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The Apostrophe Quiz

Do you know when and how to use an apostrophe? Select the correct option to fill in the blank.
If style guides conflict, the correct use here is the "traditional" one.
Quiz by Dimby
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Last updated: May 18, 2022
First submittedMay 17, 2022
Times taken22
Average score68.8%
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1. This quiz looks at the proper use of _________.
apostrophes
apostrophe's
apostrophes'
2. Jetpunk quizzes can help to develop __________ English skills.
childrens
children's
childrens'
3. We teachers only talked about apostrophes at our _________ meeting.
teachers
teacher's
teachers'
4. Incorrect apostrophe use made the _____________ new baby cry.
Sanchez
Sanchez's
Sanchezes'
Sanchezes's
5. _______________ scores on yesterday’s grammar quiz were both atrocious!
Alice's and Adam's
Alice and Adam's
Alice and Adams'
6. ___ fair that she ghosted me after I misused an apostrophe.
Its
It's
Its'
7. After years of arguing about grammar in their co-written songs, _____________ band broke up.
Lennon and McCartney's
Lennon's and McCartney's
Lennon and McCartneys'
8. As the Grammburglar is the only one facing sentencing, it is obviously the guilty ______ responsibility to pay in full the value of the grammburgers!
parties
party's
parties'
9. Scurvy Tom faced severe punishment because of the ___________ verdict.
courts-martial
court-martial's
court's-martial
10. I type so many contractions on my laptop that I broke ___ keyboard.
its
it's
its'
11. The con ________ were caught because of bad punctuation habits.
artists
artist's
artists'
12. My mother-in-law and your mother-in-law pooled their money and bought us a grammar book. Our _______________ present was very thoughtful.
mother's-in-law
mother-in-laws'
mothers'-in-law
mothers-in-law's
13. The _____________ punctuation culture is the most succulent of all the states.
Massachusetts
Massachusett's
Massachusetts'
14. When using apostrophes, it is best to mind your _____________.
ps and qs
p's and q's
'p's and 'q's
15. Persnickety Pete saw he made a grammatical error and gave his ________ notice in shame.
two weeks
two week's
two weeks'
16. The ________________ best sale was on a farmer's "Farmer's Almanac" with incorrect punctuation use.
farmers markets
farmers market's
farmer's market's
farmers' market's
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Level 82
May 18, 2022
Nice quiz. I feel like 5 and 8 could have more than one possible answer though. Not based on grammatical style but on circumstance. Alice and Adam could have been tested as a couple multiple times, and more than one innocent party could share a house. What do you think?
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Level 71
May 18, 2022
I edited a bit to make things more specific, but it's a bit difficult to be exact without making the questions tediously long.
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Level 74
May 18, 2022
A great quiz. I still don't follow the answers to 14 and 16, though. Can anyone explain?
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Level 71
May 18, 2022
In general usage, you should use an apostrophe to show plural letters and digits. If you are talking about writing your letter "a" properly, it would be hard to understand it if I said to "focus on your as." It's clearer if I say "focus on your a's." You'd also want to write 7's and 8's since it's easier to read.
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Level 71
May 18, 2022
The farmers market is interesting, because the noun becomes a modifier and acts as an adjective here. It's a market full of farmers, not a market owned by a farmer or several farmers. It's the same idea as "Antiques Store". It's not Antiques' Store, because the antiques don't own the store!