Syntax in Writing: Using Sentence Structure to Emphasize Ideas


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Which of the following is a periodic sentence?

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1. Neil Armstrong's famous statement ' small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' is an example of which construction?

2. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used the following phrase in a speech, 'Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina…' What element of syntax appears in this quote?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How you construct sentences can have a significant impact on the ideas you're trying to convey. This combination quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the different ways to construct sentences. The quiz will provide two example statements and ask you to identify the elements of syntax being presented.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will test you on the following:

  • Identify an example of a periodic sentence
  • Definition of a tricolon
  • How repetition adds emphasis to ideas

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to analyze sentences and determine their structure
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding the way in which repetition emphasizes ideas
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define a main term, such as tricolon
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding an example of a periodic statement

Additional Learning

Study more about the structure of sentences by reviewing the lesson, Syntax in Writing: Using Sentence Structure to Emphasize Ideas. This lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Define syntax
  • Examine the structure of a loose sentence
  • Review a famous example of a tricolon
  • Identify the type of structure used in the Gettysburg Address