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Capitalization and Punctuation Practice Exercises

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Capitalization and Punctuation Practice Exercises

Review the following study guide for capitalization and punctuation help:

Capitalization and Punctuation Practice Questions

Set 1

For the following questions, choose the lettered part of the sentence that contains a word that needs a capital letter. If no additional words should be capitalized, choose choice e. Refer to the checklist at the beginning of the chapter if you want to be certain about your answer.

Set 2

Choose the punctuation mark that is needed in each of the following sentences. If no additional punctuation is needed, choose choice e.

  1. "It isn't fair!" shouted Martin. Coach Lewis never lets me start the game!"
    1. .
    2. ,
    3. !
    4. "
    5. none
  2. Maureen's three sisters, Molly, Shannon, and Patricia are all spending the summer at their grandmother's beach house.
    1. ;
    2. !
    3. ,
    4. none
  3. For the centerpieces, the florist recommended the following flowers daisies, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
    1. :
    2. ,
    3. .
    4. ;
    5. none
  4. "What time is supper" George asked.
    1. ;
    2. ,
    3. ?
    4. :
    5. none
  5. Everyone was shocked when Max Smithfield—a studious, extremely bright high school senior decided that college was not for him.
    1. ;
    2. ,
    3. :
    4. none
  6. Kims assistant, usually so reliable, has been late for work three times this week, without any excuse.
    1. '
    2. '
    3. ;
    4. .
    5. none
  7. Our class president, Horace Landek, called the meeting to order at 4:00.
    1. ,
    2. ;
    3. .
    4. none
  8. "I remember" Luis recollected, "the first time I was allowed to walk home from school by myself."
    1. ?
    2. ,
    3. :
    4. ;
    5. none
  9. Madeline Larkin our office manager, is the most organized person I've ever known.
    1. :
    2. ;
    3. ,
    4. none
  10. I spend most of my time at the gym on the treadmill walking is my favorite form of exercise.
    1. ,
    2. ?
    3. ;
    4. !
    5. none

Set 3

Choose the answer that shows the best punctuation for the underlined part of the sentence. If the sentence is correct as is, choose choice e.

  1. Simone bought three new pairs of shoes even though she had put herself on a tight budget just last week.
    1. shoes, even though, she
    2. shoes, even though she
    3. shoes. Even though she
    4. shoes; even though she
    5. correct as is
  2. Most residents of the building have air conditioners however I've always found that a ceiling fan is sufficient.
    1. air conditioners however: I've
    2. air conditioners, however, I've
    3. air conditioners however, I've
    4. air conditioners; however, I've
    5. correct as is
  3. "Are you OK," asked Timothy, "Are you sure you don't want to sit down and rest for a while?"
    1. OK?" asked Timothy. "Are
    2. OK?" asked Timothy, "Are
    3. OK," asked Timothy? "Are
    4. OK?" asked Timothy? "Are
    5. correct as is
  4. The owners of the restaurant maintain that only organic ingredients are used in their kitchen.
    1. maintain, that only
    2. maintain that, only
    3. maintain: that only
    4. maintain—that only
    5. correct as is
  5. Before the student could be hired by the company, the students adviser had to provide a letter of recommendation.
    1. company the students
    2. company, the student's
    3. company, the students'
    4. company the students'
    5. correct as is
  6. The volunteers who would like to work the morning shift should sign their name on this sheet.
    1. volunteers, who would like to work the morning shift
    2. volunteers who would like to work the morning shift,
    3. volunteers, who would like to work the morning shift,
    4. volunteers who, would like to work the morning shift,
    5. correct as is
  7. The employees asked whether the company would be offering tuition reimbursement within the next three years?
    1. reimbursement within the next three years!
    2. reimbursement, within the next three years.
    3. reimbursement within the next three years.
    4. reimbursement, within the next three years?
    5. correct as is
  8. The sky is blue, but I hear thunder in the distance.
    1. sky, is blue,
    2. sky is blue;
    3. sky is blue
    4. sky is, blue;
    5. correct as is
  9. George as captain of the team called the plays.
    1. George, as captain of the team,
    2. George as captain of the team,
    3. George, as captain of the team
    4. George, as captain of the team?
    5. correct as is
  10. They met for the first time on August 27, 1972 in Seattle, Washington.
    1. August 27 1972 in Seattle, Washington.
    2. August 27 1972, in Seattle Washington.
    3. August 27, 1972 in Seattle, Washington.
    4. August 27, 1972, in Seattle, Washington.
    5. correct as is
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