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Grade 6 The Writing Process
Which thesis statement is stronger?
  1. Pollution has decreased significantly over the last ten years.
  2. 25% of the federal budget should be spent on reducing pollution.
Grade 12 Writing Essays
When writing for people that have cultural backgrounds that differ from your own:
  1. Keep sentences short
  2. Write in passive voice
  3. Avoid jargon
  4. Be careful with graphics
College Conducting Research
What is the difference in format between long quotes and short quotes in essays?
  1. Long quotes are set up without quotation marks, but with the text distinguished from the rest of the essay by an indentation for every line of the quote.
  2. Long quotes are not appropriate to use in an academic paper because using more than 3 lines of someone else’s work can be viewed as plagiarism.
  3. Short quotes should use quotation marks (“ “), while long quotes should be italicized.
  4. None. Short and long quotes are formatted identically in essays.
Grade 12 Journalism
What is the best definition of a fact?
  1. A provable statement
  2. Anything that appears in a news story
  3. The results of a poll
  4. A view shared by many people
Grade 3 Persuasive Essays
Becca is writing a letter to her mother. She wants her mother to buy her a new computer. Which detail should she put in her letter to make her mother want to buy her the computer?
  1. I can do my homework on the computer.
  2. I can waste time playing games on the computer.
  3. Computers are very expensive.
  4. I don’t know how to use a computer.
Grade 3 Persuasive Essays
The bright sun can be dangerous. It is important to put on sunscreen before spending time in the summer sun. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can hurt your skin. Sunscreen protects your skin from these rays and helps keep your skin healthy.

What detail would the author of this paragraph NOT want to add to it?
  1. Those who do not use sunscreen can get sunburns.
  2. Many people who spend lots of time in the sun without sunscreen develop skin cancer.
  3. Sitting in the sun is a great way to get a nice, dark sun tan.
  4. Sunscreen comes in different “SPFs” which means there are different protection levels for your skin.
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Which of the following sources is most likely to contain logos?
  1. A survey on how many kids like fidget spinners
  2. An article that shows the correlation of fidget spinners and student success
  3. A firsthand account from a teacher that explains how fidget spinners are distractions
  4. A firsthand account from a student with ADHD that explains how fidget spinners help him
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Ana and Cynthia are collecting research about Making Waves for its 10th anniversary. They want to find out how the school has changed overtime. Who would be the most credible source?
  1. Ms. E. because she is a cool teacher and would be fun to talk to.
  2. Ms. Maraj because history teachers know how to collect evidence.
  3. Ms. Rodriguez because she has been working here the longest.
  4. Ms. Scott because she is a science teacher and science teachers know how to research.
Grade 12 Writing Essays
All of the following are true of a thesis statement EXCEPT:
  1. it is general enough to include all the ideas in the passage.
  2. it is usually more narrow than the ideas in the passage.
  3. it is a sentence that states a central idea.
  4. it is the central idea of a longer passage.
Grade 12 Journalism
What does a copy editor do in a typical newsroom?
  1. Checks stories for consistency, grammar and style
  2. Makes archive copies of stories from yesterday's print edition
  3. Uploads a digital copy of the newspaper to the web
  4. Manages newspaper subscriptions
Grade 6 The Writing Process
Which thesis statement is stronger?
  1. One person I admire is Babe Ruth, the greatest baseball player of all time.
  2. One person I admire is Babe Ruth, who is a famous baseball player.
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