Parts of Speech Quiz

Identify the part of speech for each of the underlined words in the reading.

Selection from The Phantom Tollbooth

There (1) was once a (2) boy named Milo (3) who didn’t know what to do (4) with himself—not just sometimes, but always.

When (5) he was in school he longed to be out, and when he was out he longed to be in. (6) On the (7) way he thought about coming (8) home, and coming home he (9) thought about going. Wherever he was he (10) wished he were somewhere else, and when he got there he wondered why he’d bothered. (11) Nothing really interested him—least (12) of all the things that should have.

(12) It seems to me that (13) almost everything (14) is a (15) waste of time,” he remarked (16) one day as he walked (17) dejectedly home (18) from school. “(19) I can’t see the (20) point in learning to solve (21) useless problems, or subtracting turnips from (22) turnips, or knowing where Ethiopia is or (23) how to spell (24) February.” And, since (25) no one bothered to explain otherwise, he (26) regarded the process of seeking knowledge as the (27) greatest waste of time of all.

As he and his unhappy (28) thoughts hurried along (for while he was (29) never anxious to be where he was going, he liked to get there as (30) quickly as possible) it seemed a great wonder that the world, which was so large, could (31) sometimes feel so small and empty.