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Mrs.

Robertson

English IV

First Nine Weeks Exam

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Select the option that best describes the arrangement of clauses within each
sentence and mark it on the answer sheet. Sometimes the description will refer to
only the underlined part of a sentence. Read all the options carefully before making
your choice.
1. Before Raoul bought his new car, he remembered that his grandmother might give
him her old sedan.
The independent clause is “Before Raoul brought his new car.”

The independent clause in this sentence contains only two words.

There are two independent clauses here.


2. Alicia’s wrist began to hurt, and her mother made a doctor’s appointment for her.

The underlined part is the sole independent clause here.

The real independent clause begins with “and.”

This sentence contains two independent clauses.


3. Zipping around the park in her little sportster, Judie began to feel, at last, like a
millionaire.

The underlined part is the independent clause.

Trick question: there is no independent clause.

The independent clause begins with “Judie.”


4. Although Jerry had taken several courses in computer science, he couldn’t solve the
problems with his hard drive.

The underlined part is the independent clause.

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The independent clause begins with the word “he.”

The sentence contains two independent clauses.


5. The Saints have begun their long journey back to championship football, working
seriously on fundamentals and beginning to attract new fans to the game.

The sentence is one long independent clause.

The sentence contains two independent clauses.

Only the underlined part is the independent clause.


6. Ernesto wanted to spend the night studying, but his wife had other ideas.

The sentence contains two independent clauses.

Only the underlined part of the sentence is an independent clause.

The sentence is one long independent clause (with a compound verb).


7. The crowd began to clap and cheer as the team entered through a cloud of smoke.

The sentence contains two independent clauses.

The independent clause begins with the word “as.”

The underlined part is the independent clause.


8. Gordy worked his way up to middle management but kept on wishing for a better job.

The underlined part of the sentence is the independent clause.

The sentence is one independent clause.

The sentence contains two independent clauses.


9. Geraldo began to leap around the room when his wife fed him the jalapeño peppers.

The independent clause is the part of the sentence not underlined.

The independent clause is the part of the sentence that is underlined.

The sentence contains two independent clauses


10. Beyonce signed the contract but never agreed to purchase the CDs.

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This sentence contains two independent clauses.

The underlined part is the complete independent clause.

The entire sentence is one independent clause.


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11. There are four possible answers to this question.


(Identify is the simple subject in the sentence below.)
a. There b. question c. possible d. answers
12. Running through the park after dark can be very dangerous.
What is the subject of this sentence?

a. Running b. park c. dark d. Running through the park after dark e. either (a) or (d) above
13. Laughter is the best medicine.
What term describes the word "laughter"?

a. a collective noun b. a mass noun c. a count noun d. a proper noun e. a super nomial

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14. What is true of the following example? "A man had just married an automobile."

A. It is a simple sentence. B. It is a complex sentence. C. It is a compound sentence. D. It is a

compound-complex sentence. E. None of the above.


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15. What is true of the following example? "The ape is accepted, and sits quietly smoking a cigar and reading
a newspaper, which he holds upside down."

A. It is a simple sentence. B. It is a complex sentence. C. It is a compound sentence. D. It is a

compound-complex sentence. E. None of the above.


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16. What is true of the following example? "He doesn't like it, but he wants it to like him."

A. It is a simple sentence. B. It is a complex sentence. C. It is a compound sentence. D. It is a

compound-complex sentence. E. None of the above.


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II. From the choices provided after each sentence select the verb that would correctly complete the
sentence.

17. You seem to be having trouble there. _________ I help you?

A. Would B. Will C. Shall


18. I don't have enough mone y to buy lunch. __________ you lend me a couple of dollars?

A. May B. Could C. Shall


19. That ice is dangerously thin now. You ________ go ice-skating today.

A. mustn't B. might not C. would mind not to


20. It's way past my bedtime and I'm really tired. I ________ go to bed.

A. should B. ought C. could


21. He ______________ have committed this crime. He wasn't even in the city that night.

A. might B. shouldn’t C. couldn't


22. John is over two hours late already, He ___________ missed the bus again.

A. should have B. must have C. will have


23. I'm really quite lost. _______________ showing me how to get out of here?

A. would you mind B. Would you be C. Must you be


24. That bus is usually on time. It _________ to be here any time now.

A.. might B. has C. ought


25. I read about your plane's near disaster. You ____________ terrified!

A.. might have been B. must have C. shall have been


26. It's the law. They ____________ have a blood test before they get married.

A. might B. could C. have to


27. Professor Villa, we've finished our work for today. _________ we leave now, please?

A. May B. Can C. Must


III. Of the three sentences in each group, select the one that is NOT a sentence fragment.
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A. Mrs. Blanco gone to visit her mother at the hospital.

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B. Finding a parking space there is usually easy during the week.

C. Driving in the city during the evening rush hour.

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A. To apply for a job at the new store in the mall.

B. Asking the interviewer how often he would have to work on weekends.

C. Shaking his new boss's hand, Tony knew he would like working there.

30.

A. By the time Frances found out how expensive the wallpapering job would be.

B. After getting estimates from five contractors, she decided to do the work herself.

C. Before picking out an interesting wallpaper pattern that went well with her furniture.

31.

A. Who borrowed Stefanie's car Saturday night.

B. The nineteen-year-old car looked out of place next to the new models.

C. Which the salesman was surprised to find in such good shape.

32.

A. While waiting for her neighbor to move the car that blocked the driveway.

B. To avoid hitting the other car, Michael had to back across the corner of the lawn.

C. By making sure that no one will park across the driveway again.

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A. Because Manuel was sure he had heard the same strange story many months ago.

B. Although I will never forget how cold we were when we lost our heat last winter.

C. Since Anna wasn't at the meeting, I took notes so that she wouldn't miss anything.

34.

A. When my cousin moved to Troy, New York, after he finished school.

B. After he went to all the trouble of fixing up his apartment.

C. While living there, he made very few friends.

35.

A. My brother has been running a charter fishing boat for five years.

B. Many of his customers coming back three or four times over the summer.

C. His business been so busy that he has very little time for anything else.

36.

A. In the hiding place that Carl had been using for years to get away from the noisy house.

B. By the time that everyone had quieted down, my favorite television show was over.

C. Before planning another family get-together at the already crowded park.

37.

A. Although I knew she might wear something outrageous, I was still shocked by her dress.

B. Because she didn't want to tell where she had bought the strange outfit

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.C. When we finally heard that she had made the dress herself.