Patterns of Organization Practice 3


Choose the dominant pattern for the sentences below.


  1. In 1707, an 8.6-magnitude earthquake occurred near Honshu.  Last Wednesday, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Honshu. On Thursday, the same area was hit by a 6.3-magnitude quake, and on Friday, an 8.9 quake hit.

a. Simple listing          b. Time order                 c. Classification     d. Contrast


2.      The 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan last week caused a tsunami.

a.      Simple listing         b. Time  order              c. Classification        d. Cause and effect


3.      The tsunami flooded towns, swamped rice paddies, destroyed houses, and swept bystanders out to sea.

a.      Compare/contrast         b. Time  order              c. Classification        d. Cause and effect


4.      “Tsunamis are a series of long ocean waves that can last five to 15 minutes.” (CNN World, March 12, 2011)

a. Time order          b. Definition       c. Classification      d. Contrast.


5.      The quake that hit Japan last week “was of similar strength to the 2004 earthquake in Indonesia. . . . The tsunami that it sent out was roughly comparable in terms of size.”  (CNN World, March 12, 2011)

a.  Time order      b. Definition      c. Comparison       d. Contrast


6.      The quake moved Japan’s coast eight feet and shifted the earth’s axis.  (CNN World, March 12, 2011)

a. Time order      b. Comparison    c. Cause and effect        d. Classification


7.      Tsunami alerts were issued in Hawaii, California, Canada, and Chili.

a. Simple listing    b. Time order     c. Classification     d. Comparison


8.      There are three basic types of elastic waves.

a. Comparison      b. Contrast         c. Classification      d. Definition


9.      Slinky and Ruby were different in a number of ways but especially in temperament.

a. Comparison      b. Contrast          c. Simple Listing       d. Classification


10.  To fight my cold, I have tried Tylenol, Nyquil, salt water, and rest.

a. Comparison      b. Contrast           c. Simple Listing      d. Classification

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