1. Which of the following sentences contains one or more
strong, active verbs?
A. Having been away in London for two years, Conrad was
happy to see Denise.
B. The phone directory was hastily searched by Conrad.
C. Conrad trembled with anxiety and anticipation as he
pressed Denise's doorbell.
D. It was believed by some that Conrad's father had been a
2. Which of the following is a simple sentence?
A. Karen and David arrived at the airport at 3:35 P.M. and
took a taxi to their hotel.
B. I went to the airport, but I was too late to meet them.
C. When I realized I was too late, I called David's cell
phone and made arrangements to meet them in town.
D. I got to the airport late because the traffic was
3. In which of the following sentences do you find a comma or commas used correctly?
A. After a fire at their home, Carlie and her mother rented a house in Glendale,
Arizona from November 14, 2007 to January 28, 2008.
B. William of Orange, arrived in England in 1688, to claim the English throne from
C. Claire's plum pudding was mainly distinctive, for its absence of plums.
D. Christopher Wren, a contemporary of Isaac Newton and John Locke, was the
architect of St. Paul's Cathedral.
4. Which of the following sentences is without any surface errors?
A. I reluctently gave the hampster to my cousin because I was afraid Teddy, my cat,
would attack it.
B. Mr. Campbell gave copies of his novel to Ruth and me.
C. The town is located near just a few miles from lake Ontario.
D. It's up to Georgia and I who drives the car, whether Carl likes it or not.
5. In the process of revision, your main objective is to
A. demonstrate correct grammar.
B. establish proper tone.
C. clarify your ideas.
D. explain your essay's purposes.
6. Choosing a good reviewer for your writing means finding someone who
A. will concentrate on your ideas and how well you support them.
B. is a close friend and will give you a positive review.
C. knows everything about writing and will find every mistake.
D. concentrates on correcting your spelling and grammar errors.
7. A judicial decision handed down in court uses the _______ level of diction.
A. informal C. legal
B. popular D. formal
8. Which of the following sentences uses a coordinating conjunction in a
A. We fired our old housekeeper, who we thought had stolen Grandma's rings;
we later regretted it.
B. The budget payment is much higher than we anticipated, but the price of heating
oil has skyrocketed this year.
C. Out in the yard, the children shouted loudly and threw silly insults at each other.
D. My aunt, who usually behaves like a queen, was suddenly asking-no, begging-
9. Which of the following sentences uses parallelism effectively?
A. The large plant-eating dinosaurs were quite slow, rather stupid, and
B. The Red Sox fans screamed, yelled, and were applauding wildly.
C. The report was good because it was factual and offered many details.
D. Laura spent all her time gardening and arranging flowers, when she wasn't in a
shoe store to shop.
10. Which of the following is a good rule to follow when proofreading an essay?
A. Scan the essay twice, once for organization and once for surface errors.
B. Read the essay aloud to hear where words are missing or awkward phrasing or
grammatical errors occur.
C. Use the computer's spell-check and grammar-check functions to be sure you catch
D. Ask your best friend to critique your essay.
11. As you're revising an essay, you write down several sentences to describe your
intended readers. Why?
A. To see if your essay is directed toward its intended audience
B. To ensure that you're instructing your audience adequately
C. To make sure you're writing what you know, not what you believe
D. To ensure that your essay will entertain the audience.
12. An evaluation tool using questions and answers that lead to effective strategies is
A. thesis. C. graphic organizer.
B. outline. D. flowchart.
13. Which of the following sentences contains a dependent clause?
A. The red sports car that was parked under the tree belongs to Alan.
B. Kicking and leaping, the three deer behaved like rambunctious rabbits.
C. Jared eagerly climbed into the boxing ring; he was on his back and out for the
count in less than ten seconds.
D. Please clear the table and wash the dishes.
14. Which sentence should be edited to eliminate its cliché?
A. The family was immensely relieved when Great-Aunt Martha's condition progressed
from "critical" to "it looks like she'll live another 10 years."
B. I wanted to hire Dave, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
C. The texture of the burlap was a cross between woven straw and a three-day beard.
D. Striding toward the barn in her red coverall and bucket hat, Gloria-tall and round-
gave the impression of a charging silo.
15. Which statement is true about sentence lengths in a written piece?
A. Short sentences tend to move ideas quickly.
B. In spite of their name, compound-complex sentences are usually shorter than
compound or complex sentences.
C. Regardless of the sentence type, the audience tends to read at its own pace.
D. Varying sentence type has no appreciable effect on relative sentence length.
16. While reviewing an essay, what would be your main purpose in applying the questions
Who? What? When? Where? Why?
A. To clarify your topic sentences
B. To organize your evidence
C. To compare your thesis statement with your conclusion
D. To be sure your evidence provides sufficient detail
17. A student who regularly tracks her mistakes in spelling, verb forms, and parallelism
A. keeping an error log.
B. using a flowchart.
C. analyzing her essays' organization.
D. focusing on her learning style.
18. A _______ can be used for both organizing and revising an essay.
A. flowchart C. topic sentence
B. graphic organizer D. verbal sketch.
19. Nathan argues that each paragraph in a narrative should support the author's thesis.
Nan says that paragraphs in a narrative should illuminate some part of the action.
Which one is correct?
A. Both Nathan and Nan are correct.
B. Neither Nathan nor Nan is correct.
C. Only Nan is correct.
D. Only Nathan is correct.
20. In which sentence does the underlined word have a negative connotation?
A. Jenna's ethnic background gave her an exotic look.
B. Jack, who is the most outspoken member of the group, led the opposition to the
C. Although she had worked hard in high school, Ruth found the college courses
D. Matthew was a scrawny kid, but he grew up strong.
21. Which of the following sentences uses concrete language?
A. Jerry saw that the glass was really dirty.
B. When I saw Susan she was reading a book.
C. Carl's Labrador retriever eagerly chases tennis balls.
D. I met Cathy at a store on a street near the bridge.
22. Which of the following sentences contains an error in subject-verb agreement?
A. Kristy, Molly, and Kate attend the same university and ride the bus together.
B. Each of the 14 groups are going to contribute an item to the auction.
C. Which one of these shirts is your favorite?
D. Either Dennis or Susan is going to pick you up.
23. Which of the following sentences contains a redundancy?
A. Steve admired the partially completed stadium.
B. Chris had trouble working up even mild enthusiasm for Mike's plan.
C. At no time did Tony indicate a willingness to admit defeat.
D. Emily's sister gave birth to a pair of twins.
24. Spotting errors as you proofread is easier if you
A. use a clean printed copy each time.
B. reassess your marked-up copy.
C. hand write your essay.
D. read your work from the computer screen.
25. What is the sequence of components in the following sentence?
"Listless and depressed by vistas of snow and gray skies, Dieter left the cabin and
walked toward the frozen pond."
A. Subject, verb, modifier
B. Modifier, subject, verb
C. Subject, modifier, verb
D. Modifier, subject, modifier, verb.
26. To compose strong, compelling sentences, avoid using
A. clauses as modifiers. C. forms of the verb to be.
B. short, simple sentences. D. dependent clauses.
27. Which of the following is a compound sentence?
A. Since Viceroy butterflies migrate over very great distances, tracking them is a
challenge to entomologists.
B. Butterflies and hummingbirds feed on the nectar of flowering plants.
C. Because fraud is so common in some corporations, regulatory agencies
D. Corporate fraud is becoming more common in the United States, and the civil
courts are being stretched to their limits.
28. Which of the following sentences correctly uses a transitional word or phrase?
A. Sadly, Mark broke his leg shortly after starting the program.
B. Because first impressions are so important, Addison shaved off his beard.
C. For example, Kara took up needlepoint on the advice of her counselor.
D. Until the floodwaters receded, the bridge couldn't be inspected.
29. A passive verb is the better choice if you wish to
A. emphasize the subject. C. establish a casual tone.
B. deemphasize the subject. D. establish a formal tone.
30. During revision, you'll scan your paper for _______ words and replace them with
concrete words or phrases.
A. figurative C. informal
B. general D. formal