Parts of speech quiz – nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs

In the AQE test, you will need to be able to identify parts of speech. What does that mean? It means you must decide if a word is a noun, verb, adjective or adverb.

These four parts of speech are usually the only ones you will be required to identify.

The most common question on parts of speech picks out four words from the passage. You need to tick boxes in a table to show whether each word is a noun, verb, adjective or adverb. There is usually one of each type.

If you’re not sure about parts of speech, read our tips on nouns and adjectives, or verbs and adverbs, before you try this quiz.


Firstly, read this passage, then answer the questions that follow –


The sun was shining on the sea,

Shining with all his might;

He did his very best to make

The billows smooth and bright –

And this was odd, because it was

The middle of the night.


The moon was shining sulkily,

Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there

After the day was done –

“It’s very rude of him,” she said,

“To come and spoil the fun!”


The sea was wet as wet could be;

The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

No cloud was in the sky;

No birds were flying overhead –

There were no birds to fly.


Lewis Carroll (from The Walrus and the Carpenter)


The following words are used in the poem. Choose whether each one has been used in the poem as a noun, verb, adjective or adverb.

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