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Study Questions: Chapter 3

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Paragraphs should ________.
a) only conclude an essay
b) always provide a thesis
c) introduce an important point
d) None of the above

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2. The ________ introduces the main idea of a paragraph.
a) paragraph wrap
b) topic sentence
c) thesis statement
d) All the above

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3. A paragraph wrap ________.
a) reminds the reader what the paragraph is about
b) introduces the main idea or point
c) is the last sentence in the paragraph
d) Both A and B

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4. When making transitions between paragraphs, avoid ________ transitions.
a) unified
b) lengthy
c) well-developed
d) one-word

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5. A topic sentence is typically the ________ in a paragraph.
a) first sentence
b) most general sentence
c) logical starting point
d) All the above

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6. It can be difficult to locate a paragraph that has ________.
a) more than one idea
b) an off-topic sentence
c) poor coherence
d) Both A and B

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7. Coherent paragraphs require that a writer’s thinking be ________.
a) logical
b) artistic
c) personal
d) All of the above

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8. Conversely, despite, and however are transitions of ________.
a) summary or conclusion
b) contrast or qualification
c) emphasis
d) cause and effect

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9. Finally and in conclusion are transitions of ________.
a) summary or conclusion
b) cause and effect
c) sequence and addition
d) comparison

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10. That is and particularly are transitions of ________.
a) limit or concession
b) emphasis
c) summary or conclusion
d) illustration

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Short Answer Questions

1. In a paragraph, the topic sentence introduces the ________ and is therefore usually the most ________ sentence.

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2. Paragraphs serve the specific functions of ________ an important point and ________ that point.

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3. Paragraphs always have ________, ________, and ________.

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4. A paragraph wrap can be a satisfying way to ________ a paragraph and ________ the reader what the paragraph is about.

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5. To achieve coherence, a writer may apply ________ or balanced structures.

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6. Strong paragraphs are established through ________, ________, and ________.

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7. Paragraphs that contain a(n) ________ are often easy to identify.

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8. “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times,” quoted from Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, is an example of a ________.

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9. Although very helpful, transitional words and phrases can be ________ and can ________ the paragraph.

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10. The ________ of words and phrases can help the reader follow the main idea of a paragraph.

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