Practice Quiz: Question Words in Spanish

Question words in Spanish allow you to ask questions that require a more in-depth answer. However, each one of these words has a specific purpose. This quiz is designed to help you practice interrogative words in Spanish. On top of the simple question words, you’ll also test your knowledge of some of their common variations (question words and prepositions).

You can check this guide on question words if you need to refresh your memory. 

For each question, you will be given a sentence with multiple potential answers. Your job is to choose the correct answer. You can select the answer by clicking on it or using your keyboard to select its corresponding letter (e.g. A, B, C, D, etc.).

15 Questions
Multiple Choice

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¿____ se llama tu hermana?

What’s your sister’s name?

  1. A Cuál
  2. B Cómo
  3. C Qué

Explanation: In Spanish, we use the word ‘¿cómo?’ to ask about someone’s name. So, in this context, ‘¿cómo?’ means ‘what’.

¿_____ fue Paco?

Where did Paco go?

  1. A Cómo
  2. B A dónde
  3. C Dónde

Explanation: ‘¿A dónde?’ allows you to inquire about someone’s destination or direction. Since we need to know where Paco went, this question word is appropriate for this example.

¿____ no me marcaste?

Why didn't you call me?

  1. A Por qué
  2. B Para qué
  3. C Qué

Explanation: In Spanish, ‘¿por qué?’ is used to ask about the reason or motive for an action. That’s the information that we’re seeking in this example.

¿_____ te gradúas?

When do you graduate?

  1. A Quién
  2. B Cuándo
  3. C Desde cuándo

Explanation: To ask about the time or date when an action is going to happen, you must use the Spanish question word ‘¿cuándo?’.

¿____ es su color favorito?

What is your favorite color?

  1. A Cuánto
  2. B Cuál
  3. C Qué

Explanation: 'What' in Spanish can be translated as 'cuál' when the question seeks information about preferences and leads someone to choose between different options from a group of similar items. In this example, that preference is about colors.

¿____ pasa con Laura?

What’s going on with Laura?

  1. A Cuál
  2. B Cuándo
  3. C Qué

Explanation: In Spanish, we use ‘¿qué?’ to ask for facts, explanations, time, and definitions. In this example, the question is seeking an explanation about Laura.

¿_____ galletas te comiste?

How many cookies did you eat?

  1. A Cuánto
  2. B Cuántas
  3. C Cuántos

Explanation: ‘¿Cuánto?’ allows you to inquire about amounts. However, since this word is an adjective of quantity, it must agree in gender and number with the noun. Given that ‘galletas’ is a plural feminine noun, the correct answer is ‘¿cuántas?’.

¿______ están tus hijos?

How are your kids?

  1. A Por qué
  2. B Cómo
  3. C Cuánto

Explanation: ‘¿Cómo?’ allows you to ask about the manner or way in which something or someone is.

¿______ es tu correo electrónico?

What’s your email address?

  1. A Qué
  2. B Cuál
  3. C Cuáles

Explanation: ‘¿Cuál?’ means ‘what’ when asking questions about personal information such as a phone number or email address.

¿_______ tiempo tienes estudiando español?

How long have you been studying Spanish?

  1. A Cuánto
  2. B Cuánta
  3. C Cuántos

Explanation: ‘¿Cuánto?’ is an interrogative word that allows you to ask questions related to quantities or amounts, such as time, age, and more. In this example, we’re asking about time, which is a singular masculine noun in Spanish.

¿_______ vas a ir a la fiesta?

Who are you going to the party with?

  1. A Dónde
  2. B Quién
  3. C Con quién

Explanation: In Spanish, we use ‘¿con quién?’ to express that someone is accompanying or doing an activity with us. In this question, we’re asking who is going to the party with you.

¿_______ estudias español?

Since when do you study Spanish?

  1. A Cuánto
  2. B Desde cuándo
  3. C Cuándo

Explanation: When asking for the starting point of an action, you must use ‘¿desde cuándo?’. In this example, we’re not inquiring about when (the days) you study Spanish, but rather the moment you started studying this language.

¿______ son estos zapatos?

Whose shoes are those?

  1. A De quién
  2. B A quién
  3. C Quién

Explanation: In Spanish, the question word ‘¿de quién?’ allows you to ask about possessions and belonging. In this example, we’re asking who the owner is.

¿Sabes _____ están mis llaves?

Do you know where my keys are?

  1. A Dónde
  2. B Cuándo
  3. C A dónde

Explanation: When asking about the location of something or someone, you must use the question word ‘¿dónde?’.

¿___ configuro la televisión?

How do I configure the TV?

  1. A Dónde
  2. B Cómo
  3. C Qué

Explanation: In Spanish, ‘¿cómo?’ is meant to ask for information about the way or manner to do something. In this example, the speaker is inquiring about the way to configure the TV.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
¿____ se llama tu hermana?
¿_____ fue Paco?
¿____ no me marcaste?
¿_____ te gradúas?
¿____ es su color favorito?
¿____ pasa con Laura?
¿_____ galletas te comiste?
¿______ están tus hijos?
¿______ es tu correo electrónico?
¿_______ tiempo tienes estudiando español?
¿_______ vas a ir a la fiesta?
¿_______ estudias español?
¿______ son estos zapatos?
¿Sabes _____ están mis llaves?
¿___ configuro la televisión?

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