Sample GED Language Arts: Writing Questions

MEMORANDUM

To: All Employees From: Brent Austere, President, Kwik Computer Solutions Date: August 13, 2007 Subject: Sick Time Policy

(1) Over the past several months, it has been noted that employee absenteeism is up. (2) It is up significantly over last year. (3) We also have reason to suspect that some people are calling in sick when they do not have a legitimate illness. (4) Some of my managers have, on several occasions, reported seeing certain employees at restaurants and grocery stores on the same days these employees called in sick.

(5) Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everybody about our sick time policy. (6) As you are all aware, each employee is given 10 paid sick days per year. (7) If you need to take a day off for a reason other than being sick, you will not receive pay for that day. (8) If you are sick, please make every effort to let us know as soon as possible that you won't be coming in. (9) We do require a doctor's note if you miss more than four consecutive days in a row. (10) I realize that most of you do not abuse your sick time, and I thank you for that. (11) Please continue your excellent work, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Brent Austere

1. Sentences 1 and 2: (1) Over the past several months, it has been noted that employee absenteeism is up. (2) It is up significantly over last year.

What is the best way to rewrite the italicized parts of these sentences? If the original way is best, choose option A.

A. absenteeism is up. It is up significantly
B. absenteeism is up, and it up significantly
C. absenteeism is up significantly
D. absenteeism is up, significantly
E. absenteeism is up. Up significantly

2. Sentence 4: (4) Some of my managers have, on several occasions, reported seeing certain employees at restaurants and grocery stores on the same days these employees called in sick.

If you rewrote sentence 4 beginning with

On several occasions

The next words would be

A. Some of my managers have
B. At restaurants and grocery stores
C. On the same days
D. Reported seeing certain employees
E. These employees called in sick

3. Sentence 9: We do require a doctor's note if you miss more than four consecutive days in a row.

Which correction should be made to the above sentence?

A. Delete the apostrophe from doctor's
B. Insert "happen to" after you
C. Change than to then
D. Delete "in a row."
E. Change miss to "must be absent for."

4. Which change would improve the effectiveness of this memo?

Begin a new paragraph with:

A. Sentence 4
B. Sentence 6
C. Sentence 8
D. Sentence 9
E. Sentence 10


Answer Key:

1. Correct Answer: C

Explanation: C is the best choice because it expresses the essential information in a manner that is clear and succinct. Choice A is awkward and poorly expresses the concept. Choice B is grammatically incorrect. Choice D is not the best choice because the comma separating "up" and "significantly" breaks up and weakens the meaning of the sentence. Choice E is incorrect because the phrase "up significantly" would be a sentence fragment. Choice C expresses the main idea directly and is the correct choice.

2. Correct Answer: A

Explanation: In the original sentence, it is indicated that there have been several occasions when managers have reported seeing staff out when they were supposed to be sick. Therefore, if the sentence began with "on several occasions," the words that would most logically follow next would be "some of my managers have."

The revised sentence would read: "On several occasions, some of my managers have reported seeing certain employees at restaurants and grocery stores on the same days these employees called in sick."

3. Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The phrase "in a row" is redundant. Using the word consecutive expresses the fact that the days are successive, or "in a row". Therefore, taking that phrase out preserves the meaning of the sentence, and makes it more succinct. Choices A and C would constitute incorrect usage of those word forms, while choices B and E inserts unnecessary words and phrases which take away the clarity of the sentence.

The revised sentence would read: "We do require a doctor's note if you miss more than four consecutive days."

4. Correct Answer: E

Explanation: Sentence 10 would be a logical start to a new paragraph. The first paragraph basically outlines why the memo is being sent (the belief that the sick time policy is being abused), the second paragraph outlines the company's sick time policy, and sentences 10 and 11 are a closing summary for the memo. Sentence 10 signals a transition or change in focus of the memo writer, indicating that most workers do not abuse sick leave and should be thanked and complimented for that. The document is more effective if the last two sentences were used as the memo's final paragraph.

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