Clauses And Complex Sentences Trivia Quiz

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A clause is a group of words with a subject and a verb. A dependent clause begins with a word such as because or when. It cannot stand alone as a sentence. An independent clause can stand alone.


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  • 1. 

    Mark the letter of the independent clause in each group.

    • A.

      When the tourists arrived

    • B.

      If you are camping

    • C.

      It is bigger than Rhode Island

    • D.

      Although there are many cars

    Correct Answer
    C. It is bigger than Rhode Island
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "it is bigger than Rhode Island." This is the independent clause because it can stand alone as a complete sentence and expresses a complete thought.

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  • 2. 

    Mark the letter of the independent clause in each group.

    • A.

      Unless you want an angry bear

    • B.

      Don't tease the animals

    • C.

      Until they can smell you

    • D.

      As we were driving by

    Correct Answer
    B. Don't tease the animals
    Explanation
    The independent clause in this group is "don't tease the animals" because it can stand alone as a complete sentence and expresses a complete thought. The other phrases, "unless you want an angry bear," "until they can smell you," and "as we were driving by," are dependent clauses because they cannot stand alone as complete sentences and rely on the independent clause for clarity and meaning.

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  • 3. 

    Mark the letter of the independent clause in each group.

    • A.

      Before we went to sleep

    • B.

      Since we had our backpacks

    • C.

      After we ate lunch

    • D.

      We pitched our tent

    Correct Answer
    D. We pitched our tent
    Explanation
    The independent clause in the given group is "we pitched our tent". This is because it can stand alone as a complete sentence and expresses a complete thought. The other phrases "before we went to sleep", "since we had our backpacks", and "after we ate lunch" are dependent clauses as they cannot stand alone as complete sentences and rely on the independent clause for clarity and meaning.

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  • 4. 

    Mark the letter of the independent clause in each group.

    • A.

      We went too near the falls

    • B.

      Because we were soaking wet

    • C.

      When the wind blows hard

    • D.

      If you want to stay dry

    Correct Answer
    A. We went too near the falls
    Explanation
    The independent clause in the group is "we went too near the falls" because it can stand alone as a complete sentence and expresses a complete thought. The other phrases "because we were soaking wet," "when the wind blows hard," and "if you want to stay dry" are dependent clauses because they cannot stand alone as complete sentences and rely on the independent clause to make sense.

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  • 5. 

    _____ there are bobcats, we didn't see any.

    • A.

      Although

    • B.

      And

    • C.

      Until

    • D.

      As

    Correct Answer
    A. Although
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Although." This word is used to introduce a contrast or contradiction between two ideas. In this case, it suggests that despite the expectation or possibility of seeing bobcats, none were actually seen.

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  • 6. 

    I've been starving ______ we arrived here.

    • A.

      Or

    • B.

      But

    • C.

      Since

    • D.

      Because

    Correct Answer
    C. Since
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "since". "Since" is used to indicate a cause and effect relationship, suggesting that the speaker has been starving because of the time that has elapsed since they arrived at the location.

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  • 7. 

    We stopped hiking _____ we got too cold.

    • A.

      Or

    • B.

      Unless

    • C.

      Although

    • D.

      When

    Correct Answer
    D. When
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "when" because it indicates the specific time or condition in which the action of stopping hiking occurred. It suggests that the cold temperature was the trigger for stopping the activity.

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  • 8. 

    _____ you go out at night, you might see an owl.

    • A.

      If

    • B.

      Until

    • C.

      But

    • D.

      Although

    Correct Answer
    A. If
    Explanation
    This sentence is a conditional statement, suggesting that if you go out at night, there is a possibility of seeing an owl. The word "if" is commonly used to introduce conditional clauses, indicating a hypothetical or possible situation.

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  • 9. 

    ____ I was hiking, I saw a large brown animal.

    • A.

      And

    • B.

      As

    • C.

      Until

    • D.

      If

    Correct Answer
    B. As
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "As". This conjunction is used to indicate a cause and effect relationship between two actions or events. In this sentence, the speaker is describing their experience while hiking and uses "As" to connect the action of hiking with the action of seeing a large brown animal. It implies that seeing the animal was a result or consequence of hiking.

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  • 10. 

    ____ we can't light a fire, we'll eat sandwiches.

    • A.

      Or

    • B.

      Since

    • C.

      Before

    • D.

      But

    Correct Answer
    B. Since
    Explanation
    The word "Since" is the correct answer because it indicates a reason or cause for the action in the sentence. It suggests that the reason for eating sandwiches is the inability to light a fire.

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  • 11. 

    The dog growls ____ she hears the coyotes howling.

    • A.

      Although

    • B.

      When

    • C.

      Or

    • D.

      But

    Correct Answer
    B. When
    Explanation
    The word "when" is the correct answer because it indicates a cause-and-effect relationship between the dog growling and the coyotes howling. It implies that the dog growls specifically at the moment she hears the coyotes howling. The other options do not convey the same cause-and-effect relationship and do not fit the context of the sentence.

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  • 12. 

    I'm going to need a rest ____ we get to the summit.

    • A.

      Since

    • B.

      Because

    • C.

      And

    • D.

      After

    Correct Answer
    D. After
    Explanation
    The word "after" is the correct answer because it indicates that the rest will happen once they reach the summit. It implies a cause-and-effect relationship, where the need for rest arises as a result of reaching the summit.

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  • 13. 

    _____ there's a tornado, we're going to make it!

    • A.

      Until

    • B.

      Since

    • C.

      When

    • D.

      Unless

    Correct Answer
    D. Unless
    Explanation
    The word "unless" is used to introduce a condition that must be met in order for the main clause to happen. In this sentence, it suggests that if there is a tornado, the speaker is confident that they will still be able to make it. The use of "unless" implies that the speaker is not worried about the tornado affecting their ability to reach their destination.

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