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Exercise Answers for GED Lessons

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Last edited by Allen Brizee on November 5, 2013 .

Summary:

This resource contains answers to the GED exercises.

You may use the answers in this section to check your work for the GED exercises. To go to the answers, select the links in the navigation bar on the left.

Exercise Answers for Part 1, Lesson 1

This resource was written by Jaclyn M. Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on March 23, 2009 .

Summary:
This resource contains the answers to the exercises from Part 1, Lesson 1.

Answers to Exercises, Part 1, Lesson 1

Topic Sentences Exercise

The bold sentence is one possible topic sentence for the example paragraph. Note: This is just one possible topic sentence—you may have thought of others that are also appropriate.

Thinking about the 1990s brings back a lot of memories for me about fashion and popular culture. During the 1990s, I really enjoyed watching Friends on television every Thursday night. I really wanted Rachel’s haircut—I think every girl wanted Rachel’s haircut back then! Rachel’s haircut went really well with the Guess Jeans that were so popular in the 1990s. I remember all the advertisements for Guess and Calvin Klein Jeans that were in each month’s Sassy magazine. I don’t think Sassy magazine exists anymore, but it was one of the most popular magazines for young women in the 1990s.

Relevance of Ideas Exercise

The bold sentences in the paragraph below are irrelevant and could be eliminated.

Exercise is really good for one’s physical and mental health. It is proven that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, which is very important to overall health. I used to run every day, but now I go to dance classes to get my aerobic exercise. Strength training is important for maintaining muscle mass and improving bone density. Both muscle mass and bone density can decrease as we age, so improving them through strength training is important. My grandmother broke a hip last year because her bones were so fragile. All kinds of exercise have been shown to relieve depression, anxiety, and stress.

Order of Ideas Exercise

The paragraph below is reorganized to be more logical. Note: this is just one way to reorganize the paragraph—you may have thought of other ways that are also appropriate.

It is important to plan your trips carefully. When you go on a trip, you need to think about how much money to allot for things like transportation, food, and hotels. Hotels and transportation on trips can be expensive if you don’t book them with plenty of time in advance. Another thing to plan for is how much time you want to spend sightseeing and doing different sorts of activities. Even though you may want to do everything, you have to remember that there are only so many hours in the day! Planning your trip carefully will allow you to have a more relaxed trip.

Transitions Exercise

In the following paragraphs, the inserted transitions are underlined. Note: you may have thought of other possible transitions that would also be appropriate.

Exercise is really good for one’s physical and mental health. First, it is proven that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, which is very important to overall health. Second, strength training is important for maintaining muscle mass and improving bone density. Both muscle mass and bone density can decrease as we age, so improving them through strength training is important. Finally, all kinds of exercise have been shown to relieve depression, anxiety, and stress.

It is important to plan your trips carefully. For example, when you go on a trip, you need to think about how much money to allot for things like transportation, food, and hotels. In particular, hotels and transportation on trips can be expensive if you don’t book them with plenty of time in advance. Another thing to plan for is how much time you want to spend sightseeing and doing different sorts of activities. Even though you may want to do everything, you have to remember that there are only so many hours in the day! In sum, planning your trip carefully will allow you to have a more relaxed trip.

Exercise Answers for Part 1, Lesson 2

This resource was written by Jaclyn M. Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on March 23, 2009 .

Summary:
This resource contains answers to the exercises for Part 1, Lesson 2.

Answers to Exercises

Fragment Sentence Exercise

Fragment sentences are in italics. Explanations are in parentheses.

Then I attended Morris Junior High. A junior high that was a bad experience. (dependent clause)

In the seventh grade every young boy goes out for football. To prove to himself and his parents that he is a man. (dependent clause)

She opened the door and let us into her home. Not realizing at the time that we would never enter that door in her home again. (dependent clause)

Making up his mind quickly. Jim ordered two dozen red roses for his wife. Hoping she would accept his apology. (dependent clause)

They were all having a good time. Until one of Joe's oldest and best friends had a little too much to drink. (dependent clause)

Run-On Sentence Exercise

Run-on sentences are in italics. Possible revisions to sentences are in parentheses.

We were really busy at the restaurant tonight. I waited tables straight through from 3:30 to 11:30 I never sat down for even one break. (I waited tables straight through from 3:30 to 11:30, and I never sat down for even one break.)

My dog had to go to the vet today. She cried and cried when they clipped her toenails, but then she was fine when they gave her a shot!

The book we had to read for class was really long my teacher doesn’t seem to understand that we have other classes to read for too. (The book we had to read for class was really long. My teacher doesn’t seem to understand that we have other classes to read for too.)

Comma Splice Exercise

Original sentences are in italics. Possible revisions follow.

I didn’t like the movie, it was way too long. Possible revision 1: I didn’t like the movie. It was way too long. Possible revision 2: I didn’t like the movie because it was way too long.

She and Jerry are getting married in the fall, they didn’t want a summer wedding
. Possible revision 1: Because they didn’t want a summer wedding, she and jerry are getting married in the fall. Possible revision 2: She and Jerry didn’t want a summer wedding, so they are getting married in the fall.

My favorite bands are all really loud, playing loud music is good for stress relief. Possible revision 1: My favorite bands are all really loud; playing loud music is good for stress relief. Possible revision 2: My favorite bands are all really loud because playing loud music is good for stress relief.

Parallel Structure Exercise

Original sentences are in italics. Revisions follow.

The best music is loud, fun, and you can dance to it
. Revision: The best music is loud, fun, and easy to dance to.

Tomorrow afternoon I will shop for groceries, eat lunch with my brother, and be running all sorts of errands. Revision: Tomorrow afternoon I will shop for groceries, eat lunch with my brother, and run all sorts of errands.

That book we read for class was really long, wordy, and didn’t make any sense
. Revision: That book we read for class was really long, wordy, and confusing.

Modifier Exercise

Original sentences are in italics. Revisions follow.

Running for the bus, the rain started coming down in buckets and I got all wet
. Revision: Running for the bus, I got all wet when the rain started coming down in buckets.

The couch was kind of ugly in the furniture store. Revision: The couch in the furniture store was kind of ugly.

Having searched and searched for Mr. Right, it started to seem like he didn’t exist
. Revision: Having searched and searched for Mr. Right, I started to think he didn’t exist.

Coordination and Subordination Exercises

Original sentences are in italics. Revisions follow.

Coordination

He enjoys walking through the country. He often goes backpacking on his vacations.
Revision: He enjoys walking through the country, and he often goes backpacking on his vacations.

He often watched TV when there were only reruns. She preferred to read instead. Revision: He often watched TV when there were only reruns, but she preferred to read instead.

I didn't know which job I wanted. I decided to wait to choose. Revision: I didn’t know which job I wanted, so I decided to wait to choose.

Subordination

I stayed up all night last night studying for my Algebra exam. I was so tired all day today
. Revision: After staying up all night last night studying for my Algebra exam, I was so tired all day today.

Jerry and Elaine always go to movies together. They don’t go to movies together when Jerry is dating someone. Revision: Unless Jerry is dating someone, Jerry and Elaine always go to movies together.

Mad Season is a great band. They only put out one album. Revision: Mad Season is a great band even though they only put out one album.

Exercise Answers for Part 1, Lesson 3

This resource was written by Jaclyn M. Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on May 10, 2011 .

Summary:

This resource contains answers for the exercises in Part 1, Lesson 3.

Answers to Exercises

Subject-Verb Agreement Exercise

The correct verb is in italics.

1. Annie and her brothers are at school.
2. Either my mother or my father is coming to the meeting.
3. The dog or the cats are outside.
4. Either my shoes or your coat is always on the floor.
5. George and Tamara don't want to see that movie.
6. Benito doesn't know the answer.
7. One of my sisters is going on a trip to France.
8. The man with all the birds lives on my street.
9. The movie, including all the previews, takes about two hours to watch.
10. The players, as well as the captain, want to win.
11. Either answer is acceptable.
12. Every one of those books is fiction.
13. Nobody knows the trouble I've seen.
14. Is the news on at five or six?
15. Mathematics is John's favorite subject, while Civics is Andrea's favorite subject.
16. Eight dollars is the price of a movie these days.
17. Are the tweezers in this drawer?
18. Your pants are at the cleaner's.
19. There were fifteen candies in that bag. Now there is only one left!
20. The committee debates these questions carefully.
21. The committee lead very different lives in private.
22. The prime minister, together with his wife, greets the press cordially.
23. All of the CDs, even the scratched one, are in this case.

Verb Tense Exercise 1

In most cases with an inappropriate shift below, there is more than one way to correct the inconsistency. Each suggested change is probably not the only correct one for the sentence. Correct responses are in bold, and incorrect responses are in italics.

_U_ 1. If the club limited its membership, it will have to raise its dues. (change will to would)
_U_ 2. As Barbara puts in her contact lenses, the telephone rang. (change puts to put)
_S_ 3. Thousands of people will see the art exhibit by the time it closes.
_U_ 4. By the time negotiations began, many pessimists have expressed doubt about them. (change have to had)
_U_ 5. After Capt. James Cook visited Alaska on his third voyage, he is killed by Hawaiian islanders in 1779. (change is to was)
_U_ 6. I was terribly disappointed with my grade because I studied very hard. (change studied to had studied)
_S_ 7. The moderator asks for questions as soon as the speaker has finished. (asks as habitual action; will ask is also possible)
_U_ 8. Everyone hopes the plan would work. (change hopes to hoped)
_S_ 9. Harry wants to show his friends the photos he took last summer.
_S_ 10. Scientists predict that the sun will die in the distant future.
_U_ 11. The boy insisted that he has paid for the candy bars. (change has to had)
_U_ 12. The doctor suggested bed rest for the patient, who suffers from a bad cold. (change suffers to was suffering)

Verb Tense Exercise 2

The verbs in bold in the following passage are each in the correct tense.

In Banjuh, the capital of Gambia, I met with a group of Gambians. They told me how for centuries the history of Africa has been preserved. In the older villages of the back country, there are old men called griots, who are in effect living archives. Such men memorize and, on special occasions, recite the cumulative histories of clans or families or villages as those histories have long been told. Since my forefather had said his name was Kin-tay (properly spelled Kinte), and since the Kinte clan was known in Gambia, the group of Gambians would see what they could do to help me. I was back in New York when a registered letter arrived from Gambia.

Word had been passed in the back country, and a griot of the Kinte clan had, indeed, been found. His name, the letter said, was Kebba Kanga Fofana. I returned to Gambia and organized a safari to locate him.

Pronoun Exercise 1

The answers are below.

Pronoun Exercise 2

The original sentence is in italics. An explanation of the error and revision follow.

My mother gave ten dollars to my sister and I. Problem: “My sister and I” is an object, not a subject. So, the appropriate pronoun is me (object pronoun), not I (subject pronoun). Revision: My mother gave ten dollars to my sister and me.

Him and Mitch went to the video store to pick a movie. Problem: “Him and Mitch” is the subject. So, the appropriate pronoun is he (subject pronoun), not him (possessive pronoun). Revision: He and Mitch went to the video store to pick a movie.

Anyone running in the marathon should remember to bring their shoes. Problem: “Anyone” is a singular noun, but “their” is a plural pronoun. So, they don’t match in number. Revision: Anyone running in the marathon should remember to bring his or her shoes. –or—Runners in the marathon should remember to bring their shoes.

Exercise Answers for Part 1, Lesson 4

This resource was written by Jaclyn M. Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on April 3, 2013 .

Summary:

This resource contains the answers for exercises found in Part 1, Lesson 4.

Answers to Exercises

Capitalization Exercise

The corrected sentences are below. The corrected words are underlined.

1. I read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in high school.
2. We went to Maui for vacation last year.
3. I don’t drink Coke, but I’d love a diet soda.
4. I hear you’re learning to speak French. I would love to go to France.
5. Jamie and Jonathon went to their high school dance together last May.
6. My father-in-law took me to a Chicago Cubs game; he doesn’t know I’m a White Sox fan.
7. Jessica’s dad, Dr. Johnson, wants her to be a doctor as well.
8. Jeremy went to Alexander Community College for two years.
9. My sister’s new boyfriend is Italian.
10. We traveled south on vacation because my dad wanted to study Civil War history.

Comma Exercise 1

Revised sentences are below.

1. There was no question that John's painting, a huge, colorful, and ugly mural, was the worst entry in the art exhibit.
2. Werner von Braun, Willy Ley, and Edward Teller, noted authorities in the field of rocket development, have done much to guide the missile program of the United States.
3. Mr. Cready's ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time is, I believe, amazing.
4. Running around the house, the dog was abruptly stopped by a fence.
5. If the opposition should win, our candidate would never have any political future.
6. Gracefully, lightly, and daintily, the ballerina moved across the stage.
7. Glamour, the woman's fashion magazine, recently incorporated with Charm, another fashion journal.
8. Joe was born on May 7, 1955, and his best friend was born exactly two months later on July 7, 1955.
9. Mr. and Mrs. Kwon, my parents' best friends, sat in front of us at the football game.
10. November 11, 1918, the armistice ending World War I was signed.

Comma Exercise 2

Revised sentences are below.

1. We went to Bar Harbor but did not take the ferry to Nova Scotia.
2. The ginkgo tree, whose leaves turn bright yellow in the fall, came to this country from Asia.
3. The address for the governor's mansion is 391 West Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia.
4. The villagers enjoyed fairs, festivals, and good conversation.
5. When the intermission was over, the members of the audience moved back to their seats.
6. Andy took the elevator to the third floor, rushed into the office, and asked to see his father.
7. When he stumbled over your feet, William was clumsy, not rude.
8. She listened to her favorite record with close, careful attention.
9. Jillian, who had worked in the dress shop all summer, hoped to work there again during the Christmas holidays.
10. Go the first traffic light, turn left, and then look for a yellow brick building on the north side of the street.
11. Once she has graduated, I do not know where she is going or what she is planning to do.
12. "Oh no," Max exclaimed, "I think that Dr. Holmes was referring to Eliot, the novelist, not Eliot, the poet."
13. Below, the fields stretched out in a hundred shades of green.
14. To understand the purpose of the course, the student needs to read the syllabus.
15. All students are eligible to receive tickets but must go to the athletic office to pick them up.
16. Thomas Paine's pamphlet appeared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 9, 1776.
17. You don't want any more hamburgers, do you?

Commas versus Semi-Colons Exercise

Revised sentences are below.

1. Many companies make sugar-free soft drinks, which are flavored by synthetic chemicals; the drinks usually contain only one or two calories per serving.
2. Mr. Leyland played the viola professionally for many years, and he now conducts a community orchestra.
3. The crab grass was flourishing, but the rest of the lawn, unfortunately, was dying.
4. The hill was covered with wildflowers; it was a beautiful sight.
5. As I turned around, I heard a loud thump, for the cat had upset the goldfish bowl.
6. The artist preferred to paint in oils; he did not like watercolors.
7. The house was clean, the table set, and the porch light on; everything was ready for the guests' arrival.
8. He looked carefully in the underbrush, but he failed to notice the pair of green eyes staring at him.
9. The foundations of the house had been poured, but, to his disappointment, nothing else had been done because of the carpenters' strike.
10. The computer could perform millions of operations in a split second; however, it could not think spontaneously.
11. I thought registration day would be tiring, but I didn't know I'd have to stand in so many lines.
12. The dog, growling and snarling, snapped at me; I was so frightened that I ran.
13. The snowstorm dumped twelve inches of snow on the interstate; subsequently, the state police closed the road.
14. Professors are supposed to be absent-minded, and I've seen plenty of evidence to support that claim since I've been in college.
15. The suspect said that he had never met the victim; however, the detective knew that he was lying.
16. In the first place, it was snowing too hard to see the road; in the second place, we had no chains.
17. I have read Soul on Ice, but I have not read The Invisible Man.
18. San Francisco is my favorite city; in fact, I plan to spend two weeks there this summer.
19. The quarterback made a brilliant pass, and the end crossed the goal line for the winning touchdown.
20. Large supermarkets fascinate me; I can find everything from frozen chow mein to soybean flour in one place.
21. Ron and Mike were both in English class this morning; they gave an interesting presentation on their research.
22. The obstacles are not insurmountable, but they are real and formidable.
23. Riding a bicycle is excellent exercise; I ride mine every day.
24. I am not interested in a trip to Asia this year; however, I would like to go to Europe.
25. Not all highly educated people enjoy traveling, but many world travelers are particularly well educated.
26. Jack worked overtime to pay off his education debts; at least, that was his explanation for his long hours.
27. Katherine has given up smoking about five times, but she cannot seem to break the habit.
28. His work may be almost totally forgotten, but he would certainly be surprised to see how much current scholarship simply echoes his ideas.
29. Our dog seems to have a built-in alarm clock; he wakes us up at exactly the same time every morning.
30. The passengers on the plane were initially alarmed by the loss of altitude, but the pilot and the crew kept them calm.
31. I realized at once that something was wrong; I was not, however, the only person who was concerned.
32. I had to complete the assignment by Friday; otherwise, I would have failed the course.
33. Ralph decided to be a chemist, but he changed his mind after taking Chem. 121.
34. I finished reading The Nation, and then I went to bed.
35. We always go to the mountains in the fall; they are at their prettiest at that time of year.
36. Tim went to the candy store quite often; the clerk even knew his name.
37. Criticism of capitalist expansionism does not surface in most discussions of the worldwide ecological crisis; indeed, proposed solutions rarely deviate from a basic message of further technological "progress."
38. The president has pledged to cut taxes repeatedly, and the public has responded enthusiastically.
39. The office was closed; consequently, I could not pay my bill.
40. The air was beautifully clear; it was a lovely day.

Quotation Marks and Italics/Underlining Exercise

The sentences below contain correct quotation marks and italics/underlining.

1. "Mary is trying hard in school this semester," her father said.
2. "No," the taxi driver said curtly, "I cannot get you to the airport in fifteen minutes."
3. "I believe," Jack remarked, "that the best time of year to visit Europe is in the spring. At least that's what I read in a book entitled Guide to Europe."
4. My French professor told me that my accent is abominable.
5. She asked, "Is Time a magazine you read regularly?"
6. Flannery O'Connor probably got the title of one of her stories from the words of the old popular song, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."
7. When did Roosevelt say, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"?
8. Yesterday, John said, "This afternoon I'll bring back your book Conflict in the Middle East"; however, he did not return it.
9. "Can you believe," Dot asked me, "that it has been almost five years since we've seen each other?"
10. "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" is, I believe, J. D. Salinger's best short story.
11. "Certainly," Mr. Martin said, "I shall explain the whole situation to him. I know that he will understand.”

Punctuation Exercise

Semicolons, colons, dashes, quotation marks, Italics/underlines, and parentheses are added in the following sentences.

1. The men in question (Harold Keene, Jim Peterson, and Gerald Greene) deserve awards.
2. Several countries participated in the airlift: Italy, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.
3. "Only one course was open to us: surrender," said the ex-major, "and we did."
4. Judge Carswell--later to be nominated for the Supreme Court--had ruled against civil rights.
5. In last week's New Yorker, one of my favorite magazines, I enjoyed reading Leland's article "How Not to Go Camping."
6. "Yes,"Jim said, "I'll be home by ten."
7. There was only one thing to do--study till dawn.
8. Montaigne wrote the following: "A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself."
9. The following are the primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.
10. Arriving on the 8:10 plane were Liz Brooks, my old roommate; her husband; and Tim, their son.
11. When the teacher commented that her spelling was poor, Lynn replied, "All the members of my family are poor spellers. Why not me?"
12. He used the phrase "you know" so often that I finally said, "No, I don't know."
13. The automobile dealer handled three makes of cars: Volkswagens, Porsches, and Mercedes Benz.
14. Though Phil said he would arrive on the 9:19 flight, he came instead on the 10:36 flight.
15. "Whoever thought," said Helen, "that Jack would be elected class president?"
16. In baseball a "show boat" is a man who shows off.
17. The minister quoted Isaiah 5:21 in last Sunday's sermon.
18. There was a very interesting article entitled "The New Rage for Folk Singing\" in last Sunday's New York Times newspaper.
19. "Whoever is elected secretary of the club--Ashley, or Chandra, or Aisha--must be prepared to do a great deal of work," said Jumita, the previous secretary.
20. Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) caused a great controversy when it appeared.

Apostrophe Exercise

The following sentences are punctuated with apostrophes according to the rules for using the apostrophe.

1. Who's the party's candidate for vice president this year?
2. The fox had its right foreleg caught securely in the trap's jaws.
3. Our neighbor's car is an old Chrysler, and it's just about to fall apart.
4. In three weeks' time we'll have to begin school again.
5. Didn't you hear that they're leaving tomorrow?
6. Whenever I think of the stories I read as a child, I remember Cinderella's glass slipper and Snow White's wicked stepmother.
7. We claimed the picnic table was ours, but the Smiths' children looked so disappointed that we found another spot.
8. It's important that the kitten learns to find its way home.
9. She did not hear her children's cries.
10. My address has three 7s, and Tim's phone number has four 2s.
11. Didn't he say when he would arrive at Arnie's house?
12. It's such a beautiful day that I've decided to take a sun bath.
13. She said the watch Jack found was hers, but she couldn't identify the manufacturer's name on it.
14. Little girls' clothing is on the first floor, and the men's department is on the second.
15. The dog's bark was far worse than its bite.
16. The moon's rays shone feebly on the path, and I heard the insects' chirpings and whistlings.
17. They're not afraid to go ahead with the plans, though the choice is not theirs.
18. The man whose face was tan said that he had spent his two weeks' vacation in the mountains.
19. I found myself constantly putting two c's in the word process.
20. John's '69 Ford is his proudest possession.

Homonyms Exercise

The corrected sentences are below. The corrected words are underlined.

1. Ryan can’t accept that I’m not going to the dance with him.
2. You can put the flowers over there.
3. I’ve been trying really hard to keep the peace, but it’s been hard.
4. I’m not sure whose sweater this is. Do you know?
5. My dad always says that it’s the principle that counts.
6. That poodle might be just a bit smarter than I am.
7. We can return all of the stuff except for the things that are already opened.
8. I worry about my boyfriend’s past, but he tells me it shouldn’t affect our relationship.
9. Whether you want to admit it or not, it’s hard to predict the future.
10. Can you believe she ate that whole pizza?

EI/IE Spelling Rules Exercise

The correct answers are below.

1. There are eight candles on the cake.
2. I have not received a letter since Saturday.
3. Have you ever been on a sleigh ride?
4. Her niece is going to come to grief.
5. She shrieked in surprise when he dropped the ice cube down her back.
6. Drop that silver, you thief!
7. He's the most conceited man I know.
8. I don't believe he is so conceited.
9. As he was dying, the chief asked for a priest.
10. Leave the mouse a piece of cheese.
11. Brevity is the soul of wit; therefore, be brief.
12. The freight train woke the neighbors.