English grammar homework – 29 MCQ questions

Question 1 Which of the following is NOT a comma splice? The sentences about John and Mary are silly, however, they do help students learn. The sentences about John and Mary are silly; however, they do help students learn. The sentences about John and Mary are silly however; they do help students learn. The sentences about John and Mary are silly however they do help students learn. Question 2 Which of the following is NOT a comma splice? John loves Mary, Mary is afraid of John. John loves Mary, and Mary is afraid of John. John loves Mary, and, Mary is afraid of John. John loves Mary and, Mary is afraid of John. Question 3 Which of the following IS a comma splice? My father is an excellent mechanic; in fact, he builds his own engines. My father is an excellent mechanic. In fact, he builds his own engines. My father, an excellent mechanic in fact, builds his own engines. My father is an excellent mechanic, in fact he builds his own engines. Question 4 Which of the following IS a comma splice? I told Jim to close the oven; unfortunately, he forgot. I told Jim to close the oven, unfortunately, he forgot. I told Jim to close the oven. Unfortunately, he forgot. I told Jim to close the oven, but he, unfortunately, forgot. Question 5 Which of the following is NOT a fused sentence? John is a lonely man; therefore, he needs to find someone who can love him. John is a lonely man he, therefore, needs to find someone who can love him. John is a lonely man so he needs to find someone who can love him. John is a lonely man he needs to find someone who can love him. Question 6 Which of the following is NOT a fused sentence? John is a stalker for he always follows Mary around. John is a stalker for he always follows Mary, around. John is a stalker, for he always follows Mary around. John is a stalker therefore he always follows Mary around.

Question 7 Which of the following IS a fused sentence? Mary knows about John; therefore, she bought a gun and a can of mace. Mary knows about John, therefore, she bought a gun and a can of mace. Mary knows about John, therefore; she bought a gun and a can of mace. Mary knows about John therefore she bought a gun and a can of mace. Question 8 Which of the following IS a fused sentence? Stalking is a dangerous hobby; and, John needs professional help before he gets hurt. Stalking is a dangerous hobby and John needs professional help before he gets hurt. Stalking is a dangerous hobby, and John needs professional help before he gets hurt. Stalking is a dangerous hobby; and John needs professional help before he gets hurt. Question 9 Which of the following uses the subordinating conjunction correctly? When it is raining John, wears a black poncho. When it is raining; John wears a black poncho. When it is raining, John wears a black poncho. When it is raining John wears a black poncho. Question 10 Which of the following uses the subordinating conjunction correctly? Mary calls the police and loads her gun; because, a man in a black poncho is beating on her front door. Mary calls the police and loads her gun, because a man in a black poncho is beating on her front door. Mary calls the police and loads her gun because a man in a black poncho is beating on her front door. Mary calls the police and loads her gun, because a man in a black poncho, is beating on her front door. Question 11 F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. : Choose the sentence that compounds two independent clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. Josie had never been to Mexico, but she had heard about all of the binge drinking. Miguel and Josie were planning to party at Senor Frogs, and Carlos and Charlie’s. Miguel and Josie were going to go to Mexico, so that they could have some fun. Miguel was born in Tijuana yet he has not been back since he was a baby.

Question 12 F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. : Choose the sentence that compounds two independent clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. Josie didn’t want to stop drinking, nor did she want Miguel to protect her. Miguel and Josie arrived in Cancun, and were handed beers when they got off the plane. The people at the airport surrounded them, for an hour before they got a cab. Miguel didn’t want to keep drinking at the airport, because he wanted to protect Josie. Question 13 F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. : Choose the sentence that compounds two independent clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. The cab driver pulled out a bottle of Mescal, and offered it to Miguel and Josie. Josie took two more beers from the cab driver, and Miguel hesitantly took one of them. Miguel shook his head but Jose reached for the viscous liquor with the swimming worm. As he watched her drink from the bottle, Miguel knew she would get sick or silly, or both. Question 14 F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. : Choose the sentence that compounds two independent clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. The cab driver pulled up to the resort, and, her knees were wobbly and her toes tingled. When they got to the check-in, she put her pale face on the cold counter and giggled. Miguel needed to step it up or she would go party by herself, and meet a better man. The man at the desk told Miguel to take her to the room, for she did not look well. Question 15 F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. : Choose the sentence that compounds two independent clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. Miguel practically had to carry her to the room because, she was so unsteady. When they got to the room, Josie fell to the bed; and, Miguel watched her sleep. They had to stop twice, so, that she could try to walk for herself. She was not happy with being helped, yet she was laughing the whole way. Question 16 F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. : Choose the sentence that compounds two independent clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. Miguel was afraid that she had been drugged by the cab driver, yet didn’t know what to do. Miguel was tempted to go down to the pool for a few drinks; but would not leaver her side. Neither Miguel, nor Josie was going to have too much fun tonight. He was afraid that she was going to be sick, so he rolled her on her side.

Question 17 F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. : Choose the sentence that compounds two independent clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. Josie could call her parents for help, or she could go down to the beach and get someone to buy her a drink. When Josie woke up the next day, she yelled at Miguel, for not waking her the night before. She said that he was either a loser, or a jerk and that she could find a better Mexican man. She left the room yelling; and when she returned he had already left with the money, and the plane tickets. Question 18 Choose the sentence that uses the semi-colon correctly: Josie drank until she was dancing on the bar; but she started crying when everyone laughed at her. Josie ultimately decided to go to the beach, and; she found a bartender to flirt with. Miguel did feel better when he had a few drinks at the pool; where he met two girls on vacation. Miguel had their things and was off to another resort; however, he did not feel good about leaving. Question 19 Choose the sentence that uses the colon correctly: Miguel’s favorite things are: having fun, traveling, and dancing. Josie only cared about a few things in life, such as: herself, partying, and meeting men. Mexico is famous for many things: beautiful beaches, amazing history, and a wild nightlife. Miguel has many issues, such as: self-esteem, insecurity, and manic depression. Question 20 The one main rule of the semicolon is to join two independent clauses True False Question 21 Choose the sentence that uses the colon correctly: Miguel: He has but one thing he must do before leaving Mexico make Josie love him. Miguel has but one thing; he must do before leaving Mexico make Josie love him. Miguel has but one thing he must do before leaving Mexico: make Josie love him. Miguel has but one thing he must do: before leaving Mexico make Josie love him.

Question 22 The one main rule of the colon is that the sentence must contain a list. True False Question 23 A comma must be placed directly after the FANBOYS when joining two complete sentences True False Question 24 When writing a sentence using coordinating adjectives, the comma is replacing which word? also or but and Question 25 The Oxford comma is used in which kind of construction? Dangling participle Items in a series Subordinating clause Object complement Question 26 To use a non-essential clause, the material must be able to be removed and the remaining sentence must still be independent. True False Question 27 It is okay to use semicolons with FANBOYS. True False Question 28 When you start a sentence with a subordination, you need a comma between the two clauses. True False

Question 29 Which of the following is a common subordinating conjunction? since so however therefore