Summarizing & Responding
Critical Thinking
Sentence Grammar
Punctuation & Mechanics
Commas
100

True or false: When summarizing, readers should not be able to tell whether you agree or disagree with the ideas you are summarizing.

True

100

True or false: An argument addresses a problem for which an absolute answer exists.

False

100

Correct this comma splice by separating the clauses into two sentences: Education is an elusive word, it often means different things to different people.

Education is an elusive word. It often means different things to different people.

100

True or false: You should not capitalize a word indicating a family relationship unless the word is used as part of the name or as a substitute for the name.

True. Example: Mother versus my mother

100

Add a comma after the introductory element in this sentence: To our surprise the fundraising auction raised enough money to build a new technology center.

To our surprise, the fundraising auction raised enough money to build a new technology center.

200

Name one of the four common summarizing mistakes.

Possible answers: 

1) summarizing too much

2) summarizing too little

3) summarizing the wrong issue

4) a list summary

200

What are the Greek words for the three types of appeals a writer can use in constructing an argument?

ethos, pathos, logos

200

Correct this fused sentence by linking the clauses with a semi-colon: Don’t throw your soda cans in the trash recycle them.

Don’t throw your soda cans in the trash; recycle them.

200

Insert or delete hyphens as necessary in this sentence: Line-up quietly and wait for my signal.

Line up quietly and wait for my signal.

200

Use a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet) to combine these two sentences into one sentence: My mother rarely let us have candy. Halloween was a special occasion.

A few options:

My mother rarely let us have candy, but Halloween was a special occasion.

My mother rarely let us have candy, so Halloween was a special occasion.

300

True or false: You should introduce critical objections to your argument even if you are not able to successfully overcome them.

False

300

To develop an argument based on logos, what type of support might you provide?

Facts, figures, statistics, surveys, polls, studies, interviews. Logos arguments are based on facts and reason.

300

Revise to eliminate any sentence fragments: Much of New Orleans is below sea level. Which makes it susceptible to flooding.

Much of New Orleans is below sea level, which makes it susceptible to flooding.

300

Select the correct use of its/it's in the following sentences: This disease is unusual; Its/It's symptoms vary from person to person. Its/It's a difficult disease to diagnose.

This disease is unusual; Its symptoms vary from person to person. It's a difficult disease to diagnose.

300

Are the commas in the following sentence necessary? Many parents, of gifted children, do not want them to skip a grade.

No. Many parents of gifted children do not want them to skip a grade.

400

Describe the sandwich quote approach.

Explain who is speaking and set up what the quotation says. Quote accurately and include the correct citation. Explain why you consider the quotation to be important and what you take it to say.

400

In the Toulmin system, what is the term for the stated or unstated assumption that underlies the argument?

the warrant

400

Revise the following sentence as needed to create pronoun-antecedent agreement: Everyone should know his legal rights.

Everyone should know their legal rights.

400

Use quotation marks appropriately to revise the following sentence: Should America the Beautiful replace The Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem?

Should “America the Beautiful” replace “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem?

400

Use commas to set off any nonrestrictive elements that may be present in this sentence: The rescue workers exhausted and discouraged stared ahead without speaking.

The rescue workers, exhausted and discouraged, stared ahead without speaking.

500

What are the two questions that a writer must answer to explain why a topic matters?

So what?

Who cares?

500

What are the warrants for the following claim? Victor must be an American citizen because he was born in Texas.

People born in America are citizens. Texas is a part of America.

500

Revise the following sentence to clarify pronoun reference: Grace hurried to call her sister before she flew to Brazil.

Possible answers: 

1) Before Grace left for Brazil, she hurried to call her sister. 

2) Grace hurried to call her sister before her sister left for Brazil.

500

Insert an ‘s or an apostrophe alone to form the possessive case of the words with asterisks: Jane Austen* and Charles Dickens* writing styles couldn’t be more different.

Jane Austen's and Charles Dickens's writing styles couldn’t be more different.

500

Insert the missing comma in this compound sentence: Farah waited for Samir and her sister grew impatient.

Farah waited for Samir, and her sister grew impatient.

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