Collective Noun Trivia

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I saw a ..................... of fish near the beach.

Answer: School
The term "school" is a collective noun used specifically to describe a group of fish swimming together. This term is derived from the Dutch word "schole," which means a troop or crowd. Fish often swim in schools for social reasons, protection from predators, and increased foraging efficiency. Using "school" accurately conveys the idea of a coordinated group movement typical of fish. "Colony" refers to groups of animals like ants or penguins living closely together, while "flock" describes groups of birds. Therefore, "school" is the correct term for a group of fish.

The crew of the ........................ decided to have dinner at the little restaurant in the mall.

Answer: Ship
The term "crew" is a collective noun used to refer to a group of people who work together on a ship. The correct phrase is "the crew of the ship." While "crew" can be used for any group of workers on a vessel, it is most commonly associated with ships, especially in maritime contexts. "Boat" is a smaller vessel, but the term "crew of the boat" is less frequently used in comparison to "crew of the ship." "School" refers to a group of fish, not people working together. Hence, the correct answer is "ship."

We can see flocks of .......................... in summer. (select all that apply)

Answer: BirdsSheep
 The term "flock" is a collective noun commonly used to describe groups of birds and sheep. Birds often form flocks for migration, feeding, and protection against predators, especially during summer months. Similarly, sheep are often seen in flocks, herded together for grazing and protection. The word "flock" is not used to describe groups of ants; instead, "colony" or "swarm" is more appropriate for ants. Thus, "birds" and "sheep" are the correct answers for the use of the collective noun "flock."

If you see a swarm of ........................., please take as many photographs as you can!

Answer: Bees
If you see a swarm of bees, it is important to take as many photographs as you can. This could be because bees are important pollinators, and their populations are declining. By capturing photographs, you can contribute to scientific research and help monitor their populations. Additionally, these photographs can also be used for educational purposes to raise awareness about the importance of these insects in our ecosystems.

I think there is a panel of....................... who are going to inform us about the topic.

Answer: ExpertsTeachers
The correct answer is experts and teachers because they are both knowledgeable individuals who can provide information and insights on the topic. Experts have specialized knowledge and experience in a specific field, while teachers have expertise in delivering information and educating others. Having a panel of experts and teachers ensures a comprehensive and well-rounded discussion, with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

...........................always come in bunches.

Answer: GrapesBananas
The term "bunch" is commonly used to describe a group of grapes or bananas. Grapes grow in clusters or bunches on a vine, and bananas grow in a similar fashion on a banana plant. Both of these fruits are typically harvested and sold in bunches. On the other hand, elephants are large animals that do not come in bunches; they are usually referred to as a herd when grouped together. Therefore, the correct answers are "grapes" and "bananas" as they are the items that always come in bunches.

A ................................. of thieves marched into the bank last night and stole $1 million.

Answer: Gang
The term "gang" is a collective noun used to describe a group of people, often involved in criminal activities, who work together for a common illicit goal. In this context, a "gang of thieves" is appropriate because it conveys the idea of a group of individuals collaborating to commit a robbery. "Team" is typically used for sports or cooperative work groups with legitimate purposes, and "cast" refers to a group of actors in a play or movie. Therefore, the correct term for a group of thieves is "gang."

 Cows, elephants, and gazelles are in groups known as ........................

Answer: Herds
 The term "herd" is a collective noun used to describe groups of certain animals, particularly large mammals such as cows, elephants, and gazelles. These animals often gather in herds for reasons such as protection from predators, social interaction, and better access to resources like food and water. "Colonies" are typically used to describe groups of insects or small animals living closely together, like ants or penguins. "Flocks" refer to groups of birds or sometimes sheep. Therefore, the correct term for groups of cows, elephants, and gazelles is "herds."

The ............................. of the play decided to have a party after the first show.

Answer: Cast
 The term "cast" is a collective noun used to refer to the group of actors who perform in a play, movie, or other theatrical production. The cast includes all the performers who bring the characters to life on stage or screen. "Team" is generally used for sports groups or collaborative efforts outside of performing arts, and "staff" refers to employees or workers in an organization, typically not limited to performers. Therefore, the correct term for the group of actors in a play is "cast."

Our football.......................... needs to buy new uniforms.

Answer: Team
 The term "team" is a collective noun used to describe a group of individuals who come together to achieve a common goal, especially in sports contexts such as football. Each member of the team works collaboratively, contributing their skills and efforts towards winning games and competitions. "Pack" is a term more commonly associated with groups of animals like wolves, and "crew" typically refers to a group working on a ship or in other specific contexts, like a film crew. Therefore, the appropriate term for a group of football players is "team."
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