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SAT Writing Test - 6

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. Silently and swiftly, the pair moved together to one side under the bridge, in the shade of the overpass, to wait there unseen.
A) bridge, in the shade of the overpass, to wait there unseen.
B) bridge, in the shade of the overpass; waiting there unseen.
C) bridge, and in the shade of the overpass, waiting there unseen.
D) bridge. In the shade of the overpass, waiting there unseen.
E) bridge, in the shade of the overpass waiting there unseen.


2. While stopping to ask directions, I happened upon one of the friendliest people in town, who gladly obliged, in addition to instructing me on how to get to the address on the invitation, I was offered a brief history of the town and a few tidbits about the family I was about to meet.
A) obliged, in addition to instructing me on how to get to the address on the invitation, I was offered
B) obliged, since in addition to instructing me on how to get to the address on the invitation, offered
C) obliged. In addition to instructing me on how to get to the address on the invitation, he offered
D) obliged; in addition to instructing me on how to get to the address, on the invitation, he offered
E) obliged; in addition to instructing me on how to get to the address on the invitation, he offered


3. If we find any qualities in animals that closely approximate some of our own, it is because they have, unknown to us, always possessed them, and the fault lies in our not having discovered sooner that these characteristics were not after all exclusively human.
A) them, and the fault lies in our not having discovered sooner
B) it, and the fault lies in our not having discovered sooner
C) them, and the fault is ours for not sooner having discovered it
D) those, when the fault lies in our not having discovered sooner
E) those, but the fault lies with our not having sooner discovered


4. In some areas on the river, there can be hidden debris or branches covered in snow and frozen into the surface and could cause detrimental consequences to a motorist.
A) In some areas on the river, there can be hidden debris or branches covered in snow and frozen into the surface and could cause detrimental consequences to a motorist.
B) In some areas on the river, hidden debris or branches covered in snow that are frozen into the surface could cause detrimental consequences to a motorist.
C) Some areas on the river may be hidden debris or branches covered in snow that are frozen into the surface and could cause detrimental consequences to a motorist.
D) In some areas of the river, hidden debris or branches covered in snow that are frozen into the surface could cause detrimental consequences to a motorist.
E) Some areas on the river may have hidden debris or branches covered in snow and frozen into the surface and could cause detrimental consequences to a motorist.


5. After Hadrian died, however, as an enthusiastic admirer of Greek art, naturally directed the artistic industry of his time to the best possible reproductions of fine Hellenic art, the Romans began to follow the works of the later ages.
A) After Hadrian died, however, as.
B) Afterwards, the death of Hadrian, however, as
C) Following the death of Hadrian, however who as
D) After the death of Hadrian, however, who, as
E) However, after the death of Hadrian, which was


6. But, so long as she was young, she had no reason to think about her ancestors; and when she was old, she had none to care about them.
A) she had no reason to think about her ancestors; and, when she was old, she had none to care about them.
B) she had no reason to think about her ancestors; and, when old, she had no reason to care about them.
C) she had no reason to think about her ancestors and when she was old, no reasons for caring for them.
D) she had no reason to think about her ancestors; yet when she was old, she had no reason to care about it.
E) she had no reason to think about her ancestors; and, when she was old, she had not a reason to care about them.


Instructions: Writing: Identifying Sentence Errors (4 Questions)



7. After working as a clerk, she served (A) sixteen years on the council, and rising (B) to the position of mayor, which (C) brought her into contact with (D) the leading influencers in the area.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No Error


8. The children clustered around the tiny animal, laughing (A) at it's (B) movements and arguing over who (C) should get to (D) hold it next.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No Error


9. One of the many reasons (A) why people resist newer (B) concepts are (C) that they throw (D) doubts on established beliefs.
A) A
B) B.
C) C
D) D
E) No Error


10. As more tourists are attracted (A) to remote forest areas, local environmental policies (B) need to be reexamined in order to (C) protect both visitors and (D) the land.
A) A
B) B
C) C
D) D
E) No Error






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