Helium: Punctuation

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Punctuation Quizzes & Trivia

Test your puncutation skills.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In general, a comma signifies a short pause, but there are very concrete rules about how and when to use commas.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Period if the two sentences are closely related.

    • B. 

      Comma if it's a really long sentence.

    • C. 

      Comma if there are items in a series that have commas inside the items.

    • D. 

      Colon if it's introducing a list.

    • E. 

      Period at any time.

  • 3. 
    Choose the sentence that is written with correct punctuation.
    • A. 

      Clinton said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"; the public was not convinced.

    • B. 

      Clinton said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman;" the public was not convinced.

    • C. 

      Clinton said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," the public was not convinced.

    • D. 

      Clinton said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," the public was not convinced.

  • 4. 
    Check all that apply. An apostrophe is used to do all of the following except:
    • A. 

      Show possession with nouns

    • B. 

      Form a contraction

    • C. 

      Make the plural of a single letter

    • D. 

      Show possession with pronouns

  • 5. 
    Choose the sentence that correctly uses a serial comma.
    • A. 

      The American flag is red, white, and blue.

    • B. 

      The American flag is red, white and blue.

  • 6. 
    Choose the sentence that correctly uses a serial comma.
    • A. 

      My daughter's favorite foods are hot dogs, cupcakes, and macaroni and cheese.

    • B. 

      My daughter's favorite foods are hot dogs, cupcakes and macaroni and cheese.

  • 7. 
    Choose the sentence that correctly uses a serial comma.
    • A. 

      Before closing on a new home, the couple researched the neighborhood, hired a contractor to perform a thorough inspection and complete repairs on the house, and negotiated an affordable loan with the bank.

    • B. 

      Before closing on a new home, the couple researched the neighborhood, hired a contractor to perform a thorough inspection and complete repairs on the house and negotiated an affordable loan with the bank.

  • 8. 
    An ellipsis is used to indicate the deletion of one or more words inside quotes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Check all the sentences below that correctly combine an independent clause with a dependent clause to form a complex sentence.
    • A. 

      I was too sick to go to work because I'd stayed up drinking the night before.

    • B. 

      I was too sick to go to work, because I'd stayed up drinking the night before.

    • C. 

      Because I'd stayed up drinking the night before, I was too sick to go to work.

    • D. 

      Because I'd stayed up drinking the night before I was too sick to go to work.

    • E. 

      Because, I'd stayed up drinking the night before I was too sick to go to work.

  • 10. 
    Check all that apply. The period goes inside the parentheses when the words inside the parentheses are _____________.
    • A. 

      An independent parenthetical sentence

    • B. 

      At the end of a sentence

    • C. 

      A series of ideas