Diagnostic Exam for English 1A (Wait List Version) Name




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1. Main (independent) clauses


A. are grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. B. have subjects and verbs but can’t stand alone.


C. are not grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. D. have subjects and verbs and can stand alone.


2. Subordinate (dependent) clauses


A. are grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. B. have subjects and verbs but can’t stand alone.


C. are not grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. D. have subjects and verbs and can stand alone.


3. When a dependent clause precedes an independent clause, what punctuation mark should you use?


A. A semicolon. B. None. C. A comma. D. A colon.


4. What punctuation mark should you use when an independent clause precedes a dependent clause?


A. A semicolon. B. None. C. A comma. D. A colon.


5. When a phrase precedes an independent clause, what punctuation mark should you use?


A. A semicolon. B. Nothing. C. A comma. D. A colon.


6. Which of the following isn't one of the three primary ways of punctuating consecutive independent clauses?


A. A semicolon. B. A comma in front of a coordinating conjunction. C. A comma D. A period.


7. Restrictive elements


A. are grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. B. have subjects and verbs and can stand alone.


C. are not grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. D. have subjects and verbs but can’t stand alone.


8. Nonrestrictive elements


A. are grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. B. have subjects and verbs and can stand alone.


C. are not grammatically essential to the sentences they are in. D. have subjects and verbs but can’t stand alone.


9. You should set restrictive elements off with A. Semicolons. B. Commas. C. Colons. D. Nothing.


10. You should set nonrestrictive elements off with A. Semicolons. B. Commas. C. Colons. D. Nothing.


11. Which of the following is a use of the colon? [:]


A. Separating consecutive independent (main) clauses when a conjunctive adverb is between them.


B. Introducing a sentence element after a main clause. C. Separating consecutive main clauses.


C. Separating items in a series when the items themselves have commas.


12. Which of the following is not a use of the semicolon? [;]


A. Separating items in a series when the items themselves have commas.


B. Separating consecutive independent clauses when a conjunctive adverb is between them.


C. Introducing a sentence element after an independent clause.


D. Separating consecutive independent clauses.


13. Where do commas and periods usually go in relation to closing quotation marks?


A. Commas and periods go outside closing quotation marks.


B. Commas and periods go inside closing quotation marks (unless there is an in-text citation).


14. Where do colons and semicolons go in relation to closing quotation marks?


A. Colons and semicolons go outside closing quotation marks.


B. Colons and semicolons go inside closing quotation marks.


15. In MLA format papers, names of stories, essays, articles, individual TV and radio episodes, poems, and songs are


A. Italicized or underlined. B. Put in bold font.


C. Enclosed in quotation marks. D. Put in lowercase letters except for the very first letter of the first word.


16. In MLA papers, names of journals, magazines, books, newspapers, plays, TV and radio series, and films are


A. Italicized or underlined. B. Put in bold font.


C. Enclosed in quotation marks. D. Put in lowercase letters except for the very first letter of the first word.


17. When words (like the singular “student” and the plural “children”) do not end in an “s,” make them possessive by


A. adding an apostrophe followed by an “s.” B. adding an “s” followed by an apostrophe.


18. When words (like the plural “students” and “bosses”) end with an “s,” make them possessive


A. by adding only an apostrophe after the “s” if no extra “s” sound is pronounced.


B. by adding an apostrophe after the “s” and then another “s”

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19. When words end with an “s” (like “boss”) and an extra “s” sound is pronounced when they are made possessive,


A. add only an apostrophe. B. add an apostrophe after the “s” and then another “s.”


20. Pronouns (like “it”) are made possessive by adding an apostrophe and an “s.” A. True B. False

Part Two: Supply periods, commas, colons, and semicolons. Make your marks very clear. If an item is fine the way that it is, write OK. (The colon in a film title is correct; it is there to set off a subtitle.)

  1. Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal was first published in 2001 and it has since been expanded it even inspired a 2006 film about the inner workings of a fictional fast food chain.


  2. Eric Schlosser an American journalist and author known for investigative journalism has written three books Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Reefer Madness and Chew On This.


  3. Eric Schlosser wrote Fast Food Nation Reefer Madness and Chew On This.


  4. Three films dealing with the American food industry are Fast Food Nation which is loosely based on Schlosser’s book of the same name Food, Inc. a documentary that graphically depicts many problems and Super Size Me which chronicles a month Morgan Spurlock spent eating nothing but food from McDonald’s.


  5. Schlosser discusses the eagerness of fast food companies to avoid hiring skilled workers and to rely instead upon highly unskilled workers in his book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.


  6. When Schlosser investigated the fast food industry he discovered the eagerness of fast food companies to avoid hiring skilled workers they rely instead upon highly unskilled workers.


  7. Schlosser discovered the eagerness of fast food companies to avoid hiring skilled workers when he conducted the research for his book.
     

  8. Fast food chains are convenient and offer inexpensive food however Schlosser asserts that the beef processors and fast food corporations are engaging in patterns of unethical conduct.


  9. Fast food chains are convenient and offer inexpensive food Schlosser asserts however that the beef processors and fast food corporations are engaging in patterns of unethical conduct.

Part Three: Add or delete ss and apostrophes when necessary. Change any pronoun spellings that are incorrect. If an item is correct the way that it is, write “OK.” 

  1. Clyde is my husbands cat, and Pigeon is my next-door neighbors dog. (Two neighbors.)

  2. Moya and Beth, our next-door neighbors, have a dog named Pigeon; Clyde is not a friend of Pigeon’s.

  3. Pigeon once chased Clyde to our swimming pools edge, and she slipped and fell in.

  4. My husband rescued Pigeon, but she didnt act very grateful.

  5. Moya and Beth dogs name is Pigeon.

  6. A childs best friend is often a dog.

  7. Clyde and Pigeon personalities are very similar; their both rather ill-tempered.

  8. The Scott family is not too big; the Scotts have two daughters and one son.

  9. Mr. and Mrs. Scotts childrens first names all begin with “S”: Susan, Sarah, and Sam.

  10. Who’s car has a dent on it’s side? The Scotts car.

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