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CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Effective Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Words and phrases that help carry a thought from one idea to the next are referred to as _____.

Question 2 2.

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 3 3. Effective body paragraphs within an essay...

Question 4 4. How can writers prepare readers for new ideas?

Question 5 5. How do you join two modifiers that modify a noun?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following effectively utilizes a transition?

Question 7 7.

How do you change this sentence from passive voice to active voice?

The bloody space battle was fought mostly by children.

Question 8 8. What is a good example of a specific noun?

Question 9 9. What is the purpose of a Summary Preview?

Question 10 10. What is one major mistake we might make when choosing a topic?

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Question 11 11. A coherent body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 12 12. What is the significance of using emotion in the conclusion?

Question 13 13. What is an anecdote?

Question 14 14. Which of the following identifies the proper order for the introductory paragraph?

Question 15 15. Why bother to use specific, precise language in writing?

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Question 16 16.

Identify the error in the following sentence that makes it unclear:

All of these mixed chocolates are delicious!

Question 17 17.

Spot the redundancy:

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

Question 18 18. Why is the attention getter such an important element of the introductory paragraph?

Question 19 19.

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

The inadequate supply of pasta salad was not enough to feed the two dozen people who showed up to the club's inaugural meeting.

Question 20 20. How can the use of a quotation in the conclusion be helpful?

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Question 21 21.

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 22 22. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 23 23. What does it mean to limit your topic?

Question 24 24.

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 25 25. Why use a story to start your paper?

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Question 26 26. What is an example of a good, specific, precise verb?

Question 27 27. Which of the following is the best approach to take while creating a story?

Question 28 28. One way to check that you have written a clear sentence is to:

Question 29 29. How are transitional sentences important in achieving coherence in body paragraphs?

Question 30 30. What is the difference between a Summary Preview and a Thesis Statement?

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Effective Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

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