1. Which of the following is true regarding a restrictive adjectival clause?
A. It will typically include the relative pronoun which.
B. It will follow a general noun and is not set off by commas.
C. It will be set off by commas.
D. It will follow a proper noun.
2. Which of the following is a compound sentence?
A. Sue gave Jim a new racket, and he left for the tennis courts.
B. We found our way home without a map.
C. Rain and heavy winds caused damage along the coast.
D. Kim will take her daughter shopping when she learns to behave in public.
3. The following sentence is an example of which primary English sentence pattern?
The toddler tossed his father the ball.
A. Pronoun+ subject+ interrogative verb
B. Subject+ verb +object +object complement
C. Subject+ action verb + direct object
D. Subject+ action verb+ indirect object+ direct object
4. Identify the sentence that contains a noun clause in italics.
A. What Betty wants is to harvest the corn.
B. Betty wants to harvest the corn.
C. When should Betty harvest the corn?
D. Betty would like to harvest the corn.
5. One of the following sentences contains an independent clause and a dependent clause, which makes it a
complex sentence. Which is the complex sentence?
A. I came home; I saw an envelope in the mailbox.
B. Jenny was the largest elephant in the circus.
C. I hesitated a moment, but her smile gave me courage.
D. After the rain ended, the sky became blue.
6. Which sentence uses correct parallel construction?
A. You can either talk to the manager about your problem or writing a letter to the president of the company.
B. The painter wore glasses, gloves, and boots.
C. Most people enjoy ice cream and the plant grows.
D. Anyone who is going to work here will have to be athletic, an intelligent person, and have a good sense of humor.
7. The infinitive is the most versatile verb form because it can be used as
A. a verb, an adverb, or a conjunction.
B. a verb, a noun, an adverb, or an interjection.
C. a verb, an adjective, or a preposition.
D. a verb, a noun, an adjective, or an adverb.
8. In which sentence are the italicized words a dependent clause? (A dependent clause can’t stand as a
sentence on its own.)
A. The diving board broke when she jumped into the pool.
B. She became angry, but she would not leave without her brother.
C. She went swimming, and her brother went boating.
D. She wanted to leave early, or she wanted to stay overnight.
9. The italicized words make up which type of verbal phrase?
Turning the corner, Kate bumped into David.
D. Split infinitive
10. Which of the following pairs of ideas could be combined into a compound sentence? (Remember that
only related ideas should be joined into a compound sentence.)
A. The days became longer. The children could play outside later.
B. The street lights were dim. The play was a success.
C. We watched the news on television. The girls walked quickly to school.
D. The weather had changed. The house seemed deserted.
11. Which one of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
A. I found a large, smooth, rock on the beach yesterday.
B. Della arrived on time, it was just two o’clock.
C. Darleen chose Tara, Holly, and, Marlene as her lab partners.
D. She kept my surprise a secret, but she had a hard time doing it.
12. How could you combine the following two sentences into a complex sentence with a dependent
The boy wore a green coat. He carried his sister home.
A. The boy wore a green coat; he carried his sister home.
B. The boy wore a green coat, and he carried his sister home.
C. The boy carried home his sister’s green coat.
D. The boy who wore a green coat carried his sister home.
13. How is a compound sentence formed?
A. By joining two independent clauses and one dependent clause
B. By joining a dependent and independent clause with a conjunction
C. By joining two simple sentences with a comma and a coordinate conjunction
D. By joining a simple sentence with a dependent clause
14. In the sentence “I want to sleep when I’m tired,” the words “to sleep” are a/an
A. prepositional phrase.
B. infinitive phrase.
C. indirect object.
D. predicate adjective.
15. Which sentence contains words in italics that form a gerund phrase? (A gerund is a verb form used the
same way as a noun.)
A. I am going home.
B. Winning the race demanded speed and endurance.
C. An interesting novel provides good entertainment.
D. The laughing boy sat down.
16. Which sentence contains repetitious words that should be left out?
A. The star was visible centuries ago.
B. The bright star is visible.
C. The star will soon disappear.
D. The bright star is visible to the eye.
17. In which sentence is the punctuation correct?
A. Marge said “The train is just leaving”.
B. Marge “said The train is just leaving.”
C. Marge said The train is just leaving.
D. Marge said, “The train is just leaving.”
18. Which sentence uses the passive voice?
A. John searched for a job.
B. The tree was planted by Mary.
C. The rain continued until dawn.
D. Lies destroy friendship.
19. Which one of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
A. The sea calmed but no boats left shore.
B. The sea calmed, but no boats left shore.
C. The sea, calmed, but no boats, left shore.
D. The sea calmed; but no boats, left shore.
20. Identify the compound sentence.
A. Last summer, we decided to drive to the beach.
B. The rain began to fall, but we did not want to leave.
C. Because it had been sunny all week, we did not bring umbrellas.
D. While it rained on the beach, we swam in the ocean.
End of exam
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