Grammar Exam Answer Key

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Comprehensive Grammar CheckPoint Answer Key, Due in Week Eight

Correct answers are in red.

Inclusive Language: Nonsexist
A. I understand Dr. Maurice hired a new nurse. What is her name?

B. I understand Dr. Maurice hired a new nurse. What is his or her name? Correct answer
1. B is correct: The second sentence is a gender stereotype. Many nurses are women, but some nurses are men. Inclusive Language: Nonsexist
A. I’m not very good at math.

B. I’m not very good at math because I’m a girl.
Correct answer:
2. A is correct: The second sentence implies girls are not very good at math, which is a gender stereotype. In fact, many girls do quite well in math. Inclusive Language: Nonracist
A. My new coworker, a Muslim, is actually quite nice.

B. My new coworker is actually quite nice.
Correct answer:
3. B is correct: The first sentence implies surprise at meeting a nice Muslim, which stereotypes people of the Islamic faith. Inclusive Language: Nonracist
A. Our new district attorney, a Cuban American, is making a speech on Saturday.

B. Our new district attorney is making a speech on Saturday. Correct answer:
4. B is correct: The district attorney’s country of origin is not necessary to the meaning of the sentence. Inclusive Language: Nonagist
A. Dr. Phil counseled the mother of a four-year-old who weighs 150 pounds. B. Dr. Phil counseled the mother of a child who weighs 150 pounds. Correct answer:
5. A is correct: The child’s age explains why the counseling was necessary. Inclusive Language: Nonagist
A. We should hire a younger person who knows more about technology.

B. We should hire a person who knows more about technology.
Correct answer:
6. B is correct: The knowledge level of the person, not his or her age, is important. The first sentence implies only younger people are knowledgeable about technology. Inclusive Language: Describing the Disabled and Those With Cultural Differences A. The hearing-impaired child needs special accommodations for the field trip.

B. The child needs special accommodations for the field trip. Correct answer:
7. A is correct: The child’s hearing impairment explains the need for special accommodations on the field trip. Inclusive Language: Describing the Disabled and Those With Cultural Differences A. If we go to dinner at Mr. Suzuki’s house, will we have to eat raw fish?

B. If we go to dinner at Mr. Suzuki’s house, will we eat unfamiliar foods? Correct answer
8. B is correct: The first sentence implies all Japanese people eat raw fish and that eating raw fish is bad. Sentence Fragments
A. Richard III supposedly had the young princes murdered. Never found out what really happened to them.

B. Richard III supposedly had the young princes murdered although we never found out what really happened to them. Correct answer:
9. B is correct: Sentence A contains a fragment (incomplete sentence). Sentence Fragments
A. Despite having enough money for the trip.

B. Despite having enough money for the trip, John was broke before the bus left for home. Correct answer:
10. B is correct: The first sentence contains a fragment (incomplete sentence). Run-On Sentences
A. The creature sat upright and tugged at the shackles binding his ankles as Frankenstein uttered a piercing scream.

B. The creature sat upright and tugged at the shackles binding his ankles Frankenstein uttered a piercing scream. Correct answer:
11. A is correct: The second sentence is two sentences fused together, creating a run-on. Run-On Sentences
A. Both Lisa and Alan enjoy photography; both have won prestigious awards.

B. Both Lisa and Alan enjoy photography, both have won prestigious awards. Correct answer:
12. A is correct: The second sentence is a comma splice (run-on). Spelling
A. I believe our families are both related to George Washington. What a surprising occurrence!

B. I beleive our familys are both related to George Washington. What a surprising ocurrence! Correct answer:...
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