Compound Sentence Quiz Questions With Answers

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Compound Sentence Quiz Questions With Answers - Quiz

A compound sentence is made up of two simple sentences joined by a comma and a connecting word such as or, but, and, etc. Take this compound sentence quiz to really get down to brass tacks and test your actual knowledge. The two sentences in a compound sentence must have ideas that make sense together and form a proper sentence without any dangling participles. Share this quiz with your friends, and remember to have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Reba Jo lived on the prairie_________ she loved roping.

    • A.

      , or

    • B.

      , and

    • C.

      And

    • D.

      And ,

    Correct Answer
    C. And
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "and". It is a compound sentence with two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjunction "and." In this case, a comma before "and" is optional and can be a matter of style. Both "Reba Jo lived on the prairie, and she loved roping." and "Reba Jo lived on the prairie and she loved roping." are acceptable.

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  • 2. 

    Her hat blew off _______ it fell into a well.

    • A.

      But

    • B.

      Or

    • C.

      , and

    • D.

      And

    Correct Answer
    C. , and
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", and". This conjunction is used to indicate that two actions or events happened sequentially. In this case, the hat blew off first, and then it fell into a well.

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  • 3. 

    Reba Jo was scared _____ she wanted her hat.

    • A.

      And

    • B.

      Or ,

    • C.

      Or

    • D.

      , but

    Correct Answer
    D. , but
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "but". It is a compound sentence with two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjunction "but." In this case, a comma before "but" is not necessary because there are only two short independent clauses, and the conjunction is coordinating.

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  • 4. 

    The toad made an offer ______ Reba Jo accepted.

    • A.

      Or

    • B.

      And

    • C.

      , but

    • D.

      , and

    Correct Answer
    D. , and
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", and". This conjunction is used to connect two independent clauses in a sentence, indicating that both clauses are related and should be considered together. In this case, the toad made an offer and Reba Jo accepted it.

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  • 5. 

    She could accept ___ she could go home.

    • A.

      , or

    • B.

      , but

    • C.

      But ,

    • D.

      And ,

    Correct Answer
    A. , or
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", or". This conjunction is used to present two options or possibilities. In this context, it suggests that the person has the choice to either accept something or go home.

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  • 6. 

    She got the hat _____ she rode home.

    • A.

      , and

    • B.

      But

    • C.

      , or

    • D.

      And ,

    Correct Answer
    A. , and
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", and". This is because the phrase "she got the hat" and "she rode home" are two separate actions that are happening simultaneously. The conjunction "and" is used to connect two independent clauses in a sentence. Therefore, ", and" is the correct choice to indicate that both actions are happening together.

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  • 7. 

    Reba Jo was rude ____ her father was polite.

    • A.

      But

    • B.

      , or

    • C.

      , but

    • D.

      And ,

    Correct Answer
    C. , but
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", but". This conjunction is used to show a contrast between Reba Jo's rudeness and her father's politeness. It implies that despite Reba Jo's behavior, her father remained polite.

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  • 8. 

    The horned toad came in ___ it ate some chili.

    • A.

      , or

    • B.

      , and

    • C.

      , but

    • D.

      But

    Correct Answer
    B. , and
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "and". This conjunction is used to indicate that the horned toad came in and also ate some chili. It implies that both actions occurred together or in sequence.

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  • 9. 

    She kissed the horned toad ____ she didn't want to.

    • A.

      , or

    • B.

      But

    • C.

      And ,

    • D.

      , but

    Correct Answer
    D. , but
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", but". This conjunction is used to show a contrast or contradiction between two ideas. In this context, it suggests that the action of kissing the horned toad was unexpected or goes against the speaker's desires or intentions.

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  • 10. 

    Was Reba Jo smart ____ was she foolish?

    • A.

      , or

    • B.

      , but

    • C.

      , and

    • D.

      And

    Correct Answer
    A. , or
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "or". This conjunction is used to present two opposite options or alternatives. In this case, it suggests that Reba Jo could be either smart or foolish.

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  • 11. 

    The Southwest is hot, dry, and mountainous. This sentence is a ___________ sentence.

    • A.

      Compound

    • B.

      Simple

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Compound-complex

    Correct Answer
    B. Simple
    Explanation
    The given sentence "The Southwest is hot, dry, and mountainous" is a simple sentence because it consists of only one independent clause. It expresses a complete thought with a subject "The Southwest" and a predicate "is hot, dry, and mountainous". There are no dependent clauses or additional phrases that would make it compound, complex, or compound-complex.

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  • 12. 

    The air is clear, and the colors are beautiful. This sentence is a ___________ sentence.

    • A.

      Compound

    • B.

      Simple

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Compound-complex

    Correct Answer
    A. Compound
    Explanation
    The sentence "The air is clear, and the colors are beautiful" consists of two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjunction "and." This makes it a compound sentence.

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  • 13. 

    Sometimes it rains hard, but often it is very dry. This sentence is a ___________ sentence.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Complex

    • C.

      Compound-complex

    • D.

      Compound

    Correct Answer
    D. Compound
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Sometimes it rains hard, but often it is very dry" consists of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction "but". This makes it a compound sentence.

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  • 14. 

    Visitors come from far away and camp. This sentence is a ___________ sentence.

    • A.

      Compound

    • B.

      Complex

    • C.

      Simple

    • D.

      Compound-complex

    Correct Answer
    C. Simple
    Explanation
    The given sentence, "Visitors come from far away and camp," is a simple sentence because it consists of only one independent clause. There are no dependent clauses or additional phrases present in the sentence. It expresses a complete thought with a subject ("Visitors") and a predicate ("come from far away and camp").

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  • 15. 

    Sometimes visitors fall in love with the Southwest and settle there. This sentence is a ___________ sentence.

    • A.

      Compound

    • B.

      Complex

    • C.

      Simple

    • D.

      Compound-complex

    Correct Answer
    C. Simple
    Explanation
    The given sentence is a simple sentence because it consists of only one independent clause. It does not contain any dependent clauses or additional phrases that would make it compound, complex, or compound-complex.

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  • 16. 

    It is called a horned toad ______ it is really a lizard.

    • A.

      And

    • B.

      , but

    • C.

      Or

    • D.

      But

    Correct Answer
    B. , but
    Explanation
    Which connecting word would you use to join each pair of simple sentences into a compound sentence?

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  • 17. 

    The country is beautiful _______ the people are friendly.

    • A.

      , and

    • B.

      But

    • C.

      Or

    • D.

      And

    Correct Answer
    A. , and
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "and". This conjunction is used to connect two similar ideas or statements. In this case, it suggests that the country is beautiful and the people are friendly, implying that both aspects contribute to the overall positive experience.

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  • 18. 

    Was that an arroyo _______ was it a canyon?

    • A.

      And

    • B.

      But

    • C.

      Or

    • D.

      , or

    Correct Answer
    D. , or
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", or". This is because the sentence is presenting two options - whether it was an arroyo or a canyon. The comma before "or" indicates that it is separating the two options, making it grammatically correct.

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  • 19. 

    I'd love to stay ______ I have to go home.

    • A.

      And

    • B.

      , but

    • C.

      But

    • D.

      Or

    Correct Answer
    B. , but
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ", but". This conjunction is used to connect two contrasting ideas. In this sentence, the speaker expresses their desire to stay, but they have to go home. The use of "but" indicates that there is a conflict or contradiction between the two ideas.

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  • 20. 

    We have had a great vacation ______ we plan to return.

    • A.

      , and

    • B.

      But

    • C.

      Or

    • D.

      And

    Correct Answer
    A. , and
    Explanation
    The given sentence is expressing a positive statement about the vacation and the intention to return. The use of the conjunction "and" is appropriate in this context as it indicates a continuation or addition to the previous statement. It suggests that the vacation was enjoyable and as a result, the speaker plans to return in the future.

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Elizabeth Paskert |MEd |
K-12 English Expert
"Elizabeth is a creative and outgoing individual with excellent organizational skills and a strong proficiency in computer applications such as Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Internet usage. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Bowling Green State University in 2007-2012, followed by a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the same university in 2012-2014.
She is a goal-oriented teacher who excels in working with both adults and children. Elizabeth's enthusiasm for gaining academic training and work experience is directed towards a career in Early Childhood Education."
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