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Alliteration

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at alliteration. Most tongue twisters depend on alliteration, which is the repetition of the same sound in words. 'Betty Botter had some butter. "But," she said, "the butter's bitter...."' What makes tongue twisters such as this one so tricky to say? In 'Betty Botter', the repeated sound heard at the beginnings of words is a 'b'. Alliteration is often used in poetry and when writers want to be playful with words.

It’s also often used when children are first learning about the English language as it helps them to remember words. If you compare ‘Edward the tortoise’ with ‘Tommy the tortoise’ you will see that Tommy flows better because the first two letters of Tommy and tortoise are (and sound) the same.

See if you can spot the alliteration in this English quiz.

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  1. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    The guinea pigs' names were ____, ____ and ____.
    Furry, Fluffy and Floppy - each repeats the 'f' sound.
  2. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    The old key was ____ with ____ after many years of neglect.
    Red and rust - each has an 'r' sound.
  3. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    She carefully ironed the ____ ____ of her ____ skirt.
    Perfect, pleats and purple - each repeats the 'p' sound.
  4. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    The ____ is ____ ____ and tall in my ____.
    Grass, growing, green and garden - these words share two sounds: 'g' and 'r'.
  5. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    ____, the ____ dog was left ____ out in the rain.
    Shockingly, shivering and shut - these three words share the 'sh' sound.
  6. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    They had a wonderful time ____ ____ on the ____.
    Blowing, bubbles and breeze - these words share the 'b' sound.
  7. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    ____ City ____ to ____ victory.
    Swansea, swept and sweet - each repeats the two sounds found in 'sw'. Sports headlines are often full of alliteration.
  8. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    The dusty old floorboards ____ and ____ as they ____ across the room.
    Creaked, complained and crept - each repeats the 'c' sound.
  9. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    The traffic moved slowly, the ____ ____ and ____ over the narrow bridge.
    Lorries, labouring and lumbering - each contains an 'l' sound.
  10. Choose the words which are examples of alliteration.
    The ____ last night was ____ and ____.
    Weather, wet and windy - each repeats the 'w' sound.

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