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Thursday, 28 March 2013

U.S. English Basic Skills Test 2013

Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
All of the above
Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of apostrophes?
a. Helga borrowed her friend's skates for the day; however, she failed to return them.

Read the following question and choose the response that uses the correct corresponding verb tense.
Did you see the show last night?
a.No, because by the time I got there all the tickets had already been sold.
Which of the following sentences illustrates correct pronoun usage?
e.None of the above

Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
Jerry said, "I saw my cousin at the fair."

d.
Jerry says he saw his cousin at the fair.
Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.

 I think Pamela deserves to be punished for her __________ stupid and __________ behavior.
c.
totally, irresponsible
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
work . is always to brother willing not My
b.
My brother is not always willing to work.
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.

sleeping likes the . midday Katie until on weekends

e.
Katie likes sleeping until midday on the weekends.
Which of the following sentences is NOT punctuated correctly?

d.
All of the above are punctuated correctly.
Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.

_______ she was feeling ill, Teresa wanted to eat only _____ apple _____ some soup.
c.
Because, an, or
Choose the phrase that best completes the sentence below without creating a run-on sentence.

Mr. Peach has sent his four children to Ivy League colleges __________ he has sacrificed his health working day and night in that dusty factory.
a.
however
Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.
That house used to be ______ , but ______ have given it to ______.
c.
mine, I, her
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.

Jack, leaning casually ________ the tree, watched as Sally walked slowly ________ him.
a.
against, toward
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.

 last what ! it's did you night, over After
b.
After what you did last night, it's over!
Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
d.
Somehow, all of the newspapers gotten hold of the story.
Choose the phrase that best completes the sentence below without creating a run-on sentence.

It's never too late to learn how to swim ________________ you may fall off a boat!

b.
you never know when

Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.

I placed my notes _______ my desk and referred to them _______ the meeting.
b.
beside, during
Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.

 While __________ of our relatives live on the __________ hill in the county, __________ of our friends live in the __________ __________ areas of the valley.
c.
many, windiest, most, more, protected

Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following passage.

Although Marvin said he had hidden the keys _______ the flower pot, we were unable to find them  _______ the dark. In the end, we waited for him at the coffee shop ___________ the corner.
a.
under, in, around
Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.

 Knowing that February was the _________ month of the year, Cheryl planned her vacation ___________.

b.
shortest, accordingly
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.

would I have it anything if had . I you known said would not bother



b.
I would not have said anything if I had known it would bother you.

Which of the following sentences illustrates proper sentence structure?
a. Everyone knows that a mango is much sweeter to an orange
d.
The queen had hardly finished her speech when the people began to disperse.
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.

Although the issue was very serious, the committee disposed ______ it in a few minutes and moved _______ to other business.
b.
of, away
Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.

Victor, who stole _______ ideas and used them to make _______ a millionaire, never once offered _______ a word of thanks.

d.
our, himself, us
Which of the following sentences does NOT illustrate correct verb and verb tense usage?
c.
Have you ever wondered how many jelly beans there are in the world?
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.

Jeremy drove his motorcycle _______ the bridge, _______ the hill, and _______ the diner before finally parking it _______ two police cars.

c.
across, down, past, between
Read the original sentence below and then choose the rewritten sentence that illustrates proper sentence structure.

 ORIGINAL SENTENCE:
 It is easy to carry solid objects, but the same cannot be said of liquids.

 REWRITTEN SENTENCES:
a.
Unlike liquids, we can easily carry solid objects.
 This dish _________ too spicy. Why __________ so much pepper?

e.
a and c
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.

with can't phone . on Whenever always to the time spend I speak I my friend , him
e.
Whenever I can't spend time with my friend, I always speak to him on the phone.
Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.
We were surprised when the ________ parade ________ turned into a ________ party!
a.
dull, suddenly, wild
Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.

 Neither we ________ Sal, our neighbor, could understand ________ it had been our dog Rover or Sal's cat's kittens _________ had destroyed all the flower beds in the middle of _______ night.
a.
nor, whether, that, the

Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.

 The archaeologists were ________ to discover such a __________ and __________ _________ artifact at that mostly uncovered site.
b.
amazed, rare, incredibly, beautiful
Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of parallel construction?
b.
We painted the conference room yellow, hung a poster on the wall, and are rearranging the chairs.

Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
b.
We are expecting a hurricane this afternoon, therefore we have closed the school early.
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
your company name ? of What the is
c.
What is the name of your company?
Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.

The helium-__________ balloon rose __________ into the air; the villagers knew then that their

c.
powered, powerfully, powerful

Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.

_______  is the name of the opera, and _______ role did you say Maria would play?
c.
What, which
Read the following question and choose the response that uses the correct corresponding verb tense.

Did you hear the weather report for tomorrow?

b.
No, I wasn't listening to the radio.

Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.

The _______ , _______ odor was ________ coming from the chemistry lab up the street.

d.
nasty, pungent, clearly
Read the following question and choose the response that uses the correct corresponding verb tense.
Did you hear the weather report for tomorrow?
Answer:  No, I wasn't listening to the radio.
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
last what ! it's did you night, over After
Answer:  After, it's over what you did last night!

Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.
Don't ________ think Larry should call ________ wife if ________ is going to be late for dinner?

Answer:  you, his, he
Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.
I think Fran could be ______ great public speaker, _______ she is still too shy to try it.
Answer:  a, but
Choose the verb that best completes the following sentence.
Do you know if Harlon ____________Japanese before moving to Japan?
Answer:  has studied
Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following sentence.
Alison regrets _________ you with her remarks; she never meant _________ so.
Answer:  to hurt, to do
Complete the following sentence by choosing the phrase with the best word order from the options given.
Only after they had completed an exhaustive study __________ how to adapt the technology to the needs of our company.
Answer:  they did begin to understand
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
"It may snow tomorrow," he said.
Answer:  He said it might snow tomorrow.
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.

"I will be moving soon," said Alma.
Alma says she'll be moving soon.
Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.
 _______ is the name of the opera, and ______ role did you say Maria would pay?
 Ans: c (what, which)
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
 With can’t phone, on whenever always to the time spend I speak I my friend, him

 Ans: e (Whenever I can’t spend time with my friend. I always speak to him on the phone.
Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following sentences.
 If Harry  ________ to the party too early, don’t let him in; he ________ outside like everyone else.

 Ans: a (gets, will have to wait)
Change the following sentences from a question to indirect speech.
 “I will be moving soon.” said Alma
Ans: d (Alma says she would move soon.)
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
 days . for last has good weather few The been the not
Ans: d (The weather has not been good for the last few days)
Complete the following sentence by choosing the phrase with the best word order from the option given.
 Those who are not wise  _________.
Ans: d (does not need to be necessarily stupid)
Read the following question and choose the response that uses the correct corresponding verb tense.
 Does Jack wear that furry hat often?
Ans: d (No, he only wears it when his ears are cold.)
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.
 Charlotte knew ________ the secret investigation ________ her past, but she closed her eyes to it and pretended it happening.
of, about
Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following sentence.
 Everyone ________ too busy cooking and _______ the family of bears _______ from woods.
Ans: d (was, setting up, to notice, watching)
Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.
 Julia, who is studying to be ________ foreign correspondent, is currently doing ______ internship in ______ Middle East _____ will return before the end of _______ year.
Ans: a {(no article required), an, the, but, the}
Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of commas?
Ans: e (a and b)
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
 Rhonda says, “I get to work early every day.”
 Ans: c (Rhonda has said that she got to work early eve
ry day.)
Which of the following sentences does not illustrates correct pronoun usage?
Ans: e (all are correct)
Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
Ans: b, d {(We think the judge will have noticed something strange in her behavior.), (Somehow, all of the newspapers gotten hold the story.)}
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentences.
 Last what ! It’s did you night, over After

 Ans: b (After what you did last night, it’s over!)
Which of the following sentences illustrates correct usage of articles and conjunctions?
d.
Has a package I've been waiting for been delivered yet, nor must I wait longer?
Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following passage.

 I find it very hard to remember _________ letters that are entrusted to me. In fact, I remember _________ to do so dozens of times!
d.
mailing, forgetting
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.

The deer ran quickly _______  the trees, its hooves pounding _______  the forest floor.
a.
amid, from
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
Carol has said, "I am responsible for this project."
a.
Carol has said that she is responsible for this project.
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.

Whiskey, my pet squirrel, jumped ________ my head and ________ the windowsill.
a.
over, onto
Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.

 Lilacs ______ violets are usually purple, ______ I have seen some ______ are white.

a.
and, however, that

Complete the following sentence by choosing the phrase with the best word order from the options given.

The excited children, who had run toward the loud _____________ .

d.
music, told the others about the ice cream truck outside

Which of the following sentences punctuated correctly?
a. Tracy bought three suits; seven scarves; and ten pairs of shoes.

Answer: b. We are expecting a hurricane this afternoon, therefore we have closed theschool early.
Rearrange the following words to create most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
Answer: e. Whenever I can’t spend time with my friend, I always speak to him on the phone.
Which of the following sentence punctuated correctly?
Answer: d. “Come here.” she said, “and let me get a good look at you.”
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
“Sharon must go to the bank today.” said Albert.

Answer: d. Albert said Sharon had to go to the bank today.
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.

"I can meet with you at noon," said Peter.



a.
Peter says he can meet with me at noon.

b.
Peter said he will meet with me at noon.

c.
Peter said he could meet with me at noon.

d.
Peter can meet with me at noon, so he said.

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