Where do I put the question mark when I want to ask about a list of items? For example:
Should we mention other books by Charles Dickens, such as:
- A Tale of Two Cities: a novel describing the chaos of the French Revolution from the perspective of a handful of people from England and France.
- A Christmas Carol: a novella following Ebenezer Scrooge as he is haunted by spirits that teach him what his avarice is doing to those around him.
In particular, the question mark doesn't seem to have a home because:
- The text at the beginning can't be punctuated by a question mark, since it wouldn't form a complete sentence. A workaround might be to go ahead and ask the question, followed by "Examples include:" .
- The list items are sentences of their own, rather completing the beginning of the question in alternative ways.
Although the points above offer ways to avoid this construction, one or both might not work for a given scenario (e.g. if the bullet points consist of several sentences each, not just one).
Is it possible to keep the construction above and put the question mark somewhere, or do I have no choice but to reword in some situations?