Colons And Semicolons Quiz: Test!

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  • 1. 

    Which is/ are correct sentence/s?

    • A.

      You asked for forgiveness, He granted it to you.

    • B.

      You asked for forgiveness; he granted it to you.

    • C.

      You asked for forgiveness. He granted it to you.

    • D.

      You asked for forgiveness he granted it to you.

    Correct Answer
    B. You asked for forgiveness; he granted it to you.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "You asked for forgiveness; he granted it to you." This sentence is correct because it uses proper punctuation with a semicolon to separate the two independent clauses. It also uses correct capitalization and pronoun reference.

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  • 2. 

    Which sentence with items in series is correct?

    • A.

      My classmates are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa; and Detroit, Michigan.

    • B.

      My classmates are from:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa; and Detroit, Michigan.

    • C.

      My classmates are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, St. Paul, Minnesota,  Des Moines, Iowa,  and Detroit, Michigan.

    • D.

      My classmates are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin: St. Paul, Minnesota: Des Moines, Iowa:  and Detroit, Michigan.

    Correct Answer
    A. My classmates are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa; and Detroit, Michigan.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "My classmates are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa; and Detroit, Michigan." This sentence correctly uses semicolons to separate the items in the series, which are the different cities and states where the classmates are from. The use of semicolons is appropriate because each item in the series contains commas within it, separating the city and state. This helps to clearly distinguish each item in the series and avoid confusion.

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  • 3. 

    Which sentence uses semicolon correctly?

    • A.

      I don't have time to practice fiddling: my school work is too demanding.

    • B.

      I don't have time to practice fiddling; My school work is too demanding.

    • C.

      I don't have time to practice fiddling: because my school work is too demanding.

    • D.

      I don't have time to practice fiddling; my school work is too demanding.

    Correct Answer
    D. I don't have time to practice fiddling; my school work is too demanding.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I don't have time to practice fiddling; my school work is too demanding." This sentence uses a semicolon correctly to separate two independent clauses that are closely related in meaning. The semicolon allows for a stronger connection between the two ideas compared to using a period or a comma.

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  • 4. 

    /Which of the sentences uses semicolons with conjunctive adverbs correctly

    • A.

      It looks like it might rain,  however: the weather report suggests sunshine all day. 

    • B.

      It looks like it might rain;  however, the weather report suggests sunshine all day. 

    • C.

      It looks like it might rain;  However: the weather report suggests sunshine all day. 

    • D.

      It looks like it might rain;  however,  The weather report suggests sunshine all day. 

    Correct Answer
    B. It looks like it might rain;  however, the weather report suggests sunshine all day. 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "It looks like it might rain; however, the weather report suggests sunshine all day." This sentence uses a semicolon to separate two independent clauses, "It looks like it might rain" and "the weather report suggests sunshine all day." The conjunctive adverb "however" is correctly placed after the semicolon to show the contrast between the two clauses.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the sentences uses colons correctly?

    • A.

      The loudspeaker crackled: "The 5:30 p.m. flight to Jakarta is now boarding."

    • B.

      The loudspeaker crackled; The 5: 30 am flight to Jakarta is now boarding."

    • C.

      The loudspeaker crackled, "The 5:30 am flight to Jakarta is now boarding."

    • D.

      The loudspeaker crackled; "the 5:30 am flight to Jakarta is now boarding."

    Correct Answer
    A. The loudspeaker crackled: "The 5:30 p.m. flight to Jakarta is now boarding."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The loudspeaker crackled: 'The 5:30 p.m. flight to Jakarta is now boarding.'" This sentence uses a colon correctly to introduce a quotation. The colon is used to indicate that what follows is an explanation, example, or quotation related to what precedes it. In this case, the loudspeaker crackles and then the quotation follows, providing information about the flight to Jakarta.

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  • 6. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly. 

    • A.

      We can expect the afternoon temperature to be cooler today, after all; it was raining hard last night, and the sun has yet to burn off the fog.

    • B.

      Carynn voted for a movie, so we are going to watch a movie.

    • C.

      We can expect afternoon temperatures to be cooler today; after all, it was raining hard last night, and the sun has yet to burn off the fog.

    • D.

      Carynn voted for a movie, so; we are going to watch a movie.

    Correct Answer
    C. We can expect afternoon temperatures to be cooler today; after all, it was raining hard last night, and the sun has yet to burn off the fog.
    Explanation
    The sentence "We can expect afternoon temperatures to be cooler today; after all, it was raining hard last night, and the sun has yet to burn off the fog." is punctuated correctly because it uses a semicolon to separate two related independent clauses. The semicolon is used to indicate a stronger separation than a comma but less separation than a period. The sentence also uses a comma after the introductory phrase "after all" and correctly uses a comma before the coordinating conjunction "and".

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  • 7. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly.

    • A.

      Raul has a bad cold, consequently, he won't be able to play soccer tonight.

    • B.

      Raul has a bad cold; consequently, he won't be able to play soccer tonight.

    • C.

      Raul has a bad cold: consequently, he won't be able to play soccer tonight.

    • D.

      Raul has a bad cold, consequently; he won't be able to play soccer tonight.

    Correct Answer
    B. Raul has a bad cold; consequently, he won't be able to play soccer tonight.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Raul has a bad cold; consequently, he won't be able to play soccer tonight." This sentence is punctuated correctly because it uses a semicolon to separate two independent clauses, and a comma after the transitional word "consequently."

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  • 8. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly.

    • A.

      Jason's best sport is soccer; and his brother, Andrew, excels at badminton.

    • B.

      Jason's best sport is soccer; and his brother Andrew excels at badminton.

    • C.

      Jason's best sport is soccer; his brother, Andrew, excels at badminton.

    • D.

      Jason's best sport is soccer; but his brother, Andrew, excels at badminton.

    Correct Answer
    C. Jason's best sport is soccer; his brother, Andrew, excels at badminton.
    Explanation
    The sentence "Jason's best sport is soccer; his brother, Andrew, excels at badminton." is punctuated correctly because it uses a semicolon to separate two independent clauses. The semicolon is used to connect closely related ideas without the need for a coordinating conjunction. In this case, the sentence is divided into two clauses: "Jason's best sport is soccer" and "his brother, Andrew, excels at badminton." The semicolon helps to indicate a stronger connection between the two ideas compared to using a period or a coordinating conjunction like "and" or "but".

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  • 9. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly.

    • A.

      Because our project is due this today; we were up until three in the morning.

    • B.

      Our project is due today ; We were up until three in the morning.

    • C.

      We were up until three in the morning; because our project is due today.

    • D.

      Our project is due today ;  therefore, we were up until three in the morning.

    Correct Answer
    D. Our project is due today ;  therefore, we were up until three in the morning.
    Explanation
    The sentence "Our project is due today ; therefore, we were up until three in the morning." is punctuated correctly. The semicolon is used to separate two independent clauses, and the comma is used before the coordinating conjunction "therefore" to join the clauses.

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  • 10. 

    Which sentence is correct?

    • A.

      There is only one candiadet I can support; President Caven.

    • B.

      There is only one candidate I can support, President Caven.

    • C.

      There is only one candidate I can support : President Caven.

    • D.

      There is only one candidate I can support President Caven.

    Correct Answer
    C. There is only one candidate I can support : President Caven.
  • 11. 

    Which of the sentences is punctuated correctly?

    • A.

      The dietician warned against eating an excess of; eggs, pork and beef.

    • B.

      The dietician warned against eating an excess of: eggs; pork and beef.

    • C.

      The dietician warned against eating an excess of: eggs, pork and beef.

    • D.

      The dietician warned against eating an excess of eggs, pork and beef.

    Correct Answer
    D. The dietician warned against eating an excess of eggs, pork and beef.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The dietician warned against eating an excess of eggs, pork and beef." This sentence is punctuated correctly because it does not use any unnecessary punctuation marks such as semicolons or colons. It also correctly lists the items being warned against without using any additional punctuation marks between them.

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  • 12. 

    Which sentence is punctuated correctly?

    • A.

      All of the garnishes on the platter are edible; carrot curls; radish roses and parsley springs.

    • B.

      All of the garnishes on the platter are edible: carrot curls; radish roses and parsley springs.

    • C.

      All of the garnishes on the platter are edible; carrot curls, radish roses and parsley springs.

    • D.

      All of the garnishes on the platter are edible: carrot curls, radish roses and parsley springs.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the garnishes on the platter are edible: carrot curls, radish roses and parsley springs.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the garnishes on the platter are edible: carrot curls, radish roses and parsley springs." This sentence is punctuated correctly because it uses a colon to introduce a list of items (carrot curls, radish roses, and parsley springs) that are examples of the garnishes on the platter.

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  • 13. 

    Which of the sentences is punctuated correctly?

    • A.

      I know starting early means I will accomplish more; however, 5:30 a.m., is too early.

    • B.

      I know starting early means I will accomplish more however, 5:30 a.m., is too early.

    • C.

      I know starting early means I will accomplish more, however ; 5:30 a.m., is too early.

    • D.

      I know starting early means I will accomplish more; however, 5:30 a.m. is too early

    Correct Answer
    D. I know starting early means I will accomplish more; however, 5:30 a.m. is too early
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I know starting early means I will accomplish more; however, 5:30 a.m. is too early." This sentence is punctuated correctly because it uses a semicolon to separate two independent clauses and a comma to offset the interrupting phrase "however." Additionally, it correctly places the comma before "is" to separate the time phrase "5:30 a.m." from the rest of the sentence.

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  • 14. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly.

    • A.

      Swinging the door open quietly; the two police officers surprised a young burglar as he worked to disconnect the cable wire from the Tucker's television set.

    • B.

      Swinging the door open quietly; the two police officers surprised a young burglar, as he worked to disconnect the cable wire from the Tucker's television set.

    • C.

      Swinging the door open quietl, the two police officers surprised a young burglar; as he worked to disconnect the cable wire from the Tucker's television set.

    • D.

      Swinging the door open quietly, the two police officers surprised a young burglar as he worked to disconnect the cable wire from the Tucker's television set.

    Correct Answer
    D. Swinging the door open quietly, the two police officers surprised a young burglar as he worked to disconnect the cable wire from the Tucker's television set.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Swinging the door open quietly, the two police officers surprised a young burglar as he worked to disconnect the cable wire from the Tucker's television set." This sentence is punctuated correctly because it uses a comma to separate the introductory phrase "Swinging the door open quietly" from the main clause "the two police officers surprised a young burglar as he worked to disconnect the cable wire from the Tucker's television set."

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  • 15. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly.

    • A.

      In the attic of our rental house, we discovered:  a yellowed; still readable newspaper from 1945; a wicker, two-wheeled baby carriage; and fifty-five cents' worth of buffalo-head nickels.

    • B.

      In the attic of our rental house, we discovered a yellowed, still readable newspaper from 1945; a wicker, two-wheeled baby carriage; and fifty-five cents' worth of buffalo-head nickels.

    • C.

      In the attic of our rental house, we discovered a yellowed, still readable newspaper from 1945, a wicker, two-wheeled baby carriage, and fifty-five cents' worth of buffalo-head nickels.

    • D.

      In the attic of our rental house, we discovered a yellowed, still readable newspaper from 1945; a wicker, two-wheeled baby carriage and fifty-five cents' worth of buffalo-head nickels.

    Correct Answer
    B. In the attic of our rental house, we discovered a yellowed, still readable newspaper from 1945; a wicker, two-wheeled baby carriage; and fifty-five cents' worth of buffalo-head nickels.
    Explanation
    The sentence is punctuated correctly because it uses semicolons to separate items in a list that already contain commas. The semicolons help to clearly distinguish each item in the list and make the sentence easier to read and understand.

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  • 16. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly

    • A.

      Oak burns slowly, and makes a hot fire; fir splits easily , and makes superiour kindling.

    • B.

      Oak burns slowly and makes a hot fire; fir splits easily and makes superiour kindling.

    • C.

      Oak burns slowly and makes a hot fire; but fir splits easily and makes superiour kindling.

    • D.

      Oak burns slowly and makes a hot fire, however, fir splits easily and makes superiour kindling.

    Correct Answer
    B. Oak burns slowly and makes a hot fire; fir splits easily and makes superiour kindling.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Oak burns slowly and makes a hot fire; fir splits easily and makes superior kindling." This sentence is punctuated correctly because it uses a semicolon to separate two independent clauses that are closely related in meaning. The semicolon indicates a stronger connection between the two ideas than a period would, while still providing a clear separation between the clauses. Additionally, the sentence uses proper capitalization and spelling.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the sentences is punctuated correctly?

    • A.

      Maxi said that he loved dangdut music, so we put on our famous Dangdut album.

    • B.

      Maxi said that he loved dangdut music,  so, we put on our famous Dangdut album.

    • C.

      Maxi said that he loved dangdut music, so, we put on our famous Dangdut album.

    • D.

      Maxi said that he loved dangdut music; so, we put on our famous Dangdut album.

    Correct Answer
    A. Maxi said that he loved dangdut music, so we put on our famous Dangdut album.
  • 18. 

    Select the sentence that is puncutated correctly. 

    • A.

      The buffet featured several kinds of Indonesian food: rendang, sate, nasi uduk and babi guleng .

    • B.

      Some Indonesian food at the buffet are: rendang, sate, , nasi uduk and babi guleng .

    • C.

      The buffet featured several kinds of Indonesian food: rendang, sate; nasi uduk and babi guleng .

    • D.

      The buffet featured several kinds of Indonesian food; rendang, sate, , nasi uduk and babi guleng .

    Correct Answer
    A. The buffet featured several kinds of Indonesian food: rendang, sate, nasi uduk and babi guleng .
    Explanation
    The sentence "The buffet featured several kinds of Indonesian food: rendang, sate, nasi uduk and babi guleng." is punctuated correctly because it uses a colon to introduce a list of items. The items in the list are separated by commas, and there are no unnecessary or incorrect punctuation marks.

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