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Common Core Standard L.8.2a Questions

Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.

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Grade 8 Commas CCSS: L.8.2a
Indicate whether a comma is needed and where the comma should go in the sentence.

When I sing (1) in my car (2) I turn the music up (3) and roll down the windows.
  1. A comma should be placed at (1).
  2. A comma should be placed at (2).
  3. A comma should be placed at (3).
  4. No comma is needed in this sentence.
Grade 8 Commas CCSS: L.8.2a
Indicate whether a comma is needed and where the comma should go in the sentence.

I bought balloons (1) and I used them (2) as decorations (3) during the party.
  1. A comma should be placed at (1).
  2. A comma should be placed at (2).
  3. A comma should be placed at (3).
  4. No comma is needed in this sentence.
Grade 8 Commas CCSS: L.8.2a
Indicate whether a comma is needed and where the comma should go in the sentence.

We ordered cheese, pepperoni (1) and buffalo chicken pizza (2) last Friday night.
  1. A comma should be placed at (1).
  2. A comma should be placed at (2).
  3. A comma is optional at (1) and required at (2).
  4. A comma is optional at (1).
Grade 8 Commas CCSS: L.8.2a
Choose the sentence with the correct punctuation.
  1. You are my best friend, Kaylin.
  2. You, are my best friend, Kaylin.
  3. You are my best friend Kaylin.
  4. You are my, best, friend, Kaylin.
Grade 8 Commas CCSS: L.8.2a
Which sentence uses a comma correctly?
  1. After swimming practice she was so hungry that she ate two, delicious chicken sandwiches.
  2. It is far better for the environment to use recycled cups rather than the traditional, plastic cups.
  3. Concert violinists everywhere in the world wear white shirts with black, cotton pants.
  4. The young director's latest action movie had a long, successful run in the theaters.
Grade 8 Commas CCSS: L.8.2a
Indicate whether a comma is needed and where the comma should go in the sentence.

On Friday night, I went to the movies (1) and I saw (2) a documentary (3) about space.
  1. A comma should be placed at (1).
  2. A comma should be placed at (2).
  3. A comma should be placed at (3).
  4. No comma is needed in this sentence.
Grade 12 Capitalization and Punctuation CCSS: CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, L.8.2a, L.11-12.2, L.11-12.3
"I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man." - Notes from the Underground

In the sentence above, how is the ellipsis used?
  1. To indicate an omission in the sentence
  2. To show the narrator trailing off in thought
  3. To denote information before the sentence
  4. To connect the two ideas
Grade 8 Commas CCSS: CCRA.L.2, L.8.2, L.8.2a
Where do you insert the commas in the following sentence?

My doctor who I've been seeing since I was born is going to retire.
  1. After "My doctor"
  2. Before "Since I was born"
  3. Around "who I've been since since I was born"
  4. Before "is going to retire"
Grade 8 Capitalization and Punctuation CCSS: CCRA.L.2, L.8.2, L.8.2a
Which one of the following is an example of an ellipsis?
  1. The wicked warlock cast a spell on the child.
  2. We kept digging until we finally found...GOLD!
  3. The two skinny boys ran like Olympic runners.
  4. How can you make steak with that pan?

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