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CLEP College Composition: Study Guide & Test Prep Final Exam

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Use this material to answer question #1

Martin Luther wrote his Ninety-five Theses (A), which sparked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Luther thought there was (B) many problems with the Catholic Church (C) at the time. One of the major issues , according to Luther, (D) was the sale of indulgences. No error (E)

Question 1 1. In the passage, if there is an error, select the letter next to the bolded part that should be changed to make the sentence correct. If there is no error, select ''E'' for ''no error.''

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Teaching dogs new tricks (A) can be difficult. Many people (B) are overwhelmed when they begin. However, (C) it is just a matter of perseverance, (D) dogs are always happy to rewarded with treats. No error (E)

Question 2 2. In the passage, if there is an error, select the letter next to the bolded part that should be changed to make the sentence correct. If there is no error, select ''E'' for ''no error.''

Use this material to answer questions #3 through #5

(1) While most people consider texting and driving dangerous, many do not see a problem with talking on their phone or eating a hamburger while they drive. (2) Distracted driving is always dangerous to those in the vehicle and those around the vehicle. (3) It leads to thousands of fatalities each year, many of which could be prevented if there were technology in place to prevent drivers from being distracted by their surroundings. (4) The installation of technology in vehicles to prevent drivers from taking their hands off the steering wheel while driving is a necessity to prevent distracted driving and related fatalities.

Question 3 3. In this passage, which of the following transition words or phrases would fit best before sentence 2?

Use this material to answer questions #3 through #5

(1) While most people consider texting and driving dangerous, many do not see a problem with talking on their phone or eating a hamburger while they drive. (2) Distracted driving is always dangerous to those in the vehicle and those around the vehicle. (3) It leads to thousands of fatalities each year, many of which could be prevented if there were technology in place to prevent drivers from being distracted by their surroundings. (4) The installation of technology in vehicles to prevent drivers from taking their hands off the steering wheel while driving is a necessity to prevent distracted driving and related fatalities.

Question 4 4. The primary purpose of the author in writing this passage is

Use this material to answer questions #3 through #5

(1) While most people consider texting and driving dangerous, many do not see a problem with talking on their phone or eating a hamburger while they drive. (2) Distracted driving is always dangerous to those in the vehicle and those around the vehicle. (3) It leads to thousands of fatalities each year, many of which could be prevented if there were technology in place to prevent drivers from being distracted by their surroundings. (4) The installation of technology in vehicles to prevent drivers from taking their hands off the steering wheel while driving is a necessity to prevent distracted driving and related fatalities.

Question 5 5. Which of the following best describes the purpose of sentence 2?

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Use this material to answer questions #6 through #12

(1) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the field of biblical studies. (2) The earliest full copies of Hebrew Bible texts scholars had were from the 2nd century CE. (3) After finding these texts, scholars had manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts dating as far back as the 4th century BCE. (4) As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

(5)Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. (6) This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society. (7) The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath. (8) The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Question 6 6.

In the context of this passage, where should the following sentence be inserted?

The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in eleven caves near Qumran, and scholars believe the settlement in Qumran was responsible for writing the manuscripts.

Use this material to answer questions #6 through #12

(1) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the field of biblical studies. (2) The earliest full copies of Hebrew Bible texts scholars had were from the 2nd century CE. (3) After finding these texts, scholars had manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts dating as far back as the 4th century BCE. (4) As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

(5)Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. (6) This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society. (7) The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath. (8) The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Question 7 7. In the context of this passage, which of the following is best added to the beginning of sentence 2?

Use this material to answer questions #6 through #12

(1) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the field of biblical studies. (2) The earliest full copies of Hebrew Bible texts scholars had were from the 2nd century CE. (3) After finding these texts, scholars had manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts dating as far back as the 4th century BCE. (4) As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

(5)Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. (6) This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society. (7) The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath. (8) The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Question 8 8.

Which of the following should be done to the bolded portion of the following sentence (sentence 4) for clarity?

As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

Use this material to answer questions #6 through #12

(1) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the field of biblical studies. (2) The earliest full copies of Hebrew Bible texts scholars had were from the 2nd century CE. (3) After finding these texts, scholars had manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts dating as far back as the 4th century BCE. (4) As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

(5)Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. (6) This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society. (7) The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath. (8) The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Question 9 9. In the context of the passage, which of the following sentences would be best added before sentence 5?

Use this material to answer questions #6 through #12

(1) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the field of biblical studies. (2) The earliest full copies of Hebrew Bible texts scholars had were from the 2nd century CE. (3) After finding these texts, scholars had manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts dating as far back as the 4th century BCE. (4) As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

(5)Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. (6) This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society. (7) The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath. (8) The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Question 10 10.

In the context of the passage, which of the following is the best way to combine sentences 5 and 6? (reproduced here)

Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society.

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Use this material to answer questions #6 through #12

(1) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the field of biblical studies. (2) The earliest full copies of Hebrew Bible texts scholars had were from the 2nd century CE. (3) After finding these texts, scholars had manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts dating as far back as the 4th century BCE. (4) As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

(5)Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. (6) This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society. (7) The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath. (8) The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Question 11 11.

In the context of the passage, which is the best revision to sentence 7? (reproduced here)

The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath.

Use this material to answer questions #6 through #12

(1) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the field of biblical studies. (2) The earliest full copies of Hebrew Bible texts scholars had were from the 2nd century CE. (3) After finding these texts, scholars had manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts dating as far back as the 4th century BCE. (4) As scholars have concluded from studies of the texts, the community that produced them was focused on keeping purity laws.

(5)Animal remains in jars were found outside the Qumran settlement. (6) This indicates the Qumran community wanted to separate the unclean carcasses from their society. (7) The toilet was also located further from the settlement than they were allowed to walk on the Sabbath. (8) The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Question 12 12.

In the context of the passage, which of the following revisions would strengthen sentence 8 as a concluding sentence? (reproduced here)

The Qumran community was very concerned about ritual purity.

Use this material to answer question #13

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was a famous playwright who lived in London. He wrote a variety of plays, from tragedies like Hamlet to comedies like As You Like It.

Question 13 13. All of the following statements are supported by this passage EXCEPT

Question 14 14.

The following is an excerpt from a paper:

As Mark et al. write, ''The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year'' (192).

The use of ''et al.'' here indicates that the source was

Question 15 15.

Wilson, J. (2017). Citing Your Sources. Journal of Style Guides, 12(3), 175-201.

In this reference, ''175-201'' refers to

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Question 16 16. Why is editing a crucial stage in writing a great essay?

Question 17 17. When you use the bookending technique, you _____.

Question 18 18. Organization will be a major consideration when you

Question 19 19. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed sentence structure?

Question 20 20. When incorporating source material in your essay, you should _____

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Question 21 21. Which of these characteristics has the MOST impact on the effectiveness of a narrative essay over all the others?

Question 22 22. How many paragraphs would you expect to see in a standard argumentative essay?

Question 23 23. Why should you have a clear purpose when writing a personal essay?

Question 24 24. Which of the following is NOT a question to ask yourself for determining if you need to cite a source?

Question 25 25. Which of the following is most appropriate for being cited in your essay?

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Question 26 26. Why do some individuals prefer the CMS style?

Question 27 27. Identify the editor(s) of the following book: Wilson, T. and Smith, J. (2016) A Compilation of Essays about the Presidency of F.D. Roosevelt. New York: W.W. Jameson and Company.

Question 28 28. Which of the following is NOT an advantage of learning to find the gist of a piece of text you are reading?

Question 29 29.

In the following sentence, which word serves as a definition of 'transient'?

'Her transient thoughts of quitting her dead-end job are fleeting, lasting only as long as the weekly meeting she abhors.'

Question 30 30.

From the following options, what suggestion would you make when editing the paragraph below?

'I love to hear the rain falling. It doesn't matter if it is reining hard or soft; I love it. I love what the rain represents - cleansing and nurturing for all of the Earth. The rain is amazing.'

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Question 31 31. Which of the following is a question we should ask ourselves when editing the work of others?

Question 32 32. Choose the most correct statement regarding parallel structure in a series of items.

Question 33 33. Which of the following answers uses correct punctuation?

Question 34 34. Correctly place the commas around the non-essential clause:

Question 35 35. Which of the following answers uses correct punctuation?

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Question 36 36. The term analysis is used to define a process following the research phase across many subject matter disciplines. How is analysis applied in terms of writing an essay?

Question 37 37. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 38 38. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 39 39. What is the greatest benefit of using an outline to draft an essay?

Question 40 40. Which answer choice below BEST demonstrates a descriptive title?

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Question 41 41. In a piece of writing, where are topic sentences generally found and why?

Question 42 42. How does a topic statement differ from a thesis statement?

Question 43 43. How does a writer know if the paragraph is well-developed?

Question 44 44.

Please select what type of faulty comparison error, if any, is in the sentence that follows:

Doing what you love will make you happier.

Question 45 45. Improve the following sentence by selecting one of the choices below. 'Denny loved certain funny jokes.'

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Question 46 46. Why should you avoid logical fallacies in your writing?

Question 47 47.

Please select what type of faulty comparison error, if any, is in the sentence that follows:

It's a well-known fact that theaters are more expensive than staying at home.

Question 48 48. How should the introductory and concluding paragraphs be handled when writing a quick, great essay?

Question 49 49. How should you choose which examples to include in your essay?

Question 50 50. Your Works Cited page should _____.

CLEP College Composition: Study Guide & Test Prep Final Exam Instructions

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