Sentence Structure And Clauses Quiz

25 Questions
Sentence Structure Quizzes & Trivia

This is meant to help students identify dependent and independent clauses as well as review the sentence structure.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    My mother says that I need to eat my vegetables.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 2. 
    Scooby Doo, where are you?
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 3. 
    Mama made sweet potato pie for the dinner, but I baked an apple pie instead.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 4. 
    Keep the business letters brief, clear, and courteous.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 5. 
    The walrus who ate up the clams worked closely with the carpenter.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 6. 
    The noisy music of the squirrel rock band kept me awake last night.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 7. 
    Although he tries repeatedly, Dr. Doofensmirtz has never completely conquered the Tri-State area.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 8. 
    My homework which I left on the countertop is due today, and my English teacher promises to haunt me.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 9. 
    He would never line out until Little Ann was running by his side.  (Rawls 119)
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 10. 
    It was about time for him to play a trick, and I was wondering what he would do.  (Rawls 120)
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 11. 
    A cold silence settled over the bottoms.  (Rawls 121)
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 12. 
    I looked at my grandfather, but he didn't help me.  (Rawls 135)
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 13. 
    He churned his way through the shallows and ran right between us.  (Rawls 143)
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 14. 
    Old Dan loosened a rock.  (Rawls 160)
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 16. 
    Identify the underlined clause as either dependent or independent.Watch your step, or you will fall!
    • A. 

      Dependent

    • B. 

      Independent

  • 17. 
    Identify the underlined clause as either dependent or independent.Ants covered the cherries that lay on the ground, but I found enough on the tree to settle my stomach.  (Anderson 128)
    • A. 

      Dependent

    • B. 

      Independent

  • 18. 
    Until he gets his can of spinach, Popeye is a man of average strength.
    • A. 

      Dependent

    • B. 

      Independent

  • 19. 
    Who will win the basketball tournament next week?
    • A. 

      Dependent

    • B. 

      Independent

  • 20. 
    My students love to watch "Phineas and Ferb" although it's not one of my favorite programs.
    • A. 

      Dependent

    • B. 

      Independent

  • 21. 
    What is a group of words with a subject and verb?
    • A. 

      Clause

    • B. 

      Phrase

    • C. 

      I have no idea.

    • D. 

      Walrus!

  • 22. 
    I am a clause that cannot stand by itself.
    • A. 

      Dependent

    • B. 

      Independent

  • 23. 
    I am a sentence of one independent clause with one or more dependent clauses.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 24. 
    I am a sentence with one independent clause.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple

  • 25. 
    I am a sentence with two or more independent clauses with either a coordinating conjunction or a semicolon separating them.
    • A. 

      Complex

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Compound-complex

    • D. 

      Simple