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ACT English: Punctuation Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following is NOT the correct way to use the colon?

Question 2 2. Which of the following answers uses correct punctuation?

Question 3 3. A semicolon can be used for all of the following EXCEPT to _____.

Question 4 4.

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.

Question 5 5.

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.

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Question 6 6. Three sisters share ownership of a bakery. The business is _____ bakery.

Question 7 7.

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 8 8.

Alastair took the long way around: he had plenty of time and wanted to enjoy the scenery.

Which of the following would NOT be an appropriate way to deal with this sentence?

Question 9 9.

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 10 10.

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

Marcie's power is, invisibility, but she can only become invisible when she drinks the magic potion.

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Question 11 11. After saving us from the villain's lair, the superhero left to rescue the president.

Question 12 12.

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 13 13.

How could the following sentence be altered to be clearer?

Without help I would not finish this assignment.

Question 14 14. Identify the most appropriate conjunction and the correct comma placement for the following sentence:

Question 15 15. Which of the following is an example where a comma is correctly used despite there not being any conjunction?

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Question 16 16.

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 17 17.

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.

Question 18 18.

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

For the treasurer, they considered Susan (too committed to other activities) and Mark (too absent-minded) before finally settling on Jodi.

Question 19 19. Which of the following is NOT an example of an introductory word?

Question 20 20. What is the significance of an Oxford comma?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following demonstrates correct comma usage when separating elements in a series?

Question 22 22.

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

I hadn't touched the stove, it was Andrew's fault!

Question 23 23.

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 24 24.

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

I was halfway through my grocery shopping when I got a text from my mom: she wanted me to pick up some extra salsa.

Question 25 25.

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

Jonathan knows that his students dont respect him unless he can enforce the rules consistently.

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Question 26 26.

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 27 27.

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 28 28. When would you use brackets in your writing?

Question 29 29. All of the following sentences indicate correct usage of quotation marks EXCEPT:

Question 30 30. Which of the following BEST describes the purpose of punctuation?

ACT English: Punctuation Chapter Exam Instructions

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