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Exercise # 11 Based on
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
by Beatrix Potter
A. Briefly explain why Beatrix Potter used quotation marks in each of the following sentences:
1. They were generally called the "Flopsy Bunnies."

2. "One, two, three, four! five! six leetle rabbits!" said he.

3. She said that Mr. McGregor had "done it a purpose." [Why isn't "Mr. McGregor" inside the quotation marks?]

B. Commas are used to separate items in a series. Why did Potter use a comma after "hood," but not after "cloak," or "muff"?
But next Christmas Thomasina Tittlemouse got a present of enough rabbit-wool to make herself a cloak and a hood, and a handsome muff and a pair of warm mittens.