Accuplacer Basic Grammar Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Everyone in the bank-including the manager and the tellers, ran to the door when the fire alarm rang.

    • A.

      Tellers, ran

    • B.

      Tellers:ran

    • C.

      Tellers, had run

    • D.

      Tellers-ran

    • E.

      Tellers' ran”

    Correct Answer
    D. Tellers-ran
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tellers-ran" because it correctly uses the past tense verb "ran" to match with the subject "tellers."

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  • 2. 

    To no ones surprise, Joe didn't have his homework ready.

    • A.

      No ones surprise

    • B.

      Noones surprise

    • C.

      No-ones surprise

    • D.

      No ones' surprise

    • E.

      No one's surprise

    Correct Answer
    E. No one's surprise
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "no one's surprise" because it indicates that Joe not having his homework ready is not unexpected or surprising to anyone. The phrase "no one's" is the possessive form of "no one," meaning that it is not surprising to any individual. The use of the apostrophe in "one's" shows possession.

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  • 3. 

    If he would have read “The White Birds,” he might have liked William Butler Yeats's poetry.

    • A.

      Would have read

    • B.

      Could have read

    • C.

      Would of read

    • D.

      Could of read

    • E.

      Had read

    Correct Answer
    E. Had read
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had read". This is because the sentence is in the past unreal conditional form, indicating a hypothetical situation. The phrase "If he would have read" is grammatically incorrect. The correct form is "If he had read", which expresses a past unreal condition and suggests that if he had read "The White Birds," he might have liked William Butler Yeats's poetry.

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  • 4. 

    After the hurricane, uprooted trees were laying all over the ground.

    • A.

      Were laying

    • B.

      Lying

    • C.

      Were lying

    • D.

      Were laid

    • E.

      Was laid

    Correct Answer
    C. Were lying
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were lying" because it is the correct past progressive tense of the verb "to lie" which means to be in a horizontal or resting position on a surface. In this context, the uprooted trees were in a lying position on the ground after the hurricane.

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  • 5. 

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), the great Transcendentalist philosopher, wrote in his essay “Self-Reliance” of the need for an individual to develop his capacities.

    • A.

      Essay “Self–Reliance”

    • B.

      Essay, “Self-Reliance”

    • C.

      Essay: Self-Reliance

    • D.

      Essay, Self-Reliance

    • E.

      Essay; “Self-Reliance”

    Correct Answer
    A. Essay “Self–Reliance”
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "essay 'Self-Reliance'". The answer is correct because it accurately identifies the title of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay. The essay is called "Self-Reliance" and it is where Emerson discusses the importance of an individual developing their own capacities. The answer includes the correct punctuation and capitalization, making it the most accurate choice among the options given.

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  • 6. 

    The recently built children's amusement park has been called “ a boon to the community “ by its supporters and “an eyesore” by its harshest critics.

    • A.

      And “an eyesore” by its harshest

    • B.

      And, “ an eyesore,” by its harshest

    • C.

      And, an eyesore; by its harshest

    • D.

      And-an eyesore- by its' harshest

    • E.

      And-“an eyesore”- by its' harshest

    Correct Answer
    A. And “an eyesore” by its harshest
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "and “an eyesore” by its harshest" because it correctly uses quotation marks to indicate that "an eyesore" is a phrase being attributed to the amusement park by its harshest critics. The other options either have incorrect punctuation or do not accurately represent the given sentence.

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  • 7. 

    I always have trouble remembering the meaning of these two common verbs, affect (to change” or “to influence”) and effect (“to cause” or “ to accomplish ) . “

    • A.

      “to accomplish).“

    • B.

      “to accomplish”).

    • C.

      “to accomplish).

    • D.

      To accomplish.

    • E.

      (“to accomplish.“ )

    Correct Answer
    B. “to accomplish”).
  • 8. 

    My class just finished reading-“The Fall of the House of Usher “, a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.

    • A.

      Reading-"The Fall of the House of Usher",

    • B.

      Reading,The Fall of the House of Usher,

    • C.

      Reading "The Fall of the House of Usher,"

    • D.

      Reading,The Fall of the house of Usher,"

    • E.

      Reading: The Fall of the House of Usher-

    Correct Answer
    C. Reading "The Fall of the House of Usher,"
  • 9. 

    After it was repaired it ran perfect again.

    • A.

      Ran perfect

    • B.

      Ran perfectly

    • C.

      Could run perfect

    • D.

      Could of run perfect

    • E.

      Would run perfectly

    Correct Answer
    B. Ran perfectly
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ran perfectly" because "perfectly" is an adverb that modifies the verb "ran." Adverbs are used to describe how an action is performed, so in this case, it describes how the repairing process was done. "Perfect" is an adjective, and it cannot modify a verb directly. Therefore, the correct form is "ran perfectly."

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  • 10. 

    "Are there two e's in beetle," asked Margo?

    • A.

      There two e's in beetle," asked Margo?

    • B.

      Their two e's in beetle?" asked Margo.

    • C.

      There two e's in beetle," asked Margo?

    • D.

      There two e's in beetle?" asked Margo.

    • E.

      There two e's in beetle, asked Margo?

    Correct Answer
    D. There two e's in beetle?" asked Margo.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "there two e's in beetle?" asked Margo. This is the correct answer because it is the only option that correctly uses the question mark at the end of the sentence and has the correct word order and punctuation. The other options either have incorrect word order or incorrect punctuation.

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  • 11. 

    The circus audience received a well-deserved round of applause for the perfectly timed acrobatic stunt.

    • A.

      Audience received a well-deserved

    • B.

      Audience gave a well deserved

    • C.

      Audience did receive a well deserved

    • D.

      Audience gave a well-deserved

    • E.

      Audience did get a well deserved

    Correct Answer
    D. Audience gave a well-deserved
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "audience gave a well-deserved" because it implies that the audience showed appreciation and recognition for the acrobatic stunt by giving applause.

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  • 12. 

    Looking directly at me, my Mother said, “These are your options: the choice is yours.”

    • A.

      Mother said, “These are your options: the choice is

    • B.

      Mother said- these are your options, the choice is

    • C.

      Mother had said, These are your options; the choice is

    • D.

      Mother had said, “These are your options; the choice is

    • E.

      Mother said, “These are your options; the choice is

    Correct Answer
    E. Mother said, “These are your options; the choice is
  • 13. 

    Porcupine is from Latin porcus, “pig,” and spina, “spine.”

    • A.

      Porcus, “pig,” and spina, “spine.”

    • B.

      Porcus-pig and spina, “spine.”

    • C.

      Porcus-pig, and Spina, “spine.”

    • D.

      Porcus-Pig-,Spina-spine.

    • E.

      Porcus, “pig,” and spina “spine”.

    Correct Answer
    A. Porcus, “pig,” and spina, “spine.”
    Explanation
    The word "porcupine" is derived from the Latin words "porcus," which means "pig," and "spina," which means "spine." This suggests that the name "porcupine" is derived from the combination of these two Latin words, with "porcus" referring to the animal's resemblance to a pig and "spina" referring to its spines or quills.

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  • 14. 

    Seeing the dolphins, some sharks, a killer whale, and a Moray eel made the visit to the marine park worthwhile.

    • A.

      A killer whale, and a Moray eel made the visit

    • B.

      A killer whale, and a moray eel made the visit

    • C.

      A killer whale and a moray eel makes the visit

    • D.

      A killer whale and a Moray eel makes the visit

    • E.

      A killer whale and a moray eel made the visit

    Correct Answer
    B. A killer whale, and a moray eel made the visit
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a killer whale, and a moray eel made the visit." The sentence is discussing the various marine animals seen at the marine park, including dolphins, sharks, a killer whale, and a Moray eel. The verb "made" agrees with the plural subject "a killer whale and a Moray eel." Additionally, the correct spelling for "Moray eel" is used in this answer choice.

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  • 15. 

    Still, the fact that a planet exists outside our solar system encourages hope that other solar systems exist, and in them, perhaps, a planet that does support life.

    • A.

      That a planet exists outside our solar system encourages hope that other solar systems exist, and

    • B.

      That a Planet exists out side our solar system encourages hope that other solar systems exist and

    • C.

      Could be that a planet exists outside our solar system encourages hope that other solar systems exist, and

    • D.

      That a planet exist outside our solar systems encourage hope that other solar systems exist, and

    • E.

      That a planet does exists out side our solar system encourages hope that other solar systems exist, and

    Correct Answer
    A. That a planet exists outside our solar system encourages hope that other solar systems exist, and
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is grammatically correct and conveys the intended meaning. It suggests that the existence of a planet outside our solar system gives hope that there may be other solar systems with planets that can support life.

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