Chicago Style Workout 37: Editing and Proofreading Quiz No. 3

Les Mis . . . or Les mis?

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It’s time for another editing and proofreading quiz!

Once again, we test your knowledge of some of the finer points of Chicago style. Each question exemplifies (or restates) a rule or recommendation in The Chicago Manual of Style.

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Chicago Style Workout 37: Editing and Proofreading Quiz No. 3

1. Game of Thrones’s first and last seasons bookend what some are calling a decade of disruption and controversy.
2. He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown, first aired in 1968, on the CBS television network.
3. In the author’s fictional universe there is no selling and no buying: barter is the only acceptable mode of transaction.
4. She double-majored in economics and computer science.
5. We were hoping the finale might offer some cool genre-bending twist; or at least some insights into the real world.
6. Joan Crawford (190?–1977) was the subject of a tell-all memoir by her daughter Christina.
7. In the Hawaiian language, the name of the island from which the state gets its name is Hawai’i.
8. For a direct quotation, it’s acceptable to translate a French translation of an English text back into English, because French is relatively close to English.
9. Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables has been translated into many languages.
10. When directly quoting from a source that uses en dashes or hyphens instead of em dashes, leave the hyphens or en dashes as is.


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