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Quiz about Pen Words
Quiz about Pen Words

Pen Words Trivia Quiz


You write with pens or keep your rabbits; In a pen to curb their habits; Pen's in the word in every question; Of this quiz without exception.

A multiple-choice quiz by Sallyo. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
Sallyo
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
131,471
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
591
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Question 1 of 10
1. I am a graceful, powerful bird;
A cob, my life-long mate;
I live by land and water;
In many a temperate state;
My nest is made from reeds and sticks;
Cygnets are my pretty chicks.

Who am I?

Answer: (One Word.)
Question 2 of 10
2. I am a name appearing;
On a title page;
I screen identity at times;
Or sometimes, sex and age;

Who am I?

Answer: (Two Words.)
Question 3 of 10
3. Pen name in another tongue;
A literal translation;
Easy to pronounce, I'm told;
But not from the British nation.

Who am I?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. I am a flag; in wind I stream;
In calm my point is dipped;
Perhaps I top some battlements;
Send signals ship-to-ship;

Who am I?
Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. I was a Grecian lady;
My husband voyaged far;
Some men (trust them!) decided;
My peace and quiet to mar;
They shot with bows and arrows;
They fought within my hall;
I played a trick with tapestry;
And hey - I fooled them all!

Who am I?

Answer: (One Word.)
Question 6 of 10
6. I am a line of poetry;
On five feet I progress;
As regular as clockwork I'm;
Fond of rhythm and of rhyme;
What name do I possess?

Who am I?
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. I was cheap and cheerful;
My pages you peruse;
You might find shocking goings on;
And plenty to amuse;
I am a book of gleeful mien;
Risque, perhaps, but not obscene;
I was cheap when I was new;
By now, you'll have another view!

Who am I?

Answer: (Two words.)
Question 8 of 10
8. I'm sorry, I apologise;
I didn't mean to hurt;
Offence is not what I'd create;
I wish I'd been alert;
I'm really sad at what I did;
I want to make it better;
My name begins with letter "p";
And "t" the final letter.

Who am I?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. I am not first, I am not last;
All but one by me has passed;
If you'll watch till six arrive;
I will come at number five.

Who am I?

Answer: (One word.)
Question 10 of 10
10. I was used for making pens;
Now quills are barely needed;
In modern times you hardly see;
On writing desks a sign of me;
My role is superseded.


Who am I?

Answer: (Two Words. 1 - 8)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. I am a graceful, powerful bird; A cob, my life-long mate; I live by land and water; In many a temperate state; My nest is made from reeds and sticks; Cygnets are my pretty chicks. Who am I?

Answer: pen

A female swan is a pen. The male is a cob, and the young are cygnets. Most swans are white, but the Australian native variety is black. Swans can be quite dangerous if enraged, but they are much loved for their beauty.
2. I am a name appearing; On a title page; I screen identity at times; Or sometimes, sex and age; Who am I?

Answer: pen name

A pen name is often used by writers who want to screen their identity from the public. Sometimes, authors use one or more pen names to differentiate between different genres of work. Famous pen names include "Currer Bell", whose real name was "Charlotte Bronte", "Boz", whose real name was "Charles Dickins" and, more recently, "Elizabeth Peters" and "Barbara Michaels", whose collective real name is "Barbara Mertz".
3. Pen name in another tongue; A literal translation; Easy to pronounce, I'm told; But not from the British nation. Who am I?

Answer: nom de plume

Nom de plume means, literally "name of the pen" or pen name, in French.
Nom de guerre means, literally "name of war" or war name, in French.
Pseudonym manes "false name" in Latin.
Ekename is an old English term for what we now call a "nickname". It seems to mean "also name".
4. I am a flag; in wind I stream; In calm my point is dipped; Perhaps I top some battlements; Send signals ship-to-ship; Who am I?

Answer: pennant

A pennant is a triangular flag used for long-distance identity (as on a castle or when carried by an army) or for naval signalling. It can also be known as a pennon or pendant.
5. I was a Grecian lady; My husband voyaged far; Some men (trust them!) decided; My peace and quiet to mar; They shot with bows and arrows; They fought within my hall; I played a trick with tapestry; And hey - I fooled them all! Who am I?

Answer: Penelope

Penelope was queen of Ithaca, and wife to Ulysses (aka Odysseus). When her husband was away on a long voyage, many people wanted to have him declared dead and claim his throne by marrying his "widow". Penelope stalled them by creating a tapestry. She said she would give the name of her choice when it was finished, but each night she unpicked what she had done the day before.
6. I am a line of poetry; On five feet I progress; As regular as clockwork I'm; Fond of rhythm and of rhyme; What name do I possess? Who am I?

Answer: pentameter

A pentameter is a line of poetry with five feet, or stresses. The other words all contain "five" as well. A pentacle is a hexagram with five points, a pentad a period of five years, and a pentode is a radio valve with five electrodes.
7. I was cheap and cheerful; My pages you peruse; You might find shocking goings on; And plenty to amuse; I am a book of gleeful mien; Risque, perhaps, but not obscene; I was cheap when I was new; By now, you'll have another view! Who am I?

Answer: penny dreadful

A penny dreadful was a cheap massmarket book filled with what was then called "sensational literature"! Some quite respectable authors (like Louisa Alcott) moonlighted as penny dreadful authors.
8. I'm sorry, I apologise; I didn't mean to hurt; Offence is not what I'd create; I wish I'd been alert; I'm really sad at what I did; I want to make it better; My name begins with letter "p"; And "t" the final letter. Who am I?

Answer: penitent

To be penitent means to repent, to be very sorry for what you have done. It can be used as a noun or an adjective.
9. I am not first, I am not last; All but one by me has passed; If you'll watch till six arrive; I will come at number five. Who am I?

Answer: penultimate

The word "ultimate" means last, or final, and penultimate means second last, or, as some people say it; second to last.
10. I was used for making pens; Now quills are barely needed; In modern times you hardly see; On writing desks a sign of me; My role is superseded. Who am I?

Answer: a penknife

A penknife is the name given to a small pocket knife. It's original purpose was to make or mend quill pens. The name is still used smoetimes, but the purpose has changed.
Source: Author Sallyo

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