MEMOS for Developmental Writers

Punctuation Quiz

17 June 2006

Ready for a quiz over Lesson 2? Here are ten multiple choice questions. You must answer each question in order or the quiz will not show you the right answers or your score.

Please do these questions in order so your score will be correct.

The Quiz

1. Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

A. Many students prefer online classes to on-campus classes; however, on-campus classes do have the advantages of providing human contact and immediate feedback.

B. The study of writing can be quite rewarding; especially to those who actually write.

C. If good students study two hours for every hour they spend in class; they can expect to do well.

D. The professor was only a few minutes late; but the students had already left the classroom.

A
B
C
D


2. Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

A. After studying the problem for several years, the college worked on a plan to address it.

B. After studying the problem, for several years the college worked on a plan to address it.

C. The college, after studying the problem for several years, worked on a plan to address it.

D. All three sentences are correctly punctuated with commas.

A
B
C
D


3. Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

A. Professor Loren Pillar, Chair of the Animal Husbandry Department at Enormous State University recently resigned from his position as Director of Research for Global Dominance, a multi-national conglomerate that has come under criticism from animal-rights activists for animal experimentation. 

B. Professor Loren Pillar, Chair of the Animal Husbandry Department at Enormous State University recently resigned from his position as Director of Research for Global Dominance, a multi-national conglomerate that has come under criticism from animal-rights activists for animal experimentation. 

C. Professor Loren Pillar, Chair of the Animal Husbandry Department at Enormous State University, recently resigned from his position as Director of Research for Global Dominance, a multi-national conglomerate, that has come under criticism from animal-rights activists for animal experimentation. 

D. Professor Loren Pillar, Chair of the Animal Husbandry Department at Enormous State University, recently resigned from his position as Director of Research for Global Dominance, a multi-national conglomerate that has come under criticism from animal-rights activists for animal experimentation. 

A
B
C
D


4. Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

A. The student wrote that "Each of the experiments was successful."

B. The student wrote that, "Each of the experiments was successful." 

C. The student wrote that each of the experiments was successful.

D. The student wrote "Each of the experiments was successful."

A
B
C
D


5. Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

A. Only three social science disciplines are represented at our college - psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

B. Only three social science disciplines are represented at our college: psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

C. Only three social science disciplines - psychology, sociology, and anthropology  - are represented at our college: .

D. All of the above sentences are punctuated corrrectly.

A
B
C
D


6. Which of the following comma rules is incorrect?

A. Place commas after introductory elements in sentences.

B. Place commas after items in a series.

C. Place a comma before coordinating conjunctions that join independent clauses.

D. Set off restrictive, essential elements with commas.

A
B
C
D


7. Which of the following possessives is correctly punctuated?

The library lost all its books.
That's anyones' guess.
That car is not your's.
That car is not their's


8. Which types of punctuation are generally used to separate independent clauses in declarative sentences in academic writing? 

commas and quotation marks
periods and semi-colons
commas and periods
colons and quotation marks


9. How many commas should the following sentence contain?

  "He stops fights ejects drunks soothes hysteria cures headaches and tends bar."
                                                 - John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

one
two
three
four


10. Which of the following sentences contains a comma error?  

While Washington managed to lose most of the battles he engaged in, he also managed to win the war.
The loss of New York City and Philadelphia in 1777 should have ended the rebellion, but four years later, George Washington stood upon a battlefield in Virginia watching Britain's most powerful army in the colonies parade past him in surrender.   
We have put Washington's image on monuments and mountains, on currency and coins, and on stamps and postmarks; we have filled our country, our pockets, and our envelopes with memorials large and small to this essential man.
Washington's greatest quality might have been his belief in his own abilities, in the lesser men who served with him, that attribute all too often led to personal failure and military disaster.

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