Directions: In the following passage, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. The questions will provide alternatives for the underlined portion. You should choose the alternative that best expresses the idea in standard written English and is worded most consistently with the tone of the passage. If you believe the original version is best, then choose “NO CHANGE.” There will also be questions about sections of the passage or about the passage as a whole. Read the entire passage before answering any of the questions. For some questions you may need to read beyond the underlined section in order to determine the correct answer.
Each (1) January, I join most of my cousins whom (2) gather in New Jersey for our annual extended family reunion. During the week, we indulge in a longstanding family tradition: making delicious homemade gnocchi. Instead of spending hours watching television or playing board games, my Italian cousins and I busy ourselves in my aunt’s bright yellow kitchen cooking up large platefuls of our special Italian gnocchi. (3)
There are many different recipes for Italian gnocchi, as it is one of the most popular types of Italian dishes to make at home or order in an Italian restaurant. (4) My cousins make our gnocchi out of (5) baked potatoes, egg, water, flour, and salt. Softer than boiled potatoes and easier to work with, they (6) do not make the dough “wet,” which will ruin good gnocchi dough. Sometimes we making (7) several batches of the gnocchi in one day. This last year, we tried and did eventually succeed (8) in making a pesto version of the family favorite by adding basil and garlic to the flour and potato dough early in the process. It (9) created a fun twist, although I prefer the more traditional dough.
My cousin Cynthia wanted to try out this slightly unusual recipe because Raoul who is her husband (10) thought that the dough we typically use was too bland. Raoul is from Vancouver, so he came a long distance to join us in New Jersey. (11) Unfortunately, Raoul did not realize that garlic is also (12) a major ingredient in pesto! Raoul started sweating, and he tried to drink a glass of cold water to ease the pain. He didn’t feel better until Cynthia gave him a tablespoon of baking soda to swallow since, evidently, water (13) does little to a stomach ache caused by excess garlic consumption. My cousins have always loved to make new types of gnocchi, but after this weekend of cooking together, meanwhile, (14) my cousins and I realized that keeping the whole family stomach-ache free is more important than (15) experimenting with new types of gnocchi. Sometimes, traditional recipes are the best recipes!
more of my cousins whom
most of my cousins who
many of my cousins whom
my Italian cousins and I busy ourselves in my aunt’s bright yellow kitchen cooking up large platefuls of our delicious Italian gnocchi.
my extended Italian family roll out the dough and begin to prepare delicious Italian gnocchi from scratch in my aunt’s bright yellow kitchen.
my cousins hang out on the back porch while I read a book in my bedroom.
my family gathers around the dining room table to enjoy a special family gnocchi dish.
a tiny detail that describes the setting of this passage.
a detail that explains why so many gnocchi recipes exist.
a piece of compelling, but irrelevant information.
a comparison between two types of Italian gnocchi.
the family recipes
we, who make
eventually had success
did eventually have success
Raoul, who is her husband,
Raoul who’s her husband,
Raoul, who’s her husband
Raoul has a tendency to complain, so we were not surprised by what happened next.
My other cousin Freddie also brought his wife and two kids with him to New Jersey.
Raoul loves our family’s Italian food, but unfortunately he has a very sensitive stomach.
OMIT the underlined portion.
eat as evidently, water
eat, because, as is evident water
eat though evidently, water
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