Rules Of Punctuation Quiz

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What are the punctuation rules? Are you aware of all the rules of punctuation and when and where to use them? This quiz tests students' knowledge of basic punctuation marks. Give it a try and evaluate your grammar knowledge. Some of the most common punctuation marks in English are capital letters and full stops, question marks, and colons. Here, we will ask a few basic questions related to punctuation, like what punctuation mark shows strong emotions. Do you know its answer? Play the quiz and enhance your learning with us.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What punctuation mark is used at the end of a sentence?

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Apostophe

    • C.

      Period

    • D.

      Semicolon

    Correct Answer
    C. Period
    Explanation
    The correct answer is period because a period is the punctuation mark used at the end of a sentence to indicate a full stop. It signifies the completion of a thought or statement.

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  • 2. 

    What punctuation mark shows strong emotion?

    • A.

      Question mark

    • B.

      Exclamation mark

    • C.

      Period

    • D.

      Colon

    Correct Answer
    B. Exclamation mark
    Explanation
    The exclamation mark is the correct answer because it is a punctuation mark that is used to show strong emotion or emphasis in writing. It is commonly used to express excitement, surprise, anger, or any other intense emotion. Unlike the question mark, which is used to indicate a question, the exclamation mark is used to convey strong emotions or exclamatory statements.

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  • 3. 

    What mark is used at the end of a question?

    • A.

      Parenthesis

    • B.

      Colon

    • C.

      Apostophe

    • D.

      Question mark

    Correct Answer
    D. Question mark
    Explanation
    A question mark is used at the end of a question to indicate that it is a question and to signal to the reader that a response is expected. It is a punctuation mark that helps to distinguish between a statement and a question. Parenthesis are used to enclose additional information or explanations, a colon is used to introduce a list or to emphasize a point, and an apostrophe is used to indicate possession or to form contractions. Therefore, the correct answer is question mark.

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  • 4. 

    What punctuation mark is used to separate items in a series?

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Quotation marks

    • C.

      Parenthesis

    • D.

      Period

    Correct Answer
    A. Comma
    Explanation
    A comma is used to separate items in a series. When listing multiple items in a sentence, a comma is placed between each item to indicate a separation. This helps to clarify the individual items and make the sentence easier to read and understand.

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  • 5. 

    This mark is used  for plural and possessive nouns.

    • A.

      Semicolon

    • B.

      Colon

    • C.

      Comma

    • D.

      Apostophe

    Correct Answer
    D. Apostophe
    Explanation
    The correct answer is apostrophe. An apostrophe is used to indicate both plural and possessive nouns. In plural nouns, it is used to show that there is more than one of something. For example, "The dogs' toys" indicates that the toys belong to multiple dogs. In possessive nouns, it is used to show ownership or belonging. For example, "John's car" indicates that the car belongs to John.

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  • 6. 

    Quotation marks are used

    • A.

      Before or after direct quotes

    • B.

      For short titles

    • C.

      Around words used in a special way

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Quotation marks are used for multiple purposes. They are used before or after direct quotes to indicate that the words are being directly spoken or written by someone else. They are also used for short titles, such as article or chapter titles, to distinguish them from the rest of the text. Additionally, quotation marks are used to highlight words or phrases that are being used in a special or ironic way. Therefore, all of the given options - before or after direct quotes, for short titles, and around words used in a special way - are correct uses of quotation marks.

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  • 7. 

    A ____________________ is used between hours and minutes and to introduce a series following a complete sentence.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Colon

    • C.

      Parenthesis

    • D.

      Period

    Correct Answer
    B. Colon
    Explanation
    A colon is used between hours and minutes to separate them, such as in a time format like 2:30. It is also used to introduce a series following a complete sentence, where the colon signals that what follows is a list or an explanation of the previous statement.

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  • 8. 

    Which punctuation mark is used to join two independent clauses?

    • A.

      Semicolon

    • B.

      Period

    • C.

      Apostophe

    • D.

      Comma

    Correct Answer
    A. Semicolon
    Explanation
    A semicolon is used to join two independent clauses that are closely related in meaning. It indicates a stronger connection between the two clauses than a period would, but still allows them to be separate sentences. This punctuation mark is commonly used to avoid excessive use of conjunctions or to create a more sophisticated sentence structure.

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  • 9. 

    ___________________are used to enclose words that clarify.

    • A.

      Commas

    • B.

      Periods

    • C.

      Colons

    • D.

      Parenthesis

    Correct Answer
    D. Parenthesis
    Explanation
    Parentheses are used to enclose words that clarify or provide additional information within a sentence. They are used to set off nonessential or supplementary elements, such as explanations, examples, or additional details. The information enclosed in parentheses is not necessary for the sentence to make sense, but it adds extra information for the reader's understanding.

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  • 10. 

    A ___________ is used to separate dollars and cents.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Period

    • C.

      Colon

    • D.

      Semicolon

    Correct Answer
    B. Period
    Explanation
    A period is used to separate dollars and cents. In the context of currency, a period serves as the decimal separator, indicating the division between the whole dollar amount and the fractional cent amount. This is a common convention in many countries, including the United States.

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  • 11. 

    What punctuation mark is used after an initial?

    • A.

      Quotation mark

    • B.

      Comma

    • C.

      Period

    • D.

      Colon

    Correct Answer
    C. Period
    Explanation
    After an initial, a period is used as the punctuation mark. An initial is the first letter of a person's name and is often used in formal writing to represent their full name. When the initial is used in this way, it is followed by a period to indicate that it is an abbreviation. For example, if someone's full name is John Smith, the initial for their first name would be "J." and it would be followed by a period.

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  • 12. 

    This punctuation mark is used to separate city and state in an address.

    • A.

      Period

    • B.

      Semicolon

    • C.

      Parenthesis

    • D.

      Comma

    Correct Answer
    D. Comma
    Explanation
    A comma is used to separate the city and state in an address. This punctuation mark helps to clearly indicate the division between the city and state information, making it easier to read and understand the address.

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  • 13. 

    This mark is used to show the omission of a letter. Example: does not = doesn't  (the letter O is omitted in doesn't)

    • A.

      Colon

    • B.

      Semicolon

    • C.

      Comma

    • D.

      Apostrophe

    Correct Answer
    D. Apostrophe
    Explanation
    The apostrophe is used to show the omission of a letter in words such as "doesn't" where the letter "o" is omitted. It is also used to indicate possession, as in "John's book" where it shows that the book belongs to John.

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  • 14. 

    What mark tells the reader to pause?

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Period

    • C.

      Parenthesis

    • D.

      Colon

    Correct Answer
    A. Comma
    Explanation
    A comma is a punctuation mark that tells the reader to pause. It is used to separate items in a list, to separate clauses in a sentence, and to indicate a brief pause in a sentence.

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  • 15. 

    Which mark is used in math as a decimal point?

    • A.

      Colon

    • B.

      Semicolon

    • C.

      Period

    • D.

      Comma

    Correct Answer
    C. Period
    Explanation
    In math, the mark used as a decimal point is a period. The period is commonly used to separate the whole number part from the fractional part in decimal numbers. It helps to indicate the place value of each digit in the number, making it easier to read and understand. The other options listed, such as colon, semicolon, and comma, are not typically used as decimal points in math.

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