PSSA Style Practice: Active & Passive Voice
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by Renee Owens
| 5 Questions
1
1 pt
Read the sentence:
Since we took a test in science last week, a new unit will be started by us this week.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, what is the best way to revise the sentence using active voice?
We will be starting a new unit this week since we took a test last week.
Since a test was taken by us in science last week, we will be starting a new unit this week.
Since we took a test in science last week, we will be starting a new unit this week.
2
1 pt
The play was written by William Shakespeare; it was first performed in the 1590s.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, what is the best way to revise the sentence using active voice?
William Shakespeare wrote the play; it was first performed in the 1590s.
The play, written by William Shakespeare, was first performed in the 1590s.
First performed in the 1590s, the play was written by William Shakespeare.
3
1 pt
A new type of washing powder was developed by them.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, what is the best way to revise the sentence using active voice?
A new type of washing powder was developed.
They developed a new type of washing powder.
By them a new type of washing powder was developed.
4
1 pt
Because of the famine felt around the world, money is being constantly raised by organizations who seek to end hunger.

Without changing the meaning of the sentence, what is the best way to revise the sentence using active voice?
Because of the famine felt around the world, organizations who seek to end hunger constantly raise money.
Because of the famine felt around the world, organizations constantly seek to raise money to end hunger.
Money is being constantly raised by organizations who seek to end hunger because of the famine felt around the world.
5
1 pt
Read the sentence:
The first computer was invented in the 1940s, and the first smartphone was invented in the early 2000s.

Without changing the meaning of the sentence, what is the best way to revise the sentence using active voice?
In the 1940s, the first computer was invented, and, in the early 2000s, the first smartphone was invented.
Someone invented the first computer in the 1940s, and someone invented the first smartphone in the early 2000s.
Someone invented the first computer in the 1940s and the first smartphone in the early 2000s.
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