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Compass Writing Test: Writing Strategy Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. A unified body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 2 2. You are writing a paper for a class to persuade the professor and other readers of the value of using recycled paper. What type of appeal should you frame within the paper to achieve your goal?

Question 3 3. Why is a thesis statement so important in writing?

Question 4 4. What type of information or support would be included within a logical appeal?

Question 5 5. What is an author's purpose?

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Question 6 6. Rebecca is writing a final essay for her English 101 class. The teacher failed to provide students with an effective question to which she could respond with a thesis. What should she do?

Question 7 7.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Setting the legal drinking age at 21 seems unfair because you can serve in the military at 18.'

Question 8 8. Fundamental essay building blocks include _____.

Question 9 9.

The following quote from a teenage girl, about her experience with cyberbullying, was reported by professors Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin.

'It makes me hurt both physically and mentally. It scares me and takes away all my confidence. It makes me feel sick and worthless' (Hinduja, 2010)

Why is the quote an effective attention getter?

Question 10 10. How are transitional sentences important in achieving coherence in body paragraphs?

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Question 11 11.

What are the redundant parts of this sentence?

The reason Tom is suspicious of the city council is because he worked in city government for years and saw the corruption firsthand.

Question 12 12. Which transition should be used for the following sentence: The man's attire and demeanor seemed intimidating at first. _____, as we began to speak I realized he was actually very kind.

Question 13 13. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 14 14. Which one of the following might indicate that there's a potential problem with a thesis?

Question 15 15. What should you consider to ensure that you're writing effectively for your audience?

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Question 16 16. Why is the attention getter such an important element of the introductory paragraph?

Question 17 17. Why might it be a good idea to utilize emotional appeals less frequently than other approaches?

Question 18 18. A coherent body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 19 19.

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

Because our Treasury Officer was stuck at the airport, we postponed the meeting until later.

Question 20 20. How would an emotional appeal be made?

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Question 21 21. Why should you care about your reader's perspective on an issue when you write?

Question 22 22. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

Question 23 23.

Choose the redundant expression in this sentence:

Looking back in retrospect, I can't remember a summer of my childhood when I didn't spend most of the day outdoors getting into trouble.

Question 24 24. Which of the following statements is an example of a thesis statement?

Question 25 25. It's a good idea to understand your weaknesses when it comes to writing because _____

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Question 26 26.

Robert is writing an essay and in the last sentence of his introductory paragraph, he presented this as his thesis:

'My paper is about dating and social media.'

Why is this thesis NOT appropriate?

Question 27 27. As you review your practice essay in order to evaluate it, you should _____

Question 28 28. How can you be sure to create an appropriate tone for your essay?

Question 29 29.

Spot the redundancy:

With today's modern technology, we can send emails online across the world without ever getting up from our chairs.

Question 30 30. Why is it a good idea to think about how essays are structured?

Compass Writing Test: Writing Strategy Chapter Exam Instructions

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