Homophones Quiz

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Homophones Quiz. Commonly confused homophones with quiz and answer key.

What is a Homophone?
A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning and spelling.

Homophones can easily be confused. How well do you know your homophones? Take the quiz below with some commonly confused homophones and see how you do.

An answer key with explanations/definitions is provided below the quiz.

TAKE THE HOMOPHONES QUIZ
Which sentence is correct? (Check your answers with the Answer Key on the next page.)

  1. (A) Mary tried to alter her test score by cheating.
    (B) Mary tried to altar her test score by cheating
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  3. (A) John was discrete when he followed the man out of the building.
    (B) John was discreet when he followed the man out of the building.
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  5. (A) Frank will present his findings before the counsel.
    (B) Frank will present his findings before the council.
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  7. (A) The horde of shoppers in the marketplace almost trampled the vendors.
    (B) The hoard of shoppers in the marketplace almost trampled the vendors.
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  9. (A) The knife-wielding fighter fainted a jab to the left.
    (B) The knife-wielding fighter feinted a jab to the left.
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  11. (A) The sleeping baby was not fazed by the loud crash.
    (B) The sleeping baby was not phased by the loud crash.
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  13. (A) Bobby peeked out from behind the curtain to see who was outside.
    (B) Bobby peaked out from behind the curtain to see who was outside.
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  15. (A) The quiet, brooding man in the corner piqued Emily’s interest.
    (B) The quiet, brooding man in the corner peaked Emily’s interest.
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  17. (A) Martin poured over the documents, looking for a loophole out of the contract.
    (B) Martin pored over the documents, looking for a loophole out of the contract.
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  19. (A) Miranda wandered aimlessly through the aisles of the store.
    (B) Miranda wandered aimlessly through the isles of the store.
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  21. (A) Thunder boomed in the distance, and lightening flashed over the mountains.
    (B) Thunder boomed in the distance, and lightning flashed over the mountains.
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  23. (A) Making a list before packing for a trip will help insure you don’t forget anything.
    (B) Making a list before packing for a trip will help ensure you don’t forget anything.
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  25. (A) Jason could no longer bear the weight of his responsibilities.
    (B) Jason could no longer bare the weight of his responsibilities.
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  27. (A) Cranberry sauce is a perfect compliment to a turkey dinner.
    (B) Cranberry sauce is a perfect complement to a turkey dinner.
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  29. (A) Marcus could always defuse tense situations between his brothers.
    (B) Marcus could always diffuse tense situations between his brothers.
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19 comments

I disagree with your answer to 15. My thought on it is that either word will work depending on the meaning you want to portray. When I read it, I thought about the brothers being separated by Marcus and the situation dissolved; therefore, the second would be correct. In the way you defined it to be used and intended it, the first would be correct.

Great quiz 🙂 I would hate to have to learn English as a second language!
Debbie

Excellent post! I’m an English teacher so this appealed to me very nicely. Thank you

Open Minded Mormon A-Z

I got them all correct. I sometimes make my errors when writing quickly. My most commonly confused homophone when writing is there/their. Judging from what I’ve seen in blog comments, I’m not the only one who makes this error when spewing off my thoughts.

Arlee Bird
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This is fun. Nothing drives me crazier than people who don’t use a word in correct terms! Drives me up the wall.

I’m glad you enjoyed the quiz, JustOneMommysOpinion. 🙂

This was great. Nothing gets to me more than someone who uses a word which is not the word they intended (by meaning). Maybe I should have gone to school to be an English teacher!

Thank you for visiting, Renee. Maybe you should have gone to school to be an English teacher? What did you go to school for?

I’m actually working on my PhD in psychology.

PhD in psychology? That’s awesome. Do you have a specialization? Where I live, it is hard to find child psychologists.

Not yet! It will be instruction and cognition though and I desperately hope to work with children. I should be done in a few months. Working on my dissertation now!

Love this in a geeky grammar sort of way. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Thank you for visiting, Jill. I know exactly what you mean. 🙂

This post is interesting and funny. And I think it could be used in some English classes.

Thank you for visiting, Chi. I’ve heard this post has been used in some homeschool classes.

This is a cool quiz. I made my son take it and he got them all correct.

You made your son take the quiz, Vanessa? LOL That’s great he scored 100% on the quiz. Tell him great job!

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