Quizzes: Commas and Semicolons 1

For each of the following sentences, determine whether a comma or semicolon is required in the underlined portion.

A) Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was originally intended for an adult audience, but today it is widely read as a part of children's school curriculum in the United States.

B) Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was originally intended for an adult audience; but today it is widely read as a part of children's school curriculum in the United States.

 
A) Contrary to popular belief, rattlesnakes rarely bite unless provoked or threatened, moreover if treated promptly, their bites are rarely fatal.

B) Contrary to popular belief, rattlesnakes rarely bite unless provoked or threatened; moreover if treated promptly, their bites are rarely fatal.

 
A) Because the Rosetta Stone presented the same text in all three ancient Egyptian scripts, it provided the key to the modern understanding of hieroglyphs.

B) Because the Rosetta Stone presented the same text in all three ancient Egyptian scripts; it provided the key to the modern understanding of hieroglyphs.

 
A) The Ottoman Empire contained nearly 100 provinces and numerous vassal states, some of them were later absorbed into the empire while others were granted various forms of autonomy.

B) The Ottoman Empire contained nearly 100 provinces and numerous vassal states; some of them were later absorbed into the empire while others were granted various forms of autonomy.

 
A) Best known as an artist and photographer, Carrie Mae Weems used her first camera for political purposes, taking advantage of her position as a union organizer to document the 1960s labor movement.

B) Best known as an artist and photographer, Carrie Mae Weems used her first camera for political purposes; taking advantage of her position as a union organizer to document the 1960s labor movement.

 
A) The artist believes that works of art should arise from personal concerns rather than institutional demands, therefore, he typically refuses to accept commissions.

B) The artist believes that works of art should arise from personal concerns rather than institutional demands; therefore, he typically refuses to accept commissions.

 
A) Although palaeontologists often find new dinosaur bones or footprints, the two types of fossils have not been found together until recently.

B) Although palaeontologists often find new dinosaur bones or footprints; the two types of fossils have not been found together until recently.


 
A) The most common goal of advertising is to drive consumer behavior toward a commercial offering, however, political advertising, which aims to convince voters to favor a particular candidate, occurs frequently as well.

B) The most common goal of advertising is to drive consumer behavior toward a commercial offering; however, political advertising, which aims to convince voters to favor a particular candidate, occurs frequently as well.

 
A) The sandhills of Nebraska form the largest sand dunes in North America, they spread for more than 20,000 square miles and cover more than a quarter of the state.

B) The sandhills of Nebraska form the largest sand dunes in North America; they spread for more than 20,000 square miles and cover more than a quarter of the state.

 
A) The opening of the Empire State building coincided with the start of the Great Depression in the United States, consequently, much of the building's office space remained empty for months.

B) The opening of the Empire State building coincided with the start of the Great Depression in the United States; consequently, much of the building's office space remained empty for months.