This month’s workout, “Rules for Quoting,” centers on sections 13.7–8 of CMOS 16. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions.
Remember: The workouts are all about Chicago! If you’re an expert in MLA, AP, or New York Times style, you might be surprised to find that your instincts don’t quite match Chicago’s. That doesn’t mean that your answer is necessarily “wrong”—it just means it isn’t Chicago style.
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[Editor’s update: These styles did not change in the 17th edition, although their section numbers may have changed.]
Chicago Style Workout 7: Rules for Quoting (CMOS 13.7–8)
Since this workout concerns quoting, we’ll need some original text to quote. For questions 6–10, use this passage from But Can I Start a Sentence with “But”? Advice from the Chicago Style Q&A:
So much of editing goes beyond merely applying rules. It requires judgment. “Correctness” is taken for granted as a goal—but correctness according to whom? What’s correct in a legal document might be a big mistake in a graphic novel or blog post. For good reason, writers live in fear of overzealous copyeditors who, in search of correctness, will edit the life and voice right out of their work.
Correctness can be especially elusive when dictionaries, style guides, and usage manuals disagree. There is more general agreement on matters of grammar than on matters of style, such as punctuation, hyphenation, capitalization, or abbreviation. In style matters, there are often competing options, all acceptable. And when personal preferences come into play—when my “correct” is your “ick”—style choices can get tricky.1
Note: The first five questions are true/false statements based on the guidelines at CMOS 13.7–8; the last five ask you to judge whether the book excerpt above has been quoted correctly according to Chicago style.
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1. Can I Start a Sentence with “But”? Advice from the Chicago Style Q&A (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), 1.
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