Quizzes: GMAT Sentence Corrections 1

Each of the following questions presents a sentence, all or part of which is underlined. Beneath the sentence you will find five ways of phrasing the underlined part. The first of these repeats the original; the other four are different. If you think the original is best, choose the first answer; otherwise choose one of the others.

These questions test correctness and effectiveness of expression. In choosing your answer, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, and sentence construction. Choose the answer that produces the most effective sentence; this answer should be clear and exact, without awkwardness, ambiguity, redundancy, or grammatical error.

1) Antibiotics not being invented until the twentieth century, many ancient cultures used specially selected mold and plant extracts in order to treat infections.

2) Observing that traditional television puppets only can convey a limited range of expressions, Muppets creator Jim Henson began creating characters out of flexible foam rubber in order to allow them to express a wider array of emotions.

3) Speculation linking a tomb found in 2014 to Alexander the Great set off a wave of media interest, with archaeologists later concluding that the structure had probably been built for a companion of the king and conqueror. 

4) Senator Robert LaFollette of Wisconsin, who in 1924 ran for President of the United States as the nominee of his own Progressive Party, is best remembered as a proponent of social reforms and vocally opposing railroad trusts

5) Considered a pseudoscience, or false science, even during the height of its popularity, yet phrenology was taken seriously by some psychiatrists and neurologists, who would feel a patient's head for bumps they believed revealed aspects of personality, character, and health.

6) The finding that senior citizens, unlike younger members of the population, tend to demonstrate relatively homogeneous sleep patterns suggest that there is a narrower time range in which people past retirement age are able to fall asleep and stay asleep.

7) A porcupine's quills, unlike a hedgehog, are neither poisonous nor easy to remove from the body of an adult animal.

8) Being that she was a divorced woman whose academic qualifications did not even include a bachelor's degree, psychologist Melanie Klein (1882-1960) was a visible iconoclast within a profession dominated by male physicians.

9) Color, a longstanding preoccupation for naturalists, became an equally popular topic of investigation for early genetics researchers due to their obvious visual elements.

10) The popularity of neo-Gothic architecture grew rapidly during the early nineteenth century, when increasingly influential admirers of medieval styles sought to replace the neoclassical aesthetic prevalent at the time.