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ACT English: Punctuation Chapter Exam

Exam Instructions:

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Question 1 1. Which of the following demonstrates correct comma usage when separating elements in a series?

Question 2 2. What is the significance of an Oxford comma?

Question 3 3. Which of the following demonstrates correct comma usage with adjectives?

Question 4 4.

How would you correct the error in the following sentence:

Archaeologists consider the artifact to be significant, even if they don't understand it's purpose yet.

Question 5 5.

Which word in this sentence is NOT correct?

We couldn't fit everyone into Carla and Roberto's car, so the boy's took their own.

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Question 6 6. Wendy owns a Honda Accord and a Chevrolet Volt. These vehicles are _____.

Question 7 7. Ricardo is adding quoted language from a source to his research paper. He wants to omit part of the sentence he is adding. Which of the following should Ricardo put in place of the omitted words in the quote?

Question 8 8. All of the following sentences indicate correct usage of quotation marks EXCEPT:

Question 9 9. When would you use brackets in your writing?

Question 10 10. Identify the most appropriate conjunction and the correct comma placement for the following sentence:

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Question 11 11. Correctly place the commas around the non-essential clause:

Question 12 12.

How could the following sentence be altered to be clearer?

Without help I would not finish this assignment.

Question 13 13.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Unwilling to let her daughter walk to school alone; Emily accompanied her every day.

Question 14 14.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

We bought three types of chocolates at the candy store salted truffles, caramel creams, and midnight surprise.

Question 15 15.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Thom isn't really angry, he's just hungry and tired after a long day.

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Question 16 16.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Eager to get started, the students paid close attention to they're teacher's instructions.

Question 17 17.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

After a 2-week wilderness trip, the girls' were excited to finally wash their hair with real shampoo.

Question 18 18.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

I wanted to take my car, but Joe's and Sandy's truck was the only vehicle that would fit all of us.

Question 19 19. Which of the following answers uses correct punctuation?

Question 20 20. Which of the following answers uses correct punctuation?

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Question 21 21. A semicolon can be used for all of the following EXCEPT to _____.

Question 22 22.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Marcie can't play soccer today, she sprained her ankle last week in a skating accident.

Question 23 23.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Mark's grocery list - cheese, bread, wine, olives, and figs, reflected his dinner plans for the evening.

Question 24 24.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Sam, my younger brother - wanted to be an astronaut until he was 7.

Question 25 25.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence.

We asked our professor when he would hand our essays back we'd turned them in a month ago but he didn't seem to remember them at all.

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Question 26 26.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence.

I asked Samantha how she managed to fit so many extracurricular activities into her schedule she was in art club, book club, and marching band, and she explained her system of time management.

Question 27 27.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence.

I went to office hours to ask the teacher about Monday's lecture I was confused about the relationship between the Marian reforms and the fall of the Republic but he wasn't there.

Question 28 28.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

The head of our superhero dream team can change water to fire and, transform himself into any animal.

Question 29 29. After saving us from the villain's lair, the superhero left to rescue the president.

Question 30 30.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

My new superweapon can fire bullets made of plasma dry ice and pure titanium

ACT English: Punctuation Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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