Chicago Style Workout 53: Book Sense

The Stuff Books Are Made Of

Books are the anchors of the publishing world, at least judging by the weight of The Chicago Manual of Style. They’re also the subject of CMOS’s first seventy-six numbered paragraphs (1.1–76)—and of this month’s “Chicago style” workout. Take the quiz to learn more.

(Hint: Sometimes a word will have more than one meaning.)

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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 53: Book Sense

1. Books are said to be made up of leaves. A leaf consists of
2. The right-hand page in an open book is called
3. A page that includes the book’s title and nothing else is called
4. An illustration on the page opposite the main title page—that is, to its left when the book is held open—is called
5. On the copyright page, many books carry what’s known as CIP data. “CIP” stands for
6. A foreword is a brief introduction that’s usually written by
7. A page at the end of a book with a statement about typefaces and other production-related details is called
8. The free half of each of two folded sheets of paper glued to the inside front and back covers of a hardcover book is called
9. The logo that sometimes stands in for a publisher’s name on the spine of a hardcover book is called
10. The removable paper cover added to a hardcover book is called


Top photo: Fantasy Book, by Theo Crazzolara, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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4 thoughts on “Chicago Style Workout 53: Book Sense

  1. Excellent quiz! I was confused with Q. 7. But I reasoned out that the answer could not be “a gramophone”.

  2. I got 90%, but it should have been 100%. When I got to #9, I thought the right answer was “colophon,” but I’d already answered “colophon” for #7 only because I knew it _couldn’t_ be “gramophone.” So I reasoned that “colophon” couldn’t be the term for two such different parts, so I defaulted to “imprint” — my only wrong answer. Why in the world is “colophon” the name for both?

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