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Final Grammar Test
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.
__True
_X_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.
_X_ Sentence fragment
__ 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
_X_ 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.
_X_ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
__ No error

16. Sally told Janice that she made the honor roll.
__ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
_X_ Ambiguous reference
__ 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
_X_ Ambiguous reference
__ 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).
__A
__B
_X_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
_X_B
__C
__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

31. I had hoped the police would blame Bruce, not ___.
_X_ me
__ myself
__ mineself
__I

32. Some interviewers ____ have a clear sense of what they want in an employee, ask very tough questions.
__ who
_X_, who
__ which
__ that

33. A venture capitalist has to be willing to take risks when ___ invests ___ money.
__ they /their
__ he / his
__ she /her
_X_ he or she /his or her


34. Many times people will ask a writer where ____ gets ____ ideas.
__ they/their.
__ he/his
__ she/her
_X_ he or she/his or her

Part III: Revision
In this section of the final, revise the sentences provided to correct the grammar errors indicated. (In many cases there will be more than one correct alternative to the sentence provided; credit will be given for all correct answers.) Please leave only your revised version. Erase the original.


Revise the following word groups to remove all fragments.

35. There are two reasons why. I like baseball. It is fun. And for the good exercise.
There are two reasons why I like baseball. It is fun, and it is good exercise.

36. The White Sox are really good at the fundamentals of baseball. Which is why they won the World Series in 2005.
The White Sox are a really good at the fundamentals of baseball, which is why they won the World Series in 2005.

Revise the following word groups to remove all run-on sentences.

37. Studying is hard work many students find they study better when they take regular breaks.
Studying is hard work; many students find they study better when they take regular breaks.

38. Some tests are so hard that no one does well on them other tests are too easy and don't really test comprehension.
Some tests are so hard that no one does well on them. Other tests are too easy and don’t really test comprehension.

Revise the following sentences so that the subjects and verbs agree with one another.

39. One of my friends want to attend my graduation ceremony.
One of my friends wants to attend my graduation ceremony

40. Seven cats, two monkeys, and a dog plays in the store window.
Seven cats, two monkeys, and a dog play in the store window.

Revise the following sentences to remove all pronoun errors.

41. When a police officer fires his gun, he must fill out a lot of paperwork.
When police officers fire their guns, they must fill out a lot of paperwork.

42. When a teacher writes an exam, they think about what aspects of student learning they want to test.
When teachers write exams, they think about what aspects of learning they want to test.

Revise the following sentences to remove all apostrophe errors.

43. Some people know where they parked they're car's, and some dont.
Some people know where they parked their cars, and some don’t.

44. I gave you your's, and Im sorry if its broken now.
I gave you yours, and I’m sorry if it’s broken now.

Revise the following sentences to make one of the existing sentences subordinate to the other.

45. The hurricane destroyed some oil rigs. Fuel prices rose.
After the hurricane destroyed some oil rigs, fuel prices rose.

46. People know they are going to have to retire. They often don't save enough money to do so comfortably.
Even though people know they are going to have to retire, they often don't save enough money to do so comfortably.

Revise the following sentences to remove all errors in the use of quotation marks and all incorrect punctuation.

47. Have you ever read the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe? Dave asked.
Have you ever read the story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," by Edgar Allan Poe? Dave asked.

48. Did the professor say Put down your pencils? Janice asked.
Did the professor say, "Put down your pencils"? Janice asked.

Revise the following sentences to create parallel constructions.

49. To succeed in the new economy, workers will have to learn throughout their careers, adapt to changing circumstances, and self-motivation will be needed.
To succeed in the new economy, workers will have to learn throughout their careers, adapt to changing circumstances, and be self motivated.

50. Some students hate math, some students dislike math, and math is liked by other students.
Some students hate math; some students dislike math, and some students like math.

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asked by Al
  1. I checked the first 34. All answers are right.

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    posted by Ms. Sue
  2. Not sure about #8. Was anything in your course materials about the use of "?!?" as correct end punctuation? If it's OK, just remove the space before the first question mark, and it'll be fine.

    In #36, the antecedent for "which" is not clear.
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/pronouns.htm
    Be sure to read that sentence after "Basic Principal:"
    Which ONE WORD is the antecedent of "which"?

    In #47, you should be dealing with single and double quotation marks. Do you see why?

    In #50, I'd alter the pronouns: Some... ; others ... ; and still others ...

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    posted by Writeacher
  3. Many thanks Ms. Sue and Writeacher. I would appreciate your opinion about the corrections below.

    Regarding question #8 we can't alter anything on the exam, our material does nto say anything about the use of ?!?.

    #36 just to be sure and do not take the risk of using "which" I changed to:

    The White Sox are a really good at the fundamentals of baseball. That is why they won the World Series in 2005.

    # 47, I see what you are saying, I changed to :

    “Have you ever read the story, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe?” Dave asked.

    My question here is: Should I use a comma after the question mark?

    Question #50 I changed to:

    Some students hate math; some students dislike math, and still some students like math.

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    posted by Al

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