Words that Sound or Look Alike Practice Exercises (page 2)

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Practice 2: The Land Down Under

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) Where do baby kangaroos come from? Australia, of course! That's where you'll find animal species not native to any other part of the world, like the koala, platypus, and kangaroo.
(2) Scientists say that about 600 million years ago, what we now know as Antarctica, South America, Africa, India, and Australia formed one huge continent called Gondwanaland. It was populated with dinosaurs and the first mammals—monotremes and marsupials. Monotremes, like the platypus, lay eggs from which their offspring hatch. Marsupials, like the kangaroo, produce offspring that develop in a pouch outside their mothers' bodies.
(3) Kangaroos are the largest marsupials. Males are called boomers, females does, and all babies are called joeys. What does the average kangaroo look like? Most adults are about 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weigh about 100 pounds (45 kg). They have large hind feet, strong hind legs, and a tail measuring 3 feet (.9 m) or longer. A kangaroo uses its heavy tail for balance and to prop itself up when sitting or fighting, when it kicks the enemy with both hind feet! Normally kangaroos are quadrupeds—they use all four feet to walk. Even their short front limbs, like arms, help them move. But the animals stand on two feet when they want to move quickly. They can hop up to 40 miles (64 km) per hour over short distances and leap over 30 feet (9.2 m) in a single bound!
(4) About 130 million years ago, Gondwanaland broke apart and Australia was cut off from the rest of the world. Marsupials and monotremes still flourished there. But elsewhere, newer species of mammals appeared that gave birth to fully developed young. That's why you won't find kangaroos hopping across present day Antarctica!
7. As used in the article, which is the best meaning of the homograph produce?
a. harvest
b. bring into being
c. give off
d. foodstuffs
8. What is the meaning of the homophone but as used in the article?
a. knock against
b. strike
c. end
d. however
9. Which is a homophone for the underlined word in the third sentence?
a. gnat
b. knot
c. graw
d. know
10. Which of these words has a homograph that means"gift"?
a. single
b. balance
c. present
d. bound
11. Which homonym set was used in the article?
a. way and weigh
b. four and for
c. our and hour
d. tail and tale
12. Rewrite this sentence by replacing each underlined word with the correct homophone:
  What wee now no as Antarctica, South America, Africa, India, and Australia awl together formed won huge continent called Gondwanaland.

Practice 3: What Can We Hear Here?

Read this rhyme, and then answer the questions that follow.

    I went down by the sea, to find out what I could see,
    With four fine friends for company,
    We started down a stair, but all stopped to stare
    At a frog and a striped bass that we saw sitting there!
    The frog played a trumpet; the fish strummed a bass,
    And each of them had a big smile on his face!
    They finished their song, took a bow and turned to go,
    As a turtle gave them flowers all tied up with a bow!
    "Now what kind of conduct is this?" asked I,
    "To conduct a concert where people need to pass by?"
    "Oh, we only play here after the tide has come in,"
    Said the horn-playing frog with a large froggy grin.
    "Come up the beach now, over near that beech tree
    And you'll hear some jazz that's as cool as can be!"
    So we listened to their music and joined them in dance,
    You should really go hear them, if you have the chance!
13. The first homophone in line 3 means
a. look at.
b. step.
c. rip apart.
d. beach.
14. Which are NOT homophones?
a. wear, where, ware
b. by, buy, bye
c. tide, tied, teid
d. so, sew, sow
15. The homograph bass that rhymes with face means
a. a kind of fish.
b. a kind of beach.
c. a kind of turtle.
d. a musical instrument.
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