Technical Editing:
Spelling, Capitalization, and Abbreviations — Rude 9

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  1. What is the first step you should take in checking a document for spelling?
    Use the spell check function on your computer.
    Scan the document.
    Consult a good dictionary.
    All of the above.
  2. When using the spell check function on your computer to check a document for spelling, it's a good practice to
    Rely on it completely.
    Use it judiciously to catch gross misspellings.
    Use it only on long documents.
    Use it as a last resort.
  3. When is it a good idea to use a subject-specific dictionary?
    When you are editing a document on a subject unfamiliar to you.
    When you are editing a document with words familiar to you.
    When you are editing a document on a subject familiar to you.
  4. Which of these is the correct spelling?
    Changeable
    Changable
  5. Which of these is the correct spelling?
    Commitment
    Comitment
    Committment
    Comittment
  6. Which of these is the correct spelling?
    Committed
    Commited
  7. Which one of the words in this sentence is misspelled? The crew accommodated the liaison from headquarters, but felt mischieveous about their earlier surveillance of him.
    accommodated
    liaison
    mischieveous
    surveillance
  8. Which one of the words in this sentence is misspelled? The changeable questionnaire seperated them into two categories.
    changeable
    questionnaire
    seperated
    categories
  9. Which one of the words in this next sentence is misspelled? The irresistable judgment was that forty tons was feasible.
    irresistable
    judgment
    forty
    feasible
  10. Which one of the words in this sentence is misspelled? The subpoena was undoubtably convenient to acquire.
    subpoena
    undoubtably
    convenient
    acquire
  11. Select the right word to fill in the blank. Hormones _________ growth.
    effect
    affect
  12. Select the right word to fill in the blank. We want to _______ your safety on board.
    insure
    assure
    ensure
  13. Select the right word to fill in the blank. Their personalities __________ one another.
    complimented
    complemented
  14. Select the right word to fill in the blank. The procedures were divided into three ________ parts.
    discreet
    discrete
  15. Select the right word to fill in the blank. He ______ [present tense] down to sleep.
    lies
    lays
  16. Select the right word to fill in the blank. Work was the _______ from his mind a he walked in the park.
    furthest
    farthest
  17. Which is the proper capitalization?
    Swedish meatball
    Swedish Meatballs
    swedish meatball
  18. Which of the following sentences uses correct capitalization?
    The governor stepped forward.
    The Governor stepped forward.
  19. What is the proper punctuation for this abbreviation?
    Ph.D
    Ph D.
    PhD
    Ph. D.
  20. What is the correct abbreviation for California?
    Ca.
    Calif.
    CA.
    CA
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