AbP Exercises (DOC) by wuyunqing


									                                AbP Exercises
Each scrambled sentence has at least one absolute phrase. Identify them. Then
unscramble the sentence parts and write out the sentence, punctuating it correctly.

   1       a. while Buck struggled in a fury
           b. then the rope tightened mercilessly
           c. and his great chest panting
           d. his tongue lolling out of his mouth
                               Lack London, Call of the Wild

   2.      a. to light the cigarette
           b. his throat sore
           c. he forgot
           d. his head aching
                                Sinclair Lewis, Cass Timberlane

   3.      a. I
           b. each set upon a carved wooden base
           c. looked across to a lighted case of Chinese design
           d. which held delicate looking statues
           e. of horses and birds, small vases and bowls
                               Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

   4.      a. was awake for quite a long time
           b. the moonlight on her face
           c. thinking about things
           d. I
           e. and watching Catherine sleeping
                              Ernest Hemmingway, A Farewell to Arms

   5.      a. whenever it settled its weight
           b. the dinosaur ran
           c. its taloned feet clawing damp earth
           d. leaving prints six inches deep
           e. its pelvic bones crushing aside trees and bushes
                                Ray Bradbury, A Sound of Thunder

   6.      a. her shoulders drooping a little
           b. her glasses winking in the sunlight
           c. she was now standing arms akimbo
           d. her head cocked to one side
                              Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
   7.      a. as if he could squeal or laugh out loud
           b. and then
           c. his hand in one pocket clutching the money
           d. he felt
           e. his feet sinking in the soft nap of the carpet
                                Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy

   8.      a. you could hear the signs and murmurs as the furthest chambers of it died.
           b. closing up forever
           c. the organs malfunctioning
           d. everything shutting off
           e. liquids running a final instant from pocket to sac to spleen
                               Ray Bradbury, A Sound of Thunder

Unscramble both lists of sentence parts to make two sentences that imitate the first
model. Then, imitate the same model by writing your own sentence. Finally, write
imitations of the other models making all of your sentence parts like those in the model.

Model: The motorcycle on the sidewalk speeded up and skidded obliquely into a plate
glass window, the front wheel bucking and climbing the brick base beneath the
                                   - Frank Rooney, Cyclist’s Raid

Scrambled Imitations

   1. a. The other customers rallying and demanding the same reduction in cost
      b. one customer in the line spoke out
      c. about the unfair price
      d. and ranted continuously

   2. a. and moved quickly
      b. one couple heading and leading the rest through the complicated steps
      c. into two lines
      d. several dancers near the band joined together

Study the model and then combine the sentences that follow into one sentence that
imitates the model. Change the first sentence to resemble the first sentence part on the
model, the second sentence to resemble the second sentence part of the model, etc.
Finally, write your own sentence that imitates the model.
Model: He returned, shuddering, five minutes later, his arms soaked and red to the
                                       - Ray Bradbury The Sound and the Fury
Sentences to be combined
       a) This is about the soldiers.
       b) They retreated.
       c) They were shivering.
       d) This happened two days ago.
       e) Their spirits were outraged.
       f) In addition, their souls were crushed.
       g) This effect on their spirits was caused by the defeat.

The soldiers retreated, shivering, two days ago, their spirits outraged and crushed by
the defeat.

She left, smiling, a minute before, her Andrew Wyeth print matted and framed.

       1) Model: The electric train was there waiting, all the lights on.
                                    - Ernest Hemmingway, A Farewell to Arms

              a. The youngest brother was nearby
              b. He was resting.
              c. All his work was over

       2) Model: As soon as she was well, we went to Southend-on-the-Sea for a
          holiday, Mother outfitting us completely with new clothes.
                                     - Charlie Chaplin My Autobiography

              a.   It happened as soon as it was over.
              b.   What happened then was that they pranced around Gracie.
              c.   They did their prancing like courtiers.
              d.   Paul was wooing her disgustingly
              e.   He wooed her with his stretched smiles
         3) Model: Then, very afraid, she shook her head warningly, and touched a finger
            to her lip and shook her head again, her eyes pleading with him.
                                       - James Clavell, Shogun

                a.   Later, he was so happy.
                b.   He held the baby.
                c.   He held it soothingly.
                d.   In addition, he brought the music box to her.
                e.   His voice was singing with it
                f.   He wound the toy up.

         4) Model: The old woman pointed upwards interrogatively and, on my aunt’s
            nodding, proceeded to toil up the narrow staircase before us, her bowed head
            being scarcely above the level of the banister rail.
                                       - James Joyce, The Sisters

                a.   The student teacher erased everything quickly.
                b.   In addition, she did something with a hurried cover-up.
                c.   She started to call out spelling words.
                d.   She did this for us.
                e.   Her embarrassment was definitely coming from something.
                f.   It was coming from her misspelling.
                g.   The misspelling was on the chalkboard.

At the slash mark, add an absolute phrase. In part 1, the first few words are provided, and
the number of words omitted from the original is noted after the slash mark.
Approximate that number. In part 2, add whatever seems appropriate.

Part 1

   1) Now, in the waning daylight, he turned into Glover Street toward his home, his
                                   - Norman Katkov, The Torn Invitation

   2) As they drove off, Wilson saw her standing under the big tree, looking pretty
      rather than beautiful in her faintly rosy khaki, her dark hair/(14), her face/(10).
                                      - Ernest Hemmingway, The Short Happy Life of
                                          Francis Maycomer

   3) His great chest was low to the ground, his head/(3), his feet/(3), the claws/(8).
                                    - Jack London, The Call of the Wild
   4) In front of the house where we lived, the mountain went down steeply to the little
      plain along the lake, and we sat on the porch of the house in the sun and saw the
      winding of the road down the mountain-side and the terraced vineyards on the
      side of the lower mountain, the vines/(6) and the fields/(4), and below the
      vineyards, he houses/(11).
                                    - Ernest Hemmingway, A Farewell to Arms

Part 2
    1) He began scrambling up the wooden pegs nailed to the side of the tree, /.
                                   - John Knowles, A Separate Peace

   2) Touser roused himself under Fowler’s desk and scratched another flea, /.
                                   - Clifford D. Simak, Desertion

   3) They were smiling,/,/.
                                     -   Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons

   4) Men, /, /, swung by; a few women all muffled scurried along; and one tiny boy, /,
      was jerked along angrily between his father and mother; he looked like a baby fly
      that had fallen into the cream.
                                      - Katherine Mansfield, The Voyage

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