Writing Multiple-Choice Questions
Sentence Error ID
1.
 In Victorian  England, hunger and unemployment  was  so prevalent
 A B 
that social revolution was a constant source of  anxiety for 
 C 
members of the  upper class .  No error 
 D E
The entire sentence is the item. The lettered, underlined portions of the sentence are the answer choices. One of these five answer choices is correct. The others are called distractors, because they are designed to distract attention away from the correct answer choice. (Don’t worry about the answer right now; you’ll see this item again.)
Note that choice E means that the item has no error. Since there are five answer choices, expect roughly 20 percent of Sentence Error IDs to have no errors.
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