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Hi all!

Does anyone know what the rules are for capitalization and punctuation when writing a multiple choice quiz? I've tried checking various quiz websites, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus. Even professional sites aren't consistent from quiz to quiz. Sometimes they capitalize single-word answers and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they capitalize the first word of incomplete sentences and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they punctuate every sentence, and sometimes they only put a period at the end of the last sentence. Other times they don't punctuate them at all.

Could someone please tell me if the following are gramatically correct?

Example 1

How many apples were there?

A) one
B) four
C) nine

Example 2

What does the boy want to be when he grows up?

A) a policeman
B) a doctor
C) a scientist

Example 3

Why did the girl open the window?

A) so she could look at the stars
B) it was hot
C) to wave to someone

If incomplete sentences (as in A and C) don't start with a capital letter and aren't punctuated, what happens when one of the answers is a complete sentence (as in B)? Should it be written as complete sentences are normally written. Or does the format of the quiz override the usual considerations?
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Hi,
There are really no rules for such matters and, as you say, there seems to be no consensus.

Best wishes, Clive
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