Chicago Style Workout 72: Capitalization, Part 2

A Newton's cradle featuring four silver balls and one red ball. The silver balls are at rest, touching each other. The red ball is suspended in mid-swing to their left.

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For this month’s quiz we return to the subject of capitalization—specifically, the names and terms covered in chapter 8 of CMOS. In general, proper nouns are capitalized, whereas terms derived from or associated with them may not be, depending on context and other factors. It’s that last part that often proves challenging for writers and editors, but CMOS (and a good dictionary) can help.

To test your knowledge of Chicago’s capitalization principles, take the quiz. If you haven’t yet tried our first quiz on this subject, see “Capitalization, Part 1.”

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Note: Style guides sometimes disagree. Except for a few details that can be readily verified in standard dictionaries and encyclopedias, the answers in this quiz rely on the information in the 17th edition of CMOS.

Chicago Style Workout 72: Capitalization, Part 2

1. We were lucky to make it through both the Northridge earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.
2. I studied cynicism in my philosophy seminar and cubism in my drawing class.
3. We hashed out a preliminary bill of rights modeled loosely on the first ten amendments.
4. Who will win this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture?
5. My brother took his Oath of Citizenship eleven years after arriving in the United States.
6. Students who major in comparative literature can often read two or more languages.
7. I was late this morning to my Biology 101 lab.
8. The Summer Solstice can’t come soon enough for me.
9. The separation of Church and State is intended to preserve religious freedom.
10. Newton’s third law of motion is related to the conservation of momentum.


Photo of Newton’s cradle by Chris Potter, CC BY 2.0.

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