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  • 1. 

    Colons can be used stylistically.  (Meaning you can play with the use of colons)

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A writer can decide they want to place dramatic emphasis on a word, and therefore, introduce it with a colon. Or a writer can choose to use a colon between two independent clauses to show a strong relationship. If the colon is not there, the sentence is still punctuated correctly, but the author chose the colon for style.

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  • 2. 

    Colons can be used to introduce a _______________ when there is a complete sentence before the colon.

    Correct Answer
    list
    Explanation
    Colons can be used to introduce a list when there is a complete sentence before the colon. This means that the colon is used to signal that the information following it will expand upon or provide examples for the complete sentence that precedes it.

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  • 3. 

    Colons can be used to separate two independent clauses when it is acting as an__________________________   (2 words)

    Correct Answer
    equals sign
    equal sign
    =
    Explanation
    Colons can be used to separate two independent clauses when it is acting as an equals sign or equal sign, symbolized by the "=" sign.

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  • 4. 

    Which sentence is punctuated correctly?

    • A.

      My cat has cute features: big eyes pink nose and small, lean body.

    • B.

      My cat has cute features such as: big eyes, pink nose, and small, lean body.

    • C.

      My cat has cute features: big eyes, pink nose, and small, lean body.

    Correct Answer
    C. My cat has cute features: big eyes, pink nose, and small, lean body.
    Explanation
    A doesn't have the serial comma for the list.

    B is an incomplete sentence introducing the list, so no colon is needed.

    C has the colon and commas in the right place.

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  • 5. 

    Which sentence is punctuated correctly?

    • A.

      Dear Mr. Mayor : It has come to my attention that the speed limits posted on the freeway cause more harm than good.

    • B.

      Hey Susan : It was great hanging out with you yesterday. Thanks for being so nice.

    • C.

      Mom: Can you pick me up a few items?

    Correct Answer
    A. Dear Mr. Mayor : It has come to my attention that the speed limits posted on the freeway cause more harm than good.
    Explanation
    Colons are used after greetings in business letters, but not after greetings in friendly letters. With friendly letters, you just use a comma.

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  • 6. 

    Which sentence is punctuated correctly?

    • A.

      At 8:10, we went to the store and picked up several items: bread, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, and popcorn.

    • B.

      At 8:10, we picked up several items at the store: bread, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and popcorn.

    • C.

      At 8 10, we picked up a few items at the store: bread, Transformers: Revenge of the fallen, and popcorn.

    Correct Answer
    B. At 8:10, we picked up several items at the store: bread, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and popcorn.
    Explanation
    A colon is used for time.

    A colon is used to introduce a list

    A colon is used between the title and subtitle of a movie

    Only answer b has all three colons.

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  • 7. 

    You need a colon to introduce the list in this sentence:  After adding up all the items, I realized I left the following in the car receipt, folder, and scizzors.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "After adding up the items, I realized I left the following in the car" is not a complete sentence, so you do not have to have a colon.

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  • 8. 

    You HAVE to have a colon in this sentence between job and an:  I love my job an English teacher.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You can use a comma since an English Teacher is an appositive describing job; however, the author might choose to use the colon for dramatic effect.

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  • 9. 

    • NOTE:  This question will not be factored into your score.  I will grade it manually.  So the score you see at the end will not be your actual score.
    • DIRECTIONS: Copy and paste the sentences below, then put colons where appropriate. (every sentence will need a colon except ONE, even though some sentences are grammatically correct without colons, we are going to add them for stylistic purposes)
    1. Bertie was proud of his new title Vice President in charge of Special Tasks. 2. Bertie had several people working for him a private secretary, an administrative assistant, and a research aide. 3. Bertie avoided making appointments at inconvenient hours before 10 00 AM or after 2 00 PM. 4. Bertie developed some new pastimes golfing, working out in the gym, and going to afternoon ball games. 5. His administrative assistant, Babette Buxton, figured him out within a week he never did any work so he never got blamed for anything. 6. Babette followed her boss's example when he left for the day, she disappeared. 7. Bertie's secretary, Miss Paxton, had to do the work of three her own, Babette's, and Bertie's. 8. That was Abigail Paxton's preferred title Miss Paxton. 9. In Bertie's absence, Miss Paxton ran the office, made executive decisions, and gave herself a nice raise. 10. Miss Paxton had the thing she really craved power.

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