Toughest English Articles Quiz For Experts Only

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Have you been honing your skills with English articles? Put your expertise to the ultimate test with our toughest articles quiz ever! We challenge you to achieve a perfect score – only a select few can do it. Are you up for the challenge?
Articles such as "a," "an," and "the" play a pivotal role in indicating the specificity or generality of nouns. If you're confident in your grasp of these linguistic essentials, then this quiz is tailor-made for you. This quiz is your chance to prove your knowledge. We've compiled sentences that require precise article usage to complete. Read moreBy tackling this quiz, you'll uncover just how well you've mastered the intricacies of articles in English.
Are you ready to embark on this challenging journey? Whether you're a seasoned language enthusiast or someone eager to refine your skills, this quiz offers an insightful and engaging experience. It's time to put your knowledge to the ultimate test!
Your results will reflect your ability to wield articles with precision, enhancing your language proficiency. We're excited to see how well you fare – let's get started on the quiz. Best of luck, and may your linguistic prowess shine brightly!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In the spring and summer, there is often a water shortage in _____ Himalayan mountains.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      An

    • C.

      The

    • D.

      No article

    Correct Answer
    C. The
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "the" because it indicates a specific mountain range and specific water shortage.  The use of "the" suggests that there is a known or previously mentioned water shortage in this particular region.

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  • 2. 

    During the winter, ___ people make ice towers.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      An

    • C.

      No article

    • D.

      The

    Correct Answer
    C. No article
    Explanation
    In this sentence, "people" is a plural countable noun and it is used in a general sense. When we talk about things in a general or indefinite way, we usually don't use an article before the noun. Therefore, "no article" is the correct answer.

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  • 3. 

    They put one end of ____ long pipe into a river high in the mountains, and then they took the other end of _____ pipe down to the village.

    • A.

      An - a

    • B.

      A - the

    • C.

      A - no article

    • D.

      The, no article

    Correct Answer
    B. A - the
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a - the". This is because the sentence is describing a specific long pipe, so "a" is used to indicate that it is one of many possible long pipes. The use of "the" before "pipe" indicates that it is a particular pipe being referred to, the one that is being used to transport water from the river to the village.

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  • 4. 

    The water comes out of the pipe and freezes in a fountain to make ____ ice tower in the village.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      An

    • C.

      The

    • D.

      No article

    Correct Answer
    B. An
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "an" because it is used before words that begin with a vowel sound. In this case, "ice" begins with the vowel sound /aɪ/, so "an" is the appropriate article to use.

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  • 5. 

    Later on, the ice melts in the spring so ____ farmers can use it on their land.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      An

    • C.

      The

    • D.

      No article

    Correct Answer
    D. No article
    Explanation
    The phrase "so farmers can use it on their land" indicates a general statement about farmers in general, rather than specific farmers or a particular group of farmers. Therefore, no article is needed before the noun "farmers" in this context.

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  • 6. 

    ___ Atacama desert in ___ Chile is one of the driest parts of ___ world.

    • A.

      The - no article - the

    • B.

      A - the - a

    • C.

      No article - no article - the

    • D.

      A - the - no article

    Correct Answer
    A. The - no article - the
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The - no article - the". This is because "The" is used before "Atacama desert" because it is a specific desert that is being referred to. "No article" is used before "Chile" because it is a proper noun and does not require an article. "The" is used before "world" because it is referring to the entire world in general.

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  • 7. 

    There is very little rain, but there is fog, and fog contains ___ water.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      An

    • C.

      No article 

    • D.

      The

    Correct Answer
    C. No article 
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "fog" and the word “water” are both  being used in a general sense l, rather than a specific instance of fog or a specific body of water. When we talk about something in a general sense, we typically do not use an article before it. Therefore, the correct answer is "no article".

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  • 8. 

    To get this water, some scientists are trying to collect the water in ___ big net.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      An

    • C.

      The

    • D.

      No article

    Correct Answer
    A. A
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a" because it is used to indicate that the scientists are trying to collect the water in one big net, without specifying a particular net.

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  • 9. 

    _____ net catches drops of water, and it can collect between five and thirty liters of water per day.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      The

    • C.

      No article

    • D.

      An

    Correct Answer
    B. The
    Explanation
    The use of "the" before "net" suggests that there is a specific net being referred to. This net is capable of catching drops of water and collecting a certain amount of water per day. The specific amount of water collected is mentioned as "between five and thirty litres," indicating that there is a specific range of water collection associated with this particular net.

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  • 10. 

    There is ________ river between ________ Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. What is its name?

    • A.

      An - a

    • B.

      No article - the

    • C.

      A - no article

    • D.

      A, the

    Correct Answer
    C. A - no article
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a - no article". This is because the sentence is referring to a river between multiple countries (Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador), but it does not specify a particular river by name. Therefore, the sentence does not require the definite article "the" or the indefinite article "an".

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  • 11. 

    Who lives in ________ White House in  ________ United States of America.

    • A.

      A - no article

    • B.

      The - the

    • C.

      No article - the

    • D.

      A, the

    Correct Answer
    B. The - the
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The - the" because "The" is used to refer to a specific noun, in this case, the White House. "The" is used before proper nouns that are unique or specific, such as the White House. Similarly, "the" is used before "USA" because it is a specific country.

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  • 12. 

    There’s ________ natural satellite which goes around ________ Earth every day. What is it?

    • A.

      A - the

    • B.

      An - no article

    • C.

      A - an

    • D.

      The, a

    Correct Answer
    A. A - the
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a - the". This is because there is only one natural satellite that goes around the Earth every day, which is the Moon.

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  • 13. 

    In 1997, Larry Page and Sergey set up ________ global search engine. What is its name?

    • A.

      An

    • B.

      A

    • C.

      The

    • D.

      No article

    Correct Answer
    B. A
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a". This is because "global search engine" is a singular noun phrase and it is not specific or unique, so the indefinite article "a" is used before it.

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  • 14. 

    ________ Arctic Ocean is ________ smallest ocean in the world. Which is ________ largest?

    • A.

      No article - a - the

    • B.

      An - the - no article

    • C.

      The - the - the

    • D.

      A, an, the

    Correct Answer
    C. The - the - the
    Explanation
    The use of the definite article "the" before each adjective and noun indicates that the speaker is referring to specific oceans. "The Arctic Ocean" is identified as the smallest ocean in the world, and "the largest" refers to another specific ocean that is being compared to the Arctic Ocean. The repetition of "the" emphasizes the specificity of the oceans being discussed.

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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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