Fwis 180-MLA Citation Quiz

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Citation Quizzes & Trivia

A quick quiz on MLA documentation.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How do I structure a block quotation?
    • A. 

      Indent the left side of the first line only, single-space the quotation, and include the in-text citation at the end.

    • B. 

      Indent the left side of all lines, double-space the quotation, and include the in-text citation at the end.

    • C. 

      Indent both sides of all lines, double-space the quotation, and leave out the in-text citation.

    • D. 

      Indent both sides of all lines, single-space the quotation, and include the in-text citation at the end.

  • 2. 
    If I want to add or omit information from a quotation, how do I do that within the text?
    • A. 

      Add or omit without making changes. If my reader wants to know exactly what a source said, s/he can read the original source.

    • B. 

      Use parentheses ( ) around the information you add and ellipses (...) for information you omit.

    • C. 

      Bold the information you add, and insert ellipses (...) for information you omit.

    • D. 

      Use brackets [ ] around the information you add and ellipses enclosed in brackets [...] for information you omit.

  • 3. 
    For in-text citations, the author's last name and page number should be included in the in-text citation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    I should end my sentence with a period before my in-text citation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    If I've included the author's last name in my sentence, then I do not need to include it in my in-text citation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    What should I do in my in-text citation if no author's name is given for the text I'm citing?
    • A. 

      Omit the author's name and just use the page number by itself.

    • B. 

      Use "Anonymous" in place of the author's name.

    • C. 

      Use the full title of the piece in place of the author's name.

    • D. 

      Use an abbreviated form of the title in place of the author's name.

  • 7. 
    In my Works Cited Page, I should include all the sources I read while during my research, whether I cited them in the text or not.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    What is wrong with the following citation? Jupiter, Janie and Suellen Powers. The Nitty Gritty Lit Book. New York: Banter Press, 1991.
    • A. 

      The title should be underlined or italicized.

    • B. 

      The authors' first initials should be given, not their full first names.

    • C. 

      The page numbers should always be listed for a book.

    • D. 

      Instead of a colon, there should be a comma.

  • 9. 
    What is wrong with the following citation? Allan, Joseph. "How the Americans Made Sugar in the West." Journal of American History (1986) 23:245-257.
    • A. 

      Page numbers do not need to be listed for a journal article.

    • B. 

      The year should come after the volume number.

    • C. 

      There needs to be a period after the journal title.

    • D. 

      The author's first initial should be used.

  • 10. 
    How do I format the Works Cited page?
    • A. 

      All lines of each source should be flush against the left side. The entire page should be double spaced.

    • B. 

      All lines of each source should be centered and single spaced.

    • C. 

      The first line of each source should be flush against the left side, while the second line should be indented one-half inch. There should be two spaces between each entry, the entries themselves are single spaced.

    • D. 

      The first line of each source should be flush against the left side, while the second line (if any) should be indented one-half inch. The entire page should be double spaced.

  • 11. 
    Which one of the examples below is NOT considered plagiarism?
    • A. 

      Using your own language to communicate an idea communicated in a text.

    • B. 

      Misrepresenting sources by concocting false information, misattributing content to sources, and citing sources that have not been consulted.

    • C. 

      Submitting a paper you wrote for another class or other assignment as though it is new work.

    • D. 

      Passing off someone else's work--whole essay, paragraphs, sentences, and phrases--as your own.

  • 12. 
    Example Passage taken directly from text: Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Many a man believes himself to be the master of others who is no less than they, a slave. How did this change take place? I do not know. What can make it legitimate? To this question I hope to be able to furnish an answer. Choose the option below that is a SUMMARY of the passage.
    • A. 

      In his essay, “The Origin of Civil Society,” Rousseau questions his observations of humanity, which indicate that a person’s free nature and his or her actual social status are in conflict.

    • B. 

      In an essay examining the relationship of humanity and society, Rousseau asserts that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains” (Rousseau 57).

    • C. 

      Rousseau suggests that, although they come into the world uninhibited, human beings find themselves universally oppressed (Rousseau 57).

    • D. 

      None of the Above.

  • 13. 
    Example Passage taken directly from text: Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Many a man believes himself to be the master of others who is no less than they, a slave. How did this change take place? I do not know. What can make it legitimate? To this question I hope to be able to furnish an answer. Determine which of the options below is a PARAPHRASING of the passage.
    • A. 

      Rousseau suggests that, although they come into the world uninhibited, human beings find themselves universally oppressed (Rousseau 57).

    • B. 

      In an essay examining the relationship of humanity and society, Rousseau asserts that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains” (Rousseau 57).

    • C. 

      In his essay, “The Origin of Civil Society,” Rousseau questions his observations of humanity, which indicate that a person’s free nature and his or her actual social status are in conflict.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 14. 
  • 15. 
    Works Cited Entry: Xavier, Jason and Thomas Yater. Political Guide to the United States. New York:            Ballantine, 2004 Use the Works Cited entry above and the knowledge that the information in the sentence below is from Xavier and Yater's Political Guide to the United States, page 544, to fill in the missing in-text citation below: In Political Guide to the United States, Xavier and Yater explore the idea that the U.S. is changing politically (_________ ).
  • 16. 
    Refer to the sample paper below and designate as True or False the following claim:  Ellipses (...) have been included in line 12 of the passage in order to signal to the reader that words have been removed from the quoted sentence(s). Sample Passage: According to Edna Flatbush’s study (125) Sally Embelism was a famous tongue surgeon of the Oompa Loompa tribe of Central Snozangle. She is often compared with the famous tooth extractor, Barry Yeek, and the famous nose hair specialist, Robby Greenly (128). Dr. William Sneezer, however, concludes that, “This is an unjust comparison” (126) and defends Embelism’s right to be evaluated separately (176). Sneezer argues, “We have only just begun to understand (Embelism’s) effect on the science of tooth pain and the causal effect of the gum’s recession on the tongue” (125).                 Embelism began her illustrious career as a dental hygienist under Barry Yeek in her mid twenties (Barton 87).  She, “…detested working under the filthy conditions of his office…and eventually left his employment” (Carter 28). From there, Embelism wandered searching for a new purpose in her life until she met Tongue Barb Pete on the Board Walk at Atlantic City where the two met and fell in love (Boom 30). Their “…love was short lived, however, due to Pete’s habit drinking two bottles of whiskey right before the show then gulping fireballs for the crowds” (37). “It was an accident waiting to happen according to all of the couples’ friends” (Flatbush 56).                         
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Using the sample paper excerpt below, decide whether the statement which follows is True or False: Brackets are used in line 6 of the passage because the writer has added words to the quotation. Sample Paper Excerpt: According to Edna Flatbush’s study (125) Sally Embelism was a famous tongue surgeon of the Oompa Loompa tribe of Central Snozangle. She is often compared with the famous tooth extractor, Barry Yeek, and the famous nose hair specialist, Robby Greenly (128). Dr. William Sneezer, however, concludes that, “This is an unjust comparison” (126) and defends Embelism’s right to be evaluated separately (176). Sneezer argues, “We have only just begun to understand [Embelism’s] effect on the science of tooth pain and the causal effect of the gum’s recession on the tongue” (125).                 Embelism began her illustrious career as a dental hygienist under Barry Yeek in her mid twenties (Barton 87).  She, “…detested working under the filthy conditions of his office…and eventually left his employment” (Carter 28). From there, Embelism wandered searching for a new purpose in her life until she met Tongue Barb Pete on the Board Walk at Atlantic City where the two met and fell in love (Boom 30). Their “…love was short lived, however, due to Pete’s habit drinking two bottles of whiskey right before the show then gulping fireballs for the crowds” (37). “It was an accident waiting to happen according to all of the couples’ friends” (Flatbush 56). 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False