Pandemic Spelling Quiz

level: upper-intermediate

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests spelling of vocabulary found in this passage on the topic of pandemics.

A passage from Wikipedia's page on pandemics:

A pandemic (from Greek pan meaning "all" and demos meaning "local people" or "crowd") is an epidemic of an 1. a) infectuous b) infectious c) infecteous disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a 2. a) substantial b) substantual c) substantule number of people. A widespread endemic disease with a stable number of infected people is not a pandemic. Widespread endemic diseases with a stable number of infected people such as 3. a) recurrances b) recurrenses c) recurrences of seasonal influenza are generally excluded as they occur 4. a) simultaneuosly b) simultaniously c) simultaneously in large regions of the globe rather than being spread worldwide.

Throughout human history, there have been a number of pandemics of diseases such as smallpox. The most fatal pandemic in recorded history was the Black Death (also known as 5. a) The Plaigue b) The Plague c) The Plaguae), which killed an estimated 75–200 million people in the 14th century. The term was not used back then but was used during later pandemics including the 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish flu). Current pandemics include 6. a) tuberculosis b) tubercurelosis c) tubercullosis, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and HIV/AIDS.

A pandemic is an epidemic 7. a) occurring b) occuring c) ocurring on a scale that crosses international 8. a) bounderies b) boundaries c) boundries, usually affecting people on a worldwide scale. A disease or condition is not a pandemic merely because it is widespread or kills many people; it must also be infectious. For instance, cancer is responsible for many deaths but is not considered a pandemic because the disease is not 9. a) contageious b) contageous c) contagious (i.e. easily 10. a) transmittible b) transmittable c) transmitable) and not even simply infectious.

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Full text: Wikipedia's page on pandemics (June 2021)

Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers.