The Noun Family: Demonstrative Pronouns

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A middle school grammar quiz over demonstrative pronouns.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Define a pronoun:

    • A.

      Takes the place of a noun

    • B.

      Agrees with the antecedent in number and case

    • C.

      Is always capitalized

    • D.

      Both A & B

    • E.

      Both B & C

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A & B
    Explanation
    A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. It agrees with the antecedent in number and case. However, it is not always capitalized, so option C is incorrect. Therefore, the correct answer is both A and B, as a pronoun both replaces a noun and agrees with its antecedent in number and case.

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  • 2. 

    Define an antecedent:

    • A.

      The noun that a pronoun replaces

    • B.

      Any word that is NOT a noun

    • C.

      Words that end in "-ly"

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. The noun that a pronoun replaces
    Explanation
    An antecedent is the noun that a pronoun replaces. In a sentence, when a pronoun is used, it refers back to a previously mentioned noun, which is the antecedent. This helps to avoid repetition and make the sentence more concise. For example, in the sentence "John lost his wallet", "John" is the antecedent and "his" is the pronoun that replaces it.

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  • 3. 

    A demonstrative pronoun ...

    • A.

      Is part of a set of directions or a recipe

    • B.

      Is always paired with an adjective

    • C.

      Refers back to a specific noun or pronoun

    • D.

      Only applies to sports sentences

    Correct Answer
    C. Refers back to a specific noun or pronoun
    Explanation
    A demonstrative pronoun refers back to a specific noun or pronoun. This means that it is used to point out or identify a particular person, thing, or idea. It helps to clarify or emphasize the noun or pronoun it is referring to. Demonstrative pronouns include words like "this," "that," "these," and "those." They are used to indicate proximity or distance in relation to the speaker and the listener. For example, in the sentence "This is my car," the word "this" is a demonstrative pronoun that refers back to the noun "car."

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  • 4. 

    What is the best way to remember demonstrative pronouns?

    • A.

      Demonstrative pronouns "demonstrate" or "point out" a specific noun or pronoun

    • B.

      Demonstrative pronouns only apply to "demons" or "evil things"

    • C.

      Demonstrative pronouns are only used in recipes or sports plays

    • D.

      Demonstrative pronouns are only used by the guy in the Sham Wow! commercials.

    Correct Answer
    A. Demonstrative pronouns "demonstrate" or "point out" a specific noun or pronoun
    Explanation
    Demonstrative pronouns "demonstrate" or "point out" a specific noun or pronoun. This means that they are used to indicate or identify a particular person, thing, or idea. They help to clarify and specify which object or objects are being referred to in a sentence. By using demonstrative pronouns, we can avoid repetition and make our writing or speech more concise and clear.

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  • 5. 

    Identify the demonstrative pronoun and it's antecedent:Ricky brought this bowl of chips to the party.

    • A.

      Demonstrative pronoun: this / antecedent: Ricky

    • B.

      Demonstrative pronoun: this / antecedent: bowl

    • C.

      Demonstrative pronoun: this / antecedent: chips

    • D.

      Demonstrative pronoun: this / antecedent: party

    Correct Answer
    B. Demonstrative pronoun: this / antecedent: bowl
    Explanation
    The demonstrative pronoun "this" refers to the noun "bowl" in the sentence. It is used to point out or identify a specific object, in this case, the bowl of chips that Ricky brought to the party.

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  • 6. 

    There are only four words that are demonstrative pronouns.  Identify them:

    • A.

      His, hers, its, theirs

    • B.

      Fat, sat, mat, cat

    • C.

      Red, green, yellow, twelve

    • D.

      This, that, these, those

    Correct Answer
    D. This, that, these, those
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "this, that, these, those". These four words are demonstrative pronouns because they are used to point out specific people, places, or things. They indicate whether something is close or far in distance or time. For example, "this" is used to refer to something close to the speaker, while "that" is used to refer to something farther away. "These" is used for multiple things close to the speaker, and "those" is used for multiple things farther away.

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  • 7. 

    Identify the demonstrative pronoun and it's antecedent:Those girls loved to watch "Cake Boss."

    • A.

      Demonstrative pronoun: those / antecedent: girls

    • B.

      Demonstrative pronoun: those / antecedent: loved

    • C.

      Demonstrative pronoun: those / antecedent: loved

    • D.

      Demonstrative pronoun: those / antecedent: watch

    Correct Answer
    A. Demonstrative pronoun: those / antecedent: girls
    Explanation
    The demonstrative pronoun "those" refers to the noun "girls" in the sentence. It is used to point out a specific group of girls who loved to watch "Cake Boss."

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