, compound, and collective nouns. With the help of this quiz, you’ll learn how to use nouns to communicate clearly and effectively. So, are you ready to take this test? Good luck!


Types of Nouns Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    What type of noun is George Washington an example of?

    • A.

      Common noun

    • B.

      Proper noun

    • C.

      Concrete noun

    • D.

      Abstract noun

    Correct Answer
    B. Proper noun
    Explanation
    George Washington is an example of a proper noun because it specifically names a unique individual, distinguishing him from others. Proper nouns always start with capital letters and are used to denote specific entities that are one of a kind, such as personal names, cities, and landmarks, providing clear identification in contrast to general common nouns.

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  • 2. 

    What type of noun is Government an example of?

    • A.

      Compound noun

    • B.

      Possessive noun

    • C.

      Concrete noun

    • D.

      Abstract noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Abstract noun
    Explanation
    The word "government" is an abstract noun. It denotes an idea or a concept that doesn't have physical attributes and cannot be perceived by the senses. Abstract nouns represent things that you feel emotionally or intellectually, such as beliefs, states, qualities, or concepts. Here, "government" encapsulates the idea of governance and administrative control, which are intangible.

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  • 3. 

    What type of noun is "Joe's"?

    • A.

      Singular noun

    • B.

      Plural noun

    • C.

      Singular possessive noun

    • D.

      Plural possessive noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Singular possessive noun
    Explanation
    "Joe's" indicates a singular possessive noun, showing that something belongs to Joe. The use of the apostrophe followed by 's' signifies ownership or association with Joe, applying to singular entities.

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  • 4. 

    What type of noun is Florida an example of?

    • A.

      Possessive noun

    • B.

      Proper noun

    • C.

      Collective noun

    • D.

      Compound phrase

    Correct Answer
    B. Proper noun
    Explanation
    "Florida" is a proper noun because it is the specific name of a state within the United States. Proper nouns are always capitalized and denote specific entities, providing exact identification in contrast to the general terms described by common nouns.

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  • 5. 

    What is the appositive or appositive phrase in the sentence below: Emeril, a Southern chef, found the onions for the hush puppies.

    • A.

      Emeril

    • B.

      A Southern chef.

    • C.

      Found the onions.

    • D.

      For the hush puppies.

    Correct Answer
    B. A Southern chef.
    Explanation
    The appositive phrase in this sentence is "a Southern chef." An appositive provides additional information about a noun or pronoun, essentially re-naming or describing it more fully. In this case, "a Southern chef" offers more detail about "Emeril," specifying his regional style and profession, which helps in enriching the sentence by adding descriptive quality and depth.

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  • 6. 

    What type of noun is Cities' an example?

    • A.

      Singular noun

    • B.

      Plural noun

    • C.

      Singular possessive noun

    • D.

      Plural possessive noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Plural possessive noun
    Explanation
    "Cities'" is a plural possessive noun. It represents the possessive form of the plural noun "cities," which means that it indicates ownership or belonging to multiple cities. The possessive form is used to express that something belongs to or is a part of these cities, and it is formed by adding an apostrophe after the plural form.

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  • 7. 

    What type of noun is 'Boys' an example of?

    • A.

      Singular noun

    • B.

      Plural noun

    • C.

      Singular possessive noun

    • D.

      Plural possessive noun

    Correct Answer
    B. Plural noun
    Explanation
    The word "boys" is a plural noun. It refers to more than one boy. In English, plural nouns are used to indicate that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea. It is formed by adding 's' at the end of the singular noun "boy."

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  • 8. 

    What type of noun is School an example of?

    • A.

      Common noun

    • B.

      Proper noun

    • C.

      Appositive phrase

    • D.

      Possessive noun

    Correct Answer
    A. Common noun
    Explanation
    In this question, we are asked to identify the type of noun that "school" represents. A common noun is a general name for a person, place, thing, or idea, whereas a proper noun is the specific name of a person, place, or thing. Since "school" is a general term that refers to any educational institution, it is considered a common noun. An appositive phrase is a group of words that renames or identifies a noun, which is not the case here. Lastly, a possessive noun shows ownership, which is also not applicable in this context. Therefore, the correct answer is common noun.

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  • 9. 

    What type of noun is Aka's an example of: 'Aka's cake is pink and green.'?

    • A.

      Singular Possessive noun

    • B.

      Contraction

    • C.

      Plural Possessive noun

    • D.

      Singular noun

    Correct Answer
    A. Singular Possessive noun
    Explanation
    "Aka's" is a singular possessive noun, indicating that the cake belongs to Aka. The apostrophe and 's' signify ownership, specifically that the cake, described by its colors, is owned by Aka.

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  • 10. 

    What type of noun is Jack's an example of: 'Jack's also going to the party.'?

    • A.

      Singular Possessive noun.

    • B.

      Contraction.

    • C.

      Possessive noun.

    • D.

      Singular noun.

    Correct Answer
    B. Contraction.
    Explanation
    In this sentence, "Jack's" is used as a contraction for "Jack is," indicating a shortened form of saying "Jack is going to the party." This contraction is common in spoken and informal written English, simplifying phrases and indicating possession or present tense descriptions.

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  • 11. 

    Concrete nouns:

    • A.

      Name any person, place, or thing.

    • B.

      Name a specific person, place, or thing.

    • C.

      A name, place, or thing that you can see or touch.

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. A name, place, or thing that you can see or touch.
    Explanation
    Concrete nouns name things that you can physically see or touch. They are tangible and perceptible through the senses. This category includes nouns like "apple," "dog," "book," and even specific people or places that have a physical presence.

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  • 12. 

    Abstract nouns:

    • A.

      Name any person, place, or thing.

    • B.

      Name things you can see or touch.

    • C.

      Name ideas, qualities, or feelings that cannot be seen or touched.

    • D.

      Name a specific person, place, or thing.

    Correct Answer
    C. Name ideas, qualities, or feelings that cannot be seen or touched.
    Explanation
    Abstract nouns are names of ideas, qualities, or feelings that cannot be seen or touched. Unlike concrete nouns, which refer to things that are physical and can be perceived by the senses, abstract nouns represent intangible concepts such as love, happiness, and bravery. These nouns describe emotions, states of being, or characteristics that exist within the mind or the realm of ideas. They cannot be observed with the eyes or felt with the hands, making them distinct from concrete nouns that represent tangible objects or entities.

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  • 13. 

    Choose the option that correctly identifies the type of noun in the sentence: "The team celebrated their victory with joy."

    • A.

      Proper noun

    • B.

      Common noun

    • C.

      Collective noun

    • D.

      Abstract noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Collective noun
    Explanation
    In the sentence, "The team celebrated their victory with joy," the word "team" is a collective noun. Collective nouns refer to a group or collection of people, animals, or things treated as a single entity.

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  • 14. 

    Common noun is best defined by:

    • A.

      A class or group of people, places, or things.

    • B.

      Names a specific person, place or thing.

    • C.

      Names things you can see or touch.

    • D.

      Names ideas, qualities, or feelings that cannot be seen or touched.

    Correct Answer
    A. A class or group of people, places, or things.
    Explanation
    This explanation aligns with the definition of a common noun, which refers to a general category or class of people, places, or things rather than a specific individual or item. Common nouns can include things like "dog," "city," or "book," which encompass a broad range of similar objects or concepts.

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  • 15. 

    Identify the collective noun:

    • A.

      Woman

    • B.

      Duck

    • C.

      Family

    • D.

      Children

    Correct Answer
    C. Family
    Explanation
    A collective noun is a noun that refers to a group of individuals or things. In this case, "Family" is a collective noun as it refers to a group of related individuals living together. "Children" is not a collective noun. It is a plural noun referring to more than one child.

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  • 16. 

    A proper noun:

    • A.

      Names any person, place, or thing.

    • B.

      Names a specific person, place ,or thing.

    • C.

      Names things you can see or touch.

    • D.

      Names ideas, qualities, or feelings that cannot be seen or touched.

    Correct Answer
    B. Names a specific person, place ,or thing.
    Explanation
    A proper noun is a specific name given to a person, place, or thing. It differentiates one particular entity from others of the same kind. Proper nouns are capitalized and are used to refer to unique individuals, specific locations, and distinctive objects. This distinguishes them from common nouns, which refer to general categories or classes of people, places, or things.

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  • 17. 

    The band is an example of a:

    • A.

      Singular Noun

    • B.

      Plural Noun

    • C.

      Possessive Noun

    • D.

      Collective Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Collective Noun
    Explanation
    "Band" is a collective noun because it refers to a group of musicians who perform together as a single entity. Collective nouns represent groups treated as singular units despite consisting of multiple members.

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  • 18. 

    In the sentence below name the noun the appositive or appositive phrase identifies. Emeril, a Southern chef, found the onions for the hush puppies.

    • A.

      Emeril

    • B.

      A Southern chef.

    • C.

      Found the onions.

    • D.

      For the hush puppies.

    • E.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    E. Both A and B
    Explanation
    In the sentence "Emeril, a Southern chef, found the onions for the hush puppies," the appositive phrase is "a Southern chef." This appositive phrase identifies and provides additional information about the noun "Emeril."

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  • 19. 

    Read the following sentence: Alligators are notorious predators. The underlined portion above is the:

    • A.

      Simple Subject

    • B.

      Simple Predicate

    • C.

      Complete Subject

    • D.

      Complete Predicate

    • E.

      Compound Subject

    Correct Answer
    D. Complete Predicate
    Explanation
    The underlined portion "are notorious predators" is the complete predicate because it includes the verb "are" and the predicate adjective phrase "notorious predators," which describes what the subject "alligators" are. The complete predicate provides the complete information about the action or state of the subject. In this case, it tells us that alligators are notorious predators.

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  • 20. 

    Choose the option that correctly identifies the type of noun in the sentence: "Honesty is the best policy."

    • A.

      Proper noun

    • B.

      Common noun

    • C.

      Abstract noun

    • D.

      Collective noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Abstract noun
    Explanation
    In the sentence, "Honesty is the best policy," "Honesty" refers to a quality or concept that cannot be touched or seen, making it an abstract noun.

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Juliette Firla |MA |
K-12 English Expert
Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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