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Homonyms Practice Paper 2

In this practice exercise, students will identify a word with multiple meanings using clues in brackets, under timed conditions. This will develop students' vocabulary and comprehension skills.

'Homonyms Practice Paper 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The following activity is a practice exercise to help you to measure your success under timed conditions.

If you are unsure of an answer, move on to the next question. You should come back to questions you found difficult at the end if you have time. 

 

Look at the example below.

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Observe, Watch)

(Study, Questionnaire)

 

a) Review

b) Examine

c) Survey

d) Inspect

e) Tally

 

The answer must be 'survey', as this means to watch something and is also a word for a study to find out people's opinions.

 

Now it's time to begin this practice exercise. Good luck!

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Enrage, Anger)

(Spice, Fragrance)

Incense

Perfume

Scent

Infuriate

Inflame

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Task, Work)

(Display, Present)

Design

Present

Exhibit

Project

Show

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Busy, Occupied)

(Intention, To marry)

Planned

Celebrate

Reserved

Unavailable

Engaged

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Bend, Collapse)

(Clasp, Fastener)

Lace

Buckle

Cave

Curve

Mishapen

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Slanted, Propped up)

(Slim, Slender)

Lean

Slant

Slope

Tilt

Thin

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Medic, Surgeon)

(Change, Alter)

Surgery

Nurse

Doctor

Convert

Remodel

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Period, Stage)

(Flavour, Enrich)

Excite

Interest

Taste

Season

Time

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Perhaps, Maybe)

(Strength, Power)

Bravery

Probable

Might

Force

Possibly

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Compete, Challenge)

(Argue, Dispute)

Disagree

Contest

Fight

Question

Debate

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Female, Girl)

(First, Premier)

Debut

Beginning

Woman

Maiden

Princess

  • Question 1

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Enrage, Anger)

(Spice, Fragrance)

CORRECT ANSWER
Incense
EDDIE SAYS
If a person is incensed they are extremely angry, and to incense someone means to make them angry. The other meaning of incense is perhaps best known in the form of incense sticks, which are fragrant sticks used in the home, to give off a nice smell. Incense is also used in churches to radiate a pleasant scent.
  • Question 2

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Task, Work)

(Display, Present)

CORRECT ANSWER
Project
EDDIE SAYS
A project can be something that we work on. It brings together information about a specific topic. To project something also means to display it, for example, a projector is used in the cinema to display images or animations on a screen to a large audience.
  • Question 3

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Busy, Occupied)

(Intention, To marry)

CORRECT ANSWER
Engaged
EDDIE SAYS
To say someone is currently engaged can mean they are currently unavailable as they are busy doing something else. However, it can also mean that two people are planning to get married and refers to the period of time that they are organising their wedding.
  • Question 4

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Bend, Collapse)

(Clasp, Fastener)

CORRECT ANSWER
Buckle
EDDIE SAYS
Something that buckles, for example, a bridge or even your knees, bends out of shape often due to too much weight. We also find a buckle on a belt, it is the mechanism by which we tighten and fasten.
  • Question 5

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Slanted, Propped up)

(Slim, Slender)

CORRECT ANSWER
Lean
EDDIE SAYS
When an object is leaned against something else, it is tilted up against it. Lean can also be used as an adjective to describe someone who is very thin.
  • Question 6

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Medic, Surgeon)

(Change, Alter)

CORRECT ANSWER
Doctor
EDDIE SAYS
A doctor is someone people go to see if they are not feeling very well. We could also call them a medical professional. Doctor can also be a verb, which means to change something, often used when that thing shouldn't really be changed or tampered with.
  • Question 7

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Period, Stage)

(Flavour, Enrich)

CORRECT ANSWER
Season
EDDIE SAYS
We think of our year being split into four seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter. These are different stages of the year or time periods. As a verb, to season something means to add more flavour to something. For example, food is seasoned using salt and pepper.
  • Question 8

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Perhaps, Maybe)

(Strength, Power)

CORRECT ANSWER
Might
EDDIE SAYS
Might is used as a modal verb to show the chances of something happening aren't definite but are at least possible. If you describe a person's might, that refers to their strength. It links to the adjective mighty.
  • Question 9

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Compete, Challenge)

(Argue, Dispute)

CORRECT ANSWER
Contest
EDDIE SAYS
A contest is a competition between two people. It can be thought of as a challenge, which links to the second meaning also, as you can contest an idea which means to disagree and argue with it.
  • Question 10

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Female, Girl)

(First, Premier)

CORRECT ANSWER
Maiden
EDDIE SAYS
A maiden is a word used to describe a young woman. It also refers to the first time something happens. For example, if a new ship has been built, its first journey is called its maiden voyage. Well done, you have developed the skill of completing a practice-style paper. How is you score looking?
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