Year 8 Punctuation Quiz

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Year 8 Punctuation Quiz

Complete the following questions on punctuation. Your score will be reflected in the 'Language Conventions' section of your report in Semester 1 2015.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What punctuation point goes in the blank?Mr Symons_ class is easily the best class that ever lived!
  • 2. 
    Which description best suits the full-stop?
    • A. 

      A dot at the end of a sentence indicating that the sentence is complete.

    • B. 

      A dot at the end of a sentence which leads to the next sentence.

    • C. 

      A squiggle in a sentence indicating when the sentence should finish.

    • D. 

      A dot in a sentence.

  • 3. 
    When should you use an apostrophe?
    • A. 

      To indicate possession (where a noun owns something).

    • B. 

      When someone is speaking.

    • C. 

      For a contraction (where letters are missing) and possession (where a noun owns something).

    • D. 

      When an independent clause is attached to a dependent clause.

  • 4. 
    The exclamation mark is only used to indicate when someone is angry.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Which punctuation mark should go in the blank space?"Jimmy said that the Earth was flat_ but I said it was flat."
    • A. 

      Full-stop

    • B. 

      Colon

    • C. 

      Comma

    • D. 

      Semi-colon

  • 6. 
    What is the function of a colon?
    • A. 

      To indicate a series of options

    • B. 

      To remove water from digested food in the intestine

    • C. 

      To use when commas get boring

    • D. 

      To indicate that a new sentence has begun

  • 7. 
    Which sentence would mean that Grandma is being invited to eat?
    • A. 

      Let's eat Grandma!

    • B. 

      "Let's eat, Grandma"?

    • C. 

      Let's eat: Grandma!

    • D. 

      Let's eat, Grandma!

  • 8. 
    Which passage is punctuated correctly?
    • A. 

      Jimmy had a hard time selling the watermelons, carrots and rhubarb. His mothers organic fertiliser might be to blame as it's pretty smelly and can't be touched without the use of gloves?

    • B. 

      Jimmy had a hard time selling the watermelons. Carrots and rhubarb. His mothers organic fertiliser might be to blame as it's pretty smelly and can't be touched without the use of gloves!

    • C. 

      Jimmy had a hard time selling the watermelons, carrots and rhubarb. His mother's organic fertiliser might be to blame as it's pretty smelly and can't be touched without the use of gloves.

    • D. 

      Jimmy had a hard time selling the watermelons; carrots; and rhubarb. His mother's organic fertiliser might be to blame, as it's pretty smelly and can't be touched without the use of gloves.

  • 9. 
    Use the correct punctuation for the following sentence:What was Jesus_ first miracle?
  • 10. 
    An exclamation mark, full-stop, question mark and comma are all used to end sentences.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    What would fit as the most appropriate punctuation point in the following sentence?Jimmy was a man without a plan_ a rebel without a cause.
  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Which was far too big

    • B. 

      Jimmy's head needed to be pushed and pulled until it finally popped out of the helmet.

    • C. 

      Popped out of the helmet

    • D. 

      Pushed and pulled

  • 13. 
    True or False: The comma is used properly in the following sentence.Jimmy's schoolwork, while messy and untidy, was always completed to a high standard, though he always forgot how to use commas in his essays.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      If the motorcycle was huge? it was nothing to the man sitting astride it; He was twice as tall as a normal man and at least five times as wide: He looked simply too big to be allowed, and so wild — long tangles of bushy black hair and beard hid most of his face, he had hands the size of trash can lids, and his feet in their leather boots were like baby dolphins.

    • B. 

      If the motorcycle was huge it was nothing to the man sitting astride it. He was twice as tall as a normal man and at least five times as wide, He looked simply too big to be allowed, and so wild — long tangles of bushy black hair and beard hid most of his face, he had hands the size of trash can lids, and his feet in their leather boots were like baby dolphins'.

    • C. 

      If the motorcycle was huge, it was nothing to the man sitting astride it. He was twice as tall as a normal man and at least five times as wide. He looked simply too big to be allowed, and so wild — long tangles of bushy black hair and beard hid most of his face, he had hands the size of trash can lids, and his feet in their leather boots were like baby dolphins.

    • D. 

      If the motorcycle was huge, it was nothing to the man sitting astride it. He was twice as tall as a normal man and at least five times as wide. He looked simply too big to be allowed. and so wild — long tangles of bushy black hair and beard hid most of his face, he had hands the size of trash can lids, and his feet in their leather boots were like baby dolphins!

  • 15. 
    What is missing from the following sentence?The day which happens to be Tuesday is hot and windy.
    • A. 

      An exclamation mark

    • B. 

      A semi-colon

    • C. 

      Commas: one after "happens" and one after "hot"

    • D. 

      Commas: one after "day" and one after "Tuesday"

  • 16. 
    Which example would not have an exclamation mark at the end?
    • A. 

      Let me out of this box

    • B. 

      I'm going to get some juice, want some

    • C. 

      There is no such thing as English

    • D. 

      Punctuation is my best friend

  • 17. 
    Which punctuation point would you use in the blanks?Santa's workshop contains a box of hammers_ a table for designing new toys_ multiple drills_ wrapping paper for the presents_ tape dispensers with pink, blue, and green tape_ and elves drinking coffee to stay awake all night while working.
    • A. 

      Semi-colon

    • B. 

      Comma

    • C. 

      Exclamation mark

    • D. 

      Full-stop