Try Your Hand at the Year in Review Proofreading Quiz

Try Your Hand at the Year in Review Proofreading Quiz

Professional website proofreaders are always on the lookout for typos, even when reading the news.

In this quiz, we review significant news of 2011 through the eyes of a proofreader.

Each question contains one (but only one) mistake. Can you spot each one?

Gabrielle Giffords, 40, who the authorities called the target of the attack, was said to be in very critical condition on January 8 at the University Medical Center in Tucson, where she was operated on by a team of neurosurgeons.





Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world, erupted in mass protests in January 2011, as the revolution in Tunisia inflamed decades worth of smoldering grievances against the heavy-handed rule of President Hosni Mubarak.





Struggling to reach survivors, concerns mounted over possible radiation leaks from two nuclear power plants near the earthquake zone in northeastern Japan.





Elizabeth Taylor, who fascinated generations of moviegoers with her beauty and who’s name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, died on March 23 at the age of 79.





Over 1,900 guests were invited to the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London.





President Obama chaired no less than five National Security Council meetings to address the pursuit of Osama bin Laden, and gave the order to plan an attack on his compound on the morning of April 29.





On May 15, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was taken off of an Air France plane at Kennedy International Airport minutes before it was to depart for Paris.





Casey Anthony, the young mother whose seeming heartlessness at the disappearance of her daughter transfixed America for three years, was found innocent on July 5 of killing her daughter.





In July, charges about tactics used by News of the World, a British newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, erupted into a scandal that lead to the paper’s closing.





A Georgian student was one of at least 77 victims who was killed on July 22 in the bombing of an Oslo government building and a shooting rampage at a youth camp.





College dropouts comprise a small but impassioned contingent of Occupy Wall Street, a group of activists that began a loosely organized protest on September 17 in New York’s financial district.





Colonel Moemmar el Qaddafi, the erratic dictator who ruled Libya for 42 years, met a violent and vengeful death on October 20 in the hands of the Libyan forces that drove him from power.





A population indoctrined to revere and serve its “Dear Leader” mourned the death of Kim Jong Il, the hereditary ruler of North Korea, who died on December 17.