Parts of Speech
In this section, you’ll “diagram” each sentence by correctly
identifying the part of speech of each of the words. This
illustrates your understanding of the parts of speech and
their appropriate placement in sentence structure.
Example: The boy hit the ball.
The (definite article) boy (subject) hit (past tense verb)
the (definite article) ball (direct object).
Please write the identified parts of speech on the lines
beneath each sentence.
1. Mother gave me a card for my birthday.
2. The new mail carrier finally arrived.
3. How many players are on a team?
Part 2: Types of Sentences
In this section, you’ll identify what type of sentence each
example is. You don’t need to explain as we did in Examples 1
and 2. Just identify whether each sentence is complex, an
exclamation, declarative, or interrogative.
Example 1: While Annie stayed home and sulked, Jimmy
went to the movies. Complex
This is a complex sentence, because it has one or more
independent clauses joined by one or more dependent clauses.
“While Annie stayed home and sulked” is a dependent clause
because it’s an incomplete thought. “Jimmy went to the
movies” is an independent clause because it’s a complete
sentence that has a subject, a verb, and an object.English Composition Challenge Assessment 3
Example 2: I like this. Declarative
This is a declarative sentence, because it’s simply making
Please write your answers in the spaces provided at the
end of each sentence.
1. Tim likes soup, so Mary bought tomatoes. _______________
2. Oh no! _______________
3. Do you want to play in the garden? _______________
4. In the story, the author told how useful a sled can be.
5. She plays the piano. _______________
6. I love you! _______________
7. My brother baked a cake last night. _______________
8. The car broke down, but a rescue van arrived within
9. If you leave late, take a cab home. _______________
10. What did you name your new puppy? _______________
Part 3: Word Choice
Which word is correct? In this section, you’ll apply your
knowledge of troublesome words by making choices in the
following sentences. You don’t need to explain your choice.
Read the sentence out loud to yourself several times using
the different options. Once you’ve decided which word is
correct, circle your choice.
Example: I can’t go any (farther, further) up this hill.
The correct choice is farther. Farther means physical advancement in distance, while further denotes advancement to a
greater degree, as in time.4 English Composition Challenge Assessment
Please circle the correct choice.
1. I think (there, their, they’re) son is the quarterback of
2. The storm didn’t have as much (affect, effect) on our
community as it did on others.
3. He is much bigger (than, then) I remember him being.
4. The (principle, principal) of the school graduated with
5. You have no choice but to (accept, except) this decision.
6. When I got home, my parents had (already, all ready) left.
7. Because the president will be in the building, the streets
surrounding the (capital, capitol) will be closed.
8. Did you win or (loose, lose) the game?
9. She performed (good, well) on the balance beam.
10. These colors (complement, compliment) each other well.
Part 4: Proofreading
What’s wrong with this passage? In this section, you’ll proofread a passage looking for grammar, punctuation, and spelling
errors. It may help to read the passage aloud, to more easily
determine any mistakes. You don’t need to tell us how many
corrections you make in each sentence.
Example: One day him and i got up and decided to go to the
beach for the day.
Edited: One day, he and I got up and decided to go to the
beach for the day.
There were three errors in this sentence.English Composition Challenge Assessment 5
Make your corrections in the space provided beneath
Most students do not like english class. They think its a waste
of there time and energy. Ain’t nobody likes to right papers
and take tests anyway? Me and you dont. My friend Johnny
now him know alot about this grammar stuff. I always am
asking he to help me, with my English homework. Him is a
good friend. I now someday ill be good at this english stuff. I
guess I just got to study hard. Maybe Johnny can help learn me.
Part 5: Sentence Structure
The following section contains True/False items concerning
grammar, punctuation, and definition of terms.
Indicate whether each of the following is True or False.
______ 1. You should use a comma before the word “and.”
______ 2. The following is a sentence fragment:
It no longer flies.
______ 3. In the following sentence, the underlined word is
The Jones’ controlled the South Side for years.
______ 4. A participle is a noun word that acts like a verb.
______ 5. The underlined portion of the following sentence
is an infinitive phrase:
Malls are designed to make shoppers feel safe.
______ 6. The underlined word in the following sentence is
the correct pronoun:
The committee voted to disband itself.
______ 7. The underlined portion of the following sentence
is an adjectival clause:
The school began teaching parents when adult
literacy gained national attention.
______ 8. In the following sentence, the underlined portion
is the main clause:
Because it was directed at people who could not
read, advertising had to be inventive.
______ 9. You should generally spell out units of measures
and the names of places, people, and courses in
formal writing assignments.
______10. In the following sentence, the subject and the verb
agree: Neither the owners nor the contactor agree.
|Due By (Pacific Time)||01/15/2013 12:00 am|
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