English Literature Test: Would You Pass?

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English literature is very wide and only a few know how to use all the word correctly but this takes time and a lot of reading. The quiz below is designed to test your literature skills and see where you stand among other English heads. Give it a try and share your results.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What part of speech is "purgatory", meaning "an intermediate state where souls are made fit for paradise or heaven by expiatory suffering"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    B. Noun
    Explanation
    The word "purgatory" is a noun. It refers to a place or state where souls undergo suffering to cleanse themselves before entering heaven. As a noun, it functions as the subject or object of a sentence and can be modified by adjectives. In this context, "purgatory" is used to describe a specific concept or idea rather than an action, quality, or manner, which aligns with its noun classification.

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  • 2. 

    What part of speech is "purveyor", meaning "one who supplies"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Noun

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    C. Noun
    Explanation
    "Purveyor" is a noun that refers to someone who supplies or provides something. It does not function as an adjective, adverb, or verb in this context.

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  • 3. 

    What part of speech is "pusillanimous", meaning "without spirit or bravery"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adverb & Adjective

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    C. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Pusillanimous" is a word that describes someone who lacks spirit or bravery. It is an adjective because it is used to modify or describe a noun, in this case, a person's characteristics or behavior. The word itself does not function as a noun, adverb, or verb, which makes "adjective" the correct answer.

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  • 4. 

    What part of speech is "pyre", meaning "a heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Noun
    Explanation
    "Pyre" is a noun because it refers to a specific thing, namely "a heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body." It is not an adjective, adverb, or verb, as it does not describe or modify anything, indicate manner or time, or express an action or state.

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  • 5. 

    What part of speech is "pyromania", meaning "an insane propensity to set things on fire"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    "Pyromania" is a noun because it refers to a specific thing or concept, namely an insane propensity to set things on fire. It does not describe or modify anything (adjective), express an action (verb), or modify a verb, adjective, or other adverb (adverb).

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  • 6. 

    What part of speech is "pyrotechnic", meaning "pertaining to fireworks or their manufacture"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Pyrotechnic" is an adjective that describes something related to fireworks or their manufacture. It does not function as a noun, adverb, or verb in this context.

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  • 7. 

    What part of speech is "quadrate", meaning "to divide into quarters"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Noun

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    D. Verb
    Explanation
    "Quadrate" is a verb in this context because it describes the action of dividing something into quarters. It is not an adjective because it is not describing a noun, an adverb because it is not describing a verb or an adjective, or a noun because it is not referring to a person, place, thing, or idea. Therefore, the correct answer is verb.

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  • 8. 

    What part of speech is "qualification", meaning "a requisite for an employment, position, right, or privilege"?

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Noun
    Explanation
    "Qualification" is a noun because it refers to a specific thing, namely a requisite or requirement for something, such as an employment, position, right, or privilege. As a noun, it functions as the subject or object of a sentence, and it can be modified by adjectives or determiners.

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  • 9. 

    What part of speech is "qualify", meaning "to endow or furnish with requisite ability, character, knowledge, skill, or possessions"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    C. Verb
    Explanation
    "Qualify" in the given meaning is a verb. It refers to the action of endowing or furnishing someone or something with the necessary abilities, character, knowledge, skill, or possessions. As a verb, "qualify" expresses an action or a state of being, which aligns with the definition provided in the question. Therefore, the correct answer is verb.

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  • 10. 

    What part of speech is "qualm", meaning "a fit of nausea"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    "Qualm" is a noun that refers to a fit of nausea. It is a word used to describe a feeling of uneasiness or discomfort, often associated with a sense of guilt or doubt. As a noun, it functions as the subject or object in a sentence, or as the object of a preposition. It cannot be used as an adjective, adverb, or verb, which makes "noun" the correct answer.

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  • 11. 

    What part of speech is "quandary", meaning "a puzzling predicament"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Noun
    Explanation
    "Quandary" is a noun because it refers to a specific thing, namely "a puzzling predicament." It is not a verb, adverb, or adjective, as those parts of speech serve different grammatical functions and do not accurately describe the meaning of "quandary."

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  • 12. 

    What part of speech is "quarrelsome", meaning "irascible"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    D. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Quarrelsome" is an adjective that describes someone who is prone to quarreling or arguing. It is synonymous with "irascible," which means easily angered or provoked. Adjectives are used to modify or describe nouns, so "quarrelsome" is the correct part of speech to describe the behavior or temperament of a person.

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  • 13. 

    What part of speech is "quarter", meaning "one of four equal parts into which anything is or may be divided"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Noun

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    C. Noun
    Explanation
    "Quarter" in the given context is a noun because it refers to a specific thing, namely "one of four equal parts into which anything is or may be divided." It functions as a subject or object in a sentence and can be modified by adjectives or determiners. In this case, it is used to describe a division or portion of something, making it a noun.

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  • 14. 

    What part of speech is "quartet", meaning "a composition for four voices or four instruments"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    B. Noun
    Explanation
    "Quartet" is a noun because it refers to a composition for four voices or four instruments. In this context, it is used to name a specific type of musical composition, which is a noun.

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  • 15. 

    What part of speech is "quarto", meaning "an eight-page newspaper of any size"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    B. Noun
    Explanation
    "Quarto" is a noun in this context because it refers to a specific type of newspaper, namely an eight-page newspaper of any size. As a noun, it functions as the subject or object of a sentence, or as the object of a preposition. In this case, "quarto" is the name of a particular kind of newspaper, indicating that it is a noun.

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