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Question 1 of 20
5.0/ 5.0 Points
All of the following are guidelines for making your writing more engaging except
A. use different ways to join ideas.
B. use a mix of short and long sentences.
C. avoid using commands, questions, or exclamation.
D. vary the beginnings of sentences.
Question 2 of 20
We read, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sally hates spiders, my friend collects spiders.Ã¢â‚¬Â Which kind of error are we seeing here?
A. Fragments joined by a comma
B. A run-on
C. A comma splice
D. Unnecessary punctuation
Question 3 of 20
Basic ways to define a word or term include all of the following except definition by
Question 4 of 20
In a definition by _______, the author of paragraph tells us what is not true before he or she tells us what is true.
Question 5 of 20
The two kinds of _______ paragraphs explained in your textbook are the how-to paragraph and the explanation paragraph.
Question 6 of 20
Which word is a synonym for Ã¢â‚¬Å“timidÃ¢â‚¬Â?
Question 7 of 20
An example of a prepositional phrase is
A. Ã¢â‚¬Å“the dog barked.Ã¢â‚¬Â
B. Ã¢â‚¬Å“sleeping late.Ã¢â‚¬Â
C. Ã¢â‚¬Å“the horns blared.Ã¢â‚¬Â
D. Ã¢â‚¬Å“in the desk.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question 8 of 20
Beginning writers tend to overuse _______, which quickly become monotonous.
A. long sentences
B. complicated sentences
C. short, simple sentences
D. complex sentences
Question 9 of 20
Transitional expressions used in process paragraphs include all of the following except
A. begin by.
Question 10 of 20
A/an _______ modifies a noun, a verb, or another adverb.
Question 11 of 20
When an author writes a/an _______ question in a paragraph, he or she intends to answer it in the balance of the paragraph.
Question 12 of 20
A/an _______ is a word or group of words that renames or describes a noun or pronoun, as in the sentence, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Carlos, a native of Argentina, is the new wrestling champion.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A. compound predicate
D. Ã¢â‚¬Å“-ingÃ¢â‚¬Â modifier
Question 13 of 20
These two sentences appear in a paragraph: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sally loves horses.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sally hates cowboy movies.Ã¢â‚¬Â If you combine these two sentences into one sentence, using the conjunction Ã¢â‚¬Å“yet,Ã¢â‚¬Â your new sentence will have a
A. compound predicate.
B. compound subject.
C. complex predicate.
D. complex subject.
Question 14 of 20
The _______ paragraph gives the reader directions on how he or she can do something.
Question 15 of 20
A/an _______ tells us more about a noun or pronoun and must be placed directly before or directly after the noun or pronoun it refers to.
C. prepositional phrase
Question 16 of 20
A run-on occurs when two independent clauses are joined by a _______ conjunction.
Question 17 of 20
A prepositional phrase is a group of words containing a preposition and
A. its object.
B. a verb.
C. a subject.
D. its predicate.
Question 18 of 20
Which statement is true?
A. Good writers never use exclamation marks.
B. An imperative sentence is a command.
C. Commands are followed by an exclamation mark.
D. Rhetorical questions are used only in satirical writing.
Question 19 of 20
_______ paragraphs give readers step-by-step information.
Question 20 of 20
All of the following are true about dangling modifiers except
A. dangling modifiers are essentially indistinguishable from fragments.
B. they arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t logically related to the word or words theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re supposed to modify.
C. theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re generally the first words of a sentence.
D. dangling modifiers canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be corrected by moving words around.
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