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COMM 215 Final Grammar Test (15 points possible)

Part I: True or False

The following word group is a FRAGMENT: The local baseball team, needing a good pitcher most of all.

__True

__False

The following word group is a FRAGMENT: Using a flashlight, he looked under the bed for his shoes.

__True

__False

The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three employees from our company and one from our competitor WAS fired.

__True

__False

The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three of my friends LIKE this band.

__True

__False

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

__False

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

__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.

I don't know what you want me to do, the directions are not clear.

__ Sentence fragment

__ Comma splice

__ Run-on sentence

__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

While I like bacon, it is not good for me.

__ Sentence fragment

__ Comma splice

__ Run-on sentence

__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

I like chocolate she likes butterscotch.

__ Sentence fragment

__ Comma splice

__ Run-on sentence

__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

Identify the pronoun error in each of the following sentences.

The teacher said they were going to grade the test over the weekend.

__ Pronoun shift in number

__ Pronoun shift in person

__ Ambiguous reference

__ No error

Sally told Janice that she made the honor roll.

__ Pronoun shift in number

__ Pronoun shift in person

__ Ambiguous reference

__ No error

The new employees worked long hours, hoping that doing so would advance their careers.

__ Pronoun shift in number

__ Pronoun shift in person

__ Ambiguous reference

__ No error

Identify the location or locations where apostrophe errors occur:

When we we're (A) on our way home, we were (B) eager to get they're (C).

__Only A

__Only B

__Only C

__A and C

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

__A and C

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

__No error

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

__B

__C

__No error

Choose the correct verb tenses required in the following sentence.

Whenever I __ to the grocery, I always ___ for fresh produce.

__ went/looked

__ went/look

__ go/looked

__ had gone/look

Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.

I was surprised by how successful Janice ____.

__ become

__ had become

__ became

__ had became

Choose the answer that completes each sentence correctly.

Investing in pure research ___ yields no immediate profit, can be hard to justify when a company is in financial difficulties.

__ who

__ which

__ , which

__ that

Some interviewers ____ have a clear sense of what they want in an employee, ask very tough questions.

__ who

__, who

__ which

__ that

A venture capitalist has to be willing to take risks when invests money.

__ they /their

__ he / his

__ she /her

__ he or she /his or her

Many times people will ask a writer where gets ideas.

__ they/their.

__ he/his

__ she/her

__ 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 only given for answers that are completely correct.)

Revise the following word group to remove all fragments and/or parallelism errors.

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 really good at baseball, which is why they won the World Series in 2005.

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

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.

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

One of my friends want to attend my graduation ceremony.

One of my friends wants to attend my graduation ceremony.

Revise the following sentence to remove all pronoun errors.

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

When a teacher writes and exam, he/she thinks about what aspects of student learning they want to test.

Revise the following sentences to remove all apostrophe errors.

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.

I gave you your's, and Im sorry if its broken now.

I gave you yours. I'm sorry if it's broken now.

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

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.

Revise the following sentences to create parallel constructions.

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 that adapting to changing circumstances and self-motivation will be needed.

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