April 9, 2014

SAT Prep Help Sentence Improvement Sample Questions

1. Choose the phrasing that creates the most effective version of the underlined portion of the following sentence:

The captain ordered his men to sail through the storm, his men obeyed.

(A) his men to sail through the storm, his men obeyed.
(B) his men to sail through the storm, however his men obeyed.
(C) his men to sail through the storm and his men obeyed.
(D) their men to sail through the storm and their men obeyed.
(E) his men sail through the storm, which he did.

2. Choose the phrasing that creates the most effective version of the underlined portion of the following sentence:

The giant waves rocked the ship back and forth; but the ship made it through the storm unharmed.

(A) rocked the ship back and forth; but the ship made it through
(B) rocked the ship back and forth; and the ship made it through
(C) rocked the ship back and forth, the ship made it through
(D) rocked the ship back and forth, but the ship made it through
(E) rocked the ship; but the ship made it through

3. Choose the phrasing that creates the most effective version of the underlined portion of the following sentence:

If the ship had arrived a day earlier, it would have missed the storm entirely.

(A) had arrived a day earlier, it would have missed the storm entirely.
(B) had arrived a day earlier and it would have missed the storm entirely.
(C) had arrived a day earlier it would have missed the storm entirely.
(D) had arrived a day earlier it would have missed the storm.
(E) arrived a day earlier it would have missed the storm.

4. Choose the phrasing that creates the most effective version of the underlined portion of the sentence:

The rocks on the shore were hit by the ship as it approached the island.

(A) The rocks on the shore were hit by the ship as it approached the island.
(B) The rocks on the shore were hit by the ship as the ship approached the island.
(C) The ship was hit by the rocks on the shore as it approached the island.
(D) The ship hit the island as the ship approached the rocks.
(E) As the ship approached the island, it hit the rocks on the e.

5. Choose the phrasing that creates the most effective version of the underlined portion of the sentence:

Jay used to sail with the captain every day, and then he goes out with the captain afterwards.

(A) used to sail with the captain every day, and then he goes out
(B) used to sail with the captain every day, but then he goes out
(C) used to sail with the captain every day and then goes out
(D) used to sail with the captain every day, but now he just goes out
(E) used to sail with the captain every day and then they go out

6. Choose the phrasing that creates the most effective version of the underlined portion of the sentence:

The ship was known as the Raptor a name that struck fear into the hearts of people everywhere.

(A) as the Raptor a name that struck fear into the hearts of people everywhere.
(B) as the Raptor, and that name struck fear into the hearts of people everywhere.
(C) by a name that struck fear into the hearts of people everywhere.
(D) as the Raptor and it struck fear into the hearts of people everywhere.
(E) as a name that struck fear into the hearts of people everywhere.

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