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Study Questions: Chapter 15

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Commas should be used when connecting ________.
a) a series of three clauses
b) a series of three predicates
c) a series of three nouns
d) All of the above

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2. The last comma in a list of three or more items is called the ________.
a) last comma
b) serial comma
c) series comma
d) None of the above

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3. Parenthetical information in the middle of a sentence should be separated by ________.
a) a comma
b) two commas
c) a semicolon
d) a colon

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4. To test whether coordinate adjectives are being used, a writer can mentally place _______ between the adjectives.
a) but
b) and
c) if
d) to

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5. Jack, who is my brother’s friend, was fired from his job. The italicized words in the previous sentence are an example of a ________.
a) non-coordinate adjective
b) coordinate adjective
c) non-restrictive clause
d) restrictive clause

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6. A semicolon can be used to separate items in a series if ________.
a) one or more elements contain commas
b) there are no commas
c) one or more elements contain colons
d) None of the above

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7. Semicolons should not be used to ________.
a) join independent clauses
b) introduce a list or a series
c) separate items in a series
d) None of the above

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8. Proper nouns ending in s should ________.
a) add an apostrophe + s
b) add only an apostrophe
c) pick a style and remain consistent
d) None of the above

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9. Commas are used to separate ________ or more items in a series.
a) one
b) two
c) three
d) four

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10. Commas should not be used to ________.
a) separate simple compounds
b) join independent clauses without a coordinating conjunction
c) separate the subject and predicate
d) All of the above

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Short Answer Questions

1. A ________ clause is essential to the meaning of the sentence.

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2. ________ is the grammatical term for a group of words consisting of two of something.

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3. A writer should ________ include the serial comma, unless he or she is told otherwise.

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4. Rather than using a comma and a coordinating conjunction to join independent clauses, a writer may use a ________.

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5. A writer should use a ________ after an introductory word when an independent clause follows.

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6. ________ occurs when both nouns share or are equal parties in something and only the last noun shows the possessive.

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7. Apostrophes can be used to indicate ________ and possession in nouns.

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8. Semicolons can be used to join independent ________.

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9. An apostrophe indicates the ________ case.

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10. An apostrophe is placed after the s with ________ nouns.

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