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English and Languages Usage Practice Test

1.      Of these four sentences, which is the best example of a compound sentence?

A.    Carolyn went to the grocery store, but Annie decided to go to the market instead.

B.     Andy worked hard to complete his exam.

C.     Because Gerald was late for school, he was unable to take the test.

D.    Although Amy and Annie wanted to ride the bus to class, they did not have the required bus fare.

2.       “Given the patient’s symptoms, I would say he ____ has a serious infection.”

A commonly misspelled word belongs in the space above. Which, of the four choices listed below, is the correct word and spelling?

A.    Defiantly

B.     Definitely

C.     Definitely

D.    Definitively

3.      Change this sentence from passive to active voice:

“Over the course of the year, many mistakes were made.”

A.    If mistakes were made, we are unaware of them.

B.     We made many mistakes over the course of the year.

C.     Many mistakes have been made throughout the year.

D.    Many mistakes have been made throughout the year.

  1. Which word would be used correctly in the blank in this sentence?

“Tiffany, Arlena, and Jane worked as a team for ____ senior project.”

A.    Their

B.     Ther

C.     There

D.    They’re

  1.  “Sarah and George traveled to Boston via the train.”

In this sentence, what part of speech is the word “traveled”?

A.    adverb phrase

B.     verb

C.     proper noun

D.    noun

  1.  “Upon receiving her minutely corrected essay, Melanie decided that her teacher’s teaching style was far too pedantic.”

Using context clues in the sentence above, determine the meaning of the word “pedantic”.

A.    prone to incorrectly identifying errors

B.     prone to focusing on small, potentially insignificant errors or details

C.     given to flights of fancy and whimsy

D.    excessively generous or free in correction

  1. In this sentence, which verb tense should be used in the blank?

Brian ____ to Montreal only two times before.

A.    has driven

B.     has drove

C.     had drove

D.    drove

  1. This sentence is an example of what common mistake in sentence structure?

“Sarah and Tommy danced at the wedding, Sarah’s mom took pictures.”

A.    sentence fragment

B.     run-on sentence

C.     compound sentence

D.    comma splice

9.      Of these sentences, which is punctuated correctly?

A.    Loretta attended school regularly; however, she failed to take notes, resulting in low test scores.

B.     Tina, however frequently cooks in her kitchen; Carlos never eats.

C.     Adam failed to eat fish: resulting in a fatty acid deficiency.

D.    Yesterday two students were attacked by a bear while walking to class.

10.  Of these compound words, which is spelled incorrectly?

A.    Stock-broker

B.     Ex-husband

C.     Mother-in-law

D.    Twofold

11.  Which of these sentences is not an example of subject-verb agreement?

A.    Four boys were teasing a group of girls in their class.

B.     Cierra’s blanket collection was getting out of control.

C.     The students was driving the teacher crazy by screaming out answers.

D.    Behavior in children is most often determined by parental behavior.

  1.  “The man was harshly punished for his egregious mistake.”

Based on the sentence above, what is the correct meaning of the word “egregious”?

A.    misunderstood, or false

B.     simple, rudimentary

C.     terrible, exceedingly bad

D.    tragic, unforeseen

13.  Which of these is an example of correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?

A.    A person must be truly dedicated to change a habit. It must work hard to overcome obstacles.

B.     Johnny Depp is frequently considered to be a superb actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.

C.     The boat was large and imposing. They boasted a deep blue exterior.

D.    The movie was long and boring. He took too long to bring the story to a close.

14.  Of these, which word becomes an irregular plural?

A.    Elephant

B.     Longue

C.     Mouse

D.    Chair

15.  Which of these is an example of incorrect capitalization?

A.    President Barack Obama offered an address last week.

B.     Barack Obama, the President of the United States, gave an address last week.

C.     Annie hoped to see the Brooklyn Bridge during her visit.

D.    “Is it serious, Doctor?” the patient asked, her hands twisting in her lap.

  1.  “The Louvre is the most well-known museum in Paris. It is the current home of the Mona Lisa.”

Which word in these sentences is the antecedent?

A.    Home

B.     The louvre

C.     Paris

D.    Mona Lisa

  1.  “Adam ran slowly at the end of his race, his hand wiping haphazardly at his brow.”

Which words in this sentence are examples of adverbs?

A.    ran, wiping

B.     race, brow

C.     Adam, his

D.    slowly, haphazardly

  1. Which subject and verb combination best completes this sentence?

“The children’s ____ ____ upset by the poor timing of parent-teacher conferences.”

A.    ball, were

B.     parents, were

C.     teachers, grows

D.    classes, became

19.  Which of these is an example of the past perfect tense?

A.    will describe

B.     has offered

C.     indicated

D.    had offered

20.  Which of the following definitions best fits the word “juxtaposition”?

A.    a synonym for the word “diagonal”

B.     a word describing the position of two objects placed together for the purpose of comparing or contrasting

C.     the act of moving an item from one place to another

D.    a word used to suggest that two items are similar in nature

  1. Words that are similar in sound, but are different in spelling and meaning are called homophones. Which homophones best fit in the sentence below?

“Caleb and Sanchez were ____ busy ____ take out the trash.”

A.    too, to

B.     to, too

C.     two, too

D.    to, to

22.  The word ox is a singular word that has an irregular plural form. Which of these words is the correct plural form of ox?

A.    Oxen

B.     Oxes

C.     Oxi

D.    Oxs

23.  The words over and done may be combined to form a compound word. What is the proper way to create this compound word?

A.    Overdone

B.     Doneover

C.     done-over

D.    over-done

24.  Listed here are four commonly misspelled words, only one of which is spelled correctly. Which word is correct?

A.    Tempermental

B.     Recommend

C.     Villain

D.    Convenient

25.  Which of the following four sentences is punctuated correctly?

A.    Adam bought his girlfriend a snake, for her birthday; Molly didn’t know what to get her boyfriend for Christmas.

B.     Amanda, River, and Doug went camping this weekend.

C.     Carlos Cindy and Eleanor, forgot to go to the zoo.

D.    Andrea called her mom, ecstatic to tell her, she was graduating the next May.

26.  The word “doctor” may be used as a simple noun or descriptor, but may also be used as a title or in the place of a name. Of the sentences listed below, which correctly capitalizes the word?

A.    I saw doctor Ingalls at the store yesterday, but was too shy to say hello.

B.     Doctor Wilde stepped into the room, his assistant behind him. He quickly introduced himself as the patient’s primary care doctor.

C.     The Doctor wore a pristine white coat.

D.    “Is it serious, Doctor?” The Doctor sighed and shook his head.

27.  Of the four sentences listed, which is an example of a compound sentence?

A.    Megan and Andrew are not speaking because Andrew forgot to invite Megan to his graduation ceremony.

B.     Kyle walked his dog to the park.

C.     Anna finished reading her book for school, and then she began reading an entertainment magazine.

D.    After he woke up late, Andrew had to race to get to work.

28.  Which of these sentences is an example of active voice?

A.    The jacket was quickly run over.

B.     The fish was captured.

C.     James’ car was keyed during the night.

D.    Adam chased the dog that had stolen his paper.

  1. Which of the definitions would be correct for the word draft in this sentence?

“The draft in the downstairs hallway was due to a faulty duct system in the old house.”

A.    a current of air

B.     a measure of liquid

C.     a sum of money withdrawn from a bank or fund

D.    a written order or composition

  1.  “Ousley waited in his car for work to begin.”

What function does the word “in” serve in this sentence?

A.    Preposition

B.     Subject

C.     Verb

D.    Object

  1. Which of the following words best fits in the blank?

“Lily waited eagerly for her university ____ letter.”

A.    ecceptance

B.     acceptance

C.     axceptance

D.    exceptance

  1. Which of these words forms an irregular plural?

A.      Baby

B.      Horse

C.      Crisis

D.      Monkey

  1.  “The stools were perched against the counter top. A few moments later, ____ fell.”

Which pronoun correctly fits the antecedent in this sentence?

A.    It

B.     They

C.     He

D.    she

  1. Correct the flaws in this sentence.

“Christine’s three dog eat a lot of food. It consumes two bags per week.”

A.    Christine’s dogs eats a lot of food. They consume two bags per week.

B.     Christine’s three dogs ate a lot of food. It consume two bags per week.

C.     Christine’s three dog ate a lot of food. It consumes two bags per week.

D.    Christine’s three dogs eat a lot of food. They consume two bags per week.

  1.  “Taryn devoured her food with gusto. Her sticky fingers seemed to fly across her plate.”

In the sentence above, what function does the word “sticky” perform?

A.    Adjective

B.     Adverb phrase

C.     Subject

D.    Adverb

  1. What verb tense is used in this sentence?

“Emmett had given his sister loans many times before.”

A.    the present perfect

B.     the past perfect

C.     the present

D.    the future perfect

  1.  “Unable to get in touch with her friend to seek advice, Corrine reasoned that her friend’s silence could be interpreted as tacit compliance and forged ahead with her plan.”

Based on the context of this sentence, what is the meaning of the word “tacit”?

A.    flippant or disinterested behavior

B.     snobbish and condescending

C.     wholehearted or deeply invested

D.    being expressed or conveyed without words

  1.  “Eyeing the large firm with trepidation, Erin decided against seeking a job interview.”

Based on the context of this sentence, which meaning of the word “firm” is most plausible?

A.    the act of making something tighter or more solid

B.     a collection of men or women to make up a business or structure

C.     an emotional descriptor characterized by decisiveness

D.    a solid and unforgiving structure or substance

39.  Which of these words is misspelled?

A.    Desparate

B.     Separate

C.     Laboratory

D.    Convincible

40.  Which of these pairs of words requires a hyphen when the words are joined?

A.    life like

B.     first rate

C.     grand mother

D.    world wide

  1. Which punctuation marks correctly complete this sentence?

“Theodore intended to drive his car all night ____ however ____ he forgot to fill up his gas tank.”

A.    ; and ,

B.     : and ;

C.     , and ,

D.    ; and .

  1. “After Leo completed his Bachelor of Arts degree, he struggled to find a position as an art consultant.”

This sentence is an example of what type of sentence?

A.    complex sentence

B.     complete thought

C.     simple sentence

D.    compound sentence

43.  Which of the following sentences correctly uses capitalization?

A.    My family, originally from the South, moved to the Southwest as they grew older.

B.     Dr. Cornish and his brother, a Doctor of Science, were highly competitive with one another.

C.     Every Autumn when the leaves begin to fall, my family goes camping.

D.    The Senators and Congressman were expected to arrive late Tuesday evening, but did not arrive until the following morning.

  1. Which of the following sentences effectively changes this sentence from passive to active voice?

“The trombone was played beautifully.”

A.    The trombone, after much practice and dedication, was played beautifully.

B.     Allison’s trombone was played beautifully.

C.     The trombone given to Allison for her birthday was played beautifully.

D.    Allison played the trombone beautifully.

  1. Which sentence listed below effectively corrects this run on sentence?

“Shirley Ann wanted to go to the races she could not afford to go.”

A.    Shirley Ann wanted to go to the races: she could not afford to go.

B.     Shirley Ann wanted to go to the races, she could not afford to go.

C.     Although Shirley Ann wanted to go to the races she could not afford to go.

D.    Although Shirley Ann wanted to go to the races, she could not afford to go.

  1. How should this sentence be rearranged to improve clarity?

“Adelaide and Maddie were eager to go to the party, sisters and best friends.”

A.    Sisters Adelaide and Maddie and best friends were eager to go to the party.

B.     Best friends and sisters were Adelaide and Maddie, eager to go to the party.

C.     Adelaide and Maddie, sisters and best friends, were eager to go to the party.

D.    Eager to go to the party were best friends Adelaide and Maddie, and sisters.

  1. In this sentence, which two words are examples of pronouns?

“Ted invited his brother to his wedding, while Millie only invited her friends.”

A.    wedding, friends

B.     brother, friends

C.     Ted, Millie

D.    his, her

48.  Which of these sentences is a compound sentence?

A.    A salesperson named Joshua applied for the management position.

B.     Joshua worked in sales for many years, so he applied for the management position.

C.     Because of his sales experience, Joshua applied for the management position, and he feels confident that he will get the job.

D.    Joshua applied for the management position because of his sales experience.

49.  Which of the following is not a compound-complex sentence?

A.    The librarian began planning after-school events for kids because she wanted to help, and she realized her community was lacking this type of program.

B.     The librarian began planning after-school events for kids because she realized her community was lacking this type of program.

C.     The community lacked programs geared toward children, so the librarian began planning after-school events because she wanted to help.

D.    Because the community lacked them, the librarian began planning after-school events for kids, and she was pleased with the number in attendance.

50.  Choose the sentence with the correct use of quotation marks

A.    “Sarah encouraged everyone to join in during the party, saying, Come on everyone! Let’s sing Happy Birthday to Anna!

B.     Sarah encouraged everyone to join in during the party, saying, “Come on everyone! Let’s sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Anna!

C.     Sarah encouraged everyone to join in during the party, saying, Come on everyone! Let’s sing “Happy Birthday” to Anna!

D.    Sarah encouraged everyone to join in during the party, saying, “Come on everyone! Let’s sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Anna!”

Reading Material

“My previous roles as an administrative assistant at multiple real estate companies greatly prepared me for your open position of executive assistant. I am a skilled multi-tasker and typist, and my organization skills are second to none. Additionally, I completed an elective course in Microsoft Suite, which means I can easily accomplish any computer task you may need, be that composing a letter or creating a workbook with functioning macros.”

51.  Read the paragraph and choose where it would most likely appear.

A.    in a cover letter to a future employer

B.     in a company-wide newsletter

C.     in a magazine article about the job market

D.    in a written advertisement

52.  Read the sentences and choose which one would probably be seen in an academic journal.

A.    Sophia lay on her hammock and watched the birds flying among the large magnolia trees. She sighed, wishing she were as carefree as the birds.

B.     The driver reportedly ran a red light before crashing into the post office, nearly hitting several bystanders. Police are still searching for the vehicle and the driver, and request that anyone with further information come forward immediately.

C.     Unlike other soaps, Squeaky Clean leaves your skin impeccably clean and smooth, without overdrying or irritating it. If you don’t believe us, you’ll just have to try it for yourself.

D.    While the control group experienced no difference in behavior, the changes within the test group were substantial. Scientists could only assume that the hypothesis was viable.

  1. Read this sentence and identify the subject and object, respectively.

“The soccer team ate the pizzas as if they were starving to death.”

A.    ate; pizzas

B.     soccer team; pizzas

C.     ate; starving

D.    soccer team; ate



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