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Writing Review and Quiz #1

Posted by CW64 on July 27, 2010

Whether or not you have been reading the blog thus far, you will find this review and follow-up quiz challenging, as not all the questions pertain to the content of the existing posts here. As fair warning, the questions get gradually more thought-provoking.

Don’t worry – no ‘grades’ will be assigned; this is merely for the sake of knowledge. I will throw in such an exercise every now and then to keep you on your toes.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and share your own knowledge. Everyone should find this as both a learning and a teaching experience.


1) Which of the following is/are (a) subject(s) to a sentence?

a) on the lawn
b) Tommy’s hat
c) Live on the edge
d) The just and the mighty
e) a & b
f) a & d
g) b & d
h) c & d

2) The following is/are (a) complete sentence(s):

a) America’s red, white and blue
b) Lindsey is
c) John plays softball well
d) Lost and bewildered
e) a & b
f) a & d
g) b & c
h) c & d

3) The following is/are (a) predicate(s):

a) over the river and through the woods
b) passed into eternity
c) regarding Billy’s opinion
d) am
e) a & b
f) a & c
g) b & c
h) b & d

4) Which of the following is/are syntactically incorrect?

a) In the light of day, problems seem worst
b) Lost and scared, the deer in the headlights
c) Jimmy, somewhat oafish, has a hard time meeting girls
d) When all is said and done, everyone dies in the end
e) a & b
f) b & c
g) b & d
h) c & d

5) Which of the following is/are (a) dependent clause(s)?

a) of whom I knew well
b) in the closet
c) farther than the eye could see
d) but laughed out loud when she watched the clowns perform
e) a & d
f) c & d
g) all of the above
h) none of the above

6) The subject of a sentence always has an article:


7) Fill in the blank: The four types of sentences are: the simple sentence, the compound sentence, the complex sentence and the ____________________________________ sentence.

a) coordinate
b) extended
c) compound-complex
d) lateral

8 ) Why is the commonly-used combination “would of” incorrect?

a) because a conditional verb and a preposition do not go together
b) because the two words require a hyphenation
c) because conditionals require the auxiliary verb “have” to make sense
d) because the similarity in sound does not equate to similarity in meaning, even if the incorrect form is somehow understood
e) a, b & c
f) a, b & d
g) a, c & d
h) b, c & d

9) (One) example(s) of a modifier would be . . .

a) Stereophonic
b) In light blue
c) Lasting until sunset
d) Janet’s
e) a & b
f) a & d
g) all the above
h) none of the above

10) What is true regarding the following sentence?

“All flared up, the soldiers lay down their weapons.”

a) it is a syntactically ironic statement
b) it is a simple sentence
c) it contains more than one modifier
d) the soldiers are no longer armed
e) a & c
f) b & c
g) all the above
h) none of the above

11) Which of the following is an example of a syllepsis?

a) I came/I saw/I conquered
b) Neither she nor I am in the mood to cook tonight
c) Ted wants his coffee
d) But Janie still went
e) a & b
f) a & c
g) b & d
h) c & d

12) Which of the following illustrates an anadiplosis?

a) She’s not unattractive
b) We follow you, not you follow us
c) Maxine hates John, therefore she loves him
d) All are here/all are waiting/all are ready to go
e) In the end, he was dead, dead and buried, buried and forever gone


13) An exclamation mark denotes:

a) an interrogative
b) a yell
c) a whisper
d) sarcasm in written dialogue
e) a & b
f) a & c
g) c & d
h) none of the above

14) The main use(s) of a semicolon are:

a) to fuse two related clauses or sentences, and to separate elements of a series when one or more elements contains internal punctuation
b) to indicate a pause at the end of a paragraph
c) to indicate thought in description when it is embedded in the narrative
d) to set off a tone of a sentence when the emotions of a speaker are not identified.

15) An ellipsis signifies . . .

a) a trailing of thought
b) an unmentioned or implied continuation of ideas or elements in a series
c) an introductory lead into an additional body of information related to a premise
d) a pause in casual writing
e) a & b
f) a & c
g) all of the above
h) none of the above

16) Why is a comma incorrect between two complete sentences?

a) because complete sentences should be separated by a period
b) because a comma between two complete sentences forms a run-on
c) because commas should be reserved for separating elements in a series
d) because the separation of two independent clauses requires a semicolon when a period isn’t used
e) a, b & d
f) b, c & d
g) all of the above
h) none of the above

17) Which of these is/are not an element of punctuation?

a) an anaphora
b) a semicolon
c) a hyphen
d) a litotes
e) a & c
f) a & d
g) c & d
h) none of the above (meaning: they all are)

18) It’s improper to place a semicolon between two independent clauses, but not between two dependent clauses.


19) A hyphen . . .

a) sets off highlights of a particular term or phrase, such as in emphasis
b) sets off a clause not pertinent to the main meaning of a sentence but adding important information just the same.
c) joins two words to create a term bearing a distinct meaning related to the premise or statement to which it is applied
d) indicates an interruption in written dialogue
e) a & b
f) b & c
g) all of the above
h) none of the above

20) Which of the following hyphen-bearing passages is/are punctually correct?

a) Jan is the middle of three children; she is the second-oldest
b) Clowns are such a joy to watch – their goofy behavior and colorful outfits intend to make everyone laugh and feel good
c) Chances are that –
d) Nancy – who, by the way, had three kids now of adult age – was greatly liked and had many friends
e) a, b & d
f) b, c & d
g) all of the above
h) none of the above


21) Hermeneutic:

a) explanatory
b) diseased
c) stagnant
d) religious

22) Punctilious:

a) messy
b) erroneous
c) observant
d) rebellious

23) Endemic:

a) allergic
b) stigmatic
c) strategic
d) distinctive

24) Efficacious:

a) contagious
b) effective
c) irritating
d) lacking

25) Chromatic

a) pertaining to metal
b) pertaining to color
c) pertaining to detail
d) pertaining to baldness

26) Miscegenation:

a) infection
b) ignorance
c) crossbreeding
d) lacking emotion

27) equable:

a) even
b) fair
c) inflated
d) stable

28) Assiduous:

a) diligent
b) asinine
c) oblivious
d) late

29) Anfractuous:

a) broken
b) ambiguous
c) complicated
d) distant

30) Indolent:

a) rude
b) lazy
c) cold
d) obtuse


4 Responses to “Writing Review and Quiz #1”

  1. bukmacher said

    Great info, thanks for useful article. I’m waiting for more

  2. I read your posts and i think you got talent in writing

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