Chicago Style Workout 57: Capitalization, Part 1

Road sign pointing to Utopia

A Capital Idea

This month’s quiz focuses on proper nouns and the terms derived from and associated with them, including adjectives. Proper nouns are generally capitalized, whereas the related terms may or may not be, depending on context and meaning.

Most of the terms in this quiz can be found in CMOS in chapter 8 (on names, terms, and titles of works). Chapter 8 covers a lot of categories, so we’ll plan on returning to this subject in a future workout.

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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 57: Capitalization, Part 1

1. Many members of Gen Z have boomer grandparents.
2. The seat of government in the Netherlands is The Hague.
3. The storm was moving due North at fifteen miles per hour.
4. An Arctic air mass brought clear skies and lower temperatures to the region.
5. The city’s Business District was usually quiet on Sundays.
6. Their first neighborhood had been a rare urban Utopia of green spaces and river views—that is, before it turned into a Mecca for sightseers.
7. She works for the City of Chicago.
8. The name of the old television show Room 222 refers to the fictional classroom—room 222—where actor Lloyd Haynes’s character teaches American history.
9. Our bohemian roommates preferred cheap bordeaux to good champagne.
10. Though it’s called the Roaring Twenties, it was also, until 1928, the era of silent films.


Top Image: Utopia, by Lucas Theis (public domain).

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