Practice Punctuation With Quotation Marks

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Practice Punctuation With Quotation Marks - Quiz

This quiz is designed so that you can practice the use of different punctuation with quotation marks.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?Jim said, "I was the one who filled out the damage report." 

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    You can use a comma to introduce a quotation after a standard dialogue tag. Also, it is important to remember to keep the period at the end if the sentence inside the quotations.

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  • 2. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?The regional manager explained  "It is important that TPS reports have proper cover sheets".

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    There are two things wrong with the punctuation with this sentence. First, a comma is required to introduce the quote after a a standard dialogue tag. Second, the period at the end of the sentence should be placed inside the quotation marks.

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  • 3. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?The new intern asked, "Does anyone know how to fix the fax machine?"

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Since the question mark applies to the quotation, you would want to place it inside the quotation marks.

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  • 4. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations? Who is the president that said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself?"

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    When the quotation is part of a larger question but not a question itself, the question mark should be placed outside the quotation marks. The quote "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" is a statement, not a question. Therefore, the question mark that pertains to the entire sentence (asking about the identity of the president) should be placed outside the closing quotation mark.

    Corrected Sentence:
    Who is the president that said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"?

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  • 5. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?My favorite quote from the show Breaking Bad is when Walt says, "I am the one who knocks, I am the danger."

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The period at the end of the sentence always goes inside the quotations.

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  • 6. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?As stated in the academic report, "Human activities are the main cause of global warming." (33)

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    When referencing something, make sure to put the period after your reference. So the correct way to punctuate the sentence would be
    As stated in the academic report, "Human activities is the main cause of global warming" (33).

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  • 7. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?Brain described his job at the company as "the most important position"; his boss disagreed and fired him.

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Colons and semicolons are always placed outside of quotation marks.

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  • 8. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?He said, "Michael screamed 'I declare bankruptcy!' "

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Make sure to use single quotation marks for quotations within quotations.

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  • 9. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?She explained her "recipe for success:" family support, personal commitment, and a good attitude.

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Colons and semicolons always go outside quotation marks.

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  • 10. 

    Does the following sentence use correct punctuation with quotations?And then Boromir said, "One does not simply walk into Mordor."

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The comma is necessary to introduce the quote and the period belongs inside the quotation marks.

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