Practice in Using Quotation Marks Correctly

A Punctuation Exercise

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This exercise will give you practice in applying our Guidelines for Using Quotation Marks Effectively (U.S. edition).

Instructions
Insert quotation marks wherever they are needed in the sentences below. When you're done, compare your answers with those on page two.

 

  1. For several weeks in 2009, the Black Eyed Peas held the top two spots on the music charts with their songs I Gotta Feeling and Boom Boom Pow.
  1. Last week we read A Modest Proposal, an essay by Jonathan Swift.
  2. Last week we read A Modest Proposal; this week we're reading Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery.
  3. In a famous New Yorker essay in October 1998, Toni Morrison referred to Bill Clinton as our first black president.
  4. Bonnie asked, Are you going to the concert without me?
  5. Bonnie asked if we were going to the concert without her.
  6. In the words of comedian Steve Martin, Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
  7. The indie folk band Deer Tick sang What Kind of Fool Am I?
  8. Was it Dylan Thomas who wrote the poem Fern Hill?
  9. Uncle Gus said, I heard your mother singing Tutti Frutti out behind the barn at three o'clock in the morning.
  10. I've memorized several poems, Jenny said, including The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
  11. All our failures, wrote Iris Murdoch, are ultimately failures in love.

Answers to the exercise Practice in Using Quotation Marks Correctly

  1. For several weeks in 2009, the Black Eyed Peas held the top two spots on the music charts with their songs “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow.”
  2. Last week we read "A Modest Proposal," an essay by Jonathan Swift.
  3. Last week we read "A Modest Proposal"; this week we're reading Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery."
  4. In a famous New Yorker essay in October 1998, Toni Morrison referred to Bill Clinton as "our first black president."
  1. Bonnie asked, "Are you going to the concert without me?"
  2. Bonnie asked if we were going to the concert without her. [no quotation marks]
  3. In the words of comedian Steve Martin, "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."
  4. The indie folk band Deer Tick sang "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
  5. Was it Dylan Thomas who wrote the poem "Fern Hill"?
  6. Uncle Gus said, "I heard your mother singing 'Tutti Frutti' out behind the barn at three o'clock in the morning."
  7. "I've memorized several poems," Jenny said, "including 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost."
  8. "All our failures," wrote Iris Murdoch, "are ultimately failures in love."
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Nordquist, Richard. "Practice in Using Quotation Marks Correctly." ThoughtCo, Feb. 29, 2016, thoughtco.com/practice-using-quotation-marks-correctly-1691730. Nordquist, Richard. (2016, February 29). Practice in Using Quotation Marks Correctly. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/practice-using-quotation-marks-correctly-1691730 Nordquist, Richard. "Practice in Using Quotation Marks Correctly." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/practice-using-quotation-marks-correctly-1691730 (accessed May 21, 2018).