SAT Section 5 Writing

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For identification of sentence errors, mark the bubble stating the error. The editing-in-context is a draft of an essay with multiple choice questions. Fill in the bubble with the best answer.


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  • 1. 
    Illiteracy is an enormous problem. A it affects B millions of people worldwide, C and is an impediment to D social progress.  No error E.
    • A. 

      A

    • B. 

      B

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      D

    • E. 

      E

  • 2. 
    The company president has taken A steps to ensure that she B can handle the pressure and anxiety associated with C the job, including D joining a yoga class and enlisting the support of a network of friends. No error E.
    • A. 

      A

    • B. 

      B

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      D

    • E. 

      E

  • 3. 
    If you are sure tha A you are in the right, B you would not C mind an independent examination of D the case. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 4. 
    The union insisted A on an increase in their B members’ C starting pay, and threatened to call a strike if the company refused to D meet the demand. No error E.
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      A

    • B. 

      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 5. 
    Television viewers claim that A the number of scenes depicting B alcohol consumption have C increased dramatically over D the last decade. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 6. 
    Employees with less A personal problems are B likely C to be more D productive. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 7. 
    The three richest men in America have A assets worth more than B the combined assets C of the sixty poorest countries of D the world. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 8. 
    Shipwrecked A on a desert island, coconuts and other B fruits formed C the basis of the sailor’s D diet. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 9. 
    Fifty percent of the people alive today have A never made a phone call, but B thirty percent still C have no electricity connections to their D homes. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 10. 
    The rhododendron, which A ornaments so many B English gardens, is C not native to D Europe. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 11. 
    The farmer should not have been A so careless as B to leave the door of the house unbolted when C he had gone D to bed. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 12. 
    A census A of the island revealed B a population of only C 10,000 people D. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 13. 
    The engineer, who is renowned for his ingenuity A, has designed B a very unique C cooling system for our new plant in D Spain. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 14. 
    Shoes of those A kind are B bad for the feet; C low heels are D better. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 15. 
    My father saw how much A Uncle Tom was enjoying B his early retirement, and C so he decided to do the same D. No error E.
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      A

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      B

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      C

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      D

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      E

  • 16. 
    A conjunction is used to connect words and sentences together.
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      Words and sentences together.

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      Words or sentences together.

    • C. 

      Words and sentences.

    • D. 

      Words or sentences.

    • E. 

      Words to sentences.

  • 17. 
    Antony, coming alongside Cleopatra's ship, climbed aboard without seeing or being seen by her.
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      Climbed aboard without seeing or being seen by her.

    • B. 

      Climbed aboard without seeing Cleopatra or being seen by her.

    • C. 

      Climbs aboard without Cleopatra seeing him.

    • D. 

      Boarded without being seen by her.

    • E. 

      Boarded without seeing Cleopatra.

  • 18. 
    Bombast is when high sounding words for effect, not suitability, are used.
    • A. 

      Is when high sounding words for effect, not suitability, are used.

    • B. 

      Is the use of high-sounding words for effect rather than for suitability.

    • C. 

      Is where high-sounding words are used for effect not suitability.

    • D. 

      Is the using of high-sounding words for effect only.

    • E. 

      Is when you use high-sounding words for effect rather than for suitability.

  • 19. 
    I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music: it has given me so much pleasure.
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      I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music:

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      I would like to thank whomever it was that has written that piece of music:

    • C. 

      I would like to thank whomever it might be that wrote that piece of music:

    • D. 

      Whoever it was that wrote that piece of music, I would like to thank because

    • E. 

      I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music,

  • 20. 
    Your taking a loan to buy a car annoyed Father.
    • A. 

      Your taking a loan to buy a car annoyed Father.

    • B. 

      Your taking a loan to buy a car aggravated Father.

    • C. 

      You taking a loan to buy a car irritated Father.

    • D. 

      You taking a loan to buy a car annoyed Father.

    • E. 

      Father was annoyed by you taking a loan to buy a car.

  • 21. 
    In the initial stages of learning a new language we learn more through listening and attempting to copy speech patterns and not through reading grammar books.
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      And attempting to copy speech patterns and not through reading grammar books.

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      And attempting to copy speech patterns than through reading grammar books.

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      And attempts to copy speech patterns than through reading grammar books.

    • D. 

      And attempts at copying speech patterns than through reading grammar books.

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      And attempts at copying speech patterns and not grammar books.

  • 22. 
    Between you and I, I doubt that he will come.
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      And I, I doubt that he will come.

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      And I, I doubt that he would come.

    • C. 

      And me, I doubt that he will come.

    • D. 

      And me, I doubt that he would come.

    • E. 

      And me, I doubt whether he will be coming.

  • 23. 
    Work that is not finished is not work at all, it is merely a botch, a failure.
    • A. 

      All, it is merely a botch, a failure.

    • B. 

      All, it is a botch merely, and a failure.

    • C. 

      All; it is merely a botch, a failure.

    • D. 

      All; the work merely is a botch and a failure.

    • E. 

      All; the work being merely a botch, a failure.

  • 24. 
    Pollution and degradation of the environment is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
    • A. 

      Is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.

    • B. 

      Is, according to the report by the commission, a matter of universal concern.

    • C. 

      Is, according to the report of the commission, matters of universal concern.

    • D. 

      Are, according to the commission's report, universally a matter of concern.

    • E. 

      Are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.

  • 25. 
    Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.
    • A. 

      Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement as for their being practical work clothes.

    • B. 

      Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for their being practical work clothes.

    • C. 

      Denim jeans were originally worn not so much as a fashion statement but for being practical work clothes.

    • D. 

      Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement as for them being practical work clothes.

    • E. 

      Denim jeans were originally worn not as a fashion statement but as for them being practical work clothes.

  • 26. 
    (1) Nowadays we tend to use the expression “plain vanilla” in a derogatory sense for something simple and unadorned. (2) But have you ever thought about the ways in which the vanilla bean has improved the taste of what we eat? (3) One of the most used, and presumably, most appreciated, flavors known to man, worldwide we use more than one thousand tons of vanilla beans every year, mainly to flavor ice cream, cakes and confectionery. (4) Since the 1930s chemical companies have also been making huge amounts of synthetic vanilla essence mainly from the byproducts of the paper pulp industry. (5) In fact, most of the “vanilla flavor” products on the supermarket shelves have never seen a vanilla pod. (6) However, good cooks keep real vanilla pods in their sugar to enhance the taste of their cakes and cookies and would not buy synthetic vanilla. (7) Natural vanilla is the product of a creeper that grows best in hot wet climates. (8) It requires hand pollinating and the growing, harvesting and curing need skill and are labor intensive. (9) With the advent of biotechnology it remains to be seen how long the traditional growing and production methods would survive. (10) But whatever the source, vanilla has become essential to the human palate. (11) Think about it: do you even know what “plain” ice cream would taste like without vanilla? Which version of the underlined part best corrects and improves sentence 3 (reproduced below)? One of the most used, and presumably, most appreciated, flavors known to man, worldwide we use more than one thousand tons of vanilla beans every year, mainly to flavor ice cream, cakes and confectionery.
    • A. 

      Vanilla is certainly one of the most used, and presumably most appreciated, flavors known to man. Worldwide

    • B. 

      Vanilla is certainly one of the most used, and presumably most appreciated, flavors known to man, worldwide

    • C. 

      Vanilla is certainly one of the most used, and presumably most appreciated, flavors known to man worldwide:

    • D. 

      One of the most used, and presumably most appreciated, flavors known to man worldwide, vanilla

    • E. 

      Worldwide vanilla is certainly one of the most used, and presumably most appreciated, flavors known to man.

  • 27. 
    1) Cicero said, “A room without a book is a body without a soul.” (2) Certainly when I enter someone's home for the first time, I am likely to gravitate to the bookshelf, in part to glean further insight into the personality of its owner. (3) But now that the family encyclopedia is likely to have been replaced by a CD-ROM it is possible that the book might be reduced to an item of decoration rather than information and entertainment. (4) In a sense, books have always been more than just repositories of information. (5) The look and feel of a book is as much a part of its appeal as its contents. (6) There is something immensely satisfying about opening a new book: the smell of the paper, the feel of the cover, the design on the dust jacket and the weight of the volume all contribute to the impression it makes. (7) The most aesthetically pleasing volumes, the leather bound volumes, and the volumes with beautiful bindings are actually often bought by interior decorators to add to the look of a study, office or of a living room. (8) Books have a symbolic power. We shudder when we hear of ‘book burning', associated down the ages with tyranny and oppression. (9) Books as cultural icons remind us of freedom of speech and enhanced opportunities, they remind us of the intellectual aspirations of the human race. (10) But in the future will the book still be read? (11) I believe it will. (12) More books are being written and published than ever before; the book has withstood the advent of the cinema, television, and personal computer and are likely to be there in centuries to come.Which version of sentence 8 would form the best transition between paragraphs two and three?
    • A. 

      Besides their aesthetic appeal, books have symbolic power.

    • B. 

      Books have also always had symbolic power.

    • C. 

      Besides their use to decorators, books have a symbolic power.

    • D. 

      Books have other functions besides decoration.

    • E. 

      Other people have used books as symbols.

  • 28. 
    (1) The study of ecology has taught us that diversity is important to stability in the natural world. (2) Modern agricultural practices and other human interventions in the environment reduces the number of interacting species making the ecosystem vulnerable and unstable. (3) Similarly, human society in its progress toward the clichéd “global village” is liable to make the world less stable not more stable. (4) We are eliminating languages, traditional diets, and eroding cultural practices at an alarming rate. (5) The whole world wants to speak the same language, eat the same food and wear the same clothes. (6) But will this homogeneity be good for the human species? (7) Biologists would tend to say no. (8) Certainly a world where we can all understand each other and share common interests is appealing on one level. (9) But how infinitely poorer we will all be if we travel 5000 miles from home only to find no new people, no new places, no new ways of living, just a copy of what you experience back home. One weakness of the writing style of this essay is ____________________.
    • A. 

      Reliance on general statements

    • B. 

      Incorrect paragraphing

    • C. 

      Inappropriate vocabulary

    • D. 

      Poor punctuation

    • E. 

      Poor choice of verb tenses