On certain tests you may find questions that provide part of the first draft of a composition and ask you to revise it. These revision-in-context questions ask you to make decisions about logic, organization, sentence structure, and basic English usage. The following strategies can help you perform well on these types of questions:
The passage that follows is the first draft of a student's composition. Some of the ideas may not be well developed or precisely expressed. For each question, choose the answer that best conveys the writer's intended meaning.
(1) The birds along the lake shore were singing in the brisk, cool morning. (2) I will never forget that clear, piercing sound and the crispness of the air. (3) These, along with many other wonderful recollections, make my Memorial Day camping trip memorable and worth sharing. (4) The trip began with a nine-hour drive along winding country roads. (5) We set up the tents and went right to bed, so we had no idea of the beauty that surrounded us. (6) When we got up in the morning, the sun had just risen over the towering mountains and was shimmering against the awesome blue lake. (7) Because we had a flat tire, we didn't arrive at the campsite until after dark. (8) As I stepped out of my tent, and noticed all the incredibly gorgeous wildlife in the area. (9) I hated to tear myself away from the scenery to cook breakfast, but I was suddenly very hungry. (10) Then I made a fire, sat down to eat, and enjoyed a wonderful feeling as the sun shone its warmth on me. (11) It was the most peacefulest moment of my life.
(12) After eating, I went for a long hike. (13) I found a secluded spot where I dropped my fishing pole in the water and lay in the sun not even caring if I got a bite. (14) I returned to the campsite sunburned, tired, and happy. (15) I had had a long, fun-filled day. (16) I sat down in front of a crackling campfire. (17) I roasted three plump, white, sweet marshmallows. (18) As I ate them and felt the warmth of the fire, I thought of how wonderful it all has been.