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Grammar quiz for ENG331 at NCSU Spring 2015by Patrick Templeton


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    While reading this sentence, there is a dangling modifier.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The sentence does contain a dangling modifier because it does not state who is reading the sentence. "While you are reading this sentence" would fix it.

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  • 2. 

    Which sentence contains a dangling/misplaced modifier?

    • A.

      People have problems with dangling modifiers because they get confused.

    • B.

      Since they are tricky, dangling modifiers sometimes confuse people.

    • C.

      All too often, misplaced modifiers modify the wrong target.

    Correct Answer
    A. People have problems with dangling modifiers because they get confused.
    Explanation
    In the "People have problems..." sentence, "...because they get confused" modifies "dangling modifiers" instead of the intended target "People."

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  • 3. 

    You can find a misplaced modifier while you're reading this sentence.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There are no misplaced or dangling modifiers in the sentence.

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  • 4. 

    What are the possible targets of the modifier in the following sentence?Due to their great personality, the Oswalds have always wanted beagles.

    • A.

      Their

    • B.

      Personality

    • C.

      Oswalds

    • D.

      Beagles

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Oswalds
    D. Beagles
    Explanation
    "Their personality" is supposed to refer to beagles, but modifies "the Oswalds" instead.

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  • 5. 

    What is the best way to fix the following sentence?Because he was being a brat, Frank's dad didn't take him to the cookout.

    • A.

      Because Frank was being a brat, his dad didn't take him to the cookout.

    • B.

      Frank's dad didn't take him to the cookout because he was being a brat.

    • C.

      Because he was being a brat, Frank's dad didn't take him to the cookout.

    Correct Answer
    A. Because Frank was being a brat, his dad didn't take him to the cookout.
    Explanation
    The original sentence implies that Frank's dad is the brat, but it is actually Frank.

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  • 6. 

    What is the apparent target of the modifier clause?After failing to achieve the desired results, numbers were fudged in the experiment.

    • A.

      Results

    • B.

      Numbers

    • C.

      Experiment

    Correct Answer
    B. Numbers
    Explanation
    The (erroneous) arrangement of this sentence suggests that the numbers failed to achieve the desired results. A better version would be "After failing to achieve the desired results, the researchers fudged the numbers in the experiment."

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  • 7. 

    Consider the following sentence:His computer crashed before finishing the assignment.The apparent target of "before finishing the assignment" is

    • A.

      His computer

    • B.

      Assignment

    • C.

      Him

    Correct Answer
    A. His computer
    Explanation
    This sentence suggests (erroneously) that the computer was finishing the assignment. A better version would be "Before he could finish the assignment, his computer crashed."

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  • 8. 

    How would you fix the following sentence?Approaching the intersection, the stoplight suddenly turned red.

    • A.

      While approaching the intersection, the stoplight suddenly turned red.

    • B.

      The stoplight suddenly turned red when approaching the intersection.

    • C.

      When the car was approaching the intersection, the stoplight suddenly turned red.

    Correct Answer
    C. When the car was approaching the intersection, the stoplight suddenly turned red.
    Explanation
    The original sentence suggests that the stoplight is approaching the intersection, or in the best case leaves the modifier dangling. Adding a subject clears up the ambiguity.

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  • 9. 

    How would you fix this sentence?Black bears are known to hunt people if they haven't eaten for a while.

    • A.

      If they haven't eaten for a while, black bears are known to hunt people.

    • B.

      Black bears are known to hunt people, if they haven't eaten for a while.

    • C.

      If they haven't eaten for a while, people are known to be hunted by black bears.

    Correct Answer
    A. If they haven't eaten for a while, black bears are known to hunt people.
    Explanation
    It is the black bears who have not eaten. The other two sentences imply that it is the people who have not eaten, but it is the bear's hunger that matters, not the people's.

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