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T he Noun Clause (Continued)
 
Lesson 2-33
Prompt:We have found that a dependent clause may serve as a noun. This noun clause may function as the subject or as any other noun in the sentence. Common first words of noun clauses are the pronouns: that, who, whom, what, why, and whoever.
Example:Consider the following: "Who will be our president will be determined by the election." The underlined noun clause serves as the subject of the sentence. Notice that noun clauses are not marked off from the rest of the sentence by a comma.
Directions:Click to select the noun clauses in the sentences below.
1.Who the first European explorers and settlers were in the Americas is established in history.
2.That the earliest settlers came from Spain, France, and England is not disputed.
3.Why the first settlers came to the new world is a different story.
4.Whoever desired riches came to search for gold.
5.Who were seeking a haven from religious persecution came in large numbers.
6.Whom present Americans are descended from is open for study.
7.That the early settlers found themselves in a strange and often hostile environment cannot be disputed.
8.Columbus named who he found living in his Indian destination.
9.What the white men brought with them enabled them to defeat much larger hostile forces.
10.That the technology of the Europeans gave them an advantage was only part of the story.
11.Whoever came in contact with the Europeans contracted European diseases unknown to the Americas.
12.What came with the Europeans were forms of bacteria and viruses.
13.That smallpox could wipe out whole villages of people became evident.
14.Whoever had the immunity or resistance to a disease would not become ill.
15.Indian populations became decimated by what diseases the Europeans brought with them.
16.That the horse brought by the Spanish changed the life of plains Indians cannot be disputed.
17.Why Indians ventured onto the plains to follow buffalo herds is now understood.
18.One can now conclude that the plains Indians became excellent horsemen.
19.That the Indian on horseback with a bow and arrow gave the Indian a technological advantage is hard to refute.
20.History does show that the Indian population decreased dramatically.