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2004 English Writing



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

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Evan isn’t sure what he should write about. All of these will help him focus on a topic
idea EXCEPT —
a.
reading a magazine article or encyclopedia entry about weather
c.
reading a book about writing
b.
interviewing a local meteorologist
d.
brainstorming with classmates about possible topics
 

 2. 


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Based on his research, this chart will help him do all of the following EXCEPT —
a.
identify important relationships
c.
decide on an organizational pattern for his report
b.
stay focused on his topic
d.
determine the number of pages his report will be
 

 3. 

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Read the following sentences from Evan’s rough draft: They are both classified as cyclones. They are cyclones because they consist of strong winds moving in a circular direction around a low-pressure center called an “eye.” How can Evan best combine these sentences without changing their meaning?
a.
They are both classified as cyclones
because they consist of strong winds
moving in a circular direction around a
low-pressure center called an “eye.”
c.
They are both classified as cyclones
because of strong winds and moving in a
circular direction around a low-pressure
center called an “eye.”
b.
Moving in a circular direction around a
low-pressure center called an “eye,” they
are both classified as cyclones and they
consist of strong winds.
d.
They consist of strong winds moving
in a circular direction around a
low-pressure center called an “eye”
because they are classified as cyclones.
 

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Evan develops paragraph 2 of his rough draft by —
a.
defining important terms
c.
using examples of the two kinds of
storms
b.
including anecdotes about cyclones
d.
contrasting the two kinds of storms
 

 5. 

mc005-1.jpgWhen Evan reviews his draft, he finds the following fused sentence: Tornadoes in the Northern Hemisphere most often spin counterclockwise those in the Southern Hemisphere usually spin in a clockwise direction. Which of the following is the best way to correct the error?
a.
Tornadoes in the Northern Hemisphere
most often spin counterclockwise, those
in the Southern Hemisphere usually
spin in a clockwise direction.
c.
Tornadoes in the Northern Hemisphere
most often spin counterclockwise, and in
the Southern Hemisphere usually in a
clockwise direction.
b.
Tornadoes in the Northern Hemisphere
most often spin counterclockwise so
those in the Southern Hemisphere
usually spin in a clockwise direction.
d.
Tornadoes in the Northern Hemisphere
most often spin counterclockwise, while
those in the Southern Hemisphere
usually spin in a clockwise direction.
 

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How is the sentence It is not unusual or unlikely for a hurricane to cut a path of destruction from anywhere from 200 to 300 miles wide and to last for two, or three, or four days. best rewritten?
a.
A hurricane may cut a path of
destruction 200 to 300 miles wide over a
period of several days.
c.
A hurricane may cut a path of
destruction and it can be anywhere from
200 to 300 miles wide and last several
days.
b.
Unlikely or unusual, a hurricane can
cut a path of destruction anywhere from
200 to 300 miles wide and over several
days.
d.
A hurricane to cut a path of destruction
can last for two, three or four days and
be from anywhere to 200 to 300 miles
wide.
 

 7. 

mc007-1.jpgIn sentence 23, has rotating wind speeds is correctly written —
a.
is rotating wind speeds
c.
were rotating wind speeds
b.
have rotating wind speeds
d.
as it is
 

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In sentence 25, a house that is built good is correctly written —
a.
a house that is built well
c.
a house that was built good
b.
a house that are built good
d.
as it is
 

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In sentence 27, Most people find hurricanes and tornadoes alarming is
correctly written —
a.
Much people find hurricanes and
tornadoes alarming
c.
More people found hurricanes and
tornadoes alarming
b.
More people find hurricanes and
tornadoes alarming
d.
as it is
 

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In sentence 27, the blackened skies, and heavy rains, and roaring winds is
correctly written —
a.
the blackened skies heavy rains, and
roaring winds
c.
the blackened, skies heavy rains, and
roaring winds
b.
the blackened skies, heavy rains, and
roaring winds
d.
as it is
 

 11. 

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In sentence 28, studying these storms and to try is correctly written —
a.
studying these storms to trying
c.
studied these storms to try and
b.
studying these storms and trying
d.
as it is
 

 12. 

mc012-1.jpgGiven Alison’s purpose for writing, which of these will she need to do in her letter?
a.
Defend her opinion of the fashion industry
c.
Present her research in a logical sequence
b.
Get to know herself better through writing
d.
Provide evidence that she can do the job
 

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Which sentence does not belong in Alison’s draft?
a.
Sentence 1
c.
Sentence 7
b.
Sentence 7
d.
Sentence 9
 

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Sentence 5 in Alison’s draft is out of sequence. Alison should place it —
a.
before sentence 1
c.
before sentence 8
b.
after sentence 2
d.
after sentence 10
 

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Which sentence could Alison add after
sentence 9 to provide more details?
a.
I really hope that you will consider
me for this position for which I am
obviously qualified.
c.
I am particularly skilled at helping
customers coordinate their outfits
and at setting up attractive displays
b.
My art teacher, Mrs. Larkin, once
told me that she considers me one of
her best students.
d.
Since I was a young child, I have
enjoyed drawing and painting.
 

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Which of the following will Alison need to revise because it is a sentence
fragment?
a.
Sentence 3
c.
Sentence 7
b.
Sentence 5
d.
Sentence 9
 

 17. 

mc017-1.jpgIn sentence 13, how is closing the store as I often do in the evenings require correctly written?
a.
closing the store as I often do in the
evening require
c.
closing the store as I often do in the
evenings requiring
b.
closing the store as I often do in the
evenings requires
d.
As it is
 

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In sentence 14, how is Carter’s
children’s discount store correctly
written?
a.
Carter’s Children’s discount store
c.
Carter’s Children’s Discount Store
b.
Carter’s children’s discount Store
d.
As it is
 

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In sentence 14, how is a position that
will offer myself correctly written?
a.
a position that will offer me
c.
a position that will offer us
b.
a position that will offer them
d.
As it is
 

 20. 

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In sentence 16, how is convenience
correctly written?
a.
convinence
c.
conveneince
b.
conveniets
d.
As it is
 

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Which of the following would best help Terry find information on her topic?
a.
Looking for books using her school’s online library catalog
c.
Reading the autobiography of a bicycle racing champion
b.
Studying a map of the bike trails near her school
d.
Listing reasons inactive students should take up cycling
 

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As she prepares to write, Terry will need to move which of the following
to a different category on her web?
a.
prevents injury
c.
food and water
b.
appropriate shoes
d.
comfortable clothing
 

 23. 

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The reader can tell that the tone of
Terry’s draft is personal because —
a.
Terry speaks to the reader directly
c.
Terry included scientific facts
b.
the topic of Terry’s draft is interesting
to many people
d.
the material is designed for a
newspaper article
 

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Which of these sentences does not
belong in Terry’s draft?
a.
Sentence 5
c.
Sentence 10
b.
Sentence 8
d.
Sentence 14
 

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How is sentence 6 best rewritten to
make it clearer?
a.
The first rule, drummed into all our
heads, many people ignore.
c.
Though the first rule has been
drummed into all our heads, many
people ignore it.
b.
Ignoring the first rule drummed into
all our heads are many people.
d.
Drummed into many people’s heads,
the first rule is still ignored by many
of them.
 

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In sentence 20, how is kits’ include
correctly written?
a.
kit’s include
c.
kits include
b.
kits’ included
d.
As it is
 

 27. 

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In sentence 23, how is my friend Janet
and me correctly written?
a.
my friend, Janet, and me
c.
my friend Janet, and I
b.
my friend Janet and I
d.
As it is
 

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In sentence 23, how is Grover
Cleveland State Park correctly
written?
a.
Grover Cleveland state Park
c.
Grover Cleveland State park
b.
Grover Cleveland state park
d.
As it is
 

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In sentence 29, how is Finally, all ways
correctly written?
a.
Finally al ways
c.
Finally, allways
b.
Finally, always
d.
As it is
 

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In sentence 32, how is garantee
correctly written?
a.
guarantee
c.
guarentee
b.
gearantee
d.
As it is
 



 
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