1. In which of the following sentences is the symbol used correctly? A. Rachel's rent has gone up to 765$ a month. B. According to Alan, the survey revealed that population growth increased twenty-one% in 2005. C. Jason bought three books & two magazines. D. Marilla was hired as a paralegal at Baines, Johnson & Laird. 2. Which marks of punctuation would be appropriate to set off the italicized words in the following sentence? One day my dad and his brother stop me if you've heard this story started out on what they thought would be an uneventful drive to work. A. Commas B. Brackets C. Hyphens D. Dashes 3. In which one of the following sentences is the number written correctly? A. John just paid $33 thousand for his new car. B. One hundred and thirty-two people lined up to buy the tickets. C. The parcel of land was advertised as two hundred forty-three and three-quarters acres. D. The college has an endowment of more than $187 million. 4. In research, you must document the source of all specific information unless it's A. in an illustration. B. common knowledge. C. a newspaper more than five years old. D. on the Internet. 5. In general, on what stage of the writing process should you spend most of your time? A. Revising your material B. Prewriting C. Analyzing your audience D. Writing your first draft 6. Which of the following is an example of primary research? A. Asking a reference librarian for specific sources of information B. Calling a dietician for information about a low-carb diet C. Searching the Internet for nutritious recipes D. Reading an interview in a professional journal 7. In addition to the information you include in a document, the _______ of your writing sends a message to the reader. A. phase B. method C. length D. tone 8. When preparing a formal business presentation, the phase that can make or break your report is the _______ phase. A. writing B. outline C. organization D. revision 9. Plagiarism is defined as A. cheating. B. literary theft. C. borrowing writing from other people. D. collecting data from various sources. 10. In which sentence is a homonym used correctly? A. We had chocolate ice cream for desert. B. If you ask me, there's no hobby like fishing. C. How many ours do we have to wait? D. Karen's new dog had flees. 11. In which one of the following sentences is the apostrophe used correctly? A. The fruit salad was made from apple's, orange's, and banana's. B. Is this hat your's? C. It's up to you to decide what to do. D. The cat licked it's paws while the dog watched. 12. In which one of the following sentences could you best use a semicolon? A. Lucille bought a new tennis racket and brought it home. B. If you ask me Jerry is a tennis whiz. C. Jerry loves tennis he plays every day. D. When she is worried Lucille eats a lot. 13. Choose the plural noun that's spelled correctly. A. Pianoes B. Editor in chiefs C. Fathers-in-law D. Phenomenons 14. Choose the correctly spelled word. A. Wieght B. Deceive C. Neice D. Reciept 15. You've been assigned to invite a group of mechanical engineering professors to tour your facility. What type of language should you use in the invitation? A. Pompous language B. Direct, simple language C. Technical jargon D. Formal language 16. Which one of the following sentences best describes paraphrasing? A. Janette listened to the speaker, asked questions, and wrote a report. B. Oscar studied Dr. Frost's article and repeated several quotes from it. C. Oscar studied Dr. Frost's article and restated it in his own words. D. Janette listened to the speaker and took notes. 17. Which of the following sentences is correctly capitalized? A. My Father is a computer programmer. B. His mother is a Doctor. C. Jennifer dreamed of a wedding in Central Park. D. Emily's address is 14 Orient Lane, Baltimore, Md. 18. The main disadvantage of relying on a computer spell checker is that it A. can't distinguish between homonyms. B. may have too few words in its dictionary. C. highlights all words that aren't in its dictionary. D. takes too long to make the corrections. 19. Choose the phrase that's correctly capitalized. A. a Greek myth B. a cold, snowy Winter C. an Italian Grocery End of exam D. Martin Luther King day 20. In which one of the following sentences is an abbreviation used correctly? A. I had to go to the Dr. on Monday. B. Martin is a member of Parents for Responsible Teens (PRT).
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