Quiz: Only an English Major Can Pass This U.S. Spelling Test!
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Only an English Major Can Pass This U.S. Spelling Test!
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

Each year, young people from around the world take part in the dramatic Scripps National Spelling Bee, near Washington, D.C. There, kids no older than 14 will step into the glare of the spotlight, and under the gaze of thousands people, try to spell words like “gladiolus,” “marocain,” and “kaumographer,” without stammering with anxiety. Do you think you can stand up to the heady challenge of our spelling quiz?

English is a strange language, one that provides more than 1,000 ways to spell only a few dozen distinct sounds. In other words, it’s no wonder that a lot of people struggle with spelling. Sure, there are guidelines like “I before e,” but it’s not a hard and fast rule – words like “seize” and “weird” make a mockery of such oversimplifications. Can you spell “oversimplification” without looking? Probably not, and that’s OK, because no one else can, either.

Did you know that “misspell” is one of most commonly misspelled words? A lot of people can’t remember how many of the letter “s” to include in that one. And don’t even get us started on “receive” or “kaleidoscope,” because those quickly stamp out the hopes and dreams of most average spellers.

Let’s see how your spelling skills match up against our eighth-grade-level quiz. Maybe you’ll know exactly how to knock out “abbreviate” and “antihistamine,” or maybe you’ll become “hysterical” and experience a “catastrophe” at the hands of these oddly difficult words. Take our spelling quiz now!

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Katniss is a wonderful shot with a bow, she has a high degree of _____.
2.0 of 30
Which commander gives orders for the navy to attack?
3.0 of 30
What tool would you use to spy on your attractive neighbor?
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What is another word for your job?
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Nuclear weapons are not considered which kind of weapon?
6.0 of 30
If you see a strange man in a dark alley, you might feel this way.
7.0 of 30
It leaves a sticky residue behind when you remove a piece of tape.
8.0 of 30
Fast-talking lawyers and smooth politicians have which dominant trait?
9.0 of 30
It's a word that describes both terrible New York gridlock and a disgusting head cold.
10.0 of 30
Before police take a criminal in for booking, they will try to figure out exactly who he is.
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When you're sick, your doctor will check your _____ rate.
12.0 of 30
It's what high schoolers become when they're fed up with some parts of their lives.
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It's a sound that's so quiet that you can't really hear it.
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When a dark thunderstorm rolls across the plains, it has a scary look to it. The clouds appear _____.
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The gas station isn't open right now. What an _____!
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It's how you feel about a spouse who just drags you down all the time.
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If that beer makes you fall down on the floor, it's because it contained too much of which substance?
18.0 of 30
When police are keeping a close eye on criminals, they are performing which task?
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It's a label that's appropriate for the local pastor who condemned politicians for accepting bribes...while%0Dembezzling money from his own church.
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It's a word that describes when you know a lot about particular subject.
21.0 of 30
When the toddler's behavior is wild and wacky, it is this.
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It's the big box you use to store your fresh foods.
23.0 of 30
It's a word that describe someone who is equally adept with both hands.
24.0 of 30
If something is this, it must be stored in a refrigerator or freezer.
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North America hasn't been struck by this many tornadoes in 100 years. It's a rare ______.
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It's a fancy style of writing.
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For werewolves, a full moon is an ____ time to go on a murderous rampage.
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It's what you do with Russians to help rig an election.
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At one point, he was so good in a boxing ring that Mike Tyson was the ______ heavyweight champion of the world.
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It's another word for "push."
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