1)

  • A: Johnson got up and stretched.
  • B: The rifle had turned out to be not quite as he had expected.
  • C: At that time, the chair of English literature and history was occupied by the distinguished scholar Archibald Moon.
  • D: The office in which he works there is located an hour from his house.
  • E: His awareness of a certain risk afforded some consolation.

2)

  • A: He was sitting on a rock, with his head leaned back against a tree.
  • B: Eventually the bucket had finally reached its limit, and Hector started back home.
  • C: Chandler felt a thickness all through his chest.
  • D: Midnight came, and he had not yet slept.
  • E: Actually, I didn’t open the package until late that night.

3)

  • A: In the dictionary it states that the definition of corpulent is obese.
  • B: Several weeks later I returned to the house to retrieve a box.
  • C: Dave stood near the foot of the bed with his hands in the pockets of his robe.
  • D: I was just about to cross the road and speak to him when the train pulled into the station.
  • E: He slept until the following noon, and then lay in bed the rest of the day.

4)

  • A: Then he turned and went to the telephone.
  • B: Virginia stared at his tall restless figure by the mantel.
  • C: They were looking at the ferris wheel, and he hoped they would decide to ride it.
  • D: The sensation woke him up like the fall at the end of a nightmare.
  • E: Upon noticing the roadblock, our car slammed on the brakes.

5)

  • A: It seemed to take a few hours to get his possessions into the suitcase.
  • B: As soon as he realized his objective, he began to ache.
  • C: When he awakened from his nap, the world seemed quite changed.
  • D: Some of the most important classes are: mathematics, science, and history.
  • E: She had eaten a quarter of the toasted sandwich.

6)

  • A: This song, which you may have heard before, is an old standard.
  • B: “Welcome to our house”, the grandmother said with a smile.
  • C: When we first came here, the name of the place was “Reggie’s”.
  • D: Watch out for the potholes!
  • E: Unfortunately, the team was not prepared for their most important game.

7)

  • A: Javier felt extremely guilty, which made it hard for him to eat.
  • B: Many of us like to eat our hotdogs with relish.
  • C: The breakfast that he and his wife enjoyed was one of our finest.
  • D: Critics rise the point that Jackson’s best work was at the expense of the poorest citizens.
  • E: One of the best things about the show was Dave’s hilarious jokes.

8)

  • A: Both of them took their wallets out of their pockets.
  • B: Everybody should be sure to wear his or her brightest t-shirt.
  • C: Until changes are made, we’re keeping our distance.
  • D: Let’s ignore that last statement.
  • E: The most important things for spaghetti: tomatoes, basil, and fresh mushrooms.

9)

  • A: Some people ate dinner, while others walked along the boardwalk.
  • B: Don’t forget about the things he said to her!
  • C: Every person thinks about death now and then.
  • D: Evelyn Waugh was virtually unknown until he published “Brideshead Revisited.”
  • E: Whom does she suspect of stealing the bread?

10)

  • A: The boys struggled to break free and ran howling into the backyard.
  • B: Dave looked both ways; he crossed the street.
  • C: Still, he seemed like a decent, amiable guy.
  • D: Sheila loved to talk, laugh, and share memories with her children.
  • E: His past experience affects his present behavior.

Choose the answer that most improves the given sentence.

1). In many cases, magazines give information that newspapers simply doesn’t.

  • A: In many cases, magazines give information that newspapers simply can’t. B: In many cases, magazines gives information which newspapers simply don’t. C: In many cases, magazines give information that newspapers simply do not. D: Magazines give information that newspapers simply doesn’t in many cases. E: The sentence is correct as written.

2). She was angry, which meant she stayed home. A: Because she stayed home, she was angry. B: She stayed angry because she was home. C: She stayed home because she was angry. D: She was angry that she stayed home. E: The sentence is correct as written.

3). The actress casually strolls down the street as the director filmed her. A: The actress casually strolled down the street as the director filmed her. B: The actress strolls casually down the street as the director filmed her. C: As the director filmed her, the actress strolls casually down the street. D: Casually the actress strolled down the street filmed by the director. E: The sentence is correct as written.

4). By the time Helen arrived at the party, the games already began. A: The games were beginning by the time Helen arrived at the party. B: By the time Helen would arrive at the party, the games were beginning. C: By the time Helen arrived at the party, the games had already begun. D: By the time Helen arrives at the party, the games began. E: The sentence is correct as written.

5). Each boy and girl run home from school on Fridays. A: Each boys and girls runs home from school on Fridays. B: On Fridays, each boy and girl run home from school. C: Every boy and girl run home from school on Friday. D: Every boy and girl runs home from school on Friday. E: The sentence is correct as written

6). Early astronomers believed that the sun revolves around the Earth. A: Earlier, astronomers believed that the sun revolved around the Earth. B: Early astronomers believe that the sun revolves around the Earth. C: Early astronomers believed that the sun revolved around the Earth. D: Earlier, astronomers believed that the sun revolves around the Earth. E: This sentence cannot be improved.

7). If you cook John will clean the counters. A: You cook: John will clean the counters. B: If you cook; John will clean the counters. C: If you cook, John will clean the counters. D: Cook, John, and you will clean the counters. E: This sentence cannot be improved.

  1. A list of cost-cutting measures was included with our bill; for instance, they recommended investing in better insulation. A: A list of cost-cutting measures was included with our bill; for instance, the gas company recommended investing in better insulation. B: List the cost-cutting measures, and they will invest in better insulation. C: The bill included a list of cost-cutting measures, as for instance an investment in better insulation. D: The bill included a list of cost-cutting measures; for instance, it recommended investing in better insulation. E: This sentence cannot be improved.

  2. A stack of clean laundry was lying in the corner of the closet. A: A stack of clean laundry were lying in the corner of the closet. B: In the corner of the closet was lying a stack of clean laundry. C: A stack of clean laundry will be lying in the corner of the closet. D: A stack of clean laundry would be lying the corner of the closet. E: This sentence cannot be improved.

  3. In my opinion, the best thing to do would have to be cut funding for these defunct programs. A: In my opinion the funding for these defunct programs should be cut. B: The funding for these defunct programs should be cut. C: The best thing to do would be to cut the funding for these defunct programs. D: We have to cut the funding for these defunct programs. E: This sentence cannot be improved.