Pronunciation Terms Quiz

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests words listed in our Pronunciation Terms glossary.

1. Which has vocal chords that vibrate to create the voice (also called the "voice box")?

the lungs
the larynx
the vocal tract
a) the lungs b) the larynx c) the vocal tract

2. Sounds made without using the vocal chords, such as the sound /p/, are

a) unvoiced b) unspoken c) unstressed

3. What do we call the joining of words to make a sentence sound like one long sound instead of many short sounds?

a) linking b) connecting c) lengthening

4. The roof of the mouth, or the upper surface inside the mouth, is called

the ridge
the tract
the palate
a) the ridge b) the tract c) the palate

5. The tone of spoken language conveys the speaker's

a) accent b) emotion c) dialect

6. The pitch of a sound or word is a measure of how _______ it sounds.

high or low
loud or soft
rough or smooth
a) high or low b) loud or soft c) rough or smooth

7. The placement of emphasis within a word that has more than one syllable is called

syllable stress
word stress
sentence stress
a) syllable stress b) word stress c) sentence stress

8. A diphthong is a sound made by combining two different _______ sounds.

a) lateral b) consonant c) vowel

9. Two words that differ in one sound only, as in "top and cop" or "make and take", are called

a bilabial coupling
a minor cluster
a minimal pair
a) a bilabial coupling b) a minor cluster c) a minimal pair

10. What do we call an alphabet that represents all the speech sounds in a language?

a phonemic alphabet
a tonal alphabet
a pronunciation alphabet
a) a phonemic alphabet b) a tonal alphabet c) a pronunciation alphabet

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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.