Chicago Style Workout 33:
Editing and Proofreading Quiz No. 1

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To start off 2019, let’s take an editing and proofreading quiz. This is the first of a series of workouts that will test your editing knowledge and proofreading skills.

Hint: Each numbered example includes no more than one error.

Another hint: Some of the examples are wrong by just about any standard. Others are contrary to Chicago style but may be correct according to other styles (see the disclaimer below).

Take the quiz—and then read the results to see how you did.

Good luck!

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Note: Style guides and dictionaries sometimes disagree. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.

Chicago Style Workout 33: Editing and Proofreading Quiz No. 1

1. Seeing no napkins on the table, my sleeves became my only option.
 
 
2. The contract clearly specified “no pets larger than a loaf of bread“—as if we were playing a game of twenty questions.
 
 
3. The movie, Wonder Woman, is based on a character that was created in the early 1940s.
 
 
4. Don’t worry, I would never do that!
 
 
5. This so-called style guide reads more like a self-help book.
 
 
6. Fifty years from now, no one will be able to claim to have seen The Beatles live in concert.
 
 
7. Does the iPhone have a clock app?
 
 
8. The results of the study were inconclusive, that is, they did not show what we wanted them to.
 
 
9. The lunch was scheduled for 12:00 p.m., which is a lot better than 12:00 a.m.!
 
 
10. With the introduction of the microgroove LP (a.k.a. vinyl), high fidelity was finally in reach for ordinary middle-class consumers.
 
 

 

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3 thoughts on “Chicago Style Workout 33:
Editing and Proofreading Quiz No. 1

  1. #9: No one would write that sentence using “noon” and “midnight.” The question seems like it is asking about punctuation, not a rewrite.

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