Patterns of Organization Practice 1

1.      Because the television was too loud, I was not able to concentrate on my studies, and consequently, I did not do well on my algebra test.

a. comparison      b. contrast      c. simple listing      d. cause & effect

2.      Semiconductors are sample devices that use materials that are halfway between the conductors’ characteristic of few outermost shell electrons and the table, inert materials with eight valence electrons.

a. comparison      b. definition           c. simple listing      d. classification

3.      My dog Moonbear was very different from my dog Frankie.

a. comparison      b. contrast      c. time order                d. cause & effect

4.      There are several chores that I do every day: wash the dishes, make the beds, and take out the trash.

a. comparison      b. contrast      c. simple listing      d. time order

5.      To make a pasta face, cut a large circle 1 foot in diameter from cardboard. Next, cut 2 large holes 1.5 inches apart in the center of the circle.  Then, Cut 2 squares from the plastic packaging to fit over the eye holes and tape onto the back of the mask.  Next, paint the front of the mask white and leave to dry. 

a. classification    b. description        c. time order              d. simple listing

6.        As we penetrated deeper into the heart of the old city, the narrow winding streets took on the character of a maze, composed of dirty crumbling walls and shuttered windows.  The latticed balconies jutting out from the upper stories of the tall old houses cut off the sunlight, so that we walked through a dusty shade. (Elizabeth Peters, Lion in the Valley)

a. comparison      b. description        c. simple listing      d. cause and effect

7.      There are several varieties of movies that I enjoy: musicals, suspense thrillers, and comedies.

a. comparison      b. contrast            c. simple listing      d. description

8.      His father and his brother had been involved in the illegal antiquities trade; both had met terrible ends the previous year. (Elizabeth Peters, Lion in the Valley)

a. comparison      b. description        c. contrast      d. cause and effect

9.      The Harry Pottter and the Sorcerer’s Stone DVD offered several special features: never before seen footage, self-guided tour of Hogwarts, theatrical trailers, and scene access.

a. simple listing      b. description        c. time order            d. cause and effect

10.  Polarity denotes the relative electrical charge of one point in an electrical circuit “with reference to” another point.

      a. simple listing            b. description     c. definition    d. classification  

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