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TEST YOURSELF
Editing for Grammar Conventions

Answer these questions to test your familiarity with the topics covered in Chapters 51–56. For each example, select the choice that best replaces the highlighted words. If the example is correct as is, select "no change." Pay particular attention to the sections in the chapters that correspond to the questions you answer incorrectly.

1
There are several political parties in the United States. Although most Americans are familiar only with the two dominant parties, the Democratic and Republican.
A)United States; although most Americans
B)United States: although most Americans
C)no change
D)United States, although most Americans
2
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech. During the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.
A)speech, during the March on Washington
B)no change
C)speech during the March on Washington.
D)during; the March on Washington.
3
U.S. military personnel are stationed on many atolls in the Pacific. Such as Wake Island and Johnston Atoll.
A)no change
B)Pacific, such as; Wake Island and Johnston Atoll.
C)Pacific, such as Wake Island and Johnston Atoll.
D)Pacific; such as Wake Island and Johnston Atoll.
4
Celebrities often undergo cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance. Hoping to straighten their teeth and whiten their smiles.
A)appearance, hoping to straighten their teeth
B)appearance; hoping to straighten their teeth
C)appearance: hoping to straighten their teeth
D)no change
5
The Great Wall of China extends more than a thousand miles, it was built during the reign of Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang Ti.
A)no change
B)miles however it was built during the reign
C)miles. It was built during the reign
D)miles it was built during the reign
6
Dinosaurs and birds first appeared during the Mesozoic Era. This era dates to more than 245 million years ago.
A)Era, this era dates to more than 245 million years ago.
B)no change
C)Era this era dates to more 245 million years ago.
D)Era; and this dates to more over 245 million years ago.
7
Students who rely on credit cards risk ruining their credit rating, however, they can build a strong credit rating if they pay their balances on time.
A)credit rating, however; they can build a strong credit rating
B)credit rating however, they can build a strong credit rating
C)no change
D)credit rating; however, they can build a strong credit rating
8
People often confuse the words "principal" and "principle" in addition they also confuse "effect" and "affect."
A)"principle," in addition, they also confuse
B)"principle" in addition, they also confuse
C)"principle." In addition, they also confuse
D)no change
9
The most popular color for luxury cars are metallic white.
A)no change
B)The most popular colors for luxury cars are metallic white.
C)The most popular colors for a luxury car is metallic white.
D)The most popular color for luxury cars is metallic white.
10
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 is among the laws that protects women from inequity in the workplace.
A)is among the laws that protect women
B)is among the law that protects women
C)no change
D)are among the laws that protect women
11
Everyone are encouraged to eat leafy vegetables such as spinach and collard greens, which are rich in vitamins A and C.
A)Everyone is encouraged to eat leafy vegetables
B)no change
C)Everybody are encourage to eat leafy vegetables
12
An injured person should remain laying down until emergency medical technicians arrive to administer first aid.
A)should remain laying down until emergency medical technicians arrive to have administered
B)no change
C)should remain lying down until emergency medical technicians arrive to have administered
D)should remain lying down until emergency medical technicians arrive to administer
13
The narrator in the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros was a young Latina girl living in poverty.
A)no change
B)was a young Latina girl who lived in poverty.
C)is a young Latina girl who was living in poverty.
D)is a young Latina girl living in poverty.
14
Some people believe that many of the nation's domestic and foreign problems could be solved if the U.S. President was allowed to serve more than two terms in office.
A)can be solved if the U.S. President was allowed to serve
B)can be solved if the U.S. President were allowed to serve
C)could be solved if the U.S. President were allowed to serve
D)no change
15
Frederick Douglass, whom wrote The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, remains an inspiration to civil rights activists.
A)no change
B)whom he wrote The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,
C)who wrote The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,
D)who he wrote The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,
16
A person with a family history of cardiovascular disease should monitor his blood pressure on a regular basis.
A)no change
B)should monitor her blood pressure
C)should monitor his or her blood pressure
D)should monitor their blood pressure
17
According to the Federal Election Campaign Act, you must disclose election contributions and expenditures.
A)no change
B)I must disclose
C)we must disclose
D)candidates must disclose
18
Most educators and child psychologists agree that young children sure watch too much television.
A)no change
B)that surely young children watch too much television.
C)that young children certainly watch too much television.
D)that young children definite watch too much television.
19
A person suffering from food poisoning will feel worser than a person suffering from mere indigestion.
A)no change
B)will feel worse than a person
C)will feel badder than a person
D)will feel more bad than a person
20
Most college students do not realize that they won't hardly be able to juggle working and going to school full time.
A)do not realize that they will not hardly be able to juggle
B)do not realize that they will hardly be able to juggle
C)do realize that they will not hardly be able to juggle
D)no change







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