Act English - Basic Preview

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Act English - Basic Preview

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  • 1. 
    What two things are essential to make a complete sentence?
    • A. 

      Subject + preposition

    • B. 

      Subject + object

    • C. 

      Subject + verb

    • D. 

      Subject + modifier

  • 2. 
    Complete the following sentence so that the statement is correct:Parts of a sentence that could be complete sentences on their own are called __________ (dependent or independent) clauses, and parts of a sentence that could not be complete sentences on their own are called ___________ (dependent or independent) clauses.
    • A. 

      Dependent / dependent

    • B. 

      Dependent / independent

    • C. 

      Independent / independent

    • D. 

      Independent / dependent

  • 3. 
    Read the following sentence: "While they had gone into the tournament confidently, the team members were all stunned by their crushing defeat." What is the main subject of this sentence?
    • A. 

      They

    • B. 

      The team

    • C. 

      The team members

    • D. 

      Their crushing defeat

  • 4. 
    Read the following sentence: "Before I could go to the concert, I had to make sure that all my schoolwork was done." Then answer: The part of the sentence before the comma is a(n) __________________ (independent or dependent) clause, and the part of the sentence after the comma is a(n) __________________ (independent or dependent) clause.
    • A. 

      Independent / independent

    • B. 

      Independent / dependent

    • C. 

      Dependent / independent

    • D. 

      Dependent / dependent

  • 5. 
    What does FANBOYS stand for?
    • A. 

      For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So

    • B. 

      First, And, Not, Because, Only, Since

    • C. 

      Fuchsia, Apple, Neon, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Scarlet

    • D. 

      Foxtrot, Alpha, November, Bravo, Oscar, Yankee, Sierra

  • 6. 
    Fill in the blank so that the following statement is correct: For the FANBOYS comma rule, you must put a comma before every FANBOYS conjunction IF AND ONLY IF there is a(n) ___________ (dependent or independent) clause before the conjunction and a(n) _____________ (dependent or independent) clause after the conjunction.
    • A. 

      Dependent / dependent

    • B. 

      Dependent / independent

    • C. 

      Independent / dependent

    • D. 

      Independent / independent

  • 7. 
    Read the following sentence: "Before we watch the movie we have to make popcorn." How should the underlined portion be changed?
    • A. 

      No change is necessary

    • B. 

      We, watch the movie we have to

    • C. 

      We watch, the movie we have to

    • D. 

      We watch the movie, we have to

  • 8. 
    Read the following sentence: "I plan to go to Belize and swim with sharks." How should the underlined portion be changed?
    • A. 

      No change is necessary

    • B. 

      To, go to Belize and swim

    • C. 

      To go to, Belize and swim

    • D. 

      To go to Belize, and swim

  • 9. 
    Read the following sentence: "He left his wallet at home so he had no idea how he was going to pay for lunch." How should the underlined portion be changed?
    • A. 

      No change is necessary

    • B. 

      At home, so he had no idea how

    • C. 

      At home so, he had no idea how

    • D. 

      At home so he had no idea, how

  • 10. 
    Read the following sentence: "I think I need a doctor because my skin has turned orange with blue spots." How should the underlined portion be changed?
    • A. 

      No change is necessary

    • B. 

      I need, a doctor because my skin

    • C. 

      I need a doctor, because my skin

    • D. 

      I need a doctor because, my skin

  • 11. 
    Read the following sentence: "Our dog a black and white Great Dane is almost the size of a small pony." How should the underlined portion be changed?
    • A. 

      No change is necessary

    • B. 

      Dog, a black and white Great Dane, is

    • C. 

      Dog, a black and white, Great Dane is

    • D. 

      Dog a black, and white, Great Dane is

  • 12. 
    Read the following sentence:"The scientist Rosalind Franklin discovered the double helix."How should the underlined portion be changed?
    • A. 

      No change is necessary

    • B. 

      The scientist, Rosalind Franklin discovered,

    • C. 

      The scientist, Rosalind Franklin, discovered

    • D. 

      The, scientist Rosalind Franklin, discovered

  • 13. 
    Read the following sentence: "One student's request for the test to be pushed back caused a chain reaction, as the rest of the class demanded a similar extension." Then answer: The underlined subject is ___________ (singular or plural), so it is _______ (right or wrong) that the apostrophe is before the "s" to show possession.
    • A. 

      Singular / right

    • B. 

      Singular / wrong

    • C. 

      Plural / right

    • D. 

      Plural / wrong

  • 14. 
    Read the following sentence: "It was raining during the game, so all of the cheerleaders pom-pons got quite soggy." To show possession (that the cheerleaders owned the pom-pons), where should you put an apostrophe in the underlined section above?
    • A. 

      Cheerleader's

    • B. 

      Cheerleaders'

    • C. 

      Cheerleaders's

    • D. 

      No apostrophe is necessary

  • 15. 
    Read the following sentence:"The lawyers meet in the old library."Where should an apostrophe be placed in the underlined portion?
    • A. 

      No apostrophe is necessary

    • B. 

      Lawyer's

    • C. 

      Lawyers'

    • D. 

      Law'yers

  • 16. 
    Complete the following statement so that it is true: "It" and "is" can be combined into the contraction ____ (it's or its).  The possessive form of "it" is ____ (it's or its).
    • A. 

      Its / its

    • B. 

      Its / it's

    • C. 

      It's / it's

    • D. 

      It's / its

  • 17. 
    True or False: Its' is the plural possessive form of "it."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Read the following sentence: "This is our shopping list for IKEA a desk, comfy chairs, and a bamboo plant." What punctuation mark would you put between "IKEA" and "a desk" to indicate the start of a list?
    • A. 

      A comma (,)

    • B. 

      A colon (:)

    • C. 

      A semicolon (;)

    • D. 

      A dash (-)

  • 19. 
    Read the following sentence: "It was pointless we would never agree on which superhero, Superman or Batman, was the coolest." What punctuation mark could you put between "pointless" and "we" to link the two complete sentences together?
    • A. 

      A comma (,)

    • B. 

      A colon (:)

    • C. 

      A semicolon (;)

    • D. 

      A dash (-)

  • 20. 
    Read the following sentence: "My mother - a sweet woman with many wonderful qualities and talents can't cook to save her life." What punctuation mark could you put between "talents" and "can't" in order to complete the writer's tangent about her mother?
    • A. 

      A comma (,)

    • B. 

      A colon (:)

    • C. 

      A semicolon (;)

    • D. 

      A dash (-)

  • 21. 
    Which tense of the verb "to play" would make the most sense in the following sentence: "After we finished our game of tag in the rain, we _____ computer games inside the house."
    • A. 

      Past tense: "played"

    • B. 

      Past participle tense: "have played"

    • C. 

      Present tense: "play"

    • D. 

      Future tense: "will play"

  • 22. 
    Read the following sentence: "The coloring of the floors, a horrible green shade of shag carpet, does not match anything else in the house." Then answer: For this sentence, the subject is __________ (singular or plural), so the correct verb form is _______ ("does not" or "do not")
    • A. 

      Singular/"do not"

    • B. 

      Singular/"does not"

    • C. 

      Plural/"do not"

    • D. 

      Plural/"does not"

  • 23. 
    Read the following sentence: "The principal gave the award to Hannah and me." Which of the following choices should replace the underlined section?
    • A. 

      Hannah and I

    • B. 

      I and Hannah

    • C. 

      Us, me and Hannah

    • D. 

      The underlined section is fine the way it is.

  • 24. 
    Read the following sentence: "The team celebrated their victory by going out for pizza." Then answer: The subject in this sentence is _________ (singular or plural), so the underlined portion of the above sentence should be ______ (its or their).
    • A. 

      Singular/their

    • B. 

      Singular/its

    • C. 

      Plural/their

    • D. 

      Plural/its

  • 25. 
    Read the following sentence: "You have to speak ____ to avoid waking the baby." Then answer: The correct word to fill in the blank is _____ (quiet or quietly) because it is an ______ (adjective or adverb).
    • A. 

      Quiet / Adjective

    • B. 

      Quiet / Adverb

    • C. 

      Quietly / Adjective

    • D. 

      Quietly / Adverb

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