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Quiz for Chapter Seventeen

Student Self-Grading Multiple Choice

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1. Impressive formal writing is ________.

a) pedantic
b) Latinate
c) concise
d) verbose
e) None of the above

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2. To present ideas directly, a writer should avoid ________.

a) circumlocutions
b) clarity
c) conciseness
d) None of the above

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3. ________ are redundant prepositional phrases.

a) Passive constructions
b) Phony phrases
c) Active constructions
d) A lazy subject
e) None of the above

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4. In a passive construction, the ________ is the part of the construction not doing the action.

a) object
b) subject
c) Both a and b
d) None of the above

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5. In English, direct, clear writing is ________.

a) geared toward the active voice
b) geared toward the passive voice
c) geared toward pedantic language
d) None of the above

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6. Passive constructions that are used inappropriately tend to have ________.

a) too many words
b) too few words
c) pedantic language
d) personal experience
e) None of the above

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7. Replacing die with pass away is an example of ________.

a) the passive voice
b) the active voice
c) euphemistic writing
d) None of the above

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8. ________ often employs contractions, colloquialisms, and idioms.

a) Formal writing
b) Informal writing
c) Both the above
d) None of the above

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9. ________ are often viewed as vain attempts to make writing flashy or more interesting.

a) Clich├ęs
b) Allusions
c) Symbols
d) Italics

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10. Prepositional phrases begin with ________.

a) an article
b) a preposition
c) a subject
d) None of the above

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Short Answer Questions

11. If a writer uses more than one word when one is enough, he or she ____________ the impact of the word.

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12. A phony phrase is a(n) ____________ prepositional phrase.

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13. A ____________ construction involves a subject which does not do the action.

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14. ____________ constructions misplace stress and often use too many words.

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15. ____________ are sometimes used to ascribe a sense of importance to actions, vocations, or objects.

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16. At the university and college levels, most assignments require ____________ writing.

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17. Faulty ____________ occurs if there is no logical connection between a verb and its subject.

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18. A phrase which begins with a preposition, followed by a noun or pronoun, is called a ____________ phrase.

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19. Cumulative sentences begin with a(n) ____________ clause.

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20. When a writer reviews his or her work by reading from the beginning and breaking words into syllables, he or she reads ____________.

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