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I recently read about the National Science Foundation’s basic science quiz and was motivated to create a Language Arts equivalent. Special thanks to the grammar guru for your input and my research subjects (hubby and the kids). It’s just ten questions–give it a try and let me know how you did.
1. A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea. True or False?
2. Vitamin supplements (improves, improve) daily health. Which verb is correct?
3. Which sentence is correct, A or B?
A. I couldn’t care less.
B. I could care less.
4. An adjective describes verbs. True or False?
5. Which sentence is correct, A or B?
A. Between you and I, the judge was too harsh.
B. Between you and me, the judge was too harsh.
6. The verb is always found somewhere after the subject of the sentence. True or False?
7. Which sentence is correct, A or B?
A. Every one of the girls remembered her homework.
B. Every one of the girls remembered their homework.
8. Driving into the pounding blizzard on a dark night and wishing the weather would offer a break for travelers. Is this a fragment or a run-on?
9. I asked my Aunt to join me for lunch. Is this sentence correctly capitalized?
10. The president of the Student Council began the weekly session without taking attendance. What is the subject, “president” or “Student Council”?
3. A (A unique explanation to this answer can be found here.)
5. B (Between is a preposition. Prepositions use the objective form of pronouns.)
6. False (Here’s an example of a sentence where the verb comes before the subject: There were many loyal fans at the hockey game.)
7. A (Every one is a singular pronoun; therefore, the pronoun her (also singular) would be the correct choice.)
9. No (Only capitalize aunt if her name is included: Aunt Jackie or if referring to that person by name: I’m going to the store with Mark and Dad.)
10. president (Student Council is part of a prepositional phrase, so it can be excluded as the subject.)