Revising and Editing: Writing Review Practice Exercises

Updated on Aug 25, 2011

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Practice Exercises

Read the following essay and then answer the questions.

We have all seen stories on the news and in the newspapers about all the car accidents that have occurred downtown in recent months. Some of these accidents have even taken the lives of both car occupants and pedestrians. Although sometimes we feel helpless in the face of these tragic event's, there are actions that our government can take to decrease the amount and the severity of such occurrences. By installing traffic lights at key intersections, lowering the speed limit, and increasing driver's awareness, the number of car accidents can be decreased.

One way to decrease the number of automobile accidents downtown is to install traffic lights at intersections that currantly have only stop signs. Stop signs serve there purpose at intersections with relatively clear traffic patterns, but when the patterns become more complicated, driver's are unsure whom has the right of way on the road. Traffic lights would better organize those intersections, making it much easier for drivers to determine who has the right of way. Driving can be difficult for people who are just learning the rules of the road. Also, some drivers tend to drive straight through stop signs, only slowing down enough for people to think that they have stopped and making crossing the street extremely dangerous for pedestrians, as they may get struck by a car which they thought had stopped.

Pedestrians would also find it safer to cross the street if the speed limit were lower. More accidents occur when cars are flying by at high speeds, because it causes both drivers and pedestrians to have a much shorter time to react to oncoming accidents. Cars themselves, when moving at higher speeds, require a much longer distance in order to stop. This means that the faster a car is going, the more likely it is to rear-end the car in front of it, if that car has to make an unexpected stop. So the number of time a driver has to stop and the number of time that both drivers and pedestrians would have to react is both increased by decreasing the speed limit in the area.

Not only do drivers need time to react but they also need to be aware of what is going on when their behind the wheel. Accidents would also decreese if drivers were more aware while driving. To help drivers become more aware, there are two steps that can be taken. We can add road signs to decrease any confusion regarding the traffic pattern in the area and we can ban cellphone use while driving. A driver who is distracted is much more likely to have an accident then one who is paying attention cell phones are an enormous distraction to a driver.

Cutting down on distractions and increasing the number of road signs will help driver's be more aware while they are behind the wheel. Increased driver awareness, along with a lower speed limit and more traffic lights, will decrease the number of accidents that occur in the downtown area. It is important for our government to take these necessary actions to insure that no more lives are lost in car accidents that can be prevented.

  1. Read through the essay and circle all the spelling errors.
  2. Put a box around all the grammatical errors.
  3. Underline any misused words.
  4. Which sentence is out of place?
  5. Which sentence is written in the passive voice?
  6. Rewrite that sentence in the active voice.
  7. What is the thesis statement?
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