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TEST YOURSELF
Editing for Clarity

Answer these questions to test your familiarity with the topics covered in Chapters 38–50. For each example, select the choice that best replaces the highlighted words. If none of the choices is preferable to the example, select "no change." Pay particular attention to the sections in the chapters that correspond to the questions you answer incorrectly.

1
The overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii was a landmark event in the past history of the Hawaiian Islands.
A)no change
B)the past of the Hawaiian Islands.
C)the past of the Hawaii Islands.
D)the history of the Hawaiian Islands.
2
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that fewer teenagers are smoking cigarettes at this point in time in spite of the fact that the tobacco industry spends millions of dollars targeting teens.
A)no change
B)at this point in time even though the tobacco industry spends
C)now in spite of the fact that the tobacco industry spends
D)now even though the tobacco industry spends
3
There were millions of people who immigrated to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
A)There was millions of people who immigrated
B)There are millions of people who immigrated
C)Millions of people immigrated
D)no change
4
The Republic of Senegal is slightly smaller than North Dakota but larger than Ohio.
A)slightly smaller North Dakota but larger than Ohio.
B)slightly smaller than North Dakota but larger Ohio.
C)slightly smaller than North Dakota, but larger than Ohio.
D)no change
5
Among the causes historians have proposed for the collapse of Minoan civilization are an earthquake, volcanic eruption, and foreign invasion.
A)earthquake, volcanic eruption, and foreign invasion.
B)an earthquake and a volcanic eruption and foreign invasion.
C)an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, and a foreign invasion.
D)no change
6
Some Americans argue that Mount Rushmore represents the country more than the Statue of Liberty.
A)no change
B)more than the Statue of Liberty does.
C)more than the Statue of Liberty did.
D)more than the Statue of Liberty represents.
7
For Henry Ford used the assembly-line technique to mass produce the Model T automobile.
A)For Henry Ford used the assembly-line technique, he could mass produce
B)For because Henry Ford used the assembly-line technique to mass produce
C)Henry Ford used the assembly-line technique to mass produce
D)no change
8
The reason why the price of solar electric panels has risen is because demand for them has increased.
A)The price of solar electric panels has risen because demand for them has increased.
B)The reason the price of solar electric panels has risen is because demand for them has increased.
C)The price of solar electric panels has risen is because demand for them has increased.
D)no change
9
The Nineteenth Amendment is when women were granted the right to vote.
A)no change
B)The Nineteenth Amendment granted women
C)The Nineteenth Amendment is where women were granted
D)The Nineteenth Amendment means women were granted
10
Full-time college students should spend at least six hours a week studying if you want to succeed.
A)no change
B)if they want to succeed.
C)if he wants to succeed.
D)if he or she wants to succeed.
11
Many Americans can trace their background to an ancestor who arrives during the wave of immigration that began in the late nineteenth century and ended in the early 1920s.
A)no change
B)who arrives during the wave of immigration that begins
C)who arrived during the wave of immigration that began
D)who arrived during the wave of immigration that begins
12
The geography teacher asked her students if they knew which is the largest country in the world?
A)no change
B)if they knew which country is the largest in the world?
C)if they knew which country is the largest in the world.
D)if they knew which is the largest country in the world.
13
Agamemnon, the King of Mycenae, was the son of Atreus, brother of Menelaus, and led the Greek army during the Trojan War.
A)no change
B)the King of Mycenae, was the brother of Menelaus, the son of Atreus, and led the Greek army during the Trojan War.
C)ruling Mycenae, was the son of Atreus, brother of Menelaus, and led the Greek army during the Trojan War.
D)the King of Mycenae, was the son of Atreus, the brother of Menelaus, and the leader of the Greek army during the Tojan War.
14
Past presidents of the Republic of Egypt include Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956–1970) and Anwar al-Sadat (who governed from 1970–1981).
A)no change
B)Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956–1970) and Anwar al-Sadat (who governed from 1970 to 1981).
C)Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956–1970) and Anwar al-Sadat (who governed from 1970 to 81).
D)Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956–1970) and Anwar al-Sadat (1970–1981).
15
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali said, "I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest" to a reporter for the New York Times.
A)no change
B)said to a reporter for the New York Times, "I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest."
C)to a reporter from the New York Times said, "I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest."
D)said, "I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest" to a New York Times reporter.
16
Now including the Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum, British scientist James Smithson bequeathed his wealth to the United States Government for the creation of the Smithsonian Institution, a network of museums and galleries in Washington, D.C.
 
A)Now including the National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History, British scientist James Smithson bequeathed his wealth to the United States Government for the creation of the Smithsonian Institution, a network of museums and galleries in Washington, D.C.
 
B)Now including the Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum, British researcher James Smithson bequeathed his wealth to the United States Government for the creation of the Smithsonian Institution, a network of museums and galleries in Washington, D.C.
 
C)British researcher James Smithson bequeathed his wealth to the United States Government for the creation of the Smithsonian Institution, a network of museums and galleries in Washington, D.C., that now includes the Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum.
 
D)no change
17
17. Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect. He is often considered the greatest American architect. He is known for the Prairie style. This style features low horizontal lines and extended eaves.
A)no change
B)Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect, is often considered the greatest American architect. He is known for the Prairie style. This style features low horizontal lines and extended eaves.
C)Frank Lloyd Wright, often considered the greatest American architect, is known for the Prairie style, which features low horizontal lines and extended eaves.
D)Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect. He is often considered the greatest American architect. He is known for the Prairie style, which features low horizontal lines and extended eaves.
18
18. During the 1800s, U.S. banks designed and printed their own currency, and this led to widespread counterfeiting.
A)no change
B)During the 1800s, U.S. banks designed and printed their own currency, which led to widespread counterfeiting.
C)During the 1800s, U.S. banks designed and printed their own currency, however this led to widespread counterfeiting.
D)During the 1800s, U.S. banks designed and printed their own currency, for this led to widespread counterfeiting.
19
Eight presidents were born in Virginia, and four were born in Massachusetts. One was born in Arkansas. One was born in Connecticut.
A)no change
B)One was born in Arkansas. Connecticut also was the birthplace of only one.
C)One was born in Arkansas, and Connecticut was also the birthplace of only one.
D)Arkansas and Connecticut, in contrast, were each the birthplace of only one president.
20
More than 830,000 people were killed by an earthquake in China in 1556.
A)no change
B)More than 830,000 people were killed in 1556 by an earthquake in China.
C)In 1556, more than 830,000 people were killed by an earthquake in China.
D)An earthquake in China in 1556 killed more than 830,000 people.







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