1. Read the passage. (1) Every summer, I visit my grandparents’ farm in Iowa. (2) When I am there, I help with some of the chores, such as weeding the vegetable garden and milking the cows. (3) I do not spend all my time working, however. (4) When the weather is good, I get together with some of the teenagers who live in the area, and we spend the day doing outdoor activities. (5) We play baseball, go swimming, and have picnics. (6) The days we go horseback riding are the best of all. (7) I love the feel of the wind in my hair, and I enjoy looking at the beautiful scenery. Which is the most effective way to invert sentence (6) in order to vary sentence patterns? Best of all are the days we go horseback riding. Best of all, some days we go horseback riding. Horseback riding days are the best of all. 2. Which sentence has an elliptical adverb clause with an understood word or words? As we travel higher than does the sea level, the boiling point of water drops. Mythl alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water. Water turns into ice when the temperature is lowered to 32°F. 3. My friend Cheri won a medal. She earned the title “Athlete of the Games”. Which sentence correctly combines the two sentences into a sentence with a compound verb? Cheri, my friend, won a medal for being “Athlete of the Games”. My friend Cheri won a medal, and she earned the title “Athlete of the Games”. My friend Cheri won a medal and earned the title “Athlete of the Games”. Winning a medal, my friend Cheri earned the title “Athlete of the Games”. 4. Which sentence is punctuated correctly? Buffalo grass seed: prefers warm soil temperatures; plant the seed during the hottest months of summer. Buffalo grass seed prefers warm soil temperatures: Plant the seed during the hottest months of summer. Buffalo grass seed prefers warm soil temperatures, plant the seed during the hottest months of summer.
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Which phrases in this excerpt from Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism” are oxymorons? Such shameless Bards we have; and yet ’tis true, There are as mad, abandon’d Criticks too. The Bookful Blockhead, ignorantly read, With Loads of Learned Lumber in his Head, With his own Tongue still edifies his Ears, And always List’ning to Himself appears. All Books he reads, and all he reads assails, From Dryden’s Fables down to Durfey’s Tales. With him, most Authors steal their Works, or buy;