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Sentence Structure

Question 1
A comma should be used ________ and, but, or another coordinating conjunction linking main clauses.

a.before
b.after
c.between
d.both before and after

Question 2
Choose the correct use of apostrophes in the sentence below.
The trucks muffler clearly had several holes in it.

a.no apostrophes needed
b.apostrophe in truck's
c.apostrophes in truck's and hole's

Question 3
Choose the correct use of apostrophes in the sentence below.
Even her dress buttons were in the shape of cats.

a.apostrophe at the end of dress'
b.apostrophe and 's' added to dress's
c.-es added to dresses

Question 4
Which punctuation could be used to separate items in a series?

a.quotation mark
b.semicolon
c.apostrophe
d.colon

Question 5
Choose the correct use of apostrophes in the sentence below.
The chandeliers in the governors mansion are disassembled and cleaned once a year.

a.no apostrophes needed
b.apostrophe in chandelier's
c.apostrophe in governor's

Question 6
A sentence can be ended with which of the three following punctuation marks?

a.a colon, a semicolon, or a period.
b.a period, a comma, or an exclamation point.
c.a semicolon, a period, or an exclamation point.
d.a question mark, and exclamation point, or a period.

Question 7
Choose the letter of the one sentence in which quotations and underlining are correctly used.

a.The Art News article A Pioneer in Many Fields announced the death of the multitalented Gordon Parks at age 93.
b.The "Art News" article A Pioneer in Many Fields announced the death of the multitalented Gordon Parks at age 93.
c.The Art News article "A Pioneer in Many Fields" announced the death of the multitalented Gordon Parks at age 93.

Question 8
Choose the correctly capitalized version of the sentence below.

a.The Lawyer told the assembled family that their wealthy Uncle had left his entire fortune to his cat.
b.The lawyer told the assembled family that their wealthy Uncle had left his entire fortune to his cat.
c.The lawyer told the assembled family that their wealthy uncle had left his entire fortune to his cat.

Question 9
The following is an example of homonyms:

a.height and high
b.know and known
c.piece and peace
d.mouse and mice

Question 10
Choose the letter of the one sentence in which quotations and underlining are correctly used.

a.Three of my favorite short stories are all by women authors: Alice Walker's Everyday Use, Willa Cather's Old Mrs. Harris, and Bobbie Ann Mason's Shiloh.
b.Three of my favorite short stories are all by women authors: Alice Walker's Everyday Use, Willa Cather's Old Mrs. Harris, and Bobbie Ann Mason's Shiloh.
c.Three of my favorite short stories are all by women authors: Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," Willa Cather's "Old Mrs. Harris," and Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh."

Step 1: Use a word processor to correct the capitalization for the following sentences.

1. orson welles's mercury theater radio broadcast of "the war of the worlds" caused mass panic and hysteria on october 30, 1938.

2. before the lecture began, the instructor spoke briefly to the students, stating, "welcome to pre-algebra mathematics 130."

3. several students who plan to major in the social and behavior sciences meet on tuesday and thursday to discuss many issues, including the impact of jeffersonian democracy on contemporary society.

4. we were unable to distinguish the honors students from those on academic probation based on their dress, social affiliations, musical preferences, or ethnicity.

5. the scarsdale passengers enjoyed the scenic bus route that passed such stores as macy's, gourmet cook, and periwinkle's tonsorial parlor.

6. no one knew that the former catholic nun, sister mary elizabeth scoggins, was my oldest daughter.

7. my mother's friend, vicky joan eikon, has studied hard at cornell university medical school.

8. "let's remove the hydrogen element from the chemical solution," suggested sam. "later, we'll see if any carbon dioxide gas remains in the beaker."

9. cruises on the caribbean sea make stops at the islands of barbados, trinidad, and jamaica.

10. if joyce could have her own way, she would leave houston immediately for the rolling hills southeast of austin.

Solution Preview

1. D - both before and after
2. B - truck's - you are only talking about one truck therefore making it singular
3. B - the subject is the dress - there is only one dress
4. B - semicolon
5. C - governor's - only one governor - not multiple governor
6. D
7. C
8. C - no capitalization required - there are no proper nouns.
9. C - piece and peace - words that sound the same and are spelled different and have different meanings
10. C

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Solution Summary

A variety of multiple choice and short answer questions regarding proper sentence structure including: capitalization, quotations, periods, semi colons, etc.

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