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1 Improve punctuation with this quiz.

2 Welcome to the Punctuation Quiz! Follow the prompts and answer the questions provided. Keep track of your incorrect answers—at the end of the quiz are links for your continued improvement. Good luck!

3 Punctuation Quiz choose a question block SemicolonComma Quotation Marks ParenthesesColonVarious $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 Click here to end the quiz

4 Semicolon for $100 Which of the sentences is correct? A. The meeting ran long, so I missed dinner; and the movie. The meeting ran long, so I missed dinner; and the movie. B. The Skittles were colorful; and yummy! The Skittles were colorful; and yummy! C. The snow accumulated quickly; it won’t be fun shoveling it all. The snow accumulated quickly; it won’t be fun shoveling it all. D. None of the above None of the above

5 Semicolon for $200 Which of the sentences is correct? A. We visited San Diego, CA; Boston, MA; and Orlando, FL. We visited San Diego, CA; Boston, MA; and Orlando, FL. B. We traveled to Boston in the fall; beautiful leaves! We traveled to Boston in the fall; beautiful leaves! C. Our next stop is Green Bay, WI and; we hope that it won’t be too cold. Our next stop is Green Bay, WI and; we hope that it won’t be too cold. D. All of the above All of the above

6 Semicolon for $300 Which of the sentences is not correct? A. The science lab was closed for cleaning; I wonder when it will reopen. The science lab was closed for cleaning; I wonder when it will reopen. B. Julie is sick; will you visit her? Julie is sick; will you visit her? C. Rob sent his grades to the university; however, he hasn’t heard back yet. Rob sent his grades to the university; however, he hasn’t heard back yet. D. All are correct All are correct

7 Semicolon for $400 Which of the sentences is not correct? A. Theo ran the party; his sister was the guest of honor. Theo ran the party; his sister was the guest of honor. B. Ginny burned dinner however; everyone still ate it. Ginny burned dinner however; everyone still ate it. C. Ben coached his team to a victory; afterward, they partied at Pizza Hut. Ben coached his team to a victory; afterward, they partied at Pizza Hut. D. All are correct All are correct

8 Semicolon for $500 Which of the sentences is correct? A. Our respective birth days are June 20, 1993; August 25, 1995; and March 5, Our respective birth days are June 20, 1993; August 25, 1995; and March 5, B. Between the two of us, I voted for Ruth; she didn’t win, however. Between the two of us, I voted for Ruth; she didn’t win, however. C. Both A and B are correct Both A and B are correct D. Neither are correct Neither are correct

9 Comma for $100 Which of the following is NOT a comma rule? A. Use commas between geographical names (locations) Use commas between geographical names (locations) B. Use commas between back-to-back adjectives Use commas between back-to-back adjectives C. Use commas with direct address Use commas with direct address D. Use commas when separating two complete thoughts without using a conjunction. Use commas when separating two complete thoughts without using a conjunction.

10 Comma for $200 Which of the following uses a comma properly? A. Uncle Bill please pass, the gravy. Uncle Bill please pass, the gravy. B. On January 9, 2011 I began a new semester. On January 9, 2011 I began a new semester. C. The fragile red antique Grecian urn caught my attention. The fragile red antique Grecian urn caught my attention. D. It was raining, not flurrying, last Thursday. It was raining, not flurrying, last Thursday.

11 Comma for $300 Which of the following is a comma splice? A. The new grocery store sells pickled beets, and pickled sausage. The new grocery store sells pickled beets, and pickled sausage. B. I was astonished, but I worked through the amazement. I was astonished, but I worked through the amazement. C. The next convention is in New Orleans, Lousiana, in April. The next convention is in New Orleans, Lousiana, in April. D. Shirley, Kara, and Mike planned the vacation. Shirley, Kara, and Mike planned the vacation.

12 Comma for $400 Which of the following is a run-on sentence, misusing the comma? A. Monday and Tuesday are my busiest days of the week. Monday and Tuesday are my busiest days of the week. B. Prof. Banner taught chemistry before his physics class. Prof. Banner taught chemistry before his physics class. C. The friends decided on a game, however, no one was willing to go first. The friends decided on a game, however, no one was willing to go first. D. None of the above None of the above

13 Comma for $500 Which of the following is NOT a comma rule? A. Use a comma when listing items of three or more. Use a comma when listing items of three or more. B. Use a comma when directly contradicting or contrasting something. Use a comma when directly contradicting or contrasting something. C. Use commas in place of parenthesis sometimes. Use commas in place of parenthesis sometimes. D. None of the above None of the above

14 Quotation Marks for $100 Which of the following is a rule for proper quotation mark usage? A. Use quotation marks when naming a short story title. Use quotation marks when naming a short story title B. Use quotation marks when naming a novel title. Use quotation marks when naming a novel title. C. Use quotation marks when naming a drama (play) title. Use quotation marks when naming a drama (play) title. D. None of the above None of the above

15 Quotation Marks for $200 Which of the following uses quotation marks correctly? A. Dan sailed on “The Dauntless” when he visited England. Dan sailed on “The Dauntless” when he visited England. B. Our class read “The Scarlet Letter” in a week. Our class read “The Scarlet Letter” in a week. C. “Khaki Dreams” is the latest hit from the band Unanimous. “Khaki Dreams” is the latest hit from the band Unanimous. D. None of the above None of the above

16 Quotation Marks for $300 Which of the following uses quotation marks and punctuation correctly? A. Jefferson wrote that “all men are created equal”. Jefferson wrote that “all men are created equal”. B. “The war ended on June 5, 1330”. (David 45) “The war ended on June 5, 1330”. (David 45) C. “Reach for the stars,” she said, “and don’t let go when you get one.” “Reach for the stars,” she said, “and don’t let go when you get one.” D. None of the above None of the above

17 Quotation Marks for $400 Which of the following uses quotation marks correctly? A. “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Poe, is one of my favorites. “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Poe, is one of my favorites. B. William Blake’s “Tyger” is quoted in CBS’s show The Mentalist. William Blake’s “Tyger” is quoted in CBS’s show The Mentalist. C. Donald ran through the “field and into the barn.” Donald ran through the “field and into the barn.” D. All of the above All of the above

18 Quotation Marks for $500 Which of the following is not a rule for using quotation marks? A. Use quotation marks when naming a poem. Use quotation marks when naming a poem. B. Use quotation marks when naming a boat. Use quotation marks when naming a boat. C. Use quotation marks when quoting, word for word. Use quotation marks when quoting, word for word. D. None of the above None of the above

19 Parentheses for $100 Which of the following uses parentheses correctly? A. Tonya (asked) Johnny about the homework. Tonya (asked) Johnny about the homework. B. Ruth said (The longest lab exam I’ve had took 3 hours!) Ruth said (The longest lab exam I’ve had took 3 hours!) C. Edna tutored (and taught) chemistry for a few months. Edna tutored (and taught) chemistry for a few months. D. All of the above All of the above

20 Parentheses for $200 Which of the following uses parentheses correctly? A. Grandma shared her (experience) with the group. Grandma shared her (experience) with the group. B. The football team (known for hard tackles) won the game. The football team (known for hard tackles) won the game. C. Success is a journey, (not) a destination. Success is a journey, (not) a destination. D. None of the above None of the above

21 Parentheses for $300 Which of the following uses parentheses incorrectly? A. Suzy’s brother (Sean) is mistaken for her twin. Suzy’s brother (Sean) is mistaken for her twin. B. After the fieldtrip (in May), I realized my love for Monticello. After the fieldtrip (in May), I realized my love for Monticello. C. Define the word first; (then) you can understand it. Define the word first; (then) you can understand it. D. All of the above All of the above

22 Parentheses for $400 Which of the following uses parentheses and punctuation correctly in the in-text citation? A. “Live and let die” (McCartney, 83). “Live and let die” (McCartney, 83). B. Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. (Johnson 12) Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. (Johnson 12) C. Time stands still; I guess it always will (Lewis 65). Time stands still; I guess it always will (Lewis 65). D. All of the above All of the above

23 Parentheses for $500 Which of the following uses parentheses incorrectly? A. To Kill a Mockingbird was a blockbuster release in (1962). To Kill a Mockingbird was a blockbuster release in (1962). B. It is better to give (or so they say) than to receive. It is better to give (or so they say) than to receive. C. My (lame) cell phone drops service in the parking lot. My (lame) cell phone drops service in the parking lot. D. All of the above All of the above

24 Colon for $100 Which of the following uses the colon correctly? A. I enjoy only one type of music: jazz. I enjoy only one type of music: jazz. B. For the trip, pack: Gatorade, trail mix, chocolate bars, water, and a deck of cards. For the trip, pack: Gatorade, trail mix, chocolate bars, water, and a deck of cards. C. Store employees could use some advice: smile more! Store employees could use some advice: smile more! D. All of the above All of the above

25 Colon for $200 Which of the following uses the colon correctly? A. Polly always scores higher than Janet: yet Janet practices every day. Polly always scores higher than Janet: yet Janet practices every day. B. When the phone rang: the tone almost lulled me to sleep. When the phone rang: the tone almost lulled me to sleep. C. Technology should be more efficient: my computer crashes too often. Technology should be more efficient: my computer crashes too often. D. None of the above None of the above

26 Colon for $300 Which of the following uses the colon incorrectly? A. The test was horrific: I failed even though I studied. The test was horrific: I failed even though I studied B. Jim’s computer froze: and he was in the middle of an assignment. Jim’s computer froze: and he was in the middle of an assignment C. Malinda should bring: tissues. Malinda should bring: tissues D. All of the above All of the above

27 Colon for $400 Which of the following uses the colon incorrectly? A. Here is the question: to be or not to be? Here is the question: to be or not to be? B. Arthur’s discovery changed aerodynamics: he is a genius! Arthur’s discovery changed aerodynamics: he is a genius! C. Zach has lived in: Montreal, Canada; Dallas, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; and Winchester, Virginia. Zach has lived in: Montreal, Canada; Dallas, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; and Winchester, Virginia. D. None of the above None of the above

28 Colon for $500 Which of the following uses the colon correctly? A. Being humble does not mean that you think less of yourself: it means that you think of yourself less. Being humble does not mean that you think less of yourself: it means that you think of yourself less. B. Be who you are, because those you mind don’t matter: and those who matter don’t mind. Be who you are, because those you mind don’t matter: and those who matter don’t mind. C. Both of the above Both of the above D. Neither of the above Neither of the above

29 Various Punctuation for $100 Which of the following correctly uses a question mark? A. I wonder when the next phone will be released? I wonder when the next phone will be released? B. I am thinking that the trip might be cancelled due to rain? I am thinking that the trip might be cancelled due to rain? C. Duncan said what? Duncan said what? D. None of the above None of the above

30 Various Punctuation for $200 Which of the following correctly uses a dash? A. Too much rain causes floods—too little rain causes drought. Too much rain causes floods—too little rain causes drought. B. Give this to the lady—at the desk. Give this to the lady—at the desk. C. Hail forms in different sizes—and shapes. Hail forms in different sizes—and shapes. D. None of the above None of the above

31 Various Punctuation for $300 Which of the following correctly uses an exclamation point? A. Egyptians mummified their deceased! Egyptians mummified their deceased! B. When will the deadline be set! When will the deadline be set! C. I won the trophy! I won the trophy! D. None of the above None of the above

32 Various Punctuation for $400 Which of the following correctly uses italics? A. We sailed the Sloop John B. We sailed the Sloop John B. B. Look to the left; that is my mon amie. Look to the left; that is my mon amie. C. Clancy’s novel, Patriot Games, was turned into a movie. Clancy’s novel, Patriot Games, was turned into a movie. D. All of the above All of the above

33 Various Punctuation for $500 Which of the following correctly uses italics? A. The poem Chicago, by Carl Sandburg, is a classic. The poem Chicago, by Carl Sandburg, is a classic. B. He has a certain je ne sais quoi about him. He has a certain je ne sais quoi about him. C. The “Queen Mum,” a British fleet ship, is retiring in May. The “Queen Mum,” a British fleet ship, is retiring in May. D. None of the above None of the above

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36 Results Count your errors; click on the area in which you made the most mistakes? Semicolon Comma Quotation Marks Parentheses Colon Various Punctuation


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