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December 22, 2014

Homework Help: Writing

Posted by Lorie on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 8:34pm.

Can you please tell me whats right and whats wrong..Thank you.
Part I: True or False

1. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: That movie, one of my favorites.
_x_True
__False

2. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: The local baseball team, needing a good pitcher most of all.
_x_True
__False

3. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: Using a flashlight, he looked under the bed for his shoes.
__True
_x_False

4. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three employees from our company and one from our competitor WAS fired.
__True
_x_False

5. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three of my friends LIKE this band.
_x_True
__False

6. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Six girls and one boy WAS in the dance class.
__True
_x_False

7. Quotation marks are correctly used in the following sentence, the entire sentence is correctly punctuated, and all words in the sentence are correctly capitalized:
"This is a fantastic opportunity", the salesman insisted.
_x_True
__False

8. Quotation marks are correctly used in the following sentence, the entire sentence is correctly punctuated, and all words in the sentence are correctly capitalized:
"Are you serious ?!?" Fred asked.
__True
_x_False

9. Quotation marks are correctly used in the following sentence, the entire sentence is correctly punctuated, and all words in the sentence are correctly capitalized:
My best friend said that "She'd heard something like that."
__True
_x_False

Part II: Multiple Choice
In the following sentences, identify if the word grouping contains sentence fragments, a comma splice, or a run-on sentence, or if the grouping is a complete sentence.

10. Cats, unlike dogs and fond of sitting on laps.
__ Sentence fragment
_x_ Comma splice
__ Run-on sentence
__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

11. I don't know what you want me to do, the directions are not clear.
__ Sentence fragment
_xx_ Comma splice
__ Run-on sentence
__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

12. While I like bacon, it is not good for me.
__ Sentence fragment
__ Comma splice
__ Run-on sentence
_x_ Complete sentence (contains no error)

13. I like chocolate she likes butterscotch.
__ Sentence fragment
__ Comma splice
_x_ Run-on sentence
__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

Identify the pronoun error in each of the following sentences.

14. When one buys insurance, you need to be clear about your needs.
__ Pronoun shift in number
_x_ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
__ No error

15. The teacher said they were going to grade the test over the weekend.
__ Pronoun shift in number
_x_ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
__ No error

16. Sally told Janice that she made the honor role.
__ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
_x_ No error

17. The new employees worked long hours, hoping that doing so would advance their career.
__ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
_ _ Ambiguous reference
_x_ No error

18. Dave hoped that __ and Steve would win the tennis tournament.
__ him
__ himself
_x_ he
__ his

19. Lisa hoped that Shelly had remembered to ask her mother for the chocolate chip cookies.
__ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
_x_ No error

Identify the location or locations where apostrophe errors occur:

20. When we we're (A) on our way home, we were (B) eager to get they're (C).
__Only A
__Only B
__Only C
_x_A and C

21. Identify the location or locations where apostrophe errors occur:
"Put the clothes over they're (A)," he said. "That is where they're (B) going."
_x_Only A
__Only B
__A and B
__No error

22. Identify the location or locations where apostrophe errors occur:
When the dog knocked over it's (A) bowl, the little girl claimed that the dog wasn't (B) her's (C).
__Only A
__Only B
__Only C
_x_A and C

23. Which portion of this sentence followed by a letter is not parallel?
The company president inspired his employees (A), charmed the press (B), and redefined his company's strategic plan (C).
__A
__B
__C
x__No error

24. Which portion of this sentence followed by a letter is not parallel?
The clown juggles (A), makes balloon animals (B), and will paint faces (C).
_x_A
__B
__C
__No error

25. Which portion of this sentence followed by a letter is not parallel?
The retired fireman liked fishing (A), to hunt (B), and watching basketball on television (C).
__A
__B
__C
_x_No error

26. Choose the correct verb tenses required in the following sentence.
Whenever I __ to the grocery, I always ___ for fresh produce.
_x_ went/looked
__ went/look
__ go/looked
__ had gone/look

27. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
In light of recent developments, the company president ___ his position.
__ rethink
__ rethinked
_x_ rethought
__ rethoughted

28. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
I was surprised by how successful Janice ____.
__ become
__ becomed
_x_ became
__ had became

29. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
In retrospect, Jason shouldn't have taken that important business call right after he'd been ___.
__ awake
__ awaked
_x_ awakened
__ awaken

Choose the answer that completes each sentence correctly.

30. Investing in pure research ___ yields no immediate profit, can be hard to justify when a company is in financial difficulties.
__ who
__ which
_x_ , which
__ that

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