Act English - Basic Preview

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Act English - Basic Preview - Quiz

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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. 
    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

  • 3. 
    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

  • 4. 
    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

  • 5. 
    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

  • 6. 
    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

  • 7. 
    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

  • 8. 
    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

  • 9. 
    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 (-)

  • 10. 
    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 (-)

  • 11. 
    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 (-)

  • 12. 
    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"

  • 13. 
    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"

  • 14. 
    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.

  • 15. 
    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

  • 16. 
    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

  • 17. 
    Read the following sentence: "Between the two animals (the tortoise and the hare), the hare will be able to run _______." Then answer: The correct word to fill in the blank is _______, because it is a comparison between only two things.
    • A. 

      Fast

    • B. 

      Faster

    • C. 

      Fastest

    • D. 

      More fast

  • 18. 
    Read the following sentence: "I will stop __ the post office on my way home." Which one of the following words would complete the phrase best, according to the standards of the English language?
    • A. 

      For

    • B. 

      To

    • C. 

      By

    • D. 

      Toward

  • 19. 
    Which one of the following sentences is a fragment?
    • A. 

      We didn't know.

    • B. 

      That wasn't a problem.

    • C. 

      The first attempt that had ever been made to clone the genetic make-up of a human.

    • D. 

      While stressful in preparation, the exam ended up being easy in execution.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following sentences is a run-on?
    • A. 

      It was awful there wasn't anything we could do.

    • B. 

      Although I appreciate Branagh's interpretation, however bombastic he tends to get, my favorite film version will always be the one starring Tenant and Stewart.

    • C. 

      I was at a loss for words and thus began to stutter like a penguin in the cold.

    • D. 

      My paper - the one I had slaved over and poured my blood, sweat, and tears into - was unceremoniously eaten by my dog.

  • 21. 
    Which of the following sentences is properly structured to avoid confusion about the subject?
    • A. 

      Walking down Main Street, the town was quiet.

    • B. 

      Walking down Main Street, the houses looked empty.

    • C. 

      Walking down Main Street, nobody was around.

    • D. 

      Walking down Main Street, I felt like I was in a ghost town.

  • 22. 
    Which of the following transition words WOULD NOT be able to replace the underlined portion in the following sentence: "I wanted to teach the students about proper English grammar.  On the contrary, I didn't want to put them to sleep with my rambling."
    • A. 

      Therefore

    • B. 

      That said

    • C. 

      However

    • D. 

      At the same time

  • 23. 
    Read the following sentence: "On summer break, I enjoy swimming at the local pool, barbecuing in the backyard, and _______________." Which of the following phrases, inserted in the blank, WOULD NOT follow the sentence structure of the above sentence?
    • A. 

      Sleeping in until noon

    • B. 

      Not stressing about homework

    • C. 

      Going on vacation with my family

    • D. 

      To visit the Ann Arbor summer festival

  • 24. 
    Read the following two sentences: 1. The US Congress passed the bill. 2.  The bill was passed by the US Congress. Then answer:  The better sentence is the ______ (first or second) sentence because it's written in _______ (active or passive) voice.
    • A. 

      First / active

    • B. 

      First / passive

    • C. 

      Second / active

    • D. 

      Second / passive

  • 25. 
    Which of the following sentences contains unnecessary, or redundant, extra information?
    • A. 

      My worry, which felt like a fully-trained sumo wrestler sitting on my chest, did not seem like it was going away anytime soon.

    • B. 

      The international message was broadcast all over the world.

    • C. 

      Worn and dog-eared, with a binding held together by duct-tape, the textbook looked like an old war veteran.

    • D. 

      The adventure was frightening, uncomfortable, and dangerous, and I can't wait to go on another one.

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