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Paragraph Development Practice Exercises 2

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Paragraph Development Practice Exercises

The study guide for these practice exercises can be found at:

Paragraph Development Study Guide

Practice Set 1

For each of the following groups of three to four numbered sentences, choose the sentence order that would result in the best paragraph.

    (1) Figures have the power to mislead people. (2) Mathematics tells us about economic trends, patterns of disease, and the growth of populations. (3) Math is good at exposing the truth, but it can also perpetuate misunderstandings and untruths.

  1.  
    1. 1, 2, 3
    2. 2, 3, 1
    3. 3, 1, 2
    4. 3, 2, 1
  2. (1) The reason for so many injuries and fatalities is that a vehicle can generate heat of up to 1,500°F. (2) Firefighters know that the dangers of motor-vehicle fires are too often overlooked. (3) In the United States, 1 out of 5 fires involves motor vehicles, resulting each year in 600 deaths, 2,600 civilian injuries, and 1,200 injuries to firefighters.

  3.  
    1. 1, 2, 3
    2. 1, 3, 2
    3. 2, 3, 1
    4. 3, 2, 1
  4. (1) There is no harm in putting a special treat in your child's lunchbox from time to time. (2) Usually, healthy snacks are defined as foods with low sugar and fat content. (3) Some examples include carrot and celery sticks, granola bars, yogurt drinks, and string cheese. (4) However, in general, it is a much better idea to provide healthy snacks.

  5.  
    1. 2, 4, 1, 3
    2. 1, 4, 2, 3
    3. 1, 2, 3, 4
    4. 3, 1, 2, 4
  6. (1) Additionally, once a year, the association hosts a block party with food, music, and games. (2) The association organizes neighborhood watch teams and liaises with the police department on issues of crime and safety. (3) The main goal of the neighborhood association is to help make the community a safer place.

  7.  
    1. 1, 2, 3
    2. 3, 2, 1
    3. 2, 3, 1
    4. 3, 1, 2
  8. (1) Leaving us behind in a bitter cloud of exhaust, the bus would cough and jolt down the narrow main street of Crossland. (2) Then, even before the bus got moving, she'd look away, ahead toward her real life. (3) But I could always imagine the way it would be once it got out on the open highway, gathered speed, and took Grandma back to a life as exotic to me as the deserts of Egypt. (4) When Grandma's visit was over, we'd take her down to the Greyhound station, watch her hand her ticket to the uniformed driver, disappear inside, and reappear to wave goodbye—her expression obscured by the bus's grimy window.

  9.  
    1. 4, 2, 1, 3
    2. 4, 1, 3, 2
    3. 1, 3, 4, 2
    4. 1, 2, 3, 4
  10. (1) The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens freedom from double jeopardy in criminal proceedings. (2) It also means a person cannot be tried for a crime for which he has already been convicted; that is to say, a person convicted by a state court cannot be tried for the same offense in, for example, federal court. (3) Finally, a person cannot be punished more than once for the same crime. (4) This means that a person cannot be tried for a crime for which he has already been acquitted.

  11.  
    1. 1, 4, 2, 3
    2. 1, 2, 4, 3
    3. 3, 2, 1, 4
    4. 3, 4, 2, 1
  12. (1) If these new policies are any indication, employees will have much less freedom than they did before. (2) The handbook also states that employees must give at least three weeks notice before taking a personal day. (3) The new employee handbook states that anyone who is out sick for more than three days must provide a doctor's note.

  13.  
    1. 2, 3, 1
    2. 3, 1, 2
    3. 3, 2, 1
    4. 1, 3, 2
  14. (1) Every spring the softball field became his favorite destination; he had taken his son, Arnie, there when he was small to teach him how to pitch. (2) He walked home, as usual, through the park and, as usual, passed by the softball field. (3) This memory made him feel sad and guilty. (4) Arnie hadn't been in the least interested in softball, and so after two or three lessons, he had given up the idea.

  15.  
    1. 2, 1, 4, 3
    2. 3, 2, 1, 4
    3. 4, 3, 1, 2
    4. 2, 3, 4, 1
  16. (1) If there are expenses incurred, complete report form 103; if there was damage to equipment, complete form 107. (2) If form 107 and form 103 are required, complete form 122 also. (3) Log on to the computer and go to the directory that contains the report forms. (4) As an employee, you must complete all paperwork.

  17.  
    1. 3, 2, 1, 4
    2. 1, 3, 4, 2
    3. 2, 1, 4, 3
    4. 4, 3, 1, 2
  18. (1) In some areas, the salt is combined with calcium chloride, which is more effective in below-zero temperatures and which melts ice better. (2) After a snow or icefall, city streets are treated with ordinary rock salt. (3) This combination of salt and calcium chloride is also less damaging to foliage along the roadways.

  19.  
    1. 2, 1, 3
    2. 1, 3, 2
    3. 3, 2, 1
    4. 2, 3, 1
  20. (1) Yet the human brain is the most mysterious and complex object on Earth. (2) It has created poetry and music, planned and executed horrific wars, and devised intricate scientific theories. (3) It thinks and dreams, plots and schemes, and easily holds more information than all the libraries on Earth. (4) It weighs less than three pounds and is hardly more interesting to look at than an overly ripe cauliflower.

  21.  
    1. 1, 3, 4, 2
    2. 2, 1, 4, 3
    3. 3, 1, 2, 4
    4. 4, 1, 2, 3
  22. (1) Internal combustion engines traditionally required a carburetor to function correctly. (2) The carburetor was a small chamber where the gasoline vapors mixed with air. (3) Nowadays, however, fuel injection has made the carburetor obsolete. (4) Gasoline requires oxygen to burn, and without this mixture, the engine could not run.

  23.  
    1. 4, 3, 2, 1
    2. 2, 4, 3, 1
    3. 1, 2, 4, 3
    4. 3, 2, 1, 4
  24. (1) They are easy to plant and delightful to look at. (2) Irises, also called flags, are a colorful flower that grows in moist soil. (3) They are common all over the United States, and make a wonderful choice for any yard.

  25.  
    1. 3, 1, 2
    2. 2, 3, 1
    3. 2, 1, 3
    4. 1, 3, 2
  26. (1) My friend Paul is an excellent example of reliability. (2) He always keeps his word, even when it becomes inconvenient or costly to him. (3) This is the secret of being reliable: do what you say you'll do, no matter what.

  27.  
    1. 1, 2, 3
    2. 2, 1, 3
    3. 2, 3, 1
    4. 3, 1, 2
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