GED Writing Practice Test 1

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Directions: Read the passage and choose the best answer to each question that follows.

Questions #1-5 refer to the following paragraphs.

Stephen King’s The Stand

(A)

(1) The Stand, by Stephen King, has an overriding theme. (2) The triumph of good over evil. (3) In the novel, a plague wipes out most of the Earth’s population. (4) Survivors begin to have strange dreams, gradually band together, and are seemingly guided by powers much greater than them. (5) Even children and animals seem to be influenced by the forces at work. (6) Many of the survivors travel to the desert to build a new community in Las Vegas under the leadership of Randall Flagg, a charismatic but frightening man. (7) The Stand’s heroes and heroines, according to the story, convene in Boulder, Colorado, to begin new lives there.

(B)

(8) Once they have found homes and organized committees to begin repairing the damage to the city, the people of Boulder begin to rebuild. (9) They find survivors with the training and knowledge to get the electricity, which had gone out when there weren’t enough people left to operate the power plants, running again. (10) This enables them to refrigerate food and use lights and appliances in their homes; these were the first steps toward returning to the “old” (i.e., pre-Apocalypse) ways of life. (11) The book subtly points out that the same progress that allowed humanity to live in such comfort and convenience before might eventually lead once more to society’s downfall. (12) Similarly, this theme is addressed in Marge Piercy’s novel Woman on the Edge of Time.

(C)

(13) The battle between good and evil permeates the entire plot. (14) The battle is waged on both large and small scales, and impacts both individuals and the communities to which they belong. (15) It impacts chains of events in seemingly unforeseeable ways. (16) Furthermore, it was responsible for creating the tension leading to the final showdown and resolution. (17) The novel is worthwhile both as a morality tale and as a work of suspenseful fiction.

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Question 1
  • Sentences 1 and 2: The Stand, by Stephen King, has an overriding theme. The triumph of good over evil.

The most effective combination of sentences 1 and 2 would include which group of words?

A
has an overriding theme and addresses the triumph
B
contain the overriding theme which would be that of triumph of good over evil
C
one overriding theme: the triumph of good over evil
D
has an overriding theme that includes the triumph of good over evil
E
has one theme it is the triumph of good over evil
Question 1 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). The second sentence of paragraph (A), which is, as written, only a fragment, is meant to be a clarification of the "overriding theme" referenced in the first sentence. In order to improve both sentences, they need to be combined. Grammatically, the best option for doing so is to use a colon to offset the phrase from the second sentence and represent that the "overriding theme" is "the triumph of good over evil."
Question 2
  • Sentence 4: Survivors begin to have strange dreams, gradually band together, and are seemingly guided by powers much greater than them.

Which revision is best to correct sentence 4?

A
Dreaming strangely, survivors band together and are seemingly guided by powers much greater than them.
B
As they begin to have strange dreams and gradually band together, survivors are seemingly guided by powers much greater than them.
C
Survivors began to have strange dreams and gradually banded together, seeming to be guided by powers much greater than them.
D
Survivors begin to have strange dreams and gradually band together; powers much greater than them seem to guide them.
E
no correction is necessary
Question 2 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). Instead of trying to maintain parallel structure between all three phrases in the sentence, we can use a semicolon to link the first two verb phrases-- "begin to have strange dreams" and "gradually band together"-- to the third. This allows for active rather than passive voice in the third phrase and makes the phrase sound more natural.
Question 3
  • Sentence 7: The Stand’s heroes and heroines, according to the story, convene in Boulder, Colorado, to begin new lives there.

What is the best way to write the underlined portion of the sentence? If the original is the best way, choose option (A).

A
according to the story
B
though
C
nonetheless
D
one is told
E
without doubt
Question 3 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Sentence 7 presents a contrast between what the other survivors do and what the heroes and heroines of the story do. The phrase "according to the story" is not only unnecessary (obviously it's "according to the story," since the entire passage is about the story's events), but it also fails to signify a contrast. "Though" shows that this sentence is meant to be a contrast to the one preceding it.
Question 4
  • Sentence 12: Similarly, this theme is addressed in Marge Piercy’s novel Woman on the Edge of Time.

Which revision should be made to the placement of sentence 12?

A
move it to the beginning of paragraph B
B
move sentence 12 to follow sentence 10
C
move sentence 12 to follow sentence 11
D
remove sentence 12
E
no revision is necessary
Question 4 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). Although Paragraph B is somewhat choppy, it follows a more or less logical flow of ideas until the last sentence, when it inexplicably brings in a comparison to a different book. This sentence needs to be omitted to maintain the structure and organization of the paragraph.
Question 5
  • Sentence 16: Furthermore, it is responsible for creating the tension leading to the final showdown and resolution.

What is the best way to write the underlined portion of the sentence? If the original is the best way, choose option (A).

A
Furthermore, it is responsible for
B
Further creating
C
However, it creates
D
But it is creating
E
Nonetheless, it creates
Question 5 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). The word "furthermore" accurately expresses that this sentence is a continuation of the ideas expressed in the paragraph so far, and the sentence is therefore correct as written.
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