Simple Compound And Complex Sentences Quiz

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Get ready for an engaging challenge with our Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences Quiz. This quiz is designed to put your sentence structure knowledge to the test. You'll encounter sentences and your task is to determine whether each one is simple, compound, or complex.

Understanding sentence structures is essential for effective communication and writing. This quiz not only evaluates your existing knowledge but also enhances your understanding of different sentence types. Achieving a score above 80 percent means you've mastered this aspect of grammar.
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Simple Compound And Complex Sentences Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    While the people came, Rachel sneaked in through the window.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    C. Complex
    Explanation
    The given sentence contains a dependent and an independent clause connected by the subordinating conjunction "while.” "While the people came" is the dependent clause, and "Rachel sneaked in through the window" is the independent clause. The conjunction "while" indicates a temporal relationship between the two clauses, suggesting that the actions of the people coming and Rachel sneaking in through the window happened simultaneously. Therefore, the sentence is a complex sentence.

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  • 2. 

    I want to go to the gym, yet I don't go there.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    B. Compound
    Explanation
    The given statement consists of two independent clauses, "I want to go to the gym" and "I don't go there." These clauses are joined by the coordinating conjunction "yet," indicating a contrast or contradiction between the two ideas. Therefore, the statement is classified as a compound sentence.

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  • 3. 

    Maya should not handle this situation.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple
    Explanation
    Maya should not handle this situation is a simple sentence because it consists of only one independent clause. It does not contain any dependent clauses or additional phrases.

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  • 4. 

    Paul and Stephen never attended the party.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Paul and Stephen never attended the party" consists of a subject (Paul and Stephen) and a verb (attend). It does not contain any dependent clauses or additional phrases. Therefore, it can be classified as a simple sentence, which is a sentence that consists of only one independent clause.

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  • 5. 

    Since it's a dark night, we should stay here.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    C. Complex
    Explanation
    The sentence "Since it's a dark night, we should stay here." is a complex sentence. It consists of an independent clause ("We should stay here") and a dependent clause ("Since it's a dark night") connected by the subordinating conjunction "since." Because of the dependent clause, this is a complex sentence. 

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  • 6. 

    Although he searched everywhere, Mr. Brooks could not find the keys to the computer lab.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    C. Complex
    Explanation
    The given sentence is an example of a complex sentence because it consists of an independent clause ("Mr. Brooks could not find the keys to the computer lab") and a dependent clause ("Although he searched everywhere"). The dependent clause cannot stand alone as a complete sentence, but it adds additional information to the independent clause.

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  • 7. 

    What is a sentence that has an independent clause and at least one dependent clause called?

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    C. Complex
    Explanation
    A sentence that has an independent clause and at least one dependent clause is called a complex sentence. In a complex sentence, the independent clause can stand alone as a complete sentence, while the dependent clause relies on the independent clause to make sense. This type of sentence structure allows for more complexity and variety in expressing ideas.

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  • 8. 

    Sarah and Ashley giggled and whispered all night.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    B. Compound
    Explanation
    The sentence consists of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction "and" – "Sarah and Ashley giggled" and "whispered all night." This makes it a compound sentence.

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  • 9. 

    A single independent clause is a

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound sentence

    • C.

      Complex sentence

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple sentence
    Explanation
    A single independent clause is a simple sentence. A simple sentence consists of one subject and one predicate, expressing a complete thought. It can stand alone as a complete sentence and does not require any additional clauses or phrases to make sense.

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  • 10. 

    Although he ate food, he was still hungry.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound sentence

    • C.

      Complex sentence

    • D.

      Not sure

    Correct Answer
    C. Complex sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence is a complex sentence because it consists of two clauses, "Although he ate food" and "he was still hungry," connected by the subordinating conjunction "although." The first clause is a dependent clause, and the second clause is an independent clause. The use of the subordinating conjunction and the presence of both types of clauses make it a complex sentence.

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Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.

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