Semicolons and Colons Quiz

1. For each of the following, choose the sentence with the correct punctuation.

 A) When Jane leaves, which will be in a few minutes, we can plan her party, but we still better do it quietly.
 B) When Jane leaves, which will be in a few minutes: we can plan her party, but we still better do it quietly.
 C) When Jane leaves, which will be in a few minutes; we can plan her party, but we still better do it quietly.
 D) When Jane leaves, which will be in a few minutes, we can plan her party, but: we still better do it quietly.

2. 

 A) The players have only one goal, they want to win the Stanley Cup.
 B) The players have only one goal; they want to win the Stanley Cup.
 C) A and B are both correct.

3. 

 A) I need to buy: shampoo, toothpaste, soap, and contact lens solution.
 B) I need to buy shampoo, toothpaste, soap, and contact lens solution.
 C) I need to buy: shampoo; toothpaste; soap; and contact lens solution.

4. 

 A) Give her a break; she just started working here two days ago!
 B) Give her a break, she just started working here two days ago!
 C) A and B are both correct.

5. 

 A) The delegates came from our offices in Region 1, Boston, Region 2, New York, and Region 10, Seattle.
 B) The delegates came from our offices in: Region 1, Boston, Region 2, New York, and Region 10, Seattle.
 C) The delegates came from our offices in Region 1, Boston; Region 2, New York; and Region 10, Seattle.

6. 

 A) Her new supervisor gave her a list of rules to be followed at the office, no making personal phone calls, no surfing the Internet, no reading magazines.
 B) Her new supervisor gave her a list of rules to be followed at the office; no making personal phone calls, no surfing the Internet, no reading magazines.
 C) Her new supervisor gave her a list of rules to be followed at the office: no making personal phone calls, no surfing the Internet, no reading magazines.

7. 

 A) Jobs were assigned to the shelter volunteers; clean the litter boxes, sweep the floors, feed the cats, and give them water.
 B) Jobs were assigned to the shelter volunteers; Clean the litter boxes, sweep the floors, feed the cats, and give them water.
 C) Jobs were assigned to the shelter volunteers: clean the litter boxes, sweep the floors, feed the cats, and give them water.

8. 

 A) Max and Sue have been to the Caribbean many times, however; they have not visited St. Lucia.
 B) Max and Sue have been to the Caribbean many times; however, they have not visited St. Lucia.
 C) Max and Sue have been to the Caribbean many times, however: they have not visited St. Lucia.

9. 

 A) At the camp the children were divided into two groups; those who know how to swim; and those who do not.
 B) At the camp the children were divided into two groups, those who know how to swim; and those who do not.
 C) At the camp the children were divided into two groups: those who know how to swim and those who do not.

10. 

 A) Ashley was late for the rehearsal; she is usually late.
 B) Ashley was late for the rehearsal, she is usually late.
 C) Ashley was late for the rehearsal; She is usually late.


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