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Compass Writing Test: Writing Style Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

Identify the type of idiom or phrasal verb used in the sentence that follows:

If Jessie didn't get his grades up, he would have to drop out of high school.

Question 2 2. Common purposes in academic writing include:

Question 3 3. Deductive reasoning involves _____

Question 4 4. Why would you want to take the time to outline your paper before you write it?

Question 5 5. Before writing the essay, an 'organized roadmap' or gross plan is essential. Which step leads to this plan?

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Question 6 6. Once the clock has started on a timed essay, the first step should be:

Question 7 7. One of the things that is NOT important when it comes to writing well is _____

Question 8 8. If you can't come up with an original idea while writing an essay _____

Question 9 9.

Identify the type of idiom or phrasal verb used in the sentence that follows:

Dracula honestly hoped he'd never run into Van Helsing again.

Question 10 10. You are working to prepare an argument that is both clear and concise. You have written several different sentences but need to select the option that best meets this requirement. Which of the following should be included in the final draft?

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Question 11 11. The last step in the editing process is known as _____, which involves carefully reading over a document for the purpose of finding any errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting that need to be corrected.

Question 12 12. Why is synthesis used in writing?

Question 13 13. Which of the following is NOT good advice when searching for sources for a persuasive essay?

Question 14 14. Which of the phrases below includes the use of a modifier?

Question 15 15. Which of the following is NOT included in the general rules of self-editing?

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Question 16 16.

Theresa is a professor at a local university. Her student, Kevin, has content from the Journal of Sociology. The following is an example of how most of his essay appears to be written:

''The research clearly points out that 'While the level of crime has mostly gone down throughout the country, the level of violent crime in major cities has gone up. This trend is highly worrisome as the concept of the 'Criminal Triangle' identified by situation theory identifies that the largest problem is the presence of an able protector'''

Why would Theresa likely award him a low grade?

Question 17 17. Which is the best phrasing to let the reader know that important information is coming up?

Question 18 18.

Identify the type of idiom or phrasal verb used in the sentence that follows:

Albert was surprised he didn't pass out from the blood loss; apparently, he really was becoming a werewolf.

Question 19 19. Why is it important to make an outline prior to writing an essay?

Question 20 20. Why is it important to proofread your essay?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following sentences has the BEST diction for achieving a light tone?

Question 22 22.

What form of appeal is being used in the following statement?

I can still remember the first time I rode my bike without training wheels. As the wind brushed past my hair it felt as if I was flying rather than riding on two wheels.

Question 23 23. Which of the following sentences is intended to encourage a response from the reader?

Question 24 24. Inductive reasoning involves _____

Question 25 25. Which of the following is NOT an example of a heterograph?

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Question 26 26. When writing, what should you consider to be most important so that your essay is free from distractions?

Question 27 27.

Consider the following paragraph:

I always vote for the National Party candidate in gubernatorial elections. This year, Sally Smith is the National Party candidate for governor, so I will vote for Sally Smith for governor this year.

Which type of reasoning is displayed in this paragraph?

Question 28 28. Which of the following list of words are transitional words?

Question 29 29. What would be considered appropriate evidence in support of an argument?

Question 30 30. If a person begins an essay by pointing out they are a researcher who has been studying this particular field for the past 18 years, what form of appeal is he or she making?

Compass Writing Test: Writing Style Chapter Exam Instructions

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