Item 1

Directions: Read the item below. Then answer the questions that follow.

Julie is a real hypochondriac when her stomach hurts, she is certain that she has a bleeding ulcer, and if she has a backache, she believes that she has cancer of the spine.

Is this item a comma splice? If you believe it is a comma splice, use your mouse to choose the left door. A comma splice, remember, is two complete sentences incorrectly joined with a comma.

Or is the item a fused sentence? If you believe it is a fused sentence, then use your mouse to choose the right door. A fused sentence occurs when a writer incorrectly runs together two complete sentences with absolutely no punctuation.

Either way you win a prize—but only the correct choice is a cool cyber prize!

left door = comma splice

Comma Splice?

right door = fused sentence

Fused Sentence?