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WRITING QUIZ – Duration 40’

A. Look at the reporter’s article below and circle the words ‘and / because / but / so / also.’ Which
words introduce new information? Which word introduces a result? Which word introduces
contrasting information? Which word introduces a reason?

Maria Vega is one of many new students at Veracruz Technical College. Maria is 19 and fromPuerto
de la Cruz, a very small village in Guatemala, a small Latin country in the Central America. She is
studying here because her father is Mexican, so she wants to learn about his country. She is living in
Veracruz with her aunt. Maria likes VTC very much. She likes the friendly students and the helpful
teachers. She also thinks her classes are excellent, but she dislikes the food in the cafeteria. In her
free time, Maria folk dances and draws. After college, she wants to be a fashiondesigner.

B. Write sentences by connecting the phrases with ‘and.’(2x8=16 Points)

1. Ming Sue is 26 yearsold. She comes fromTaiwan.

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2. Amelia eats breakfast in the cafeteria. She eats lunch in the cafe, too.

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3. Reiko is 19 years old. She likes music a lot.

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4. Salma is married. Sheis a student at the university.

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5. Enrique likes soccer. He plays every Saturday.

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6. The school offers a good program in business. Its recreational facilities are excellent.

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7. Yoshi works in the morning. He goes to school at night.

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8. Wendy is American. She plans to study fashion designing in France and Italy.

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C. Rewrite the second sentence with ‘also.’(2x7=14Points)

1. Mary likesMexico City. Shelikes the students in her school.


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2. Janet is in my English class. She is in a music class, too.

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3. Reina is very pretty. She is very intelligent as well.

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4. Haans likes basketball. He likes rock music.

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5. Hamid is tall. He is very athletic.

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6. In her free time, Maddie plays volleyball. She likes to swim.

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7. Efraim works part-time in the mornings. He takes care of his five children in the afternoons.

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D. Connect statements with ‘and / but / because / so.’(2x12=24Points)

1. Ali thinks his English class is excellent. He thinks the food in the cafeteria is terrible.

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2. Arda’s company sells equipment to American hospitals. He needs English for his work.

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3. Alberto lives with his sister. She drives him to school every afternoon.

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4. Maria can speak English well. She needs more writing practice.

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5. Josip is Jugoslavian. He is studying in Russia.

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6. Western Adult School is in a beatiful location. It doesn’t have a very good library facilities.

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7. Andy has to work all day in the laundry. She doesn’t have time to do all her homework.
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8. Andrew has to work all day in the factory. He needs money to pay his monthly home credit.

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9. Wolfgang likes his English class. He doesn’t think the American students are very friendly.

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10. The company needs English-speaking workers. It’s opening an office in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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11. She likes school life. She is homesick for her family.

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12. Pedro wants to work in Japan. He wants to learn Japanese.

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E. Edit the following paragraph. Focus only on the writer’s ideas and organization. Think about the
following questions. Make any corrections you think are necessary.Then rewrite the paragraph
using correct form.

1.Does the paragraph have a good topic sentence?


2.Are all the sentences about one subject?
3. Is the order of the statements correct?
4. Can any sentences be connected?
5.Which connecting words can you use?

A New Class Member


This is about wichai tongkhio. is a new member of the english composition class at American
Community College, There many classes at ACC. he generally likes life in Bangkok Thailand,. He likes
the school. He doesnt like his dormitory. He is 18 year old. He is from a village in the North. he
studying business administration, English and accounting at the university. In his leisure time, he
play basketball, he dislike wrestling. He goes to movies. He plans to visit the United States next
summer, so he needs to learn english.