Examination Two: 
Developmental Writing

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Part I: Write the correct past and present participles of the verb in the blanks provided.  (10%)

        PAST                PRESENT

1. to be

2. to go

3. to do

4. to have

5. to run

Part II: Gerund and Participial Phrases--Distinguish between the two by placing the name of one in the blank provided. (10%)

1. Visiting New York can be a nightmare or a thrill.

2. Riding the subways, tourists see another side of New York.

3. Coming from the country, he thought the prices were outrageous and the noise and traffic unbearable.

4. Growing any kind of crop is a time-consuming procedure.

5. Helped constantly, crops will tend to do well.

Part III: Verb Agreement, from Flowers for Algernon.   In the fields provided, type in the correct form of the verb.  (28%)

I (am/be) on the edge of it.  I (sense/senses) it.  They all (think/thinks) I (am/is) killing myself at this pace, but what they (doesn't/don't) understand (is/are) that I (am/is) living at a peak of clarity and beauty I never (knowed/knew) existed.  Every part of me (is/are) attuned to the work.  I (soak/soaks) it up into my pores during the day, and at night--in the moments before I (pass/passes) off into sleep--ideas (explode/explodes) into my head like fireworks.  There (is/are) no greater joys than the bursts of solutions to a problem (Keyes 167).  Regardless of whether I succeed, it is important that the experiment (is/be) ready for the future.

Part IV:  Tense, from Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop.  In the fields provided, replace all the past tense verbs with present tense ones. (24%)

The lady of the caravan sat at one window in all the pride and poetry of the musical instruments, and little Nell and her grandfather sat at the other in all the humility of the kettle and saucepans, while the machine jogged on and shifted the darkening prospect very slowly.  At first the two travelers spoke very little, and only in whispers, but as they grew more familiar with the place they ventured to converse with greater freedom, and talked about the country through which they were passing, and the different objects that presented themselves, until the old man fell asleep; which the lady of the caravan observing, invited Nell to come and sit beside her (Dickens 205).

Part V: Identify in the blank provided the sentence that contains neither a run-on or a fragment. (10%)

1.
a) Many students work while attending college most of them finance their education without any help from parents.
b) Many students work while attending college; most of them finance their education without any help from parents.
c) Many students work while attending college, most of them finance their education without any help from parents.

2.
a) These students pay tuition, and they purchase all texts and learning materials.
b) These students pay tuition and, they purchase all texts.  And learning materials.
c) These students pay tuition, they also purchase all texts and learning materials.

3.
a) Most apply for grants and scholarships and they also apply for student loans.
b) Most apply for grants and scholarships.  And also apply for student loans.
c) Most apply for grants and scholarships; in addition, they apply for student loans.

4.
a) These students work many hours a day, and then they must attend classes.
b) These students work many hours. While they must attend classes.
c) These students work many hours a day, then they must attend classes.

5.
a) Some work during the day, after working, they attend night classes.
b) Some work during the day; after working, they attend night classes.
c) Some work during the day and after working, they attend night classes.

Part VI: Identify the sentence with the underlined word correctly spelled. (10%)

1.
a)  I would like to receive the package by Friday.
b)  I would like to recieve the package by Friday.

2.
a) I hope this test won't effect my grade too much.
b) I hope this test won't affect my grade too much.

3.
a) I know she will accept my proposal.
b) I know she will except my proposal.

4.
a) I didn't mean to loose the key.
b) I didn't mean to lose the key.

5.
a) I saw the kittens sitting over there by the fireplace.
b) I saw the kittens sitting over their by the fireplace.

Part VII: Rewrite each sentence to correct errors that result in misplaced or dangling modifiers, so the sentence is clear. (8%)  

1.  Many opera lovers fantasize about singing one day themselves in their showers.


2.  Hopefully, they will close their bathroom windows before they begin their arias.


3.  Opera goers appreciate operas more, who read the program notes carefully.


4. Covered with a thick layer of frosting, she knew the cake would dazzle her guests.