Questions of Test: Improving Writing and Identifying Errors

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1

Which is the best revision for the bracketed portion of sentence (4)?

After turning the oven on, [next you will have to combine the ingredients.]

2

Which is the best revision for the bracketed portion of sentence (2)?

[The first step in most recipes instructs you] to preheat the oven.

3

The author wants to revise the order of the first four sentences. Which option is the best revision?

(1)Baking a cake is so easy if you can follow directions! (2)The first step in most recipes instructs you to preheat the oven. (3)Perhaps the most important step is to quickly read through the recipe to ensure that you have all the necessary ingredients and equipment. (4)After turning the oven on, next you will have to combine the ingredients. 

4

Which is the best way to revise sentence (8) to make it clear and precise?

(8) After the cake is thoroughly cooked, it must be cooled before frosting.
	

5

The next five questions refer to this passage.	

(1)Labrador Retrievers, otherwise known as Labs, are the best breed of dogs to own. (2) They are smart so the average owner will have no trouble teaching a Lab basic commands. (3)Labs have a great demeanor, making them popular with families with small children. (4) For the more advanced dog owner, Labs are capable of learning a variety of skills that make them a useful dog to own. (5) Because of their demeanor and eagerness to learn, Labs are commonly used as guide dogs. (6) The high energy level of Labs, coupled with their gentle nature, makes Labs a good choice for families, as well as individuals. (7) One point a perspective dog owner should consider before choosing a Lab is the amount of exercise and attention Labs require. (8) A bored Lab may become a destructive Lab. (9) Overall, Labs are the best breed for a number of people. 

Which is the best way to revise sentence (5)?

(5) Because of their demeanor and eagerness to learn, Labs are commonly used as guide dogs. 
	

6

The author wishes to revise sentences (7), (8), and (9) to make just two sentences. Which revision is best?

(7) One point a perspective dog owner should consider before choosing a Lab is the amount of exercise and attention Labs require. (8) A bored Lab may become a destructive Lab. (9) Overall, Labs are the best breed for a number of people.

7

Which revision makes sentence (6) most clear?

(6) The high energy level of Labs, coupled with their gentle nature, makes Labs a good choice for families, as well as individuals.

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Which revision makes sentence (2) most clear?

(2) They are smart so the average owner will have no trouble teaching a Lab basic commands.
	

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The author wishes to revise the order of sentences (1-5) of this passage. Which option is best?

(1) Labrador Retrievers, otherwise known as Labs, are the best breed of dogs to own. (2) They are smart so the average owner will have no trouble teaching a Lab basic commands. (3) Labs have a great demeanor, making them popular with families with small children. (4) For the more advanced dog owner, Labs are capable of learning a variety of skills that make them a useful dog to own. (5) Because of their demeanor and eagerness to learn, Labs are commonly used as guide dogs. 

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Improving Sentences

For the five questions that follow, you should read each sentence and decide how the [bracketed] portion needs to be revised based on the choices given. Choose the best revision that makes a clear and precise sentence while also meeting the conventions of standard written English.

[Produce, fruits and vegetables, are in grocery stores from many countries.]

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