8th- 9th-Grade Writing Quiz
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1.  Many streets here doesn't / don't even have names.

   

2.  The committee has / have reached a decision.

   

3.  Who was / were the first settlers in this area?

   

4.  The dog and the horse is / are made of plastic.

       

5.  A number of the nails has / have loosened.

   

6.  Neither Marie nor Earl cooks / cook as well as I do.

   

7.  Many a decision has / have been made in haste.

   

8.  Both of the officers has / have specific duties.

   

9.  Each of the men raised his / their hand to vote for the proposal.

   

10.  The coach, as well as his players, is / are anxious about the game.

   

11.  We couldn't find Louis / Louis's saxophone.

   

12.  Macaroni and cheese is / are popular in school lunches.

   

13.  Kevin sent both Josh and I / me an invitation.

   

14.  We / Us Kramers tend to be on the tall side.

   

15.  He stared at she / her and I / me.

   

16.  Denise was depending upon Sheila and they / them.

   

17.  Shannon told us who / whom the police were looking for.

   

18.  Give the envelope to whoever / whomever shows up first.

   

19.  Carlos has already lain / laid the groundwork for the operation.

   

20.  Remember, we're having dinner with the Williams' / Williamses tonight.

   

21.  Lexington is fewer / less than thirty miles from here.

   

22.  We hid behind the barn til / till sundown.

   

23.  Exercising has had a positive affect / effect on my blood pressure.

   

24.  My grandmother / Grandmother is taking me to the museum.

   

25.  She remembered the conductor from a previous performance of The barber / Barber of Seville.

   

26.  According to grandmother / Grandmother, Dr. Kournikova had immigrated to Milltown from Bosnia.

   

27.  I've finally finished reading "The Grapes of Wrath" / The Grapes of Wrath.

 

28.  The article was titled "Yesterday is Gone" / Yesterday is Gone.

   

29.  Which one of you said,  "Charlie did it?" / it"?

   

30.  "Ouch," / "Ouch!" she yelled. / yelled!

   

31.  Which is correct?

   Harold will conduct the interviews Francine will meet the managers and Charles will guide the plant tour.

or

   Harold will conduct the interviews, Francine will meet the managers, and Charles will guide the plant tour.

or

   Harold will conduct the interviews, Francine will meet the managers and, Charles will guide the plant tour.

 

32.     Which is correct?

   Her low soft whisper could not be heard in the big noisy room.

or

   Her low soft whisper could not be heard in the big, noisy room.

or

   Her low, soft whisper could not be heard in the big, noisy room.

 

33.  Which is correct?

   The witch doctor wore a mask, of which this is a copy, only during special ceremonies.

or

   The witch doctor wore a mask of which this is a copy, only during special ceremonies.

or

   The witch doctor, wore a mask of which this is a copy, only during special ceremonies.

 

34.  Which is correct?

   Please try to arrive before dark; otherwise call ahead.

or

   Please try to arrive before dark; otherwise, call ahead.

or

   Please try to arrive before dark, otherwise, call ahead.

 

35.  They hurried to finish their / they're song.

       

36.  Its / It's a remarkable day!

   

37.  The children's / childrens' toys were everywhere.

   

38.  Your / You’re welcome.

 

39.  Even though I was tired.

     Fragment

     Run-on

     Complete Sentence

 

40.  He asked for a raise she got it.

     Fragment

     Run-on

     Complete Sentence

 

41.  She is a good mother she pays attention to her children.

     Fragment

     Run-on

     Complete Sentence

 

42.  When Alex calls.

     Fragment

     Run-on

     Complete Sentence

 

43.  He laughed.

     Fragment

     Run-on

     Complete Sentence

 

44.  Craig likes cars more than her.

   The sentence directly above means

     Craig likes cars more than he likes Sheila.

or

     Craig likes cars more than Sheila likes cars.

or

     Impossible to know from the sentence’s form.

 

45.  Craig likes cars more than Sheila.

   The sentence above means

     Craig likes cars more than he likes Sheila.

or

     Craig likes cars more than Sheila likes cars.

or

     Impossible to know from this sentence alone.

   

46.  Craig likes cars more than she.

   The sentence above means

     Craig likes cars more than he likes Sheila.

or

     Craig likes cars more than Sheila likes cars.

or

     Impossible to know from this sentence alone.

 

47.  Neither the students nor the teacher seems / seem to care much for Jude the Obscure.

 

48.  He’s one of those superior types who always needs / need to have the last word.

 

49.  Henry lay / laid around the house all day yesterday.

   

50.  Which is correct?

   We arrived at the McNameras house at seven.

or

   We arrived at the McNamera's house at seven.

or

   We arrived at the McNameras' house at seven.