English 12 Midterm January 2009

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English Midterm Quizzes & Trivia

This is a mid-term exam created to assess sentence structure, vocabulary, editing skills and composition skills. Part 1, covers Grammar: subject-verb agreement; sentence fragments; run-on sentences; independent and dependent clauses and sentence combining. Part 2 assesses editing skills and Part 3 assesses composition skills. Part 2 and 3 are separate documents and are not available.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence.New information (change, changes) so fast that we can hardly keep up.
    • A. 

      Change

    • B. 

      Changes

  • 2. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence.People who (live, lives) in third-world countries often do not even have running water.
    • A. 

      Live

    • B. 

      Lives

  • 3. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence.Each of you (has, have) the ability to succeed in life.
    • A. 

      Have

    • B. 

      Has

  • 4. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence.Not only the players, but also the coach (has, have) been happy with the season.
    • A. 

      Has

    • B. 

      Have

  • 5. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence. My friend, along with the dogs, (is, are) coming to my house.
    • A. 

      Is

    • B. 

      Are

  • 6. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence. The menu (offer, offers) some different choices for soups.
    • A. 

      Offer

    • B. 

      Offers

  • 7. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence. One out of every five cherries (was, were) rotten.
    • A. 

      Was

    • B. 

      Were

  • 8. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence. Either the workers or their boss (is, are) going to go to lunch first.
    • A. 

      Is

    • B. 

      Are

  • 9. 
    From the answer choices below, choose the word (shown in brackets) that best completes the sentence. Nobody in the math class (was, were) going to remember the answers.
    • A. 

      Was

    • B. 

      Were

  • 10. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?Tomorrow is another day.
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 11. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?Do you like it?
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 12. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?No, you may not!
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 13. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?They were on their way home when they stopped.
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 14. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?You don't.
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 15. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?It isn't fair.
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 16. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?Not my fault.
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 17. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?Because laughing makes us happy.
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 18. 
    Is the following a sentence or a fragment?Therefore she lied.
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Fragment

  • 19. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.My book is in my locker but I don’t know where I left my backpack or coat.
    • A. 

      Correct

    • B. 

      My book is in my locker, but I don’t know where I left my backpack or coat.

    • C. 

      My book is in my locker; but I don’t know where I left my backpack or coat.

    • D. 

      My book is in my locker. But I don’t know where I left my backpack or coat.

  • 20. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.She was the best student in class all the students wanted her to partner with them on projects.
    • A. 

      Correct

    • B. 

      She was the best student in class; therefore all the students wanted her to partner with them on projects.

    • C. 

      She was the best student in class. All the students wanted her to partner with them on projects.

    • D. 

      She was the best student in class; therefore, all the students wanted her to partner with them on projects.

  • 21. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.He lost his notebook once, he didn’t think he could find it again.
    • A. 

      Correct

    • B. 

      He lost his notebook once, so he didn’t think he could find it again.

    • C. 

      He lost his notebook once. He didn’t think he could find it again.

    • D. 

      He lost his notebook once; he didn’t think he could find it again.

  • 22. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.There are two ways to get to the office from here I don’t know which is best.
    • A. 

      Correct

    • B. 

      There are two ways to get to the office from here, but I don’t know which is best.

    • C. 

      There are two ways to get to the office from here. I don’t know which is best.

    • D. 

      There are two ways to get to the office from here, I don’t know which is best.

  • 23. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.He wanted to meet the group in the Cafeteria at lunch he asked his friends where they were sitting.
    • A. 

      Correct.

    • B. 

      He wanted to meet the group in the Cafeteria at lunch. He asked his friends where they were sitting.

    • C. 

      He wanted to meet the group in the Cafeteria at lunch, he asked his friends where they were sitting.

    • D. 

      He wanted to meet the group in the Cafeteria at lunch, so he asked his friends where they were sitting.

  • 24. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.Because there weren’t enough calculators for everyone in the class, we had to share the five that we had.
    • A. 

      Correct.

    • B. 

      Because there weren’t enough calculators for everyone in the class, we had to share the five that we had.

    • C. 

      Because there weren’t enough calculators for everyone in the class. We had to share the five that we had.

    • D. 

      We had to share the five that we had because there weren’t enough calculators for everyone in the class.

  • 25. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.Finish your work first, then you can enjoy reading your book.
    • A. 

      Correct

    • B. 

      Finish your work first. Then you can enjoy reading your book.

    • C. 

      Finish your work first; then, you can enjoy reading your book.

    • D. 

      Finish your work first so then you can enjoy reading your book.

  • 26. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.He didn’t want to miss his bus he told his teacher he had to leave and get his work later.
    • A. 

      Correct

    • B. 

      He didn’t want to miss his bus; he told his teacher he had to leave and get his work later.

    • C. 

      He didn’t want to miss his bus. He told his teacher he had to leave and get his work later.

    • D. 

      He didn’t want to miss his bus, so he told his teacher he had to leave and get his work later.

  • 27. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.The door to the locker jammed, he needed his books before he caught the bus.
    • A. 

      Correct.

    • B. 

      The door to the locker jammed. He needed his books before he caught the bus.

    • C. 

      The door to the locker jammed, and he needed his books before he caught the bus.

    • D. 

      The door to the locker jammed; and he needed his books before he caught the bus.

  • 28. 
    If the following sentence is a run-on, choose the best answer. If it is not, mark it as correct.He missed his bus, so he called his parents to pick him up and they were not happy.
    • A. 

      Correct.

    • B. 

      He missed his bus, so he called his parents to pick him up; they were not happy.

    • C. 

      He missed his bus, so he called his parents to pick him up. They were not happy.

    • D. 

      He missed his bus, so he called his parents to pick him up; however, they were not happy.

  • 29. 
    Combine the following sentences by choosing one of the following conjunctions:Jack and Mike are twins. They don’t look much like each other.
    • A. 

      And

    • B. 

      But

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      So

  • 30. 
    Combine the following sentences by choosing one of the following conjunctions: The night grew colder. The winds soon began to blow.
    • A. 

      And

    • B. 

      But

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      So

  • 31. 
    Combine the following sentences by choosing one of the following conjunctions: Mandy plays soccer. She runs a lot, too.
    • A. 

      And

    • B. 

      But

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      So

  • 32. 
    Combine the following sentences by choosing one of the following conjunctions: We might go to a movie. We might go to dinner instead.
    • A. 

      And

    • B. 

      But

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      So

  • 33. 
    Combine the following sentences by choosing one of the following conjunctions: Juan had to do his history report. He had to finish his math homework first.
    • A. 

      And

    • B. 

      But

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      So

  • 34. 
    Combine the following sentences by choosing one of the following conjunctions: The cat crept up on the mouse. It pounced on the creature.
    • A. 

      And

    • B. 

      But

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      So

  • 35. 
    Combine the following sentences and type your answer below:We are hoping it will snow soon. We haven't had a snow day all school year. We really want a snow day.
  • 36. 
    Combine the following sentences and type your answer below: Today is Thursday. It is a long day. It is cold today.
  • 37. 
    Combine the following sentences and type your answer below: I like pizza. I like to drink milkshakes. I like to eat outside.
  • 38. 
    Combine the following sentences and type your answer below:The water was warm. We went fishing. We took a swim. We had fun.
  • 39. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:She found her ring after emptying the sink.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 40. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:I watched in surprise when the eagle swooped down on the rabbit.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 41. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:History was made with the inauguration of the new president.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 42. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:It was then that I saw there was water spilled on the floor.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 43. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:After tomorrow, the semester will be over.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 44. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:When you have to study for a test do you like to stay up all night?
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 45. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:Since we all live in Virginia, we are considered southerners.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 46. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:Instead of doing her homework, she went to the party.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 47. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:Teasing someone is unkind, because it can hurt their feelings.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent

  • 48. 
    Identify the underlined part of the sentence as an independent or dependent clause:You may take a stretch break if you are finished with this part of the test.
    • A. 

      Independent

    • B. 

      Dependent