Commas, Ellipses, & Dashes
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  • Question 1
    20 seconds
    Q.

    A(n) _____ is used to signal an interruption in dialogue AND used to emphasize breaks in thought & shifts in tone.

    answer choices

    comma

    dash

    ellipsis

  • Question 2
    20 seconds
    Q.

    A(n) ______ is used to separate commas that contain appositives.

    answer choices

    dash

    comma

    ellipsis

  • Question 3
    20 seconds
    Q.

    A(n) ____ is used to emphasize the separation of ideas or lists OR to explain, summarize, or illustrate a thought.

    answer choices

    comma

    ellipsis

    dash

  • Question 4
    30 seconds
    Q.

    A(n) ___ is used to set off direct quotations OR to separate 2 or more adjectives

    answer choices

    comma

    dash

    ellipsis

  • Question 5
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Which sentence uses DASHES correctly to explain a thought?

    answer choices

    If you need something, call my assistant Catherine — not Margaret and she’ll help you.

    If you need something, call my assistant—Catherine, not Margaret—and she’ll help you.

  • Question 6
    30 seconds
    Q.

    Which sentence uses DASHES correctly to separate commas?

    answer choices

    All four of them—Bob — Jeffrey— Jason — Brett—did well in college.

    All four — of them Bob, Jeffrey, Jason, and Brett—did well in college.

    All four of them—Bob, Jeffrey, Jason, and Brett—did well in college.

  • Question 7
    30 seconds
    Q. A comma is used to do all of the following except __. 
    answer choices
    to separate a subordinate clause from an independent clause at the start of a complex sentence
    to shorten a quoted passage by omitting words or phrases
    to separate items in a series or a list
    to combine 2 independent clauses joined with a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS)
  • Question 8
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Which sentence uses a DASH correctly to emphasize breaks in thought & shifts in tone?

    answer choices

    I was glad to be home - until I saw the bill in the mailbox.

    I was glad - to be home until I saw the bill in the mailbox.

    I was glad to be home until I saw - the bill in the mailbox.

  • Question 9
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Which line of dialogue is written correctly?

    answer choices

    "I have made up my mind." She said, nodding. "I do not want to marry him."

    "I have made up my mind," she said, nodding. "I do not want to marry him."

  • Question 10
    30 seconds
    Q.

    Which sentence uses COMMAS correctly to set off one or more words that interrupt the flow of the sentence?

    answer choices

    Justin who lives down the street from me, is going, to be at the party.

    Justin, who lives down the street from me is going to be at the party.

    Justin, who lives down the street from me, is going to be at the party.

  • Question 11
    30 seconds
    Q.

    Which sentence uses a COMMA correctly to set off names in direct address?

    answer choices

    Would you please be quiet, Lupe?

    Lupe would you, please, be quiet?

    Would you, please be quiet Lupe?

  • Question 12
    30 seconds
    Q. Which quotation uses an ellipsis correctly to indicate Olive's incomplete thought?  
    answer choices
    “I can't stand . . . Olive."
    “I can’t stand that . . . girl." 
    “I can’t stand          that girl . . ."
    “I can’t stand that girl,” Olive said. “She’s so . . . I hate her.”
  • Question 13
    45 seconds
    Q.

    A reviewer wrote that the musical was "dazzling, colorful, beautifully performed, and had many outstanding special effects."

    Which of the following shows how the author could correctly use an ELLIPSIS to shorten the quote?

    answer choices

    A critic wrote that the musical was "dazzling, colorful, and beautifully performed. . . ."

    A critic wrote that the musical was "dazzling, colorful, . . . and beautifully performed."

  • Question 14
    20 seconds
    Q.

    A(n) _____ is a series of 3 dots ( . . .) that is used when omitting a word, phrase, or line, from a quoted passage.

    answer choices

    period

    comma

    ellipsis

  • Question 15
    20 seconds
    Q. An ellipsis is used to ___.
    answer choices
    shorten a quoted passage by omitting  words or phrases
    pause or hesitate in the middle of a sentence
    indicate an incomplete thought
    all answers are correct
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