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Study Questions: Chapter 16

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Most often, the subject of a sentence is a pronoun or noun that performs the ________.
a) action of the verb
b) action of the adjective
c) action of the adverb
d) action of the object

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2. A compound subject joined by the conjunction and usually requires a ________.
a) plural verb form
b) singular verb form
c) collective none
d) None of the above

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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 a 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. A collective noun refers to a(n) ________.
a) individual
b) group
c) adverbial modifier
d) adjectival modifier

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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. Me, you, him, and her are all ________ pronouns.
a) objective–plural
b) objective-singular
c) subjective-plural
d) subjective-singular

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Short Answer Questions

1. When the subject of a sentence is the number of, the verb will be ________.

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2. ________ reference occurs when the pronoun refers to a group of words, an idea, or a concept, rather than one specific noun.

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3. ________ is the principle that a pronoun must agree in number, gender, and person with its antecedent.

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4. _______ refers to the way words are put together into sentences in a language.

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5. Indefinite pronouns refer to ________ individuals or objects.

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6. A misplaced ________ can be an adverb, adjective, adverbial phrase, or adjectival phrase.

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7. A pronoun must agree in gender, number, and person with its ________.

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8. Who and whoever are examples of ________ pronouns.

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9. A ________ clause often functions as an adjective to modify the preceding noun.

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10. ________ pronouns refer to persons.

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