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Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points: Writing Skills Success Study Guide

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Exercises for this concept can be found at Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points: Writing Skills Success Practice Exercises.

No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.

—Isaac Babel, Russian journalist (1894–1940)

Lesson Summary

End punctuation is as essential to writing as road signs are to drivers. This lesson shows which end marks to use and where.

The exercise that follows reviews Capitalization and gives you an opportunity to see what you already know about periods and end marks. Correct the capitalization in the Problem column below, adding periods, question marks, and exclamation points where you think they should go. Check your answers with the Solution column as you go.

Problem

William Reese had not been inside Oak Hill high school for five years when he graduated, William left harrisburg, Pennsylvania to attend the university of Wisconsin He was looking forward to seeing his old Teachers, and he was sure they would be surprised about how successful he had become

william was not a model high school student In fact, he was awful his guidance counselor, Ms Lewis, always told him that she couldn't understand how someone as bright as he was could get such poor grades William came very close to failing at least three of his subjects every marking period he especially disliked math and science

After school on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and fridays, William would get into his old Honda civic and drive to Cedar street, where he worked the afternoon shift at Milton's bookstore This was his favorite place to be he loved being surrounded by books, and when he wasn't helping customers, he would sit behind the counter and read as much as he could During these afternoon shifts, William read some books that changed his life one of his favorites was on the Road by Jack Kerouac his reading inspired him to keep a Journal, which he wrote in every day

When it was time to consider college william spent many hours with Ms Lewis thinking about his future After reading his journals, Ms Lewis suggested that perhaps William would be happiest at a College where he could study creative writing The rest is history

William was one of the Top Students in the creative writing Program at the University of Wisconsin during his Junior Year, one of his essays was accepted for publication in a National magazine, and soon after that, William received a call from an editor at Bound brook publishing who wanted to publish a collection of William's short stories as soon as the book was published William sent a copy to Ms Lewis thanking her for her support and advice

Now he was on his way back to visit Ms Lewis and his other teachers, who were probably all asking the same question Can this be the same William Reese

Solution

William Reese had not been inside Oak Hill High School for five years. When he graduated, William left Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to attend the University of Wisconsin. He was looking forward to seeing his old teachers, and he was sure they would be surprised about how successful he had become.

William was not a model high school student. In fact, he was awful! His guidance counselor, Ms. Lewis, always told him that she couldn't understand how someone as bright as he was could get such poor grades. William came very close to failing at least three of his subjects every marking period. He especially disliked math and science.

After school on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, William would get into his old Honda Civic and drive to Cedar Street, where he worked the afternoon shift at Milton's Bookstore. This was his favorite place to be. He loved being surrounded by books, and when he wasn't helping customers, he would sit behind the counter and read as much as he could. During these afternoon shifts, William read some books that changed his life. One of his favorites was On the Road by Jack Kerouac. His reading inspired him to keep a journal, which he wrote in every day.

When it was time to consider college, William spent many hours with Ms. Lewis thinking about his future. After reading his journals, Ms. Lewis suggested that perhaps William would be happiest at a college where he could study creative writing. The rest is history!

William was one of the top students in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin. During his junior year, one of his essays was accepted for publication in a national magazine, and soon after that, William received a call from an editor at Bound Brook Publishing who wanted to publish a collection of William's short stories. As soon as the book was published, William sent a copy to Ms. Lewis thanking her for her support and advice.

Now he was on his way back to visit Ms. Lewis and his other teachers, who were probably all asking the same question. Can this be the same William Reese?

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