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Advanced Paragraph Correction #1
Directions: Read the passage below. Then answer questions about errors in the passage.
“To be, or not to be…that is the 1) question” This 2) popular utterance has been the source of both
mystery and wonderment for students around the world since the turn of the 16th century - arguably the
zenith of Shakespeare’s creative output. The sheer ubiquity of this phrase belies 3) it’s rather 4) inexplicable
import. Where did it come from? What does it mean? The 5) first of these questions (where does it come
from?) can be answered fairly easily: from Shakespeare’s famous play, “Hamlet”. 6) As for the last of the
two questions, a complete answer would require a more 7) deep 8) look at Shakespearean culture and nuance.

1)
A. question?”
B. question”?
C. question.”
D. question”.
E. question,”
F. Correct as
2)
A. audacious
B. colloquial
C. trenchant
D. ephemeral
E. diverse
F. vacuous
3)
A. it is
B. its
C. a
D. the
E. Correct as is
4)
A. stentorian
B. enigmatic
C. banal
D. scientific
E. patient

5)
A. first of these questions
B. first interrogative
C. first of these questions
D. first one
E. Correct as is
6)
A. As for the former question,
B. As for the latter question,
C. As for the second one of the two,
D. Correct as is
7)
A. in depth
B. deeper
C. extended
D. serious
8)
A. probe of
B. investigation of
C. thought about
D. talk about

has recently inherited some of this 7) beautiful antique furniture. She maintains records of births. B. deaths. If true.the father of his father’s father C. genealogist B. Both B and C are correct E. culture D. and divorces. whatever D. Correct as is 6) A. a demise of the relative B. My step mother is the 1) jenealogist of the family. This ancestor apparently bequeathed his 5) old earthly possessions (some beautiful antique furniture) to his progeny.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #2 Directions: Read the passage below. whenever C. Both A and B could be correct E. 8) If yes. My husbands great grandfather 6) . really serious. . artifacts B. whether B.his mother’s father . who in turn bequeathed their goods to their progeny. pedestrian B. E. .englishforeveryone. very serious. we may inherit some new furniture. materials 2) A. heirlooms C. C. B. Both A and B are correct 7) A. D. This way. If not. My husband wonders if he will be inclined to adopt an inclination to pass heirlooms onto his progeny. jeneologist C. deleterious D. marriages. C. personal things E. Both A and C are correct E. and my step mother will have even more to keep track of! 1) 5) A. very seriously. real seriously. D. a relative’s demise D. genealegist D. She sends missives to the family 3) whoever something noteworthy occurs. dynamic C. Correct as is A. We recently had a bulletin about 4) the demise of the relative during the Civil War – which transpired a century–and–a–half ago.his mother’s father’s father B. She takes the job 2) real serious. Both A and B are correct 8) A. If so. exquisite 4) A. . E. antiquated E. Correct as is .the mother of his father’s father D. Both A and B could be correct 3) A. the demise of a relative C. Then answer questions about errors in the passage.

1940s. some D. clever proverbs E. B. corollaries B. while others E. tenuous 8) A. several books. Correct as is 2) 6) A. 1940s! His D. banal D. complex phrases C. corroleries E.englishforeveryone. Correct as is 7) A. lofty C. Edward Murphy was a member of an Air Force team which performed complicated experiments during the 1) 1940s his work required much preparation and perfect execution. wrong it will. 1940’s. will. Murphy’s Law. scope. even when you take Hofstadter's Law into account. scope.some B. hilarious B.” which states that “if anything can go 3) wrong it will.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #3 Directions: Read the passage below. wrong it. detrimental utterances D. “Murphy’s Law”.” This 4) somewhat funny observation has spawned a plethora of 5) corrollaries. such as Hoftadter’s Law: “It always takes longer than you expect. corolaries C. Correct as is 4) A. several books .” E. it will. sophisticated sayings F. “Murphys Law.” 6) These smart comments on the perceived perversity of daily life have been published in 7) several books. laughable F. and some D. some pertain to technical careers in aerospace or professional areas such as medicine or law.” E. Correct as is A. 1) 5) A. witty musings B.” C. D.” B. Some C. Correct as is . it will”. Correct as is A. wrong. “Murphy’s Law. scope some B.” C. scope. harmless annotations 3) A. several books. Some of the volumes are general in 8) scope. corollarries D. his B. several books: some C. Then answer questions about errors in the passage. some E. 1940’s – his E. His C. D. Murphy has become renowned for 2) “Murphys’ Law. comical E. wrong.

During the winter months. Not just because of D. kingdom of the polar bear. uninhabitable B. The Arctic fox is 1) compareble in size to the domestic cat. but also because polar bears will consume Arctic foxes if they can catch them. heavy D. D. hazardous. Then answer questions about errors in the passage. This canine predator 3) changes to extreme weather conditions.” E. B. hibernating. a white coat B. 1) 5) A. adjusts B. it’s coat D.englishforeveryone. Correct as is 7) A. hazardous. The Arctic fox can roam all winter without 5) hibernating its fur is the thickest of all Arctic mammals. not only due to C. hibernating: E. “kingdom of the polar bear”. authorizes it to maintain. applies 4) A. When nutrition becomes scarce. hazardous. not simply as a result of . Correct as is A. C. its white coat C. hibernating.” D. risky C. adapts E. the white coat E. “. however E. 4) it’s white coat is ideal camouflage in these rough northern climates. although F. This strategy is 8) hazardous not only because of the possibility of falling into freezing water. the Arctic fox may follow polar bears as they pursue seals on the 7) perilous sea ice. cautious E. Correct as is 6) A.kingdom of the polar bear. level F. B. flexes D. comparrable D. sets it at a disadvantage. hibernating. permits it to flourish. “kingdom of the polar bear. alters C. Correct as is 8) A. Correct as is 3) A.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #4 Directions: Read the passage below. comparable B. enables it to survive. comparable E. hazardous. even though C. Its insulation 6) permits it to grow even though winter temperatures normally fall to –50 degrees Celsius. Correct as is 2) A. even where D. allows it to move even when B. Not only because of B. compareable C. It inhabits the so–called 2) kingdom of the polar bear the surprisingly area midway between Norway and the North Pole. suits F. C.

Correct as is 7) A. affability F. abstinence from B. Correct as is 8) A. C. The 4) youthful 5) professor at age 92 exhorts his listeners to show empathy for citizens mired in poverty and joblessness. pompousness . professor at age 92. He encourages 7) engaging in heavy food and drink. C. Dr. indulgence in E. venerable 6) A. Willis. disdains parsimony. Willis D. professor Dr. laudatory B. conpacionate E. at age 92 B. compashionate F. magnificence D. professor. Correct as is A. a benevolent and 3) compacionate advocate for the poor. longevity E. F. professor: at age 92 D. Dr. and attributes his own 8) decrepitude to diligent work and a prudent life style. urges prodigal behavior.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #5 Directions: Read the passage below. B. compasionate D. Students and townspeople 1) freshly flocked to hear returning 2) professor. Haunted by personal memories of the Great Depression. bombastic F. Correct as is 3) A. acceptance of C. professor Dr. archaic D. spoke Sunday to the congregation at the First Avenue Church. He was expected to be greeted by a full house at the Exeter Theater Monday evening. Willis. E. eschews spendthrifts. he abjures opulence and 6) urges frugal behavior. newly E. Willis C. recently D. professor. supercilious E. compactionate C. extols mendaciousness. Dr. F. the consumption of D. Correct as is 4) A. passion C. B. Willis give a speech. currently 92. Correct as is 2) A. compassionate B. old C. professor – at age 92 – E. a moment ago C.englishforeveryone. senility B. just now B.. Then answer questions about errors in the passage. professor. Both B and C are correct. 1) 5) A. D.

Correct as is 4) A. disinterested E. Correct as is A. Jerrys’ D. Correct as is 3) A. I believe the only antidote to 8) Jerrys uncharacteristic behavior to be unmitigated success on his statistics exam.he E. Correct as is 6) 2) A. Rather than C.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #6 Directions: Read the passage below. conviviality B. 7) They seem that efforts to bring out his usual exuberance only exacerbate his malaise. All of the above are correct E. His friends B. However F. ostentation F. All of his friends D. correllation D. Then answer questions about errors in the passage. 4) All his friends concur that his recent behavior has some 5) correlation with the exam. Everybody has tried to evoke some of his normal 6) despair. It seems the only efforts E. Before E. Both A and B are correct F. Correct as is 8) A. curriculum although learning of the upcoming test. aloof B. His friends all C. Since D. Correct as is 7) A. him. It seems that efforts C. negligence C. corelacion B. It seems that efforts only D. curriculum. him he B. diffidence E. Correct as is . Seemingly the efforts F. Jerry’s C. correllasion E. to no avail. Jerry has acted 2) passionate and uninterested in social activities. Our efforts. correlasion C.D. austerity D. While B. him . him: he C. Jerries B. disparate F.englishforeveryone. Both A and C are correct A. they seem B. abandoned C. His behavior is very disconcerting. curriculum. curriculum. he is normally quite gregarious and ebullient. This behavior is an aberration for 3) him. Jerry was recently apprised of an upcoming test in statistics which is a required portion of his 1) Ph. he D. curriculum. dissociated D. curriculum. 1) 5) A.

abundance C. launched in 2003 B. manage D. D. plethora D. disruption E. adaptation F. Both A and B are correct 6) A. launched in 2003. help on C. Correct as is A. hinder F. history D. D.englishforeveryone. pact F. The relative 7) low count of the stars 8) were attributed to the turbulence that these processes bring to the heavens. Telescope. Correct as is . All of the above are correct E. thought D. idea C. plan E. Then answer questions about errors in the passage. C. The view of star formation offered by the Spitzer Space Telescope is one of 1) disruption through the lens it can been seen that the creation of a star disrupts nearby space. able to attributed E. few F. whereas recent models have recognized that stars 6) interact with the other in their stellar neighborhood. paucity B. Early models of star 5) making concentrated on the evolution of isolated stars. gazing 2) A. Both A and C are correct F. finality 4) A. beginning B. disruption: C. Both A and C are correct F. interact with one other B. The Spitzer Space 2) Telescope launched in 2003 contradicts the commonly–held 3) thinking that mellifluous gas clouds gracefully 4) provide the creation of new stars. Telescope launched in 2003. can to be attributed B. interact with each another D.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #7 Directions: Read the passage below. assist in B. life C. 1) 5) A. mollify 8) A. disruption. B. can be attributed D. Both and C are correct 3) A. supply E. interact with one another C. secret 7) A. formation E. are being attributed C. belief B. disruption. All of the above are correct E. discrepancy E. Telescope.

“wave–pattern cloud. the 5) reality is way different than that traditional depiction. “wave–pattern cloud!” F. designed of D. 7) In addition. composed of C. constructs F. reality differs considerably from D. the placement of electrons within the cloud is described as one probability among many. space: its nucleus. establishes D. 1) 5) A.it’s nucleus D. B.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #8 Directions: Read the passage below. creates B. produces E. The atom is the basic building block of matter. a product of D. is now being described B. F. notwithstanding C. “wave–pattern cloud”. Even if E. Correct as is A. However B. Conversely E. Another surprising aspect of the atom is its structure. instead of D. fashions 4) A. Scientists now prefer to describe the movement of electrons around the nucleus as a so–called 6) “wave–pattern cloud. Instead C. Correct as is 8) A. however E. describes E. made from B. 4) Because most of us maintain a mental model of the atom’s nucleus being orbited by discrete electrons. Both A and B are correct F. space. 3) makes up only about a billionth of the atom itself. space.englishforeveryone. space . reality much more sophisticated than B. comprises C. Both A and C are correct . wave–pattern cloud?” D.its nucleus. it’s nucleus C. space . Then answer questions about errors in the passage. Correct as is 2) 6) A. Correct as is A. Correct as is A. Correct as is 3) 7) A. actuality is not so simple as E. is now a figure C. Although D.” E. fact is not as clear as F. “wave–pattern cloud. rather than B. 8) instead than planet– like objects orbiting a sun–like nucleus. been calculated by E.” C. E. it’s nucleus B. reality is not nearly as close to C. 1) Surprisingly. it is largely built from empty 2) space its nucleus made of protons and neutrons. One interesting aspect of the atom is its spatial composition. now is described D.

is going to be E. to have constructed B. thwart B. Scotland. France. now known as 1) Manhattan of the desert Their city 2) is composed of 500 buildings. Correct as is 4) A. of designing C. and Greece B. Correct as is . mollify C. defend 3) 7) A. Manhattan of the desert. Ireland. to design B. was B. enrage E. D.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #9 Directions: Read the passage below. mile high-skyscraper A. hieght B. about designing E. Spain and Greece C. Correct as is 2) 6) A. skyscraper of a mile high D. Spain. Correct as is A. The Manhattan of the desert. engage E. Spain. Ireland. Yemen created a walled city. were C. to had been constructed C. will be D. a U.englishforeveryone. ranging from five to eight stories in 3) height. B. to designing D. Correct as is A. engineering company is reportedly in the process 8) to design such an immense tower now.K. trick D. France. to have been constructed D. width C. Both B and C are correct 8) A. Scotland. mile of high skyscraper C. Scotland. 1) 5) A.” C. has been F. Today’s urban planners anticipate a 7) mile– high–skyscraper to be constructed in the near future. France. Then answer questions about errors in the passage. mile–high skyscraper B. Urban planners in 16th century Shibam. Ireland. “Manhattan of the desert. Structures which were erected by wealthy families during the Middle Ages in 4) Ireland Scotland France Spain and Greece also reached heights of several stories. Both A and B are correct E. E. length D. to has been constructed E. “Manhattan of the desert”. and Greece D. These buildings are thought 5) to be constructed upwards in order to 6) run off marauders.

Both A and C are correct 4) A. presents C.englishforeveryone. Pompeii’s population. precence E. Pompeii’s population roughly 20. Pompeii reveals fascinating details about 3) day to day life in the Roman Empire. buryied E. C. Almost two 1) thousands of years after being 3) baried by falling ash from a two–day volcanic eruption. decades C.000 inhabitants practiced several religions. and D. emperor. present B. D. very well D. 6) but worshipped the planet Jupiter and the Roman 7) emperor they led astonishingly long lives. Correct as is 2) 6) A. Then answer questions about errors in the passage. to everyone’s surprise. buried D. lifetimes E. who E. what C. Pompeiis’ population.they D.000 inhabitants. millennia D. emperor .000 inhabitants. daily life D.000 inhabitants B.org Name________________ Date________________ Advanced Paragraph Correction #10 Directions: Read the passage below. very well educated. they F. emperor. Correct as is 3) 7) A. Both A and B are correct F. Pompeii’s citizenry practiced all of these religions in apparent peaceful coexistence with followers of the state religion. Correct as is A. were super F. which B. presence D. Correct as is A. Correct as is 8) A. roughly 20. and 8) to my surprise. assisted by doctors and dentists. day–to–day life B. baryed C. they C. emperor. beried F. very well E. 1) 5) A. 4) Pompeii’s population roughly 20. were really well C. Correct as is A. This is evidenced by temples dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. to our surprise. roughly 20. so F. buryed B. Correct as is . day today life C. were surprisingly well B. Correct as is E. centuries B. They B. as well as the 5) presense of Jews and worshipers of Cybele (called the “Great Mother” by her followers).

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