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Question #1 Topic 1

Refer to the following meeting minutes and answer the question.

Employee Advocate Committee -
Minutes of Meeting Held:

July 21, 2005 -
In Attendance:

Dakota Mills, Vice President -
Rebecca Styles, Committee Chairperson
Oliver Perez, Committee Secretary

Brenda Oslowski -

Michael Wen -

Jamal Roberts -
Absent:

Anthony Wilkins -

A -
1. Employee Lounge. (1)Brenda reported an increase in complaints about the employee lounge. (2)The complaints included:

B -
(3)Jamal suggested creating a survey to determine how to best redesign the lounge. (4)Rebecca suggested putting a suggestion box in the lounge. (5)The committee agreed that a survey would be more systematic and getting more input from employees. (6)Michael volunteered to create the survey that he will bring a draft of to the next meeting. (7)Oliver volunteers to research the cost of a new microwave and refrigerator. (8)The need for more telephones was another complaint about the lounge that was discussed.

C -
2. Employee Appreciation Day. (9)Rebecca reminded the committee that it was time to plan the annual Employee Appreciation Day, we brainstormed several ideas for Appreciation Day activities, including:

D -
(10)Brenda noted that the company could best show its appreciation by moving quickly improving the lounge. (11)The committee have agreed that the survey should be completed before Employee Appreciation Day.

E -
(13)The committee will reconvene next Thursday July 28 at 10 A.M.
Sentence 2: The complaints include:
Which revision should be made to this sentence?

  • A. change the bulleted list to regular text
  • B. replace malfunctioning with malfunction
  • C. put the bulleted list items in alphabetical order
  • D. change a refrigerator that is dirty to a dirty refrigerator
  • E. replace insufficient locker space with not having enough locker space
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Correct Answer: D 🗳️
The items in the list should use the same grammatical pattern (parallel structure), so a refrigerator that is dirty should be a dirty refrigerator to match the adjective, noun pattern of the other items in the list. Choice a is incorrect because the list is more effective as a bulleted list, especially for a business document. Choice b is incorrect because malfunctioning is an adjective and the phrase requires an adjective. Choice c is incorrect because the list does not need to be in alphabetical order (it is probably most effective in order of importance, from the biggest problem to the smallest problem). Choice e is incorrect because the change would destroy parallel structure and add unnecessary words.

Question #2 Topic 1

Refer to the following meeting minutes and answer the question.

Employee Advocate Committee -
Minutes of Meeting Held:

July 21, 2005 -
In Attendance:

Dakota Mills,Vice President -
Rebecca Styles, Committee Chairperson
Oliver Perez, Committee Secretary

Brenda Oslowski -

Michael Wen -

Jamal Roberts -
Absent:

Anthony Wilkins -

A -
1. Employee Lounge. (1)Brenda reported an increase in complaints about the employee lounge. (2)The complaints included:

B -
(3)Jamal suggested creating a survey to determine how to best redesign the lounge. (4)Rebecca suggested putting a suggestion box in the lounge. (5)The committee agreed that a survey would be more systematic and getting more input from employees. (6)Michael volunteered to create the survey that he will bring a draft of to the next meeting. (7)Oliver volunteers to research the cost of a new microwave and refrigerator. (8)The need for more telephones was another complaint about the lounge that was discussed.

C -
2. Employee Appreciation Day. (9)Rebecca reminded the committee that it was time to plan the annual Employee Appreciation Day, we brainstormed several ideas for Appreciation Day activities, including:

D -
(10)Brenda noted that the company could best show its appreciation by moving quickly improving the lounge. (11)The committee have agreed that the survey should be completed before Employee Appreciation Day.

E -
(13)The committee will reconvene next Thursday July 28 at 10 A.M.
Sentence 5: The committee agreed that a survey would be more systematic and getting more input from employees.
Which correction should be made to this sentence?

  • A. Change agreed to agreeing.
  • B. Insert a comma after survey.
  • C. Replace getting with get.
  • D. Delete and.
  • E. No correction is necessary.
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Correct Answer: C 🗳️
This choice creates parallel structure in the sentence, with both verbs (be and get) in the same form to work with the helping verb would. Choice a is incorrect because the memorandum is in past tense. Choice b is incorrect because commas should not be inserted between a subject and verb. Choice d is incorrect because and is necessary to show that there are two benefits from the survey (it is more systematic and it would get more input). Choice e is incorrect because the correction in choice c is necessary.

Question #3 Topic 1

Refer to the following meeting minutes and answer the question.

Employee Advocate Committee -
Minutes of Meeting Held:

July 21, 2005 -
In Attendance:

Dakota Mills,Vice President -
Rebecca Styles, Committee Chairperson
Oliver Perez, Committee Secretary

Brenda Oslowski -

Michael Wen -

Jamal Roberts -
Absent:

Anthony Wilkins -

A -
1. Employee Lounge. (1)Brenda reported an increase in complaints about the employee lounge. (2)The complaints included:

B -
(3)Jamal suggested creating a survey to determine how to best redesign the lounge. (4)Rebecca suggested putting a suggestion box in the lounge. (5)The committee agreed that a survey would be more systematic and getting more input from employees. (6)Michael volunteered to create the survey that he will bring a draft of to the next meeting. (7)Oliver volunteers to research the cost of a new microwave and refrigerator. (8)The need for more telephones was another complaint about the lounge that was discussed.

C -
2. Employee Appreciation Day. (9)Rebecca reminded the committee that it was time to plan the annual Employee Appreciation Day, we brainstormed several ideas for Appreciation Day activities, including:

D -
(10)Brenda noted that the company could best show its appreciation by moving quickly improving the lounge. (11)The committee have agreed that the survey should be completed before Employee Appreciation Day.

E -
(13)The committee will reconvene next Thursday July 28 at 10 A.M.
Sentence 6: Michael volunteered to create the survey that he will bring a draft of to the next meeting.
Which is the best way to write the underlined portion of this sentence? If the original is the best way, choose option a.

  • A. that he will bring a draft of
  • B. and will bring a draft
  • C. bringing a draft of it
  • D. therefore, he will bring a draft of it
  • E. that he is going to bring a draft of
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Correct Answer: B 🗳️
This version correctly states the second action Michael will take in this compound verb: Michael volunteered and will bring a draft to the next meeting. Choice a is incorrect because it is wordy and awkward, especially with the placement of after draft. Choice c is incorrect because it is also awkward and does not have the helping verb will to indicate the future tense of the verb. Choice d is incorrect because it creates a run-on sentence. Choice e is grammatically correct but bulky and awkward because it uses is going to bring instead of will bring and because, like choice a, it places of after draft.

Question #4 Topic 1

Refer to the following meeting minutes and answer the question.

Employee Advocate Committee -
Minutes of Meeting Held:

July 21, 2005 -
In Attendance:

Dakota Mills,Vice President -
Rebecca Styles, Committee Chairperson
Oliver Perez, Committee Secretary

Brenda Oslowski -

Michael Wen -

Jamal Roberts -
Absent:

Anthony Wilkins -

A -
1. Employee Lounge. (1)Brenda reported an increase in complaints about the employee lounge. (2)The complaints included:

B -
(3)Jamal suggested creating a survey to determine how to best redesign the lounge. (4)Rebecca suggested putting a suggestion box in the lounge. (5)The committee agreed that a survey would be more systematic and getting more input from employees. (6)Michael volunteered to create the survey that he will bring a draft of to the next meeting. (7)Oliver volunteers to research the cost of a new microwave and refrigerator. (8)The need for more telephones was another complaint about the lounge that was discussed.

C -
2. Employee Appreciation Day. (9)Rebecca reminded the committee that it was time to plan the annual Employee Appreciation Day, we brainstormed several ideas for Appreciation Day activities, including:

D -
(10)Brenda noted that the company could best show its appreciation by moving quickly improving the lounge. (11)The committee have agreed that the survey should be completed before Employee Appreciation Day.

E -
(13)The committee will reconvene next Thursday July 28 at 10 A.M.
Sentence 7: Oliver volunteers to research the cost of a new microwave and refrigerator.
Which correction should be made to sentence 7?

  • A. Change volunteers to volunteered.
  • B. Replace cost of with costing.
  • C. Change new to knew.
  • D. Insert a hyphen between new and microwave.
  • E. No correction is necessary.
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Correct Answer: A 🗳️
The memorandum is in the past tense, so the verb volunteers should be changed to volunteered to be consistent. Choice b is incorrect because the regular noun form cost is required here, not the present participle costing. Choice c is incorrect because knew is the past tense of know, and the adjective new is what is needed here. Choice d is incorrect because new modifies microwave, so there should not be a hyphen between them. Choice e is incorrect because the correction to verb tense should be made.

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