Typography MCQs

Typography MCQs

Our team has conducted extensive research to compile a set of Typography MCQs. We encourage you to test your Typography knowledge by answering these 100+ multiple-choice questions provided below.
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1: Which of these programs are you able to design typefaces in?

A.   All of these

B.   Fontographer

C.   FontLab Studio

D.   Adobe Illustrator

E.   Glyphs

2: Which one of these describes a 'river'?

A.   When justification makes a line unattractive due to forced increase in tracking

B.   When justification renders a line as practically illegible due to compression

C.   When text breaks across an image and continues on the other side

D.   When text is wrapped around an image in a curve

E.   When gaps between words on successive lines form a long vertical empty space

3: Type Design is...

A.   an unrelated field of design.

B.   the practice of creating typefaces.

C.   another term for typography.

4: Which of the following is a Slab Serif typeface?

A.   Rockwell

B.   Papyrus

C.   Bodoni

D.   Helvetica

E.   Baskerville

5: Which font does not belong?

A.   Garamond

B.   Arial

C.   Cochin

D.   Baskerville

E.   Caslon

6: Pertaining to type design – x-height – is the distance between...

A.   ... the descender line and the ascender line

B.   ... the baseline and the mean line

C.   ... the mean line and the ascender line

D.   ... the mean line and the capline

E.   ... individual glyphs

7: The longest of the dashes is the:

A.   hypen

B.   em dash

C.   discretionary hyphen

D.   en dash

8: Where should en dashes (–) be used?

A.   All of these

B.   To contrast or show a relationship between two things (i.e. Democrat–Republican)

C.   Inbetween a range of values (i.e. 1998–2004)

D.   In a compound word that includes other compound words (i.e. pro-life–pro-choice debate)

9: What is the general term used to describe a company that specializes in designing and/or distributing typefaces?

A.   A type establishment

B.   A type foundry

C.   A type congregation

D.   A type association

E.   A type guild

10: How many spaces should come after a period, between sentences when using Mac & Windows fonts?

A.   0

B.   Depends on if you are on Mac or Windows

C.   1

D.   2

E.   1 for Mac, 20 for Windows

11: What is the common term for letterforms that are connected?

A.   ligature

B.   gutters

C.   pilcrow

D.   combo-glyphs

12: How do you refer to the strokes of lowercase letter that extend below the rest of the letter?

A.   Trunks

B.   Down Strokes

C.   Lower Stems

D.   Roots

E.   Descenders

13: Modern movable type, along with the mechanical printing press, was invented in mid-15th century Europe by

A.   Claude Garamond

B.   Herbert Brekle

C.   Walter Tracy

D.   Johannes Gutenberg

14: Which of the following is a sans-serif typeface?

A.   Helvetica

B.   Rockwell

C.   Bodoni

D.   Baskerville

15: Which option below is a standard serif typeface pre-installed on most operating systems?

A.   Verdana

B.   Helvetica

C.   Times New Roman

D.   Bodoni

E.   Baskerville

16: What is the correct name for the following glyph: *

A.   notary

B.   attention mark

C.   asterisk

D.   star

17: Where should hyphens (-) be used?

A.   Showing word breaks

B.   All of these

C.   Joining prefixes to other words

D.   In place of a common second element in all but the last word in a list

E.   Compound words

18: What is microtypography?

A.   Overall page layout

B.   Detailed aspects of type and spacing

C.   Overall look of paragraph structure

D.   Detailed aspect of page layout

19: What do ligatures do?

A.   Measure the space a character is able to expand.

B.   Combine two or more characters into a single glyph

20: Pertaining to type design – what is a serif?

A.   The stroke of a glyph

B.   The negative space around a glyph

C.   A slight protrusion that finishes the stroke of a letter

D.   The main stem of a glyph

E.   The contours within a glyph

21: What does the term descender refer to?

A.   The portion of a letter that extends below the baseline of a font.

B.   The command to shift the baseline of a letter in a line of text.

C.   The name of a Sans serif font.

D.   The name of an Old Style Serif font.

E.   The portion of a letter that extends above the mean line of a font.

22: "&" What is this symbol called?

A.   colophon

B.   cap

C.   swash captial

D.   ampersand

E.   petroglyph

23: Which is not a sans serif font?

A.   Arial

B.   Geneva

C.   Times New Roman

D.   Helvetica

24: What does the weight of a font refer to?

A.   The overall appeal of a typeface

B.   The amount of counters in a font

C.   The thickness of the character outlines relative to their height

D.   The maximum distance from the capline to the baseline

E.   The amount of glyphs in a typeface

25: What size font is generally used in paragraphs of body copy?

A.   14-point

B.   18-point

C.   11-point

D.   10-point

E.   8- to 12-point

26: The top point of a capital A is called:

A.   Arm

B.   Apex

C.   Bowl

D.   Tail

27: Which of these is not a type adjustment?

A.   size

B.   kerning

C.   tracking

D.   leading

E.   option

28: What does sans serif mean?

A.   italicized font

B.   emphasized font

C.   a font with added details to increase readability

D.   a font without semi-structural details at the end of strokes

29: This symbol has the general meaning of "commercial at" or "at the rate of." Which symbol holds these titles?

A.   #

B.   &

C.   !

D.   %

E.   @

30: Does a descender fall below the base line?

A.   No

B.   Yes

31: A text alignment that fills the space between margins leaving a neat straight edged block of text but can leave extra space between words that become "rivers" of white space running through the paragraph. The text alignment is

A.   Centered text

B.   Right-aligned text

C.   Left-aligned text

D.   Justified text

32: What is a baseline?

A.   The imaginary line upon which text rests.

B.   None of these.

C.   The imaginary maximum line upon which text reach

D.   A new line of text.

33: Strikeout means

A.   the editor needs to delete out the word

B.   the word is in extra bold

C.   that section has a spelling error

D.   the type has 'x' marks over each letter

E.   the type has a line running through it

34: Is there a difference between Arial and Helvetica?

A.   Yes, the x height is different

B.   Many differences exist in the tails, spurs, and angle of endcaps.

C.   Only in the non-alphanumeric characters

D.   Only the lowercase g is different

E.   No, they are the exact same font

35: How do you refer to the strokes of lowercase letters that rise above the rest of the letter?

A.   Up Strokes

B.   Stems

C.   Branches

D.   Top Stems

E.   Ascenders

36: What is a double-story "g"?

A.   One where extended tail forms a closed bowl or loop.

B.   A lowercase g in any serif font.

37: The hump of an n is called a...

A.   swash

B.   link

C.   stroke

D.   shoulder

E.   stress

38: Legibility refers to....

A.   the stems which cap the end of a stroke on certain letters

B.   the degree to which text is readable

C.   the act of fitting as many words on a page as possible

D.   the cutoff point under whcih the end of a word can "hang" over the edge of a margin

39: A hyphen would be used for:

A.   A range of dates

B.   A break in thought

C.   A break in a word

40: Placing glyphs closer or farther to each other manually for every glyph is called:

A.   moving

B.   tracking

C.   spacing

D.   kerning

41: Which of these is an example of a slab serif typeface?

A.   Garamond

B.   Times New Roman

C.   Baskerville

D.   Rockwell

E.   Didot

42: The combining of two glyphs into one such as ff or fi is called a(n):

A.   None of these

B.   Ligature

C.   Abbreviation

D.   Kerning pair

43: Experimental typography is defined as:

A.   The intended result of the presentation of textual material in order to communicate meaning as unambiguously as possible

B.   Ensuring that each individual character or glyph is unambiguous and distinguishable from all other characters in the font

C.   The unconventional and more artistic approach to setting type

D.   The result of a code that swaps every letter for a different letter

44: What is the name for the middle portion of the letter "S"?

A.   Spine

B.   Sleeve

C.   Tube

D.   Rod

E.   Backbone

45: Which font would be considered a Sans Serif font?

A.   Didot

B.   Century Schoolbook

C.   Futura

D.   Bookman Antiqua

E.   Bell MT

46: Which of the following is a slab serif?

A.   Georgia

B.   Helvetica

C.   Bodoni

D.   Rockwell

47: Uneven Rag can affect the overall _____ of a text block.

A.   Readability

B.   Tracking

C.   Character size

D.   Leading

48: These are all variations of what: Plain, bold, italic, underline, outline, and shadow?

A.   typography

B.   type

C.   typestyle

D.   typeface

49: What is the correct name for the glyph "^"?

A.   Upside-down V

B.   Arrow accent

C.   Caret

50: What is a common ligature?

A.   fr

B.   fp

C.   ff

D.   zf

E.   fz