Semicolons in Literature (Grade 10)

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Semicolons in Literature

1. 
“It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that." - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

In the sentence above, the author could change the first period to semicolon.
  1. True
  2. False
2. 
"One day I gave Clifford a bath. And I combed his hair and took him to the dog show. I'd like to say Clifford won first prize...but he didn't. I don't care. You can keep all your small dogs. You can keep all your black, white, brown, and spotted dogs. I'll keep Clifford...Wouldn't you?" - Clifford the Big Red Dog

Where could you place a semicolon in the above passage? Explain.



3. 
"You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting."

The most natural place for a semicolon in this passage is
  1. in place of the question mark.
  2. in place of the period between you and That's.
  3. in place of the comma between awake and the.
  4. No semicolons could fit in this passage.
4. 
"The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left end right. And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish."

Which choice shows the passage below rewritten with a correctly used semicolon?
  1. "The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left end right; the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish."
  2. "The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left end right. And the more he gave away; the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish."
  3. "The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left end right. And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales; he at last felt at home among the other fish."
  4. "The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left end right. And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became; when the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish."
5. 
"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere." - Mansfield Park

How does the author use semicolons in the passage above?
  1. To separate two sentences where a conjunction has been left out
  2. To separate units in a series
  3. To separate two sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction
  4. Both a and c
6. 
“They wanted to speak, but could not; tears stood in their eyes. They were both pale and thin; but those sick pale faces were bright with the dawn of a new future, of a full resurrection into a new life. They were renewed by love; the heart of each held infinite sources of life for the heart of the other.” - Crime and Punishment

Explain how the author of the passage above uses semicolons?



7. 
Fill in the blanks in the passage below with the correct punctuation. Hint: One blank contains a semicolon.

“Be men           or be more than men           Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock           This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be           it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not          ” - Frankenstein
8. 
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” - Oh, the Places You'll Go

Why does the author most likely NOT use a semicolon to connect the sentences "You're on your own. And you know what you know." or the sentences "And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."?
  1. Because semicolons cannot correctly work there
  2. Because semicolons cannot replace conjunctions
  3. Because semicolons would mess up the rhythm
  4. Because the author just doesn't like semicolons
9. 
Rewrite the passage below to include a semicolon.

“I feel I'm moving toward as well as away from something, and anything is possible.” - American Psycho



10. 
“Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.” - Coningsby

How does the author use a semicolon in the passage above?



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