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?
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.
“Tiffany, Arlena, and Jane worked as a team for ____ senior project.”
In this sentence, what part of speech is the word “traveled”?
A. adverb phrase
C. proper noun
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
Brian ____ to Montreal only two times before.
A. has driven
B. has drove
C. had drove
“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?
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.
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?
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.
Which word in these sentences is the antecedent?
B. The louvre
D. Mona Lisa
Which words in this sentence are examples of adverbs?
A. ran, wiping
B. race, brow
C. Adam, his
D. slowly, haphazardly
“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
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
“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?
23. The words over and done may be combined to form a compound word. What is the proper way to create this compound word?
24. Listed here are four commonly misspelled words, only one of which is spelled correctly. Which word is correct?
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.
“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
What function does the word “in” serve in this sentence?
“Lily waited eagerly for her university ____ letter.”
Which pronoun correctly fits the antecedent 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.
In the sentence above, what function does the word “sticky” perform?
B. Adverb phrase
“Emmett had given his sister loans many times before.”
A. the present perfect
B. the past perfect
C. the present
D. the future perfect
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
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?
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
“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 .
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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!”
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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.
“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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