Writing Skills Part One

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1. Which of the following best illustrates a pair of sentences that are joined by an understood relationship? A. I don't understand a word you said. Have you taken a course in English literature? B. Luke put three dollars into the office football pool. He was looking forward to vacation. -C. Detective Smiley scanned the dim hallway. He pulled his pistol from its holster. D. It rained for ten days and ten nights. Grandmother Grady called a company to drill a well. 2. Choose the connective that belongs in the blank in the following sentence. Everyone appeared to be having a good time. _______, my impressions may have been wrong. A. In fact B. Furthermore C. In other words -D. Of course 3. Which of the following is a complex sentence? A. Check out the editorial page in today's paper and you'll notice the piece by Oscar Lewis. B. I simply cannot make heads or tails of rap lyrics, but I suppose I'm just too old to understand them. C. I would like to visit the Kinshasa, but I understand the city is unsafe for foreigners. -D. As Jake was reading the letter from June yet again, the flight attendant coughed gently to get his attention. 4. Which of these is a run-on sentence? A. I thought about what he'd said soon I realized he was right. B. You and I and the whole team will go. C. Before lunch, I played volleyball; after lunch I did again. -D. I went home and ate and ate. 5. Which one of the following sentences contains an unnecessary word? A. She left early, though he told her not to. B. Rich was angry, but he concealed his feelings. C. Why don't you leave before the crowd arrives? -D. The snake raised up its head and struck. 6. How are the ideas in the following two sentences tied together? The best time I had all summer was the night of Sherry's party. The worst was the next day. A. Sentences closely connected in meaning -B. Word
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