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Quiz For Agents

  1. Which of these words is an adverb? Family, downstairs, however, else, nights, yesterday, well, good, almost, most.
  2. James Joyce begins Ullyses with: STATELY, PLUMP BUCK MULLIGAN CAME FROM THE STAIRHEAD, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. Is stately an adverb?
  3. Name five adverbs that don't end in ly.
  4. Name five words ending in ly that are not adverbs.
  5. Which of these sentences are passive expressions:
    1. Oxford defeated Cambridge.
    2. Cambridge was defeated by Oxford.
    3. Cambridge was defeated.
  6. The person who said, Police were getting on the scene as quick as possible,
    1. knows the English language.
    2. needs to take remedial English.
    3. is probably a journalist, an editor or an agent.
  7. What does it mean when an editor for a major publishing house asks who was Joseph Conrad?
  8. Write a short essay on the aesthetic principle underlying the fundamental theorem of calculus. Keep it less than five hundred words.