Capital or Capitol?

J. Cheney

1. Capital as a noun has several meanings: a city that is the seat of the government for the state, an upper case letter, money or property owned by a business, or the top part of a column.

As an adjective, capital means principal or chief as in "a capital idea." Capital also can mean "punishable by death," as in capital punishment.

2. Capitol is capitalized if the word is referring to the building in which the U.S. Congress meets. When uncapitalized, the word usually refers to the main government building of a state. Write in the correct form of the word in parentheses in the questions below and then click "submit" to send your answers.


  1. The company was fortunate to have enough (capital, capitol) to expand and to open offices across the nation.
  2. Links to reference material:
    Would you like to learn more about these words?

    Your answer:


  3. Can you name all the (capitals, capitols) of the United States?
  4. Your answer:


  5. This summer my family and I hope to visit Washington, D.C. and visit the (Capital, Capitol) because that building is an important part of American history.
  6. Your answer:


  7. The first letter of every major word in a title should begin with a (capital, capitol)letter.
  8. Your answer:


  9. There was a protest march outside the (capital, capitol) in Sacramento last week, so I missed an opportunity to see inside that building.
  10. Your answer:



Generated by QuizMaker 2.0.

QuizMaker 2.0 for QuizServer © 1998 University of Hawaii. Developed for the University of Hawaii Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development in cooperation with Maui Community College. All rights reserved. Any copying, distribution, or preparation of derivative works is strictly prohibited.