Basic Intermediate Advanced

Punctuation Quiz (Basic)

Tests material covered on EnglishClub's Punctuation pages. You can do this quiz online or print it on paper.

1. Punctuation is a system of symbols that we use when _______ a language.

a) speaking b) writing c) hearing

2. What are the symbols used in this system called?

punctuation marks
a) punctuals b) punctuations c) punctuation marks

3. Which are examples of punctuation marks?

commas and full stops
dollar and pound signs
plus and minus signs
a) commas and full stops b) dollar and pound signs c) plus and minus signs

4. "Full stops" are also called

a) periods b) endings c) points

5. Which CANNOT come at the end of a sentence?

a period
a colon
an exclamation mark
a) a period b) a colon c) an exclamation mark

6. You must put a space ______ every comma in a sentence.

a) before b) around c) after

7. What's the punctuation mark indicating a question called?

a question tag
a question mark
a question sign
a) a question tag b) a question mark c) a question sign

8. Which can be used to express strong feelings in written English?

an exclamation mark
a quotation mark
a backslash
a) an exclamation mark b) a quotation mark c) a backslash

9. Quotation marks are put _______ the words being quoted.

before and after
a) before b) after c) before and after

10. In British English, (   ) are called "round brackets", but in American English they're often called

round braces
square brackets
a) round braces b) square brackets c) parentheses

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers.
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