Writing Skills Sample Passage and Items
|In the end, everyone gives up jogging. Some find that their strenuous efforts to earn a living drains (1) away their energy.||1.||A. NO CHANGE|
C. has drained
D. is draining
|Others suffering from (2) defeat by the hazards of the course, from hard pavement to muddy tracks, and from smog to sleet and snow.||2.||A. NO CHANGE|
D. suffering with
|These can also (3) collapse in their sneakers.||3.||A. NO CHANGE|
B. Still others
C. They can also
D. They also can
|My experience having been different (4), however; I had a revelation.||4.||A. NO CHANGE|
B. being different,
C. was a difference,
D. was different,
|It happened two summers ago at Lake Tom. I had been accustomed to running every day, but that week I decided to be lazy. I sailed, basked in the sun, and ate wonderfully: the best meals I've ever eaten (5).||5.||Which of the following would most specifically illustrate the point that the writer ate wonderfully?|
A. NO CHANGE
B. nutritious and healthful meals.
C. lobster, steak, and baked potatoes.
D. breakfast, lunch and dinner.
|By the fourth day I had to face the truth: my body was slowly changing to becoming (6) dough.||6.||A. NO CHANGE|
D. OMIT the underlined portion.
|So I tied on my running shoes and loped out to the main road in search of a five-mile route. Out of curiosity, I turned onto Lookout Hill Road (7) and soon discovered how the road had come by its name.||7.||A. NO CHANGE|
B. Out of curiosity, Lookout Hill Road was turned onto
C. Having become curious, Lookout Hill Road was the route I turned onto
D. Curious, a turning into Lookout Hill Road was what I did,
|I was chugging up one of the longest, steepest (8) inclines in the region. Perched at the top was a ramshackle house, and only a desire to get a closer look kept me going.||8.||A. NO CHANGE|
B. longest, steepest,
C. longest steepest,
D. longest and steepest,
|I was exhausted when I reached the crest of the hill. There I found a native New Englander rocking on the front porch of the house, which was painted (9). "Mister," I panted, "you sure live on a big hill!"||9.||A. NO CHANGE|
B. house (painted).
C. house, and it was painted.
|He studied me closely for a moment and then responded, "Yep, and I've got the good sense not to run up it." That night I tied the laces of my running shoes around a rock and dropped them in Lake Tom (10).||10.||Which of the following sentences would provide the conclusion that best supports the point made in the first paragraph that the writer gave up jogging because of a revelation?|
A. NO CHANGE
B. I realized that the New Englander was, indeed, correct, and walked back down the hill.
C. After that, I sat down on the porch and we talked for more than an hour.
D. Jogging may be good for you, but it's also tiringespecially if you jog up hills!
|1. B.||2. C.||3. B.||4. D.||5. C.|
|6. D.||7. A.||8. A.||9. D.||10. A.|