Paragraph Improvement Sample Questions

1. (1) Christopher Marlowe was a well-known and respected playwright during the time of William Shakespeare. (2) Many scholars hold him to be one of the most talented dramatists of his time. (3) It is true that many people have never even heard of Marlowe as he only had enough time to pen seven or eight plays and several poems before his death in 1593. (4) In fact, like Shakespeare, Marlowe was not only considered to be a talented playwright, but a talented poet as well. (5) However, there is no doubt that the works of Christopher Marlowe have influenced a number of authors both past and present.

Examine the second sentence of the passage and choose the revision that will best improve the passage as a whole.

(A) Change “hold” to “consider”.
(B) Change “one of the most talented dramatists” to “a talented dramatist”.
(C) Delete “Many”.
(D) Change the period to a comma, add “and,” and combine sentences 1 and 2.
(E) Change “him” to “Marlowe”.

2. (1) Christopher Marlowe was a well-known and respected playwright during the time of William Shakespeare. (2) Many scholars hold him to be one of the most talented dramatists of his time. (3) It is true that many people have never even heard of Marlowe as he only had enough time to pen seven or eight plays and several poems before his death in 1593. (4) In fact, like Shakespeare, Marlowe was not only considered to be a talented playwright, but a talented poet as well. (5) However, there is no doubt that his works have influenced a number of authors both past and present.

Examine the third sentence of the passage and choose the revision that will best improve the passage as a whole.

(A) Change “It is true that” to “Unfortunately,”.
(B) Delete “It is true that”.
(C) Delete “before his death in 1593.”
(D) Change the period to a comma, add “but” and combine sentences 2 and 3.
(E) Change “Marlowe” to “him”.

3. (1) Christopher Marlowe was a well-known and respected playwright during the time of William Shakespeare. (2) Many scholars hold him to be one of the most talented dramatists of his time. (3) It is true that many people have never even heard of Marlowe as he only had enough time to pen seven or eight plays and several poems before his death in 1593. (4) In fact, like Shakespeare, Marlowe was not only considered to be a talented playwright, but a talented poet as well. (5) However, there is no doubt that his works have influenced a number of authors both past and present.

This passage would make more sense if sentence 4:

(A) remains where it is
(B) were placed after sentence 1
(C) were placed after sentence 2
(D) were placed after sentence 3
(E) were placed after sentence 5

4. (1) Christopher Marlowe was a well-known and respected playwright during the time of William Shakespeare. (2) Many scholars hold him to be one of the most talented dramatists of his time. (3) It is true that many people have never even heard of Marlowe as he only had enough time to pen seven or eight plays and several poems before his death in 1593. (4) In fact, like Shakespeare, Marlowe was not only considered to be a talented playwright, but a talented poet as well. (5) However, there is no doubt that his works have influenced a number of authors both past and present.

Considering the context, choose the best version of the underlined portion of sentence 5: However, there is no doubt that his works have influenced a number of authors both past and present.

(A) (The same as it appears above)
(B) There is no doubt that his works have
(C) However, there is no doubt that the works of Christopher Marlowe have
(D) However, his works have
(E) There is little debate that his works have

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