Grammar Test C
(Cowboy Lingo Edition)
1. The cowboy, however, seldom used such a contrivance, but did his gentling in the middle of a bare coral or wherever he happened to be.
2. All manners of tracks and trails were important to the cowboy so that he didn't loose his way and have it said of him, "he couldn't follow a load of loose hay across a forty acre field of snow."
3. The "pick-up man" was a horse man, who stood by ready to take the horse being ridden by a contestant in a rodeo, and who was able to express his fondness for an animal's flanks.
4. In the cowboy lexicon there was no term for "sunburn," but there were three different terms for muleskinning and how a mules legs and hooves might hover over their bodies.
5. The little pair-shaped pendants which hung loosely from their ears, and whose sole function was to make the music that the cowboy loved to hear were called "jingle-bobs."
6. If a cowboy was "all spraddled out," one might say he was "puttin' on more dog than a Mexican officer of revenue."
7. The burns in roping the sadist cowboy managed to hand out were merely souvenirs of the daze when real men could take a brand.
8. A cowboy whose soul is strong and whose used to hardship is a man, who could live in a saddle.
9. It would take more then a "talkin' iron" for a drover to convince a rustler to give up the steak he had on a wandering head of cattle.
10. A hog-tied cattle couldn't runaway from a ruddy-eyed cowpuncher who got so thirsty, he groped his way to the kitchen and drank the dishwater.
11. "Post-Hole" Wilson didn't know who he had "sent to Heaven to hunt for a harp" when his "hog-leg" went off unexpectedly down at the sauna.
12. There were many phrases for a horse that acted up such as, "it hid it's head and kicked the lid off," "warped his backbone and hallelujahed all over the lot," and "a beast with a bellyful of springs."
13. A cowpoke who lays in the hay is liable to lie all day with his pay, if he can spy a fat stray called an Orejana, which is an unbranded cattle in Oregon and California.
Change the following passive voice construction into an active voice sentence. (3 pts. each)
14. Bad horses were variously referred to as "oily broncs" and were said to be "snuffy."
15. If he did not do this work himself, he had it done by a "hoof-shaper," his name for a blacksmith, and this man had to be able to "tack iron on everything that flew past" if he was on to his business.
Correct the following faulty parallel construction. (4 pts.)
16. Cattle will drift day and night in a blizzard until it was over and such marching in wholesale numbers was called a drift.
17. Meaning rough or rude and signaled to mark wildness in a mare, the Spanish term "broncho" was generally used for any untamed horse or any untamed breed of man who went unshaven and unshod.
18. The man, knowing nothing of cattle and having taken to the bottle, failed to brand the additional heads of cattle and letting them roam to become mavericks.
19. To overrun a horse was to "jigger" him and overheating him was to "bake" him.
Correct the following error(s) with pronoun usage.(3 pts.)
20. Everyone who has been called a "dobie" (in the language of the cowboy, a calf that has lost its mammy and whose daddy has run off with another cow) has wished for their father's blessings.
Extra Credit: Construct a single sentence that contains all the following parts of speech (6pts total):
1) prepositional phrase
2) past tense of a phrasal verb
3) passive voice