SAT Grammar Practice Test: Misplaced Modifier 1

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1. Because they eat mosquitoes, many home owners have considered building bird houses in their backyards.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. Because birds eat mosquitoes, many home owners have
  • C. Home owners, because they eat mosquitoes, have
  • D. Because mosquitoes are eaten by birds, many home owners have

2. Buffeted by strong, gusty winds, the skyscraper's tenants felt the building leaning to and fro.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. The skyscraper's tenants, buffeted by strong, gusty winds, felt the building
  • C. As the building was buffeted by strong, gusty winds, the skyscraper's tenants could feel it
  • D. When buffeted by strong, gusty winds, the skyscraper's tenants felt the building

3. As the crowd's favorite athlete, Janet Lynn's figure-skating earned cheers and applause that surely swayed the judge's opinion.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. As the crowd's favorite athlete, Janet Lynn figure-skating earned
  • C. As the crowd's favorite athlete, the figure skating of Janet Lynn earned
  • D. Janet Lynn's figure-skating, as the crowd's favorite athlete, earned

4. Green workers, known for their focus on the environmental impact of large projects, are in high demand.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. Known for their focus on the environmental impact of large projects, demad is high for so-called "green" workers.
  • C. Known for focusing on the environmental impacts of large projects, there is a high demand for so-called "green" workers.
  • D. Green workers, known for their focus on large projects and its environmental impact, are in high demand.

5. Chilly in the winter, a space heater would make this basement more comfortable.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. Chilly in the winter, space-heating would make this basement more comfortable.
  • C. A space heater would make this basement, chilly in the winter, more comfortable.
  • D. A space heater, chilly in the winter, would make this basement more comfortable.

6. Formed while its members were in college, the four-piece band toured all over Europe.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. Formed while its members were in college, Europe was toured all over by the four- piece band.
  • C. The four-piece band toured all over Europe, formed while its members were in college.
  • D. All over Europe, formed while its members were in college, the four-piece band toured.

7. Using GPS technology, getting lost was easily dealt with by the savvy traveler.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. Using GPS technology, the savvy traveler's getting lost was easily dealt with.
  • C. The savvy traveler using GPS technology, easily dealt with getting lost.
  • D. Using GPS technology, the savvy traveler easily dealt with getting lost.

8. Standing in Northumberland County, invading armies were never able to breach the thick stone walls of Warkworth Castle.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. Invading armies were never able to breach the thick stone walls of Warkworth Castle, which stands in Northumberland County.
  • C. Invading armies, never breached the thick stone walls of Warkworth Castle, standing in Northumberland County.
  • D. Invading armies, standing in Northumberland County, were never able to breach the thick stone walls of Warkworth Castle.

9. Founded in 1968, attendees of the Clarion Workshop are taught to improve their science- fiction writing.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. Founded in 1968, improving their science- fiction writing is the goal of attendees of the Clarion Workshop.
  • C. The Clarion Workshop is attended by those, founded in 1968, who are taught to improve their science-fiction writing.
  • D. Attendees of the Clarion Workshop, which was founded in 1968, are taught to improve their science-fiction writing.

10. As the race car reached speeds of over 200 miles per hour, its engine noise became nearly deafening to the spectators.

  • A. [NO CHANGE]
  • B. As it reached speeds of over 200 miles per hour, the race car's engine noise became
  • C. Reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour, the race car's engine noise became
  • D. The race car's engine noise, reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour, became