1. An apostrophe is kinda like…
- A chicken
- A water balloon
- A helium balloon that floats to the top of the line and sits at the ceiling
- One of those long, skinny balloons that you can twist and make things out of, like a wiener dog. (Can you really twist a wiener dog and make things out of it?)
- Other (please specify)
2. Which of the following sentences is NOT correctly punctuated?
- I like to eat apples and bananas.
- He’d rather eat apple’s than bananas.
- I like to ite ipples and bininis.
- Oo look to oot ooples oond boonoonoos.
- Other (please specify)
3. What is Apostrophe Rule 1a?
- Always return RSVPs.
Always return RSVP’s. “I” before “E” except after “C” and when sounded like “A” as in “neighbor” and “weigh” and also some other weird instances. When two vowels go walking, one of them’s likely to turn an ankle. Other (please specify)
4. Which of the following IS punctuated correctly?
Mind your P’s and Qs when taking this test. What are you planning to do with all those PHD’s you’ve spent your life collecting?
- What are you planning to do with all those Ph.D’s you’ve spent a fortune collecting?
What do you think about this quiz, that its too silly? Other (please specify)
5. Which of the following statements is both true AND correctly punctuated?
Apostrophe’s are pushy and rude. Apostrophe’s are gentlemen and let other punctuation go first.
- Apostrophes are frequently used to form possessives.
Apostrophe’s are possessives’ best friend’s. Other (please specify)
6. Which of the following sentences is NOT correctly punctuated?
It’s hard to say how often its meaning is misinterpreted. If you’re unsure when to use an apostrophe, it’s not permissible to rephrase the sentence. The cat’s back wasn’t as dirty as I’d expected after Freddy threw it in the mud.
- It’s feet and legs were plenty muddy, though.
Other (please specify)
7. Which of the following statements is both UNTRUE and INCORRECTLY punctuated?
Craig and Yvonne’s house is smaller than their breadbox.
- Craig’s and Yvonne’s breadbox is bigger than their house.
Craig’s and Yvonne’s ideas of good TV are not the same. Craig and Yvonne’s grandchildren live in a different state. Other (please specify)
8. Which of the following sentences IS correctly punctuated?
- How do the new Academy of the Sciences’ policies affect the United States’ economics’ paradigm?
How many politicians’ are of different species’? How many orangutan’s does it take to run for political office? How much ground would a groundhog hog if groundhog’s could hog ground? Other (please specify)
9. Which of the following sentences is NOT properly punctuated?
- Curious as to the Ganges’s source, he shrugged and walked away, being embarrassed to ask.
Curious as to the source of the Ganges, he asked the tour guide. Curious as to the Ganges’ source, he followed the mighty river upstream until he got bored and googled it. It’s never occurred to me to wonder about the Ganges’ source. Other (please specify)
10. What is Rule #7 of Granny Grammar’s apostrophe rules?
To avoid drama, check the Chicago Manual of Style to be sure.
- To avoid a tragedy like one of Euripides’, embrace Camus’ brave new world of proper apostrophe application, for goodness’ sake.
To avoid a tragedy like one of Shakespeare’s, buy Camus’ Brave New World and circle all the apostrophes. To avoid using your limited time wisely, create a survey like this for fun, relaxation, and review of apostrophe rules. Other (please specify)