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Quiz: Writing for business

Is your prose as good as your code?

1. Which one is correct?
a. The government approved a program that will give iPods to disadvantaged children.
b. The government approved a program which will give iPods to disadvantaged children.
Answer

2. Which one is correct?
a. Bacon and eggs are Bill Gates' favorite breakfast.
b. Bacon and eggs is Bill Gates' favorite breakfast.
Answer

3. Which one is correct?
The spyware infestation had a startling ________ on network performance.
a. affect
b. effect
Answer

4. Which one is correct?
Poor network performance ___________ everyone's work.
a. affected
b. effected
Answer

5. Which one is correct?
a. The next topic he addressed was the many instances of identity theft.
b. The next topic he addressed were the many instances of identity theft.
Answer

6. Which one is correct?
a. The recent divestiture, combined with rising costs, are expected to affect profits.
b. The recent divestiture, combined with rising costs, is expected to affect profits.
Answer

7. Which one is correct?
a. While answering the e-mail, the phone rang and interrupted me.
b. While answering the e-mail, I was interrupted by the phone ringing.
Answer

8. Which one is correct?
a. Unlike spam or spyware, spim is not under investigation by the federal government.
b. Unlike spam or spyware, the federal government is not investigating spim.
Answer

9. Which sentence is preferable?
a. "I'm not going to stand for it," Carly said.
b. "I'm not going to stand for it," fumed Carly.
Answer

10. Which sentence is preferable?
a. This issue was decided by the committee.
b. The committee decided this issue.
Answer




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