Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods


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Which of the following is NOT the correct way to use the colon?

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1. A semicolon can be used for all of the following EXCEPT to _____.

2. Which of the following answers uses correct punctuation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of colons, semicolons, and periods. Information you'll be assessed on includes determining the proper uses of colons and semicolons as well as identifying correctly punctuated sentences in several multiple-choice questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Colon and semicolon uses
  • Multiple-choice questions regarding correct semicolon usage
  • Sentences requiring correct period and colon usage

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related composition lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as dependent and independent clause
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ways to use semicolons
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about correct comma and period usage

Additional Learning

To learn more about punctuation, review the accompanying lesson titled Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the following forms of punctuation: period, colon, and semicolon
  • Know how the period, colon, and semicolon are written
  • Differentiate between a dependent and an independent clause and identify an example of each
  • Understand the uses of period, colons, and semicolons