Simple Past Tense Quiz!

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Are you a pro when it comes to tenses? Let's find out how good you really are. . . Take this simple past tense quiz, and see how many questions you can get right. This simple past tense quiz contains fill-in-the-blanks type questions, where you need to provide the correct form of the verb. Answer the questions correctly and get the perfect score. After the quiz, share your results with friends for some bragging rights! You can also ask them to play along and see who scored more. Good luck!


Simple Past Tense Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    I (go) ................................. to Sophia's school last month.

    Explanation
    The correct form of the verb to fill in the blank is "went." The complete sentence would be: "I went to Sophia's school last month." Explanation: In this sentence, the past tense is appropriate because the action of going to Sophia's home occurred last month. "Went" is the past tense form of the verb "go," and it correctly indicates the completed action in the past.

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  • 2. 

    My father (repair) ..................... my bicycle yesterday.

    Explanation
    The sentence is talking about an action that happened in the past—specifically, yesterday. When expressing actions in the past, we use past tense verbs. In this case, the action is "repairing," and the past tense of "repair" is "repaired." Therefore, the correct form to complete the sentence is "My father repaired my bicycle yesterday." The word "repaired" indicates that the action is completed and happened in the past.

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  • 3. 

    My mother (buy) .......................... these clothes last week.

    Explanation
    In the sentence "My mother bought these clothes last week," the verb "bought" is past tense, indicating the completion of the clothes' purchase in the past. "Last week" provides the timeframe. Using "bought" instead of "buy" is grammatically correct for expressing a past action, making the sentence coherent and temporally accurate.

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  • 4. 

    Jane and Marrie (play) ............................. Snakes and Ladders at Nana's house yesterday.

    Explanation
    The verb "play" needs to be in the past tense to indicate that the action occurred yesterday. In English, the past tense form of "play" is "played." Therefore, the correct sentence is "Jane and Marrie played Snakes and Ladders at Nana's house yesterday." This ensures grammatical accuracy and effectively conveys the timing of the activity in the past.

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  • 5. 

    The boy (give) ......................... me a present two days ago.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "gave" because it is the past tense form of the verb "give" which is used to describe an action that occurred in the past. In this sentence, the boy performed the action of giving a present to the speaker two days ago.

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  • 6. 

    Mr. Smith (explain) ..................... those materials in the previous meeting.

    Explanation
    In this sentence, the action of explaining the materials took place in the past, during the previous meeting. The past tense form of the verb "explain" is "explained," indicating that the action is completed and occurred at a specific time in the past.

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  • 7. 

    Sarah (tell) .......................... me the story about a cruel king of Arabia last week.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "told" because the verb "tell" needs to be in the past tense to match the past time frame indicated by "last week." Therefore, the correct form of the verb is "told".

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  • 8. 

    The students (have) ................. their flag ceremony yesterday.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had" because the sentence is in the past tense and "had" is the past tense form of the verb "have". This indicates that the students performed the flag ceremony in the past.

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  • 9. 

    My father (be) .......................... very busy yesterday.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was" because the verb "be" needs to be in the past tense to match the time frame of "yesterday." Therefore, the correct form of "be" is "was" in this sentence.

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  • 10. 

    My aunt (visit) ................................ my family last month.

    Explanation
    In this sentence, the verb "visited" is the past tense form of the verb "visit." The sentence is in the past tense, indicating that the action of visiting took place in the past. Therefore, "visited" is the correct verb form to use in this context.

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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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