11.8 – Writing Basics: Exercises

Learning Objectives

  • Use the skills you have learned in the chapter.
  • Work collaboratively with other students.

Exercise 1

Exercise 1 (Text Version)

On your own sheet of paper, identify each sentence as a fragment, a run-on, or correct (no error).

  1. My favorite book is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, he was born in 1894 and died in 1963                  .
  2. Written in 1931                  .
  3. A futuristic society where humans are born out of test tubes and kept in rigid social classes                  .
  4. This may not seem like a humorous premise for a novel, but Huxley uses satire, which is a type of humor that is used to make a serious point                  .
  5. The humans in Brave New World learn through sleep teaching, Huxley calls this “hypnopedia”                  .
  6. Everyone is kept “happy” in the brave new world by taking a pill called soma, there is one character named John the Savage who does not take soma                  .
  7. because he comes from a different part of the world where there is no technology, and he believes in natural ways of living                  .
  8. It turns out that John has a big problem with the brave new world and how people live there                  .
  9. Will he be able to survive living there, well you will have to read the novel to find out                  .
  10. Brave New World is considered a classic in English literature, it is one of the best novels I have ever read                  .

Check Your Answers: [1]

Activity Source: Exercise 1 is adapted from “2.8 Writing Basics: End-of-Chapter Exercises” In Writing for Success by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, licensed under CC BY-NC- 4.0.

Exercise 2

Exercise 2 (Text Version)

Each sentence contains an error in subject-verb agreement, irregular verb form, or consistent verb tense. Identify the type of error.

  1. Maria and Ty meets me at the community center for cooking classes on Tuesdays.
  2. John’s ability to laugh at almost anything amaze me.
  3. Samantha and I were walking near the lake when the large, colorful bird appears.
  4. I builded my own telescope using materials I bought at the hardware store.
  5. My mother freezed the remaining tomatoes from her garden so that she could use them during the winter.
  6. Bernard asked the stranger sitting next to him for the time, and she says it was past midnight.
  7. My mother and brother wears glasses, but my father and sister do not.
  8. We held our noses as the skunk runs away.
  9. Neither Soren nor Andrew are excited about the early morning swim meet.
  10. My hands hurted at the thought of transcribing all those notes.
  11. The police questioned the suspect for hours but she gives them no useful information.
  12. Terry takes short weekend trips because her job as a therapist was very emotionally draining.
  13. She criticize delicately, making sure not to hurt anyone’s feelings.
  14. Davis winded the old clock and set it atop his nightstand.
  15. Cherie losed four poker hands in a row before realizing that she was playing against professionals.
  16. Janis and Joan describes their trip to the Amazon in vivid detail.
  17. You should decides for yourself whether or not to reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet.
  18. The oil rig exploded and spills millions of gallons of oil into the ocean.
  19. The handsome vampire appeared out of nowhere and smiles at the smitten woman.
  20. The batter swinged at the ball several times but never hit it.

Check Your Answers: [2]

Activity Source: Exercise 2 is adapted from “2.8 Writing Basics: End-of-Chapter Exercises” In Writing for Success by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, licensed under CC BY-NC- 4.0.

Exercise 3

Correct the capitalization errors in the following fictional story. Copy the corrected paragraph onto your own sheet of paper.

lance worthington signed a Recording Contract with Capitol records on june 15, 2007. Despite selling two million copies of his Debut Album, nothing to lose, lance lost quite a bit as his tax returns from the irs revealed. lance did not think it was fair that the Record Company kept so much of his earnings, so he decided to hire robert bergman, a prominent music Attorney with a Shark-like reputation. bergman represented lance all the way to the supreme court, where lance won the case against capitol records. Lance worthington was instrumental in changing intellectual property rights and long standing Record Company practices. All artists and musicians can thank him for his brave stance against record companies. Lance subsequently formed his own independent record label called worthy records. worthy is now a successful Label based out of chicago, illinois, and its Artists have appeared on well known shows such as The tonight show and Saturday night live. Lance worthington is a model for success in the do-it-yourself World that has become the Music Industry.

Exercise 4

Exercise 4 (Text Version)

Complete the following sentences by selecting the correct comparative or superlative adjective or adverb.

  1. Denise has a (cheerful)                   outlook on life than her husband.
  2. I don’t mean to brag, but I think I am the (good)                   cook in my family.
  3. Lydia is the (thoughtful)                   person I know.
  4. Italy experienced the (bad)                   heat wave in its history last year.
  5. My teacher, Ms. Beckett, is the (strange)                   person I know, and I like that.
  6. Dorian’s drawing skills are (good)                   this semester than last.
  7. My handwriting is the (sloppy)                   of all my classmates.
  8. Melvin’s soccer team played (badly)                   than it did last season.
  9. Josie’s pen writes (smooth)                   than mine.
  10. I felt (lucky)                   than my sister because I got in to the college of my choice.

Check Your Answers: [3]

Activity Source: Exercise 4 is adapted from “2.8 Writing Basics: End-of-Chapter Exercises” In Writing for Success by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, licensed under CC BY-NC- 4.0.

Attribution & References

Except where otherwise noted, this chapter is adapted from “2.8 Writing Basics: End-of-Chapter Exercises” In Writing for Success by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

    1. Subject-verb agreement error
    2. Subject-verb agreement error
    3. Consistent verb tense error
    4. Irregular verb form error
    5. Irregular verb form error
    6. Consistent verb tense error
    7. Subject-verb agreement error
    8. Consistent verb tense error
    9. Irregular verb form error
    10. Irregular verb form error
    11. Consistent verb tense error
    12. Consistent verb tense error
    13. Subject-verb agreement error
    14. Irregular verb form error
    15. Irregular verb form error
    16. Subject-verb agreement error
    17. Subject-verb agreement error
    18. Consistent verb tense error
    19. Consistent verb tense error
    20. Irregular verb form error
    1. more cheerful/less cheerful
    2. best
    3. most thoughtful/least thoughtful
    4. worst
    5. strangest
    6. better
    7. sloppiest
    8. worse
    9. smoother
    10. luckier


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