UPrep 1 Writing Skills Test (20 min)

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					UPrep 1 Writing Skills Test      (20 min)     Name: _____________________            _______ / 18

A. Joining Sentences – For each of the following sentences (or pairs of sentences), write two other sentences
that express a similar meaning. Use the connectors in parentheses (). NOTE: Please rewrite the whole
sentence. (1 mark per sentence = 6 marks total)

       1. Brian didn’t really know how to fly a plane. As a result, he struggled to land the plane when the
          pilot died.

              (so)


              (since)


       2. Brian wasn’t afraid to be alone in the woods; he had camped a lot as a small boy.

              (because)


              (thus)


       3. Brian wasn’t an agreeable teenager; despite this, he still put the hatchet on his belt.

              (although)


              (but)


B. Correcting Sentence Errors: Each question contains a sentence error (CS, R-O, or SF). Correct the
errors. NOTE: You do not need to rewrite the whole sentence. (4 marks)

       1. The pilot had had a heart attack Brian knew he was in trouble.



       2. Since that day in the parking lot, Brian had kept the Secret to himself, there was nobody that he
       could tell.



       3. Leaving his house in New York with his mother on the way to visit his dad.



       4. The plane crashed, and Brian realized he was in the lake, he had to get himself to shore.
C. Finding and Correcting Sentence Errors - The following paragraph contains four (4) errors with
comma splices, sentence fragments, and run-on sentences. Correct all four errors to make the sentences
grammatically correct. (There are often several acceptable ways to correct the problems.) NOTE: Do NOT
just correct these by adding a period (.)             (2 mark each = 8 marks)


   Brian was finally on his way to see his dad he boarded the small Cessna, but nothing could have prepared


him for what was about to happen. One minute, the pilot was teaching him how to fly the plane, the next


minute, he was sitting beside a dead pilot! Brian needed to land the plane or prepare for a crash. When the


plane crashed; Brian found himself in water. He knew that he had to swim to the top before his lungs ran out


of air. Brian, feeling exhausted, pulled himself onto dry land. He was tired, and his legs hurt. All of his


dreams about spending time with his father had just come to a sudden stop. Now, all of his thoughts about


staying alive and getting rescued.
UPrep 1 Writing Skills Test      (20 min)     Name: _____________________            _______ / 18

A. Joining Sentences – For each of the following sentences (or pairs of sentences), write two other sentences
that express a similar meaning. Use the connectors in parentheses (). NOTE: Please rewrite the whole
sentence. (1 mark per sentence = 6 marks total)

       1. Brian didn’t really know how to fly a plane. As a result, he struggled to land the plane when the
          pilot died.
                                                                                          .5 for problems with commas

              (so) Brian didn’t really know how to fly a plane, so he struggled…          0 for illogical sentences
                                                                                          0 if their correction makes a
                                                                                          CS, RO, or SF

               (since) Since Brian didn’t really know how to fly a plane, he
       struggled …
                       Brian struggled to land the plane when the pilot died since he didn’t …

       2. Brian wasn’t afraid to be alone in the woods; he had camped a lot as a small boy.           No deduction if
                                                                                                      “he” comes first and
                                                                                                      “Brian” comes 2nd.
              (because) Because Brian had camped a lot as a small boy, he wasn’t …                    Ex. He put the
                        Brian wasn’t afraid to be alone in the woods because he had …                 hatchet in his belt,
                                                                                                      although Brian
                                                                                                      wasn’t…
              (thus) Brian had been a boy scout as a small boy; thus, he wasn’t…
                      Brian had been a boy scout as a small boy. Thus, he wasn’t…

       4. Brian wasn’t an agreeable teenager; despite this, he still put the hatchet on his belt.

              (although) Although Brian wasn’t an agreeable teenager, he still put…
                         Brian still put the hatchet on his belt (,) although he wasn’t an agreeable teenager.

              (but) Brian wasn’t an agreeable teenager, but he still put…
                     Brian still put the hatchet on his belt, but he wasn’t an agreeable teenager.

B. Correcting Sentence Errors: Each question contains a sentence error (CS, R-O, or SF). Correct the
errors. NOTE: You do not need to rewrite the whole sentence. (4 marks)
                                                                                      We need to accept a period as a
                                                                                      correction for 1, 2, and 4. In future
       1. The pilot had had a heart attack, and/so Brian knew he was in trouble.      versions of the test, we should state
                                          ;                                           that they need to use more
                                                                                      sophisticated methods of
                                          ; thus,                                     correction.
                                          before
       2. Since that day in the parking lot, Brian had kept the Secret to himself, there was nobody that he
       could tell.                                   himself; there         himself, for
                                                     himself because there (comma removed)
                                                     , and (0.5) (doesn’t show the logical connection)
                                                     ; therefore OR , so(0.5) not really logical.
       3. Leaving his house in New York with his mother on the way to visit his dad.
       He left his…
                                      (or something like )          … visit his dad was difficult.

       4. The plane crashed, and Brian realized he was in the lake, he had to get himself to shore.
                                                            the lake; he had to
                                                            the lake, so/but/and he had to
C. Finding and Correcting Sentence Errors - The following paragraph contains four (4) errors with
comma splices, sentence fragments, and run-on sentences. Correct all four errors to make the sentences
grammatically correct. (There are often several acceptable ways to correct the problems.) NOTE: Do NOT
just correct these by adding a period (.)             (2 mark each = 8 marks)


NOTE: 1 mark for locating the error and
        1 mark for fixing it.
Deduct one mark (each occurrence) if person didn’t follow directions and corrected the error with a period.
If more the 4 are “corrected”, mark only first four corrections.


Brian was finally on his way to see his dad, and / ; /when /so he boarded the small Cessna, but nothing could have


prepared him for what was about to happen. One minute, the pilot was teaching him how to fly the plane,


and/but/yet/;/; however, the next minute he was sitting beside a dead pilot! Brian needed to land the plane or prepare


for a crash. When the plane crashed; , Brian found himself in water. He knew that he had to swim to the top before


his lungs ran out of air. Brian, feeling exhausted, pulled himself onto dry land. He was tired, and his legs hurt. All of


his dreams about spending time with his father had just come to a sudden stop. Now, all of his thoughts were/are about


staying alive and getting rescued.

				
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