Punctuation With Quotation Marks

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Punctuation With Quotation Marks - Quiz

This quiz will test your knowledge of when and where to put punctuation when using quotation marks.
(English rules are used throughout)


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    This sentence has no grammar errors; true or false? My father always said, "Be careful what you wish for." 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Based on U.S. rules, the period at the end always goes within the quotation marks.

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  • 2. 

    There are no grammar errors in this phrase, true or false? —The sign said, "Walk". Then it said, "Don't Walk," then, "Walk", all within thirty seconds.He yelled, "Hurry up.“

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There is a period and a comma outside of quotation marks.

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  • 3. 

    Select the statements that are free of grammar errors.

    • A.

      Phillip asked, "Do you need this book?"

    • B.

      I think he said, "Go to bed"!

    • C.

      Does Dr. Lim always say to her students, "You must work harder"?

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Phillip asked, "Do you need this book?"
    C. Does Dr. Lim always say to her students, "You must work harder"?
    Explanation
    The middle choice should have the ! inside of the quotation marks because it pertains to the command, "Go to bed!"

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  • 4. 

    Is the following statement grammatically error free, true or false?"Didn't he ask, 'What did we do, who preceded you?' ?" queried Johnson. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You only need one question mark. It should go inside of both sets of quotes.

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  • 5. 

    Is the following statement grammatically error free, true or false?Wasn't it Malcolm X who declared, "Why, that's the most hypocritical government since the world began!"? 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    If there is an exclamation in a quote at the end of the sentence then you do not need the question mark .

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  • 6. 

    Is the following sentence free of grammar errors, true or false?“Ode to Ants”: A Moving and Insightful Song

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The colon is outside of the quotation marks, where it should always be placed.

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  • 7. 

    Is the following statement grammatically error free, true or false?Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings." (Wordsworth 263)

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The period should go after the parenthetical reference.

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  • 8. 

    Is the following statement grammatically error free, true or false?"What do you mean, "What do I mean?" "

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You should only use single quotes (' ') if a quote is already inside of double quotation marks.

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  • 9. 

    Is the following statement grammatically error free, true or false? Are you sure he said, “Did Dan cry, ‘Take out the trash!’ "?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Even though there is already an ! in the internal quote, the question mark applies to the entire sentence.

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  • 10. 

    The difference between American English and British English with regards to quotation marks is...

    • A.

      American English has more definitive rules

    • B.

      British English has more definitive rules

    • C.

      There is no difference between the two

    • D.

      I have no idea!

    Correct Answer
    A. American English has more definitive rules
    Explanation
    In the U.S. there are rules where you always do one thing or the other. (e.g. always place periods inside the quotation marks)

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