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Shady Characters: QUIZ
1) Which mark of punctuation was once taught as the 27th letter of the alphabet?
• Asterisk (*)
• Pilcrow (¶)
• Ampersand (&)

2) What does this symbol (‽) signify?
• A surprised or rhetorical question
• An ironic statement
• A glottal stop

3) What is the universal name for the “#” symbol?
• Klammeraffe
• Octothorpe
• Strudel

4) Which character, when it fell out of common use, left behind the paragraph indent?
• Dagger (†)
• Section sign (§)
• Pilcrow (¶)

5) What is this character (☞) called?
• Manicule
• Bishop’s fist
• Digit

6) “@” was originally abbreviation for
• Amphora, ancient Roman and Greek pottery jugs
• Acres, the unit of area measurement
• (Pounds of) ambergris, a waxy substance found in the digestive tract of the sperm whale and used in
perfume manufacture

7) The earliest occurrence of which symbol was found in graffiti on a wall in Pompeii?
Pilcrow (¶)
Ampersand (&)
Dagger (†)

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Answers to shady characters quiz *
1) Ampersand (&)
2) A surprised or rhetorical question
3) Octothorpe
4) Pilcrow (¶)
5) Manicule, Bishop’s fist or Digit (your choice)
6) Amphora, ancient Roman and Greek pottery jugs
7) Ampersand (&)

* From “Shady Characters The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols and Other Typographical Marks” by Keith Houston, published 2013 by Norton