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Do you know about AP style writing? If so, try our AP style quiz in our ongoing series on style! In this quiz, we'll be looking at a number of different writing examples and expecting you to choose the correct one based on your understanding of the AP Style Quick Reference Guide. Try to answer as many questions correctly as you are able to and get a good score. We wish you good luck with this test. Now, let's go for it.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      We went to visit my aunt in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    • B.

      We went to visit my aunt in Honolulu, HI.

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    A. We went to visit my aunt in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "We went to visit my aunt in Honolulu, Hawaii." According to the AP Style Reference Guide, state names should be spelled out in full when used in the body of a story, and abbreviations should only be used in datelines, lists, and addresses. Therefore, in this case, "Hawaii" should be spelled out instead of using the abbreviation "HI."

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  • 2. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      The zip code abbreviation for Delaware is Del.

    • B.

      The zip code abbreviation for Delaware is D.E.

    • C.

      The zip code abbreviation for Delaware is DE.

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. The zip code abbreviation for Delaware is DE.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is DE. According to the AP Style Reference Guide, the zip code abbreviation for Delaware is DE.

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  • 3. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      They met Actor Terrence Howard yesterday.

    • B.

      They met actor Terrence Howard yesterday.

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. They met actor Terrence Howard yesterday.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "They met actor Terrence Howard yesterday." According to the AP Style Reference Guide, the word "actor" should not be capitalized unless it is part of a formal title directly preceding a name. Therefore, in this sentence, "actor" should be lowercase. Additionally, personal titles such as "actor" are not capitalized unless they are used as part of a direct quotation or are the first word of a sentence.

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  • 4. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      Jennifer Lopez is selling her house for 15,000,000 dollars.

    • B.

      Jennifer Lopez is selling her house for 15 million dollars.

    • C.

      Jennifer Lopez is selling her house for $15 million.

    • D.

      Both A & B

    Correct Answer
    C. Jennifer Lopez is selling her house for $15 million.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Jennifer Lopez is selling her house for $15 million." According to the AP Style Reference Guide, when writing out a monetary amount, the dollar sign should be used before the numerical value, followed by the word "million" spelled out. Therefore, option C is the correct format.

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  • 5. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      123 people came to the opening of the restaurant.

    • B.

      More than a hundred people came when the restaurant was opened.

    • C.

      The restaurant was opened, and 123 people came.

    • D.

      One hundred and twenty-three people came to the opening of the restaurant.

    Correct Answer
    A. 123 people came to the opening of the restaurant.
    Explanation
    The correct option is "123 people came to the opening of the restaurant" because it adheres to the Associated Press (AP) Style, which recommends using numerals for numbers 10 and above, as well as for any numbers that represent statistical, mathematical, or other significant figures. In this case, the number of people (123) falls into the category where numerals are preferred over written-out numbers. This style guide promotes clarity and consistency in news writing and is widely used in journalism.

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  • 6. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      Sarah was born in the year 1,965.

    • B.

      Sarah was born in the year 1965.

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. Sarah was born in the year 1965.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Sarah was born in the year 1965." This is because the AP Style Reference Guide states that years should be written as numerals, not spelled out. Therefore, the correct format is "1965" rather than "1,965."

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  • 7. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      Some say the 1990s offered the best music.

    • B.

      Some say the 1990's offered the best music.

    • C.

      Some say the 1,990's offered the best music.

    • D.

      Both A & C

    Correct Answer
    A. Some say the 1990s offered the best music.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Some say the 1990s offered the best music." This answer follows the AP Style Reference Guide, which states that decades should be written without an apostrophe before the "s" (e.g., 1990s, not 1990's). It also states that numbers should be written in numeral form rather than spelled out (e.g., 1990s, not one thousand nine hundred and nineties). Therefore, options B and C are incorrect.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following is the correct way to format a time in AP style?

    • A.

      3:45 P.M. 

    • B.

      3:45 PM 

    • C.

      3:45 p.m. 

    • D.

      3:45pm

    Correct Answer
    A. 3:45 P.M. 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is A. In AP style, the time should be written with a space between the numerical time and "P.M." or "A.M." (e.g., 3:45 P.M.). This format is used to ensure clarity and consistency in time notation.

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  • 9. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      School starts at 7:55 am.

    • B.

      School starts at 7:55 a.m. in the morning.

    • C.

      School starts at 7:55 a.m.

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. School starts at 7:55 a.m.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "School starts at 7:55 a.m." This is the correct answer based on the AP Style Reference Guide, which states that time should be written using lowercase letters with periods and no spaces between the numbers and the periods. Additionally, "a.m." is the correct abbreviation for "ante meridiem" to indicate morning time.

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  • 10. 

    Choose the correct answer based on using the AP Style Reference Guide.

    • A.

      The student population at Stanford University is 14938.

    • B.

      The student population at Stanford University is 14,938.

    • C.

      The student population at Stanford University is 149,38.

    • D.

      The student population at Stanford University is 1493,8.

    Correct Answer
    B. The student population at Stanford University is 14,938.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The student population at Stanford University is 14,938." This is the correct answer because it follows the AP Style Reference Guide for writing numbers. According to the AP Style, numbers 10 and above should be written as numerals, and a comma should be used to separate thousands. Therefore, the number should be written as "14,938" with a comma separating the thousands place.

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