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SAT Writing Test - 4

Instructions: Read the entire sentence carefully but quickly, paying attention to underlined choices (A) through (E). Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

1. Anyone who has had experience with canines, particularly with a rural setting such as a ranch, is familiar with the ways in which dogs and wolves handle space.
A) with a rural setting particularly
B) in a rural setting particularly
C) particularly with a rural setting
D) in particular in a rural setting
E) particularly in a rural setting


2. Modern mining of lignite coal, a combustible organic material formed over millions of years, strives to return mined land to a productive state equal to or exceeding that which existed before.
A) Modern lignite coal mining, a combustible organic material formed over millions of years, strives to return mined land to a productive state equal to or exceeding that which existed before.
B) Modern mining of lignite coal, a combustible organic material formed over millions of years, strives to return mined land to a productive state equal to or exceeding that which existed before.
C) Modern mining of lignite coal, which was a combustible organic material formed over millions of years, strives to return mined land to a productive state equal to or exceeding that which existed before.
D) Modern mining of lignite coal, a combustible organic material formed over millions of years, strives to return mined land to a productive state equal to or exceeding that which existed before.
E) A combustible organic material formed over millions of years, modern mining of lignite coal strives to return mined land to a productive state equal to or exceeding that which existed before.


3. He had no words left to convey how deeply he cared for her and worked hard to secure her happiness.
A) He had no words left to convey how deeply he cared for her and worked hard to secure her happiness.
B) He had no words left to convey how deeply he cared for her and how hard he had worked to secure her happiness.
C) How hard he had worked to secure her happiness and how deeply he cared for her to convey he had no words left.
D) He worked hard to secure her happiness, he had no words left to convey how deeply he cared for her.
E) We worked hard to secure her happiness and no words left to convey how deeply he cared for her.


4. An encyclopedia is not the best source to cite for a research report because it is neither original nor up-to-date.
A) for it is either original or up-to-date
B) because it is neither original nor up-to-date
C) being either original nor up-to-date
D) for it is either original nor up-to date
E) because it is neither original and not up-to-date


5. The weapons used were less advanced than those of their enemies but just as deadly as they were.
A) less advanced than those of their enemies but just as deadly
B) less advanced but just as deadly as their enemies
C) just as deadly, but less advanced than those of their enemies
D) just as deadly as they were, but less advanced than those of their enemies
E) just as deadly but less advanced than their enemies were


Instructions: The underlined and lettered sections of each sentence below may contain an error in grammar, usage, word choice (diction), or expression (idiom). Read each sentence carefully, and identify the item that contains the error. Indicate your choice by selecting in the corresponding choice. Only the underlined parts contain errors. Assume that the rest of each sentence is correct. No sentence contains more than one error. Some sentences may contain no error, in which case the correct answer will be (E) (No error).

6. Opera, such as (A) symphony and art song, continued (B) in the twentieth century, carrying (C) with it the popular styles of the previous century, as evidenced by (D) the well known works of Giacomo Puccini.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No error.


7. The preface to the book, as an important overview of the tenets of humanism, is (A) even more notable as (B) the chapters that (C) follow it, though (D) both have drawn critical acclaim.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No error.


8. Foods that are considered (A) to be highly processed not only provide (B) minimal nutritional value, but also (C) contain (D) more salt, fat, sugar, and chemical additives than whole foods.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No error.


9. My friends and I (A) had saved up enough money to tour most of Europe, but when (B) the exchange rates changed and we were (C) forced to cancel the last week of our itinerary due to a sudden lack of funds.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No error.


10. Only through sheer determination was (A) the author able to finish (B) writing the last chapters of the book, which (C) would become (D) an instant classic in the genre.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No error.






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