Passive Voice Quiz

Passive voice quiz questions that can be used with the first time students are learning the passive voice grammar.

These are some questions I made that can be used for the first time the students learn the passive voice grammar. Changing the verbs to their passive (is it called past participle in English?) form is difficult, so I usually start with these questions as the first lesson. The questions only use nouns as the answers, and the students are only speaking because I wanted to make the activity easier.

How I Play

  1. First, do some kind of introduction to the grammar. It doesn't need to be in depth.
  2. Split the class into groups and have them decide their order for answering questions.
  3. One student from each group stands up and they raise their hand to answer the question. They have to fill in the blank and read the full sentence. If it's correct, give their team 5 points and press forward to have the blank get filled in.
  4. Part two of the question is to have them now translate the sentence into Japanese. The group that can translate the sentence into Japanese first gets another 5 points. Obviously, have the JTE help with this part.
  5. Continue for as long as you want and the team with the most points wins.

Other Notes

  • You'll have to fill in the answer for the music teacher question and your name as the ALT. The ALT question can be changed to be about the JTE instead.
  • The ALT question doesn't have a textbox with an answer that appears because I assume the students know enough about you that they could potentially come up with many different answers. This is the same reason for the BTS question not having an answer.
  • For the wedding ring question, I know it's more natural to write "worn" instead of "put," but the students don't learn "wear" until they're 3rd year students (at least, in the New Horizon textbooks), so I have to use "put" instead of "worn."
  • Feel free to change the questions. I'd recommend putting in questions about pop culture, although I admit that I'm not the best with that kind of stuff myself.
  • Since some of the questions are about anime and Ghibli movies, I'm going to check the "Japanese Background" tag just in case.
  • Last, my predecessor originally made the powerpoint, and their formatting between slides and use (or lack of using) textboxes within the slides was not consistent. I apologize for the inconsistencies.
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  • Passive Voice Quiz Questions.pptx (2.79 MB)
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    Submitted by ThatOneALT March 3, 2021 Estimated time: 30 minutes
    1. mikanmudcake April 14, 2021

      Thanks for the activity! I'm going to use it this Friday and perhaps add a yoko/tate game element to it.

    2. anantodam February 3, 2022

      Thank you for this. My JTE said my quiz was too hard so I was struggling to find cultural references they would better understand and yours passed the vibe check. Thank you.

    3. taloytoy2000 April 24, 2023

      I wonder if I could have the students answer the subjects and the passive verbs alternately. What do you guys think? Would it be too difficult?

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