October 24, 2017

CLEP English Composition PT Exam Answer Key

1. The correct answer is C. If you leave out the words “Jim and,” it becomes clear that “I” should be “me.” The sentence should read: “Mr. Branson gave the coveted math award to Jim and me.”
2. The correct answer is B. The introductory phrase “Running through the tall grass” leads to the question, “Who was running through the tall grass?” It wasn’t the house. The subject of the sentence must follow the introductory phrase. Trade “the old house faint in the distance” for “Janet could barely see.” The sentence should read: “Running through the tall grass, Janet could barely see the old house faint in the distance.”

3. The correct answer is B. The subject of the sentence is “A visit” and the verb should be singular. The sentence should read: “A visit to four libraries makes a pleasant way to spend a day in the city.”
4. The correct answer is B. The word “animals” modifies the phrase “favorite pet.” There is only one favorite pet, so only one animal. The sentence should read: “Christina’s favorite pet is a ferret, an animal that is known for its short temper and tendency to bite.”
5. The correct answer is C. The subject of the sentence is “diversity,” so the verb should be singular, namely, “was” not “were.” The sentence should read: “The diversity of life forms in the Galapagos Islands was the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.”
6. The correct answer is D. Justin’s friend did not have a flat tire and rusty handlebars. People don’t come equipped with tires and handlebars. That phrase should modify the word “bicycle.” Move it to the end of the sentence. The sentence should read “Justin sold to his friend his bicycle with a flat tire and rusty handlebars.”
7. The correct answer is A. We do not insist to something, we insist on something. The sentence should read: “Juan’s insistence on not giving up his playing of soccer because of his multiple injuries made him a detriment to the team.”
8. The correct answer is B. The grandparents immigrated in the past. The word should be “immigrated.” The sentence should read: “My grandparents, both from England, immigrated to the United States in 1950 and settled in New York.”
9. The correct answer is B. Since the party has not yet taken place, no one is enjoying it now. The sentence should read: “The president invited his friends June and Justin to enjoy his party and celebrate his election.”
10. The correct answer is D. A gift is not given to “I.” It is given to “me.” If you eliminate “her and,” this becomes clear. The sentence should read: “Winston made a point of giving the gift jointly to both her and me.”