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Quiz for Chapter Sixteen

Student Self-Grading Multiple Choice

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1. 1. Most often, the subject of a sentence is a pronoun or noun that performs ________.

a) the action of the verb
b) the action of the adjective
c) the action of the adverb
d) the action of the object

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2. 2. Indefinite pronouns refer to ________.

a) groups
b) nonspecific individuals
c) nonspecific objects
d) A and b only
e) A and c only

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3. Problems in pronoun-antecedent agreement apply to ________.

a) adverbs
b) personal pronouns
c) numbers
d) articles

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4. If the pronoun lacks an apparent noun antecedent, the writer has committed the error of ________.

a) broad reference
b) remote reference
c) no reference
d) None of the above

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5. If a writer expects the reader to connect a noun to a pronoun when each component is separated by more than a sentence, the writer has committed the error of ________.

a) remote reference
b) no reference
c) broad reference
d) None of the above

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6. If the pronoun refers to two or more nouns and the antecedent is unclear, the writer has committed the error of ________.

a) broad reference
b) remote reference
c) ambiguous reference
d) None of the above

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7. Personal pronouns refer to ________.

a) inanimate objects
b) persons
c) thoughts
d) opinions

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8. When questioning whether to use who or whom, the reader can find the answer in the ________.

a) clause introduced by the pronoun
b) preceding sentence
c) following sentence
d) None of the above

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9. Dangling modifiers are sometimes called ________.

a) hanging modifiers
b) dangling participles
c) hanging participles
d) None of the above

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10. Coordinate elements are ________.

a) unequal elements
b) equal elements
c) Both the above
d) None of the above

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Short Answer Questions

11. Many errors in pronoun–antecedent agreement apply to personal ___________ and pronouns in the ___________ form. It is important to keep in mind that a pronoun must agree with its ___________ noun in number.

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12.A writer may be embarrassed by the outcomes of ___________ or misplaced modifiers because the intended meaning of a clause or sentence can become obscured to very confusing ends. The former error tends to appear at the ___________ of a sentence, while the latter appears at the ___________.

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