Sentence Structure Quiz: Simple, Compound Or Complex?

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Sentence Structure Quiz: Simple, Compound Or Complex? - Quiz

Take this great sentence structure quiz today in order to learn more about the division that sentences can be put into. The difference between these sentences can be made by the number of independent clauses they have. Take up this test now to help you revise your knowledge of the different types of sentences! Don't forget to share this quiz with other grammar nazis that you know so that they can quiz themselves as well! All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Barbara and Joanne whispered and giggled all night.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Barbara and Joanne whispered and giggled all night" is a simple sentence because it consists of only one independent clause. It expresses a complete thought with a subject "Barbara and Joanne" and a predicate "whispered and giggled all night." There are no dependent clauses or additional independent clauses connected by coordinating conjunctions or subordinating conjunctions, making it a simple sentence.

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  • 2. 

    I like school, but I dislike getting up so early

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound sentence

    • C.

      Complex sentence

    • D.

      Complex-Compound sentence

    Correct Answer
    B. Compound sentence
    Explanation
    The sentence "I like school, but I dislike getting up so early." is a compound sentence. It consists of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction "but." Each clause could stand alone as a complete sentence. 

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  • 3. 

    Pizza is my favorite food

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound sentence

    • C.

      Complex sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex sentence

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Pizza is my favorite food" is a simple sentence because it consists of only one independent clause. It expresses a complete thought and does not contain any dependent clauses or conjunctions to connect multiple clauses.

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  • 4. 

    John went to school today, but James remained at home.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    B. Compound Sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence "John went to school today, but James remained at home" is a compound sentence because it consists of two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjunction "but". Each clause can stand alone as a complete sentence, but they are combined to show a contrast between John going to school and James staying at home.

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  • 5. 

    We decided to go fishing and camp out at the lake.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence, "We decided to go fishing and camp out at the lake," is a simple sentence because it consists of only one independent clause. It expresses a complete thought and does not contain any dependent clauses or additional independent clauses joined by coordinating or subordinating conjunctions.

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  • 6. 

    Those clouds promise rain, so we should hurry up and leave before we get caught in a flash flood.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    D. Compound-Complex Sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence is a compound-complex sentence because it consists of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction "so" and a dependent clause. The first independent clause is "Those clouds promise rain," the second independent clause is "we should hurry up and leave," and the dependent clause is "before we get caught in a flash flood." This sentence combines multiple ideas and provides additional information about cause and effect.

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  • 7. 

    Since we had only gone a mile from camp, we decided to return before dark.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    C. Complex Sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Since we had only gone a mile from camp, we decided to return before dark" is a complex sentence because it contains both an independent clause ("we decided to return before dark") and a dependent clause ("Since we had only gone a mile from camp"). The dependent clause is introduced by the subordinating conjunction "since" and cannot stand alone as a complete sentence.

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  • 8. 

    After the tornado hit, my house was completed destroyed.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    C. Complex Sentence
    Explanation
    The given sentence, "After the tornado hit, my house was completely destroyed," is a complex sentence because it consists of two clauses joined by the subordinating conjunction "after." The first clause, "After the tornado hit," is an adverbial clause that provides information about the time or cause of the main clause. The main clause, "my house was completely destroyed," is an independent clause that can stand alone as a complete sentence. Therefore, the sentence contains both an independent and a dependent clause, making it a complex sentence.

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  • 9. 

    This summer our vacation should be both exciting and restful.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple sentence
    Explanation
    The given statement "This summer our vacation should be both exciting and restful" is a simple sentence because it consists of just one independent clause. It expresses a complete thought and does not contain any dependent clauses or additional coordinating conjunctions to join multiple clauses.

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  • 10. 

    Older television sets had tubes; the newest models, which take less space, are digital televisions.

    • A.

      Simple sentence

    • B.

      Compound Sentence

    • C.

      Complex Sentence

    • D.

      Compound-Complex Sentence

    Correct Answer
    D. Compound-Complex Sentence
    Explanation
    The given statement contains two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjunction "but". The first independent clause is "Older television sets had tubes" and the second independent clause is "the newest models, which take less space, are digital televisions." Additionally, the second independent clause also contains a dependent clause "which take less space". Therefore, the given statement is a compound-complex sentence.

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