Writing Skills MCQs Quiz With Answers

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Get ready for a challenging multiple-choice quiz on writing skills. Writing plays an essential role in communication and expressing your thoughts to the masses. Whether you are a poet, writer, journalist, teacher, student, or almost anything, writing skills are a necessary tool for sharing views and thoughts. This quiz has been made to test your knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and writing techniques. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is best for academic writing?

    • A.

      "Dr. Einstein wrote the 'Theory of Relativity'"

    • B.

      "The 'Theory of Relativity' was written by Dr. Einstein."

    Correct Answer
    A. "Dr. Einstein wrote the 'Theory of Relativity'"
    Explanation
    The answer "Dr. Einstein wrote the 'Theory of Relativity'" is the best for academic writing because it follows the active voice and provides a clear and concise statement. In academic writing, it is generally preferred to use the active voice to emphasize the subject and clearly attribute the action to the person or entity responsible. The passive voice, as used in the second option, can be more ambiguous and less direct.

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  • 2. 

    "The group of three were inspired to do their grammar project together." What is wrong with this sentence?

    • A.

      Nothing

    • B.

      Verb/ Subject Agreement

    • C.

      Punctuation

    Correct Answer
    B. Verb/ Subject Agreement
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Verb/Subject Agreement. In the given sentence, the subject "group" is singular, but the verb "were" is plural. The correct verb form should be "was" to agree with the singular subject.

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  • 3. 

    The following sentence is a fragment: True or False? "Because there were many storms last season."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Because there were many storms last season" is a fragment because it lacks a subject and does not express a complete thought. It starts with the subordinating conjunction "Because" but does not provide a main clause to complete the sentence. Therefore, it is an incomplete statement and qualifies as a fragment.

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  • 4. 

    You have just been placed on academic probation. It is required that you write a letter of reinstatement. Which of the following is inappropriate to include in the letter?

    • A.

      "Because I have not gotten along with my professors..."

    • B.

      "I wish to be reinstated because..."

    • C.

      "Upon reinstatement, I intend on..."

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. "Because I have not gotten along with my professors..."
    Explanation
    Including the statement "Because I have not gotten along with my professors..." is inappropriate in the letter of reinstatement because it reflects a negative attitude and does not address the reasons for being placed on academic probation. The letter should focus on expressing remorse for past actions, demonstrating a commitment to improving academic performance, and outlining a plan for success upon reinstatement.

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  • 5. 

    You're the editor of the school newspaper and just received the advice column from one of the journalists. The title of the column is Writing the PERFECT Paper. You begin reading the column and come across these baffling sentences in the first paragraph: “The worst thing you can do in an academic paper is insult your professor. Be sure to make corrections to your paper, and always tip your waiter!” What is the problem with these sentences?

    • A.

      Continuity, the journalist's sentences are not related to one another.

    • B.

      The sentence has a good thesis. It captures the reader's attention.

    • C.

      The journalist's statement is a generalization. It cannot be proven true.

    • D.

      The thesis is inconsistent with the subject of the column.

    Correct Answer
    A. Continuity, the journalist's sentences are not related to one another.
    Explanation
    The problem with these sentences is that they lack continuity. The journalist's sentences are not related to one another, as the second sentence about tipping waiters has no connection to the topic of writing the perfect paper. The lack of coherence and logical progression in the paragraph hinders the flow of the column and confuses the reader.

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  • 6. 

    There is a grammar quiz coming up, so you decide to use a study sheet distributed by your professor. You come to the last question on the sheet: What is the following referred to as: "And she never saw it again." and you cannot seem to figure out the answer. Which one should you choose?

    • A.

      A Phrase

    • B.

      A Clause

    • C.

      A Fragment

    • D.

      A Run-On Sentence

    Correct Answer
    C. A Fragment
    Explanation
    The given sentence "And she never saw it again." is a fragment because it does not contain a subject and a verb, and it does not express a complete thought. It is missing essential elements to make it a complete sentence.

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  • 7. 

    "Give me an 'A' now!" This is an example of :

    • A.

      Interrogative Sentence

    • B.

      Imperative Sentence

    • C.

      Declarative Sentence

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Imperative Sentence
    Explanation
    The statement "Give me an 'A' now!" is an example of an imperative sentence because it is a command or request. It is giving a direct order or instruction to someone to perform an action, which is to give the speaker an 'A' grade immediately.

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  • 8. 

    "I'll go out with you if you take me to 'Tavern on the Green.'" What is "I'll" considered in this sentence?

    • A.

      A Gerund

    • B.

      A Pronoun

    • C.

      A Contraction

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. A Contraction
    Explanation
    In this sentence, "I'll" is considered a contraction. A contraction is a shortened form of two words, in this case, "I" and "will". The apostrophe in "I'll" represents the omitted letters "wi". Therefore, "I'll" is a contraction that means "I will".

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  • 9. 

    A Gerund is...

    • A.

      A verb which expresses possibility, objective or need.

    • B.

      A verb that ends in -ing that acts as a noun.

    • C.

      A word or phrase that disrupts the flow of a sentence

    • D.

      A person, place, thing, or idea

    Correct Answer
    B. A verb that ends in -ing that acts as a noun.
    Explanation
    A gerund is a verb that ends in -ing and functions as a noun in a sentence. It can be used as the subject or object of a sentence, or as a complement. Gerunds are formed by adding -ing to the base form of a verb, and they can represent actions, states, or processes. For example, in the sentence "Swimming is my favorite hobby," the word "swimming" is a gerund that acts as the subject of the sentence.

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  • 10. 

    Which word should be preceded by ‘an’?

    • A.

      University

    • B.

      Hour

    • C.

      Hotel

    • D.

      Union

    Correct Answer
    B. Hour
    Explanation
    The word "hour" should be preceded by "an" because it starts with a vowel sound. In English, the choice between "a" and "an" depends on the sound that follows, not the actual letter. Since "hour" is pronounced with a silent "h," the word is considered to start with a vowel sound, so "an" is used.

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Juliette Firla |MA |
K-12 English Expert
Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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