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Q uotation Marks versus Underscores and Italics
 
Lesson 5-26
Note:The following rules apply only to titles being cited or discussed. When a person writes an essay and supplies a title for it, no quotation marks, underscores, or Italics should be added.
Prompt:Quotation marks are used to show the titles of short stories, poems, articles, stories, chapters, and other units smaller than a whole volume: Please turn to chapter three, "Punctuating the Sentence." Use underscores or italics (not both) to show the titles of books, magazines, newspapers, operas, movies or plays, and the names of ships and airplanes: "Have you read Jack London's Call of the Wild?" or "Have you read Jack London's Call of the Wild?" Underscores are used to a greater degree in handwritten passages where the italics cannot be shown. Underscores are also used (similar to quotation marks) to show special emphasis to words: "We must be in complete agreement before we continue."
Directions:Quotation marks, underscores, and italics (if necessary) have been correctly used in only one of the following paired sentences. Click to select the letter of the correct sentence (A or B) for each of the following paired sentences.
1.

( A ) His favorite book is Richard Dana's "Two Years Before the Mast."

( B ) His favorite book is Richard Dana's Two Years Before the Mast.

2.

( A ) I found a fascinating article in Popular Science.

( B ) I found a fascinating article in "Popular Science."

3.

( A ) The article was titled "Investing Your Money."

( B ) The article was titled Investing Your Money.

4.

( A ) Who wrote the biographical novel "The Agony and the Ecstasy"?

( B ) Who wrote the biographical novel The Agony and the Ecstasy?

5.

( A ) We subscribe to the "Los Angeles Times."

( B ) We subscribe to the Los Angeles Times.

6.

( A ) Was your favorite movie "Star Wars"?

( B ) Was your favorite movie Star Wars?

7.

( A ) William Cullen Bryant wrote the poem Thanatopsis as a teenager.

( B ) William Cullen Bryant wrote the poem "Thanatopsis" as a teenager.

8.

( A ) Last week we saw the stage play "The Lion King."

( B ) Last week we saw the stage play The Lion King.

9.

( A ) Do you know who travels in "Airforce One"?

( B ) Do you know who travels in Airforce One?

10.

( A ) The "Queen Elizabeth I" is docked in the Long Beach Harbor, California.

( B ) The Queen Elizabeth I is docked in the Long Beach Harbor, California.

11.

( A ) The third chapter is titled "At Home on the Prairie."

( B ) The third chapter is titled At home on the Prairie.

12.

( A ) Have you seen my "Organic Gardening" magazine?

( B ) Have you seen my Organic Gardening magazine?

13.

( A ) Didn't she perform in the operetta "Madame Butterfly"?

( B ) Didn't she perform in the operetta Madame Butterfly?

14.

( A ) "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" is a must-have book for your library.

( B ) Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is a must-have book for your library.

15.

( A ) In our English literature class we read "Macbeth."

( B ) In our English literature class we read Macbeth.

16.

( A ) I can quote the first stanza of the poem "Hiawatha."

( B ) I can quote the first stanza of the poem Hiawatha.

17.

( A ) If you love historical novels, read Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables."

( B ) If you love historical novels, read Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.

18.

( A ) Lord Cardigan was the cavalry officer involved in Tennyson's poem The Charge of the Light Brigade.

( B ) Lord Cardigan was the cavalry officer involved in Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade."

19.

( A ) Have you seen the great seaplane, "The Spruce Goose," built by Howard Hughes?

( B ) Have you seen the great seaplane, The Spruce Goose, built by Howard Hughes?

20.

( A ) The biographical book, Profiles in Courage, was written by John F. Kennedy.

( B ) The biographical book, "Profiles in Courage," was written by John F. Kennedy.