English 2301 Grammar Diagnostic Exam
Below is a 50-question diagnostic exam. DO NOT look up the answers for these questions! Go with your best guess. I need to know what you know now, not what you can look up. This is not a "graded" test! The results of this exam help me adjust the syllabus to cover what is most needed for you, the students. You will receive a 100 for completing the exam no matter how you score. If you do not complete this exam, you will earn a zero.
1. We chose ___________of the two remaining videos in the rental store for the children's party. *
2. Neither her associates nor the doctor __________ the surgery is necessary. *
3. Do you really want to give __________ the money that you earned? *
4. The sick old man __________ eat his dinner. *
5. Each cat in the four-state cat show had __________ own elaborate display area. *
6. United is one of the domestic airlines that __________ applied to the FAA to carry overseas traffic. *
7. I __________ to bed two hours before it started raining. *
8. The doctor said that both you and __________ must make immediate changes in order to reduce the possibility of heart disease. *
9. The sleek brown seals did not know what had ruined __________ breeding grounds when the oil washed onto the beaches. *
10. Johnny's best friend wondered why he was doing __________ in his science courses since he had been an A student for years. *
11. The coach gave the swim team two extra hours to gather __________tickets and suitcases for the trip to the swimming meet. *
12. I don't have any idea what you __________ doing out that night. *
13. The NFL teams that I dislike the most __________ the Dallas Cowboys, the Cleveland Browns, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. *
14. Would the holder of ticket number 08537 please do the __________ go to the main lobby information desk to claim your prize. *
15. The doctor carefully __________ the precise side effects of the drug, as well as it potential benefits. *
16. Because of his father __________ his ten-speed bike away to punish him for his failing grades, the boy sulked for two days. *
17. If I __________ to my father, I would not be in prison today. *
18. His sister is the only one of his seemingly endless friends and acquaintances who __________ offered to help him after he contracted meningitis. *
19. I __________him do it yesterday. *
20. At the international conference, the scientists had to defend the __________ points of their research. *
21. The young boy ran over to give his sad uncle a hug because he knew the uncle felt __________. *
22. To sustain good health, __________ important to follow a healthful diet. *
23. She graduated from __________. *
24. I pulled two __________ at the same time. *
25. We knew who had been elected chairman, but we did not yet know __________ he had appointed to fill the various vacancies in the standing committee. *
26. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
27. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
28. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
29. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
30. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
31. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
32. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
33. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
34. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
35. Which sentence is the most correct, clear, and concise? *
36. Choose the sentence that best expresses the relationship between the two clauses. *
37. Choose the sentence that best expresses the relationship between the two clauses. *
38. One of the four underlined sections may have an error in punctuation. Choose the letter that marks the error in punctuation. If there is no error, choose E. *
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39. One of the four underlined sections may have an error in punctuation. Choose the letter that marks the error in punctuation. If there is no error, choose E. *
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40. The paragraph below may have an error in punctuation. Choose the letter that marks the error in punctuation. If there is no error, choose E. *
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41. One of the four underlined sections may have an error in capitalization. Choose the letter that marks the error in capitalization. If there is no error, choose E. *
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42. One of the four underlined sections may have an error in capitalization. Choose the letter that marks the error in capitalization. If there is no error, choose E. *
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43. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
44. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
45. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
46. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
47. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
48. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
49. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
50. In the following, identify the example that illustrates a fragment, run-on (fused), sentence, or comma splice. *
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