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Quiz for Chapter Fifteen

Student Self-Grading Multiple Choice

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1. A comma or commas should be used when listing ________.

a) two or more of something
b) one or more of something
c) three of more of something
d) All of the above

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2. The last comma in a list of three or more items is called the ________.

a) last comma
b) serial comma
c) series comma
d) None of the above

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3. Parenthetical information should be separated by ________.

a) a comma
b) two commas
c) semicolons
d) colons
e) None of the above

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4. To test whether coordinate adjectives are being used, a writer can mentally place the following word between the adjectives: ________.

a) the
b) and
c) if
d) to
e) All of the above

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5. Semicolons can be used to join ________.

a) independent clauses
b) independent clauses using a conjunctive verb
c) Both the above
d) None of the above

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6. When using a semicolon to separate items in a series, the writer should ensure that ________.

a) one or more elements contain a comma
b) there are no commas
c) one or more elements contain a colon
d) None of the above

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7. A semicolon is said to ________.

a) lead the reader on
b) bring the reader to a brief stop
c) introduce a series
d) All of the above

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8. Colons are used to ________.

a) introduce quoted material
b) separate items in a series
c) insert parenthetical information
d) All of the above

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9. Typing two hyphens results in a ________.

a) double hyphen
b) compound adjective
c) dash
d) None of the above.

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10. The punctuation of parenthetical information depends on whether the insertion is ________.

a) complete
b) part of the larger sentence
c) Both the above
d) None of the above

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Short Answer Questions

11. In informal writing, the ____________ is often omitted.

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12. “Compound” is the grammatical term for a group of ____________ of something.

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13. In a compound sentence, the comma goes ____________ the coordinating conjunction.

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14. Rather than using a comma and a coordinating conjunction to join independent clauses, a writer may use a ____________.

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15. To separate items in a series, a writer may use a ____________ semicolon.

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16. A writer can use a ____________ to introduce a quotation.

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17. Parentheses are used to convey ____________ information.

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18. A writer should not use a comma to separate simple ____________.

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19. An apostrophe indicates the ____________ case.

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20. An apostrophe is placed after the s with ____________ nouns.

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