Quiz: Can You Identify More Than 11 of These Cursive Letters?
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Can You Identify More Than 11 of These Cursive Letters?
By: Tasha Moore
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About This Quiz

It's time to pull the reins of language a bit so that we might more closely analyze the letters we wrap our lips around daily. Take this cursive letters identification quiz and spend a moment or two appreciating just how far language has evolved. It's a must that we look back to the days of the Phoenicians, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans with this feat.  These ancient civilizations set the stage for the jibber jabber we speak and write to this day.

And speaking of time travel, our test considers intricate derivations of the 26 characters in the English alphabet. Analyzing letters that comprise the words we use to analyze things is thrillingly bewildering; it's like the "chicken-or-the-egg" scenario, but of the cerebral sort and similar to answering a question with the same question. But bear with us on this! We promise pleasant payoffs, such as peculiar words that just about any "Scrabble" pro would scramble over and "magical" letters whose sounds repeatedly diminish when in the presence of certain character combinations. You'll learn rules of English language mechanics that aren't always intuitive. 

Why are the letters "x" and "z" so darn interchangeable? What the heck were our letter pioneers thinking? Gain morsels of language wisdom with one hefty scroll!

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Do you know this cursive letter that begins a word meaning "a situation that is impossible to solve"?
B
L
P
Q
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Do you recognize this fifth letter of the English alphabet?
R
T
U
E
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This letter starts the modern term for "ekename." Do you know what the letter is?
M
G
N
E
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The correct letter appears here: W-E-D-N-E-S-D-A-Y. Which of these letters is the correct answer?
W
E
D
A
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William Shakespeare was a fan of an insult that includes the silent form of this letter. Do you know the letter?
K
I
R
D
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Do you recognize the letter that starts a word for a waterway?
W
Q
F
P
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This letter resembles the Greek "upsilon." How easy is it for you to choose the right English letter from these options?
Y
E
B
A
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A word of Christian praise includes this letter. What is the letter?
S
J
Z
A
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Try to quickly choose the ninth letter of the English alphabet?
I
T
C
E
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Is it challenging for you to select the first consonant of the English alphabet?
Y
L
B
H
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Romance languages produce a wide range of vibrations with this letter. Can you guess the character that you see?
I
C
P
M
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It begins a word that describes a "structure of human shape." Do you know this letter?
G
X
S
I
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"Internet joke" is a definition of a word that starts with ________?
E
M
T
Z
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It begins a term for a Russian pastry. What letter do you see?
D
P
A
W
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"Spider Monkey" and "cartoonist" have this letter in common. Do you know the depicted figure here?
O
L
K
S
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Here is a letter which leads a term that defines a condition that used to be a typical form of death in the old days. Try to choose the letter among the options?
L
Y
O
C
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Which letter precedes all others in the English alphabet?
H
L
U
A
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"Underground cemetery" defines a word that uses the silent form of this letter. Can you choose the right letter?
L
J
B
O
19 of 40
Do you know the eighth letter of the English alphabet?
H
E
W
T
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Do you know this letter which starts off a "Scrabble" word favorite?
M
B
Q
Z
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The Greek equivalent to this English letter is used often in radio communications. Do you know the English letter?
Y
U
P
D
22 of 40
What happened when the Romans crossed the letter "C"?
O
G
P
Y
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A word that defines a substance's ability to store electrical energy in a field starts with the letter ________.
K
J
E
N
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This letter evolved from the letter "i." Do you know the letter seen here?
K
M
J
Y
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"Ph-" is the sound it makes. Can you pick the correct character?
P
I
F
H
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The name of this letter is "aitch." The correct symbol is ________.
Q
A
X
H
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Can you choose the letter that begins the word for a type of beautiful flower?
U
L
J
G
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Most sentences in the English language contain this letter. Do you recognize the character?
N
A
L
P
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A term that defines "a reference marker" begins with this letter. Can you guess the right symbol here?
R
Q
O
X
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The English letter "p" is similar to the character shown here. Do you know the letter?
M
R
N
H
31 of 40
Not one, but two language characters used to symbolize this letter, which is ________
Y
J
W
I
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Choose the letter that concludes the others?
Y
Z
P
L
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It is the symbol that begins the word that means "sum" in mathematics. Is it hard for you to guess the correct letter?
K
Y
J
S
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The Greek equivalent to this letter is also a subatomic particle. Try to choose the right answer?
T
L
J
M
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Choose the desired letter that begins the term for a head covering worn by some Muslim women?
E
N
X
Q
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An aeronautical term starts with this labial consonant. What is the letter that you see?
J
H
V
N
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"Chi" is the Greek name for this symbol. What is the English character?
X
P
H
U
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In Spanish, this double letter makes "y" or "j" sounds. Do you know the character seen here?
S
A
L
T
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There are hard and soft sounds produced with the symbol seen here. What is it?
S
K
B
T
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A word similar to "citizen" starts with this depicted symbol. Can you easily choose the right character?
E
Z
G
N
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