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Questions from hiring test

Postby senglory » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:46 am

Got these questions on my job interview:







Indicate the punctuation needed in the blank spaces in the following sentence.

The well____known opera singer____whose ego was as big as her voice____refused to

the opera crowd.

a. None / dash / dash / hyphen

b. Hyphen / dash / dash / none

с. Hyphen / none / none / dash

d. No punctuation needed







Choose the phrase that best completes the sentence below without creating a run-on sentence.

Mr. Peach has sent his four children to Ivy League colleges______he has sacrificed his health working day and night in that dusty factory.

a. however

b. ; however,

c. , however

d. however,





Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of parallel construction?

a. Terry hoped to find a new job that would let him earn extra cash in the summer and to work fewer hours.

b. Although Tommy was failing his biology class at college, he was passing his chemistry class.

c. Trina loved to sail, skate, swim, and surfing.

d. Tatiana declared that the people in her office are smarter than the people who work in Tad's office.





Identify the sentence that illustrates correct subject-verb agreement.

a. These solar panels and that potted plant make the studio seem so much airier.

b. Amanda is one of those people who loves afternoon football games.

с. Either Cassandra or her children is going to Hawaii for the holidays.

d. Jack was the only one of the climbers who were injured.





Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.

Lilacs____violets are usually purple,______I have seen some________are white.

a. and, however, that

b. or, yet, which

с. and, although, that

d. or, but, and





Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.

Charlotte knew_____the secret investigation____her past, but she closed her eyes to it and pretended it wasn't happening.

a. of, about

b. about, into

с. about, on

d. of, after





Choose the option that corrects the parallelism error contained in the following sentence.

Greta is either moving to Germany next month or she will stay in Iceland for another year.

a. Greta is either moving to Germany next month or staying in Iceland for another year.

Ь. Either Greta is moving to Germany next month, or she is staying in Iceland for another year.

с. Either Greta will move to Germany next month or staying in Iceland for another year.

d. a and b

e. b and с





Read the following passage and identify the type of sentence structure error it contains.

Even if you hide the marmalade in the remotest corner of the house, you can be sure that Carlotta will nose it out, devour it, and hide the evidence before you know what hit you.

a. Misplaced modifier

Ь. Pronoun reference

с. Subject-verb agreement

d. Parallelism

e. Verb tense shift

f. None of the above





Identity the sentence that illustrates correct comparison structure.

a. Rudy has always liked squid more than Tabitha.

Ь. The countryside of Austria is more beautiful than that of France.

с. Reading newspapers is no longer as popular as the Internet.

d. Jupiter is larger than any planet in the universe.





Choose the option that best corrects the pronoun reference error in the following sentence.

There is advice about marketing, which is invaluable, in Kerstall's new book.

a. There is advice about marketing, which is invaluable, in Kerstall's new book.

b. With advice about marketing, the help offered in Kerstall's new book is invaluable.

с. In Kerstall's new book she offers invaluable advice about marketing.

d. In her new book, Kerstall offers invaluable advice about marketing.

e. Kerstall offers invaluable advice about marketing in her new book.





Read the following passage and identify the type of sentence structure error it contains.

Mr Grink, who was walking along the boulevard dressed in an impeccable tuxedo, was blissfully unaware of the black clouds of discontent that were gathering menacingly behind him.

a. Comma splice

b. Pronoun reference

с. Misplaced modifier

d. Subject-verb agreement

e. Verb tense shift





Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence:

would I have it anything if had . I you known said would not bother

a. Would I have not said anything if you had known it would bother I?

b. I would not have said anything if I had known it would bother you.

с. Had I known if it would bother you I would not have said anything.

d. If I had known it would not bother you I would have said anything.





Which of the following sentences uses commas correctly?

a. After all, our candidate has nothing to worry about in the election according to the latest polls.

b. After all, our candidate has nothing to worry about in the election, according to the latest polls.

c. After all our candidate has nothing to worry about in the election, according to the latest polls.

d. After all our candidate has nothing to worry about, in the election, according to the latest polls.



Some of them were given an answer but I'm full of doubts. Could you please share me the right answers ?



Thanks!
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Re: Questions from hiring test

Postby Tukanja » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:59 pm

My try. A teacher is welcome to give a hand about this.

1. b
2. b
3.
4.
5. a
6. b
7.
8.
9. c
10.
11.
12.b
13.a

I've never heard for the expressions like run-on sentence, parallel construction, subject-verb agreement, pronoun reference, verb tense shift, etc.
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Re: Questions from hiring test

Postby senglory » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:27 pm

Ok, why 9 - "c"?
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Re: Questions from hiring test

Postby Tukanja » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:58 pm

as***as form is used.
C could also be said this way I think
Nowadays, reading newspapers is far less popular than Internet.
B and D could also be correct sentences.
A isn't because, I suppose, the author didn't want to say that he prefers squids to Tabitha. :lol: (If Tabitha's the name of a female.)
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