Written Communication Sample Questions

1. Which of the following uses valid punctuation

A.  Paul Simon sang I am a rock, I am an island.

B.  Paul Simon sang, I am a rock; I am an island.

C.  Paul Simon sang, "I am a rock; I am an island."

D.  Paul Simon sang, "I am a rock, I am an island."

Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.  The order of the paragraphs in the following text has been purposely modified.

[1] In the women's relay in the 1928 Olympics, Rosenfeld began and Myrtle Cook ran the final part as the Canadian team dramatically demonstrated excellence. [2] They won the gold medal in the world record time of 48.4 seconds.

[3] Canadas' finest Olympic moments occurred in the 1920s. [4] The first competition was in the Winter Olympics which took place in 1924, at this competition, one of the athletes, Cecile Smith, finished sixth in figure skating. [5] Moreover, Canadian female athletes were to make a remarkable showing in the 1928 Summer Games in Amsterdam. [6] In many ways those Games were a sporting watershed for Canada, a high-water mark of achievement not __________ until the 1984 Summer Games.

[7] The Canadian women's 4 x 100-metre relay team in the 1928 Games was made up of a quartet of some of the finest athletes ever to represent their country. [8] Fanny Rosenfeld was __________ competitor who later coached women's hockey and baseball teams, and was named Canada's female athlete of the half-century. [9] She was an accomplished journalist who did much to promote women's sports in Canada's major daily newspapers. [10] Rosenfeld narrowly missed gold in the 100-metres, edging out her relay teammate Ethel Smith. [11] Another Canadian, Myrtle Cook, was disqualified in that race, but along with Florence Bell made up the other members of the relay team.

2.  Which of the following alternatives is the right order of the three paragraphs of the text?

A.  B (second paragraph), C (third paragraph), A (First Paragraph)

B.  B (second paragraph) , A (First Paragraph), C (third paragraph) 

C.  A (First Paragraph), C (third paragraph), B (second paragraph) 

D.  C (third paragraph), A (First Paragraph), B (second paragraph) 

3. Which of the following rephrases of Sentence 4 is best in terms of style and conciseness?

A.  When Canadian female athletes first participated in competition in 1924, one of the athletes by the name of Cecile Smith could get the sixth position in figure skating.

B.  During their first appearance in international tournaments, namely in the Winter Olympics, one of the Canadian athletes finished sixth in figure skating.

C.  Canadian women first competed in the 1924 Winter Olympics in which Cecile Smith finished sixth in figure skating.

D.  The first appearance of Canadian female athletes was in the Winter Olympics, in the competition where Cecile Smith finished sixth in figure skating.

4. Which of the following words, if inserted in the blank in Sentence 6, would best fit the style of the sentence and the whole text?

A.  surpassed

B.  beaten

C.  transcended

D.  surmounted

5. Which of the following changes is needed in the text?

A.  Sentence 1: place dramatically after demonstrated.

B.  Sentence 3: change Canadas' to Canada's.

C.  Sentence 5: change were to make to made.

D.  Sentence 9: change women's to woman's.