TOEFL Mini-test Skills 33-36

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TOEFL Mini-test Skills 33-36 - Quiz

Choose the letter of the underlined word or group of words that is not correct.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In several of his paintings, Edward Hicks depicted the Quaker farm in Pennsylvania where he spends his youth.

    • A.

      Several of his paintings

    • B.

      Where

    • C.

      Spends

    • D.

      His

    Correct Answer
    C. Spends
    Explanation
    It is not option (A) because the opening phrase is stating the situation in which the rest of the idea happens. It is not option (B) because the sentence is talking about a place "farm" and the connector is the correct one. It is not option (D) because the main subject is a man and this possessive is relevant.
    You must select option (C) because the idea is about the past, so the verb should be in past; not present.

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  • 2. 

    Florida has become the twenty-seventh state in the United States on March 3, 1845.

    • A.

      Has become

    • B.

      Twenty-seventh

    • C.

      State

    • D.

      In the

    Correct Answer
    A. Has become
    Explanation
    It is not option (D) because it is the correct phrasing when talking about the U.S.
    It is not option (C) because this noun is defining the main subject (Florida).
    It is not option (B) because the number is a correct phrase.
    You should select option (A) because the sentence is stating a fact about the past, so the verb should be in simple past; not present perfect.

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  • 3. 

    After last week's meeting, the advertising department quickly realized that the product will need a new slogan.

    • A.

      Last week's

    • B.

      Realized

    • C.

      Will

    • D.

      Need

    Correct Answer
    C. Will
    Explanation
    It is not option (A) because the time expression is correct.
    It is not option (B) because the verb is consistent with the time expression, which is about the past.
    It is not option (D) because the verb after the modal is always in base form.
    You should have selected option (C) because the sentence is about the past and how, from those events, the possibility of a change, "would need", is the correct expression; not a prediction about the future.

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  • 4. 

    John F. Kennedy's grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald, serves two terms as the mayor of Boston in the beginning of the twentieth century.

    • A.

      Kennedy's

    • B.

      Serves

    • C.

      As the

    • D.

      In the beginning

    Correct Answer
    B. Serves
    Explanation
    It is not option (D) because it is a time expression that better defines the time of the next time expression.
    It is not option (C) because the adverb is establishing the function of the main subject.
    It is not option (A) because the last name correctly has the possessive to establish the family relationship.
    You should have selected option (B) because the sentence is stating a specific event in a specific time, so the verb must be in simple past; not in simple present.

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  • 5. 

    Fort Ticonderoga, a strategically important fortification during the Revolution, had since been reconstructed and turned into a museum.

    • A.

      Had

    • B.

      Been

    • C.

      Reconstructed

    • D.

      Turned

    Correct Answer
    A. Had
    Explanation
    It is not option (D) because the verb is in the same form as the previous, thus keeping verb form balance.
    It is not option (C) because the sentence idea is passive and the verb matches in form
    It is not option (B) because it is necessary to form the passive voice.
    IYou should have selected option (A) because the idea must be in past perfect and not in present perfect.

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  • 6. 

    In making their calculations, Institute researchers assume that the least costly form of energy would be used.

    • A.

      Making

    • B.

      The least costly

    • C.

      Would

    • D.

      Used

    Correct Answer
    C. Would
    Explanation
    It is not option (A) because the gerund without the BE verb works as an adjective
    It is not option (B) because the article, adverb and adjective are forming a correct phrase.
    It is not option (D) because the passive form requires the verb to be in past participle.
    You should have selected option (C) because the sentence speaks of a future projection; not a hypothetical one.

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  • 7. 

    A twenty-one-year-old man became the second casualty yesterday when he loses control of his truck.

    • A.

      Became

    • B.

      When

    • C.

      Loses

    • D.

      Control

    Correct Answer
    C. Loses
    Explanation
    It is not option (A) because the main verb must be in past to match the past time expression "yesterday"
    It is not option (B) because it is a connector which establishes a specific moment of an event.
    It is not option (D) because the noun is correctly stated.
    You should have selected option (C) because the verb must be in past, too.

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  • 8. 

    Most people had written with quill pens until pens with metal points become popular in the middle of the nineteenth century.

    • A.

      Had

    • B.

      Written

    • C.

      Pens until pens

    • D.

      Become

    Correct Answer
    D. Become
    Explanation
    It is not option (A) because to use the past perfect, the past of "have" must be used.
    It is not option (B) because after the past perfect auxiliary, we must use the past participle of the verb.\
    It is not option (C) because the two nouns are divided by the connector stating the sequence of events.
    You should have selected option (D) because we use the simple past verb to complement a past perfect idea.

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  • 9. 

    In a determined drive to pare its debt, Time Warner is launching a stock offering plan that would potentially raise $2.8 billion.

    • A.

      Determined

    • B.

      Its debt

    • C.

      Stock offering

    • D.

      Would potentially raise

    Correct Answer
    D. Would potentially raise
    Explanation
    It is not option (A) because the verb is functioning as an adjective for the opening phrase.
    It is not option (B) because the possessive pronoun is consistent with the main subject and the noun is logical to the idea of the whole sentence.
    It is not option (C) because it is a correctly used compound noun.
    You should have selected option (D) because the idea is talking about a future prediction (will); not a hypothetical situation (would).

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  • 10. 

    The formula used in the study calls for either peroxide or metaldehyde, but metaldehyde was not always available.

    • A.

      Used

    • B.

      For either

    • C.

      But

    • D.

      Was

    Correct Answer
    D. Was
    Explanation
    The word "was" is the correct answer because it correctly identifies the verb that agrees with the subject "metaldehyde." The sentence states that metaldehyde was not always available, indicating that it was not consistently accessible for use in the study.

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