P-1a-j Comma Review Multiple Choice



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P-1a-j Comma Review

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Some of the following sentences contain comma errors. If a sentence has an error, select the correct version. If the sentence is correct, select c. No change.
1. Many critics include James Agee, Conrad Aiken, Louisa May Alcott, and Nelson Algren on their lists of major American authors.

  1. Many critics include James Agee, Conrad Aiken Louisa May Alcott, and Nelson Algren on their lists of major American authors.

  2. Many critics include James Agee, Conrad Aiken, Louisa May Alcott, and Nelson Algren, on their lists of major American authors.

  3. No change.

ANS: c

REF: The correct answer is c.

In The Norton Field Guide to Writing, see P-1c and P-1j.

In The Little Seagull Handbook, see P-1c and P-1j.






2. James Agee published A Death in the Family, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957, and, Conrad Aiken won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1924.

  1. James Agee published A Death in the Family, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957, and Conrad Aiken won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1924.

  2. James Agee published A Death in the Family which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and Conrad Aiken won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1924.

  3. No change.

ANS: a

REF: The correct answer is a.

In The Norton Field Guide to Writing, see P-1a, P-1d, and P-1j.

In The Little Seagull Handbook, see P-1a, P-1d, and P-1j.








3. Before he reached the age of fifty Nelson Algren had published his two major works, The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side.

  1. Before he reached the age of fifty, Nelson Algren had published his two major works, The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side.

  2. Before he reached the age of fifty, Nelson Algren had published his two major works The Man with the Golden Arm, and A Walk on the Wild Side.

  3. No change.

ANS: a

REF: The correct answer is a.

In The Norton Field Guide to Writing, see P-1b, P-1d, and P-1j.

In The Little Seagull Handbook, see P-1b, P-1d, and P-1j.








4. Louisa May Alcott’s fame rests, of course, on the novels, Little Women and Little Men.

  1. Louisa May Alcott’s fame rests of course on the novels Little Women, and Little Men.

  2. Louisa May Alcott’s fame rests, of course, on the novels Little Women and Little Men.

  3. No change.

ANS: b

REF: The correct answer is b.

In The Norton Field Guide to Writing, see P-1d, P-1e, and P-1j.

In The Little Seagull Handbook, see P-1d, P-1e, and P-1j.








5. Any list of great American writers, would probably name Sherwood Anderson of Winesburg, Ohio fame, and Isaac Asimov, known for I, Robot as well as the Foundation series.

  1. Any list of great American writers would probably name Sherwood Anderson of Winesburg, Ohio fame and Isaac Asimov, known for I, Robot as well as the Foundation series.

  2. Any list of great American writers would probably name Sherwood Anderson of Winesburg, Ohio fame, and Isaac Asimov known for I, Robot as well as the Foundation series.

  3. No change.

ANS: a

REF: The correct answer is a.

In The Norton Field Guide to Writing, see P-1d and P-1j.

In The Little Seagull Handbook, see P-1d and P-1j.






6. My instructor points out, repeatedly I might add that her favorite American writers are Thomas Wolfe and Richard Wright.

a. My instructor points out, repeatedly I might add, that her favorite American writers are, Thomas Wolfe and Richard Wright.

b. My instructor points out, repeatedly I might add, that her favorite American writers are Thomas Wolfe and Richard Wright.

c. No change.

ANS: b

REF: The correct answer is b.



In The Norton Field Guide to Writing, see P-1e and P-1j.

In The Little Seagull Handbook, see P-1e and P-1j.





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