Big Quiz Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

Here is our second Big Quiz that tests a wide range of your English knowledge. Answers can be found at the bottom of the quiz and include explanations and links to lessons that can help you with questions you find difficult. 

Also check out our Big Quiz 1 if you haven’t done so yet.

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Answer Explanations


b) is the correct answer since after ‘agree’ we use the infinitive ‘to help’. Note that after ‘my friend’ we can use ‘help’ or the complete infinitive of purpose ‘to help’.

For more, see our collection of Gerund and Infinitive lessons. 


​These are common collocations used to describe data and time. We typically use ‘at’ to describe a stationary data value ‘the value stands/stood/remains/remained at…’ We use ‘by’ for the end of a time period, where previous to that time there was change ‘The value had changed dramatically by the end of the year. The answer is c).

To learn more, check out our referencing data lesson and our describing line graphs lesson.


​The first gap requires an adjective ‘Some people are + adjective’. ‘doubt’ is a noun and ‘doubtfully’ is an adverb. The adjective form is ‘doubtful’. ‘value’ is a noun, so we want another adjective to modify that noun. ‘nutrition’ is a noun and ‘nutritionally’ is an adverb, so we need ‘nutritional’. The answer is a)

See our suffix lesson for more practice.


‘through’ is a linking word that connects an effect with a cause. effect + through + cause. The answer is b)

To study more on this topic, visit our cause and effect lesson.


Volcanic islands are created by volcanoes, so the volcano is active (in many ways ? ) and the island is passive, so the islands are formed (remember we use ‘be’ before the passive verb) when undersea volcanoes erupt and rise (no ‘be’ needed here because ‘erupt’ and ‘rise’ are active verbs). The answer is c)

Check out our Active and Passive lessons for more help.


The first clause (part) of this sentence describes an action ‘taking the IELTS test’, and the second clause gives the reason for that action ‘to study engineering’. We could connect the two clauses with any reason linker ‘because/as/since’. The answer is a)

See our reason clauses lesson for more.


​We need a linking word that can join two contrasting statements. ‘Polyester clothes are cheap and easy to make’ has positive meaning. ‘They release harmful microplastics’ has negative meaning. The contrasting linking word is b) however.  

We have many linking words lessons if you want more practice.


​The two clauses in this sentence contrast, as the first talks about warming temperatures and the second mentions cooling temperatures. We consequently need a concessive conjunction to link them, which is ‘whereas’. The answer is c)

We have a lesson here that can give you support with Concessive Conjunctions


‘____ to escape the pollution…’ is an example of an active participle clause, so we need to use the verb + ing form ‘Wanting’. The answer is a)

We have a lesson on active participle clauses to give you more help.


A noun phrase is a phrase that can be grammatically treated a one large noun. ‘books’ is a noun. ‘the history of science’ is a noun phrase. The largest noun phrase is a combination of these two ‘books concerning the history of science’. We know this is a noun phrase because we can replace the whole phrase with a pronoun ‘I love reading them’. The answer is c)

For more, see our set of lessons on noun phrases.

Did you do well? Check out the links in the answer explanations for further help.