Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

Question 2 2. To ensure that a paragraph is clear and easy to understand,

Question 3 3. Why is it a bad idea to use only short subject-verb sentences?

Question 4 4. What is the last thing you will do before you have a well-developed essay topic?

Question 5 5.

The following are the last 3 statements of the introduction to an English 101 literary essay. Why should they be reorganized?

The main thesis of this paper concerns the play Romeo and Juliette and will be explained in the following thesis. This will best be explained by the many symbols that are used throughout Shakespeare's play. Shakespeare's works remain significant to this day and age.

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Question 6 6. If you are writing about the reasons the Revolutionary War occurred, what organizational pattern should you use?

Question 7 7. Which term listed below is not an organizational pattern in writing?

Question 8 8. The most critical element of an essay is its _____.

Question 9 9. Which is not an example of a graphic organizer?

Question 10 10. 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?

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Question 11 11. When brainstorming ideas for your paper, _____.

Question 12 12. Why is using a full sentence outline beneficial for most standard essays?

Question 13 13. Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

Question 14 14. The process of generating potential topics for writing or generating ideas that you might use in your paper is called what?

Question 15 15. When you only have fifteen minutes, how would you go about brainstorming ideas for a position paper on a controversial topic?

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Question 16 16. After a long day, a teacher is grading a large number of essays which were written by his students. He is reviewing how his students structured their essays. Tom structured his essay so each paragraph had 3 sentences. Jane used 4 to 5 sentences, Katie used 6 to 7 sentences, while Phil used 9 to 10 sentences for each paragraph. Based on this fact alone, which of the following likely received the highest grade?

Question 17 17. Which of the following best describes the 100 rule?

Question 18 18. Which of the following should NOT be included in a formal essay?

Question 19 19. Which of the following is NOT an example of a reliable source for an academic essay?

Question 20 20. Which of the following should NOT be included in the conclusion paragraph of a 5-paragraph essay?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following is a benefit of group brainstorming?

Question 22 22. If you are writing an article explaining the similarities and differences between Microsoft and Apple, which pattern of organization should you use?

Question 23 23. When brainstorming on your own, which of the following should you do?

Question 24 24. Which type of document is most likely to be written in order of importance?

Question 25 25. What is the greatest benefit of using an outline to draft an essay?

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Question 26 26. When you have generated ideas and details for your paper, you must organize them so that you know which order you will write about them in your paper. What is this process known as?

Question 27 27. How would you prepare to write a synthesis paper about 'The Effect of Texting on Student Language Skills'?

Question 28 28.

Read the following short paragraphs and identify what may be missing:

'Flowers are very well-liked in most parts of the world. There are many types of flowers.'

'Roses are one of the most recognized types of flowers. Roses come in a variety of colors. Roses are often bred to make even more unique colors.'

'Daisies are well-liked flowers. Daisies grow in various types of soil, so daisies are found in a lot of different regions.'

Question 29 29. You are reading the story of Snow White, and notice you are reading about a series of events in the order they occurred. What is the BEST way to describe this organizational pattern?

Question 30 30. When you consider the age, education level, or experience level of the people that might read your paper, you are trying to define your __________.

Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

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