Big Quiz Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

Our third Big Quiz has another 10 questions for you to test your English knowledge. All the questions are connected to lessons that are on our site, so if there are some that you find are difficult, look at the answer explanations for links to the lessons that can help you.

We also have Big Quiz 1 and Big Quiz 2 for you to do if you haven’t already!

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Answer Explanations


a) is the correct answer as the structure fits a ‘while’ contrasting clause. We cannot use ‘but’ to start the sentence and ‘on one hand’ needs a contrasting linking word later.
For more, see our lesson on ‘while’ contrasting clauses. 


b) The book is a passive object, so we need the passive form ‘written’. We don’t use ‘was written’ because ‘written’ is part of the participle clause (in commas) and not part of the main clause (‘still causes…’)  

To learn more, check out our Passive Participle Clauses lesson.


c) ‘Severity’ must be a noun because it has its own definite article ‘the’. We can assume it means something serious because of the word ‘despite’, suggesting that problem is worth talking about in the meeting.  

See our Vocabulary in Context lessons for more practice.


b) ‘A new type of orchid’ is a singular noun (notice ‘a’ at the beginning) so the verb must be ‘has’ or ‘had’. We use the present tense because it is a description of the flower as it currently exists. The orchid was discovered in the past so the next verb is ‘was’. Note that if the plant was recently discovered, we could use ‘has been discovered’ – the present perfect.

To study more on this topic, visit our Singular and Plural Nouns lesson.


c) A collocation (common short phrase) we frequently use is ‘make the case’ which means ‘argue’ or ‘suggest’.

Check out our Collocations lessons for more help.


a) ‘By and large’ is a phrase we use to mean ‘generally speaking’ or ‘in general’ or ‘overall’ etc.

See our Giving Opinions lesson for more.


b) In this context ‘implications’ means ‘consequences’ or ‘results’.

See our lessons on Academic Vocabulary for more. 


a) We often describe very interesting things as ‘fascinating’. We apply ‘stunning’ to very beautiful physical appearances of people and things, but not subjects. ‘Ridiculous’ usually means ‘very crazy’ in a negative sense, which is also not usually an adjective we use for mainstream subjects like History.

We have a lesson here that can teach you more about Interesting Adjectives


c) Students often find questions like this difficult. The answer is ‘not given’ because Andy Worhol reached the peak of HIS popularity, but the text doesn’t say if Andy Worhol was the most popular of ALL artists in that time.

We have a few lessons on True / False / Not Given reading questions to give you more help.


b) There are two contrasting parts to this sentence so we connect them with ‘but’. We can’t use ‘although’ and ‘but’ together because they do the same job, so instead we use ‘actually’. Another word we could start with is ‘honestly’.
Note that here we use ‘I find’ in a similar way to ‘I think’ or ‘I believe’.  

For more, see our lesson on Linking Speaking Ideas.

We hope you did well. If not, check the links in the Answer Explanations to fix your mistakes. Check out our Interactive Exercises page for more great free lessons!

It’s time for Big Quiz 4!