Can You Really Identify Quotation Marks? Quiz

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Can You Really Identify Quotation Marks? Quiz - Quiz

How skilled are you at English punctuation and quotations? Can you really identify quotation marks? Take this quiz to see. Quotation marks or inverted commas, often called quote marks or speech marks, are punctuation marks that are used in a phrase or quotation. You have to identify and correctly punctuate sentences using quotation marks. This includes the speaker's tag and interrupted quotations at the beginning and end of a sentence. Read the questions carefully and answer. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Choose the sentence in which the quotation is correctly punctuated.

    • A.

      "What if," my father worried, "I can't find the car keys?"

    • B.

      What if my father worried, "I can't find the car keys?"

    • C.

      "What if," my father worried "I can't find the car keys."

    • D.

      "Is it easier," "I asked", "for me to come to your house?"

    Correct Answer
    A. "What if," my father worried, "I can't find the car keys?"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is: "What if," my father worried, "I can't find the car keys?". This sentence correctly uses quotation marks to indicate the spoken words of the father and includes the appropriate punctuation marks within the quotation marks. The comma is placed before the closing quotation mark to separate the dialogue tag ("my father worried") from the spoken words.

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  • 2. 

    Choose the sentence in which the quotation is correctly punctuated.

    • A.

      "Is it easier," I asked, "for me to come to your house?"

    • B.

      "Is it easier" I asked, "for me to come to your house?"

    • C.

      Is it easier, I asked, "for me to come to your house?"

    Correct Answer
    A. "Is it easier," I asked, "for me to come to your house?"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is: "Is it easier," I asked, "for me to come to your house?"

    This sentence is correctly punctuated because the quotation marks are placed around the dialogue spoken by the speaker. The comma is used to separate the dialogue from the speaker's attribution, and the question mark is placed inside the quotation marks to indicate that the dialogue is a question.

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  • 3. 

    Choose the sentence in which the quotation is correctly punctuated.

    • A.

      "Do you want to play baseball during recess," Bob asked.

    • B.

      "Do you want to play baseball during recess?" Bob asked.

    • C.

      "Do you want to play baseball during recess? Bob asked.

    • D.

      "Do you want to play baseball during recess?" "Bob asked".

    Correct Answer
    B. "Do you want to play baseball during recess?" Bob asked.
    Explanation
    The quotation is correctly punctuated in the sentence "Do you want to play baseball during recess?" Bob asked. The question mark is placed inside the quotation marks, and the attribution is correctly separated with a comma.

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  • 4. 

    Choose the sentence in which the quotation is correctly punctuated.

    • A.

      "This movie," Robin said "is really exciting."

    • B.

      "This movie" Robin said, "is really exciting."

    • C.

      "This movie," Robin said, "is really exciting."

    • D.

      "This movie," Robin said, is really exciting.

    Correct Answer
    C. "This movie," Robin said, "is really exciting."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ""This movie," Robin said, "is really exciting." This sentence is correctly punctuated because the quotation marks are placed around the spoken words of Robin, and the comma is used to separate the attribution from the quotation.

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  • 5. 

    Choose the sentence in which the quotation is correctly punctuated.

    • A.

      "Do not," the museum guide warned, "touch the displays."

    • B.

      Do not the museum guide warned, "touch the displays."

    • C.

      "Do not" the museum guide warned, "Touch the displays."

    • D.

      "Do not," the museum guide warned, touch the displays.

    Correct Answer
    A. "Do not," the museum guide warned, "touch the displays."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Do not," the museum guide warned, "touch the displays." This sentence is correctly punctuated because the quotation marks are used to indicate the direct speech of the museum guide. The comma is placed before the closing quotation mark to separate the direct speech from the rest of the sentence.

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  • 6. 

    Choose the sentence in which the quotation is correctly punctuated.

    • A.

      Captain Lee said, "My next voyage will be to the Bahamas."

    • B.

      Captain Lee said, "my next voyage will be to the Bahamas."

    • C.

      Captain Lee said "My next voyage will be to the Bahamas."

    • D.

      "Captain Lee said", "My next voyage will be to the Bahamas."

    Correct Answer
    A. Captain Lee said, "My next voyage will be to the Bahamas."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Captain Lee said, 'My next voyage will be to the Bahamas.'" This sentence is correctly punctuated because the comma is used to separate the introductory phrase "Captain Lee said" from the quotation "My next voyage will be to the Bahamas." The quotation marks are also used correctly to indicate the spoken words of Captain Lee.

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  • 7. 

    Choose the sentence in which the quotation is correctly punctuated.

    • A.

      Simone asked, "Did you just get home?"

    • B.

      Simone asked "Did you just get home?"

    • C.

      Simone asked, "did you just get home?"

    • D.

      Simone asked, Did you just get home?

    Correct Answer
    A. Simone asked, "Did you just get home?"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Simone asked, "Did you just get home?"". This sentence is correctly punctuated because it uses quotation marks to indicate the direct speech and includes a comma before the closing quotation mark.

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  • 8. 

    Where should the quotation marks be in this sentence? Do you want it now? I asked

    • A.

       "Do you want it now?" I asked.

    • B.

      "Do you want it now? I asked."

    • C.

      Do you want it now? "I asked."

    • D.

      “Do you want it” now? I asked.”

    Correct Answer
    A.  "Do you want it now?" I asked.
    Explanation
    The quotation marks should be placed around the direct speech, which is "Do you want it now?" since it is a question asked by the speaker. The correct answer option is ""Do you want it now?" I asked."

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  • 9. 

    Where should the quotation marks be in this sentence? Yes, I will attend the charity event, she replied

    • A.

       ""Yes, I will attend" the charity event, "she replied."

    • B.

       "Yes, I will attend the charity event," she replied.

    • C.

       "Yes," I will attend the charity event, she replied.

    Correct Answer
    B.  "Yes, I will attend the charity event," she replied.
    Explanation
    The quotation marks should be placed around the entire sentence that the person is replying with, which is "Yes, I will attend the charity event." The correct answer places the quotation marks at the beginning and end of this sentence, with a comma before the closing quotation mark.

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  • 10. 

    Be patient, he said. It will soon be over. Where should the quotation marks be placed in this sentence?

    • A.

      "Be patient," he said. "It will soon be over."

    • B.

       Be patient, he said. "It will soon be over."

    • C.

       "Be patient, he said. It will soon be over."

    • D.

      "Be patient," he said. It will soon be over.

    Correct Answer
    A. "Be patient," he said. "It will soon be over."
    Explanation
    The quotation marks should be placed around the spoken words, so the correct answer is: "Be patient," he said. "It will soon be over."

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Juliette Firla |MA |
K-12 English Expert
Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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