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Think you know everything there is to know about dialogue? Well take this quiz and find out for sure!

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following sentences is correct:
    • A. 

      "I asked you to go to the store." She said.

    • B. 

      "I asked you to go to the store," she said.

  • 2. 
    Why?
    • A. 

      The dialogue is a complete sentence so you must use a period after it and capitalize "she."

    • B. 

      When you follow a piece of dialogue with a verb of speech, even if it's a complete sentence, you change the period to a comma and continue the sentence.

    • C. 

      Neither of the above.

    • D. 

      Both of the above.

  • 3. 
    What is an identifying tag?
    • A. 

      It is the verb of speech and noun/pronoun that is used to identify who is speaking. (Example: "he said.")

    • B. 

      The word or phrase that reveals the identity of a character. ("Roger was really Mrs. Parker in disguise."

    • C. 

      The nickname or name that is given to a character to distinguish him from other characters. ("His name was David, but we always called him Shorty.")

    • D. 

      All of the above.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following sentences is correct:
    • A. 

      "Did he really call her a 'freak'?"

    • B. 

      Did he really call her a 'freak?'"

  • 5. 
    What is true about punctuating quotes inside of quotes? (Example: "Last night I hung out with my 'friend' Rene and she made me play Barbie all night!)
    • A. 

      The question mark goes outside of the single quotation mark if it does not end the dialogue. ("Yesterday I asked him if his brother 'was the one who freed those birds from the zoo'? He told me that he wasn't.")

    • B. 

      Periods go outside of the single quotation mark, but inside of the double quotations. ("I read in the paper today that his brother is the who 'freed those birds from the zoo'."

    • C. 

      Commas always go inside the quotation mark regardless of how many there are. ("Is it true what I read in the paper, that your brother is the who 'freed those birds from the zoo,'" she asked.)

    • D. 

      All of the above.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is the best way to use commas in dialogue:
    • A. 

      To demonstrate what words or phrases could be removed from the sentence without damaging the sentence's meaning. (When you, like, say something and it's hard to, um, tell what the person, um, means.)

    • B. 

      To separate names and nicknames from the dialogue for clarity. ("Last night, Will, I saw the craziest thing.")

    • C. 

      To help the reader under the flow of the sentence. ("It was hard to tell what he was talking about when he kept saying the same thing over and over and over again and I wasn't really listening" vs. "It was hard to tell what he was talking about when he kept saying the same thing, over and over and over again, and I wasn't really listening.")

    • D. 

      None of the above.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 7. 
    How should you represent character's interrupting each other?
    • A. 

      With a dash at the end of the speech.

    • B. 

      With an ellipsis.

    • C. 

      By ending with a period and starting the next line with something like, "Paul interrupted him before he could finish his thought by saying..."

    • D. 

      None of the above.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 8. 
    Journalism is a little different than fiction.  How should you use quotes in journalism?
    • A. 

      When a quote follows an action, keep it in the same paragraph. (Mr. Parks sat down at his desk overlooking the view of the ocean. "It's been a hard road to get to this point.")

    • B. 

      When a quote is followed by an action, keep it in the same paragraph. ("It's been a hard road to get to this point." Mr. Parks sat down at his desk overlooking the view of the ocean.)

    • C. 

      Finish a piece with a brief summary. (I learned a lot from talking to Mr Parks, like how much work it takes to get to the top.)

    • D. 

      Change paragraphs when you change from action to dialogue or dialogue to action.

    • E. 

      All of the above depending on your style.