Encircle the correct answer

  1. Hours of driving laid ahead of us.
    • A. laid
    • B. have lain
    • C. lay
    • D. has lay
    • E. lie
  2. By the time we get to the picnic area, the rain will stop.
    • A. will stop
    • B. shall stop
    • C. will has stopped
    • D. shall have stopped
    • E. will have stopped
  3. If Judy would not have missed the deadline, the yearbook delivery would have been on time.
    • A. would not have missed
    • B. should have not missed
    • C. would have not missed
    • D. wouldn’t have missed
    • E. had not missed
  4. We spent Sunday afternoon wandering aimless in the park.
    • A. wandering aimless
    • B. wandering without purpose
    • C. wandering in an aimless manner
    • D. wandering almost aimlessly
    • E. wandering aimlessly
  5. Only after I went home did I remember my dental appointment.
    • A. went home
    • B. had gone home
    • C. should go home
    • D. had went home
    • E. gone home
  6. The book lay open at page 77.
    • A. lay open
    • B. laid open
    • C. lied open
    • D. lain open
    • E. was laid open
  7. By this time next year Johanna will begin classes at the University of Colorado.
    • A. will begin classes
    • B. has began classes
    • C. should have begun classes
    • D. will have begun classes
    • E. should begin classes
  8. After comparing my air conditioner with the one on sale, I decided that mine was the most efficient.
    • A. was the most efficient.
    • B. should be the most efficient.
    • C. was, by far the most efficient
    • D. should be considered the most efficient.
    • E. was the more efficient.
  9. I would have liked to have gone swimming yesterday.
    • A. to have gone swimming
    • B. to had gone swimming
    • C. to of gone swimming
    • D. to go swimming
    • E. to go to swim
  10. I wish I read the chapter before I tried to answer the questions.
    • A. read the chapter
    • B. should of read the chapter
    • C. could have read the chapter
    • D. would read the chapter
    • E. had read the chapter
  11. Nathanael West said that he’d never have written his satirical novel if he had not visited Hollywood.
    • A. have written his
    • B. could of written his
    • C. should of written his
    • D. would have written his
    • E. could have written his
  12. The smell from the paper mill laid over the town like a blanket.
    • A. laid
    • B. has lain
    • C. will lie
    • D. lay
    • E. has laid
  13. When I was halfway down the stairs, I suddenly knew what I had wanted to have said.
    • A. to have said
    • B. too say
    • C. to have been said
    • D. to had say
    • E. to say
  14. I would be more careful if I had been you.
    • A. had been
    • B. could have been
    • C. was
    • D. were
    • E. could have been
  15. Bonus

  16. In study hall I sit besides Paul Smith, who is captain of the swim team and one of the best swimmers in the state.
    • A. sit besides
    • B. sat beside
    • C. have set beside
    • D. sit beside
    • E. have sit beside
  17. This classic has been read with enjoyment for nearly two hundred years.
    • A. has been read
    • B. will have been read
    • C. shall have been read
    • D. is being read
    • E. was read
  18. Many nineteenth-century biographers rely on their imagination, not on real facts.
    • A. rely on their imagination,
    • B. have relied on their imagination
    • C. could have relied on their imagination,
    • D. could rely on their imaginations:
    • E. relied on their imagination,
  19. The private lives of politicians, generals, and other notables fascinates the reading public. A. fascinates the reading D. have fascinated the reading B. will fascinate the reading E. fascinate the reading C. has fascinate the reading

  20. That small man chose a seat near the door and carefully sat down. A. sat B. will sit C. could of sat D. have sit down E. set down

  21. Last summer I worked in the chemical laboratory at the Brass Company; most the work came into the lab for testing marked with the words top priority. A. words top priority. B. words - top priority. C. words: Top priority. D. words, “Top Priority.” E. Words “top priority.”

  22. If the books have been cataloged last week, why haven’t they been placed on the shelf? A. have been cataloged D. would have been cataloged B. was cataloged E. were cataloged C. had been cataloged

  23. Jessica Mitford wrote The American Way of Death, a best-selling book, that led eventually to an official investigation of the funeral industry. A. that led eventually B. that had led eventually C. that eventually led D. which led eventually E. who eventually led

  24. Sabotage came from the French saboter, which means“to clatter with wooden shoes (sabots).” A. which means “ to D. which means, “ to B. that means “to E. that means- “to C. that means, “to

  25. In studying an assignment it is wise to read it over quickly at first, than see the major points, and finally outline the material. A. first, than B. first: then C. first-then D. first, then E. first-than

  26. To judge the Tidy City contest, we picked an uninterested party. A. picked an uninterested party. B. picked an interested party! C. picked a disinterested party. D. are in the process of picking an uninterested party. E. picked an disinterested party.

  27. Linda decides they had better scram before the killers find them. A. had better scram D. had better leave B. should hurry and scram E. could hurry and leave C. had better get out

  28. I really dug the character of Brutus. A. dug B. thought about C. thought of D. admired E. gazed at

  29. Once upon a point a time, a small person named Little Red Riding Hood initiated plans for the preparation, delivery and transportation of foodstuffs to her Grandmother. A. and transportation of foodstuffs to her Grandmother. B. and transportation of food stuffs to her Grandmother. C. and transportation of food supplies to her Grandmother. D. and transportation of foodstuffs to her grandmother. E. and, transportation of food supplies to her grand mother.

  30. The setting of a story effects the story’s plot. A. effects the story’s plot D. effects the stories plot B. affect the story’s plot E. affects the story’s plot C. affects the story’s plots

  31. Arctic trees are scrubbiest than trees in milder climates. A. scrubbiest than trees D. scrubbier then trees B. scrubbiest than are trees E. scrubbier than are trees C. scrubbier than trees

  32. Quebec rises in a magnificent way above the St. Lawrence River. A. rises in a magnificent way above B. rises in a magnificent way, way above C. rises magnificently above D. rises magnificently way above E. is raised in a magnificent way above

  33. Someone gives the school gerbils every year. A. Someone gives the school gerbils B. Some one gives the school gerbils C. Some one gives the School gerbils D. There is a person that gives the school gerbils E. An individual gave gerbils

  34. During colonial days, a school room looked rather empty. A. colonial days, a school room looked B. colonial days, a schoolroom looked C. colonial days; a schoolroom looked D. colonial days; a school room looked E. colonial days- a schoolroom looked

  35. The helium- filled balloon rose in the air. A. rose in the air. B. was rising in the air. C. was in the air. D. rose into the air. E. would rise in the air.

  36. If I had the address, I would have delivered the package myself. A. had the address; B. had the address-
    C. had had the address; D. had had the address,

  37. Do you know that these gloves have lay on the bureau all week? A. have lay on B. have laid on C. would lie on D. had laid on E. have lain on

  38. If I would have known about the team tryouts, I would have signed up for them. A. had known B. would had known C. could of known E. could have been told

  39. If he would have revised his first draft, he would have received a better grade. A. would have revised B. had revised C. could of revised D. had of revised E. would revise

  40. Valarie claims that cats made the best pets. A. made the best pets. C. could be the best pets. B. make of the best pets D. make the best pets.

  41. By next month Ms. Jones will be Mayor of Tallahassee for two years. A. will be Mayor of Tallahassee B. will have been Mayor of Tallahassee C. will be mayor of Tallahassee D. will have been mayor of Tallahassee E. could have been mayor of Tallahassee

Answer Key

  1. C
  2. E
  3. D
  4. B
  5. C
  6. A
  7. D
  8. E
  9. A
  10. E
  11. A
  12. D
  13. E
  14. D
  15. A
  16. D
  17. A
  18. B
  19. D
  20. A
  21. D

Answer Key

  1. E 23 D
  2. A
  3. D
    1. C
    2. B
    3. D
    4. D
    5. D
    6. E
    7. C
    8. A
    9. B
    10. D
    11. E
    12. E
    13. A
    14. B
    15. B
    16. D