Prepositions Quiz: Fill In The Blanks!

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Prepositions Quiz: Fill In The Blanks! - Quiz

How good are you with prepositions? Take this preposition quiz with fill-in-the-blank questions and test your knowledge. In some questions, you must look at the picture and fill in the blanks using prepositions, while in others, you have to pick the correct preposition from the given options. Answer all the questions, and you will receive the result of this test based on the accuracy of your answers. If you like the quiz, don’t forget to share it with friends and compare your scores! Good luck, and happy learning!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The clock is _____ the wall.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on" because when we talk about the position of a clock, we use the preposition "on" to indicate that it is attached or fixed to the wall.

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  • 2. 

    The chair is _______ the table.

    Explanation
    The correct answers are "next to, near, beside" because all three options indicate the same spatial relationship between the chair and the table. They suggest that the chair is positioned in close proximity to the table, either directly adjacent to it or in its immediate vicinity.

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  • 3. 

    The carpet is _____ the floor.

    Explanation
    The word "on" indicates the position of the carpet in relation to the floor. It suggests that the carpet is placed directly on top of the floor surface.

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  • 4. 

    The flowers are ____ the vase.

    Explanation
    The word "in" is the correct answer because it indicates that the flowers are located inside the vase.

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  • 5. 

    The lamp is ________ the book and the vase.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "between" because it indicates that the lamp is positioned in the middle of the book and the vase. The lamp is not "near" because it implies that the lamp is close to either the book or the vase, but not in the middle. Similarly, the lamp is not "beside" because it suggests that the lamp is positioned next to either the book or the vase, but not in the middle.

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  • 6. 

    The ball is ____ the table.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "under, below, beneath" because all three words indicate a position that is lower or less elevated than the table. They all convey the idea that the ball is positioned in a way that it is covered or supported by the table.

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  • 7. 

    The sofa is ______ the table.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "near, beside" because both near and beside indicate proximity or close proximity to something. In this case, the sofa is positioned in close proximity to the table.

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  • 8. 

    The table is ______ the chair and the sofa.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "between" because it indicates that the table is positioned in the middle or in the space separating the chair and the sofa. "Near" and "beside" suggest a closer proximity to either the chair or the sofa, but not necessarily in the middle.

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  • 9. 

    The cat is ______ the sofa.

    Explanation
    The given correct answer options "next to, near, beside" all indicate a close proximity or adjacency between the cat and the sofa. These prepositions suggest that the cat is positioned in close proximity to the sofa, either directly beside it or in its immediate vicinity.

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  • 10. 

    The book is ____ the table.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on" because it indicates the position of the book in relation to the table. If the book is "on" the table, it means it is resting or placed on top of the table surface.

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  • 11. 

    Everybody was talking __________ him after the rumor spread. (from/about/with)

    Explanation
    The word "about" is the correct answer because it indicates that people were discussing or gossiping concerning him after the rumors spread. It suggests that the topic of conversation or discussion was centered on him.

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  • 12. 

    The hills here are covered______________ wildflowers in early spring. (with/of/in)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "with". This is because the sentence is describing the hills being covered by wildflowers in early spring. The preposition "with" is used to indicate the presence or inclusion of something, in this case, the wildflowers.

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  • 13. 

    Sheep sleep _________________ their stables. (in/across/into)

    Explanation
    The preposition "in" is used to indicate location or position inside a place or container. In this sentence, it suggests that the sheep are located within their stables when they sleep. Therefore, the sentence "Sheep sleep in their stables" means that the sheep are inside their stables while they sleep.

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  • 14. 

    The robber made his escape by jumping quickly______________ the car. (upto/into/of)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "into". This is because the sentence is describing how the robber made his escape. By jumping quickly "into" the car implies that the robber entered the car in order to escape. The preposition "into" indicates movement or direction towards the inside of something, which fits the context of the sentence.

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  • 15. 

    You better put a jacket_____________, over your shirt because it is really cold today. (on/to/of)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on". In this sentence, "on" is used to indicate that the jacket should be worn over the shirt. It suggests that the jacket is an additional layer of clothing that should be added on top of the shirt for extra warmth in the cold weather.

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  • 16. 

    The athletes need to swim_____________ the lake during their training. (in/across/to)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "across". The word "across" indicates movement from one side of the lake to the other. In the context of the athletes' training, swimming across the lake suggests that they are required to swim from one shore to the opposite shore.

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  • 17. 

    'They went _________ the zoo last week with their teacher.' (to/with/from)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because it indicates the direction or destination of the action. In this sentence, "They went to the zoo last week with their teacher," the word "to" shows that the group of people went in the direction of the zoo as their destination.

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  • 18. 

    Jacob was feeling lonely _______________ Bella by his side. (without/of/since)

    Explanation
    Jacob was feeling lonely without Bella by his side. This implies that Bella's absence is the reason for Jacob's loneliness. The word "without" indicates the absence or lack of something, in this case, Bella's presence.

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  • 19. 

    He was panicked as he saw a policeman coming_____________ him. (with/towards/across)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "towards." The word "towards" indicates the direction in which the policeman was coming. It suggests that the person who saw the policeman felt panicked because the policeman was approaching or moving closer to them.

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  • 20. 

    Isaac arrived __________work early this morning. (with/in/at)

    Explanation
    Isaac arrived at work early this morning. "At" is the correct preposition to use in this sentence because it indicates a specific location or place, in this case, Isaac's workplace. Using "with" or "in" would not accurately convey the intended meaning of Isaac arriving at his workplace.

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  • 21. 

    A captain in the navy ranks ________________ a captain in the army. (above/near/of)

    Explanation
    In the given question, the correct answer is "above". This is because when comparing the ranks of a captain in the navy and a captain in the army, the term "above" indicates that the navy captain holds a higher rank or position than the army captain. It implies that the navy captain is superior or has a higher level of authority in comparison to the army captain.

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  • 22. 

    Use the ladder that is leaning ________________ the wall. (against/with/beneath)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "against". This is because when a ladder is leaning "against" the wall, it means that the ladder is positioned in a way that it is touching and supported by the wall. Leaning "with" or "beneath" the wall does not accurately describe the position of the ladder in relation to the wall.

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  • 23. 

    The treasure is buried __________________ the two coconut trees. (in/between/of)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "between" because it indicates the position of the treasure in relation to the two coconut trees. "Between" means that the treasure is located in the space or area that separates the two coconut trees.

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  • 24. 

    The secret documents were hidden _________________ a filing cabinet. (inside/of/across)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "inside." This is because the phrase "hidden inside a filing cabinet" implies that the secret documents were concealed within the physical space or interior of the filing cabinet.

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  • 25. 

    She left without paying __________________the meal. (for/of/is)

    Explanation
    The word "for" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate the purpose or reason for an action. In this sentence, "for" is used to show the purpose or reason for leaving without paying for the meal.

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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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