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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.

    Correct Answer
    B. Indent the left side of all lines, double-space the quotation, and include the in-text citation at the end.
    Explanation
    The correct way to structure a block quotation is to indent the left side of all lines, double-space the quotation, and include the in-text citation at the end. This format helps to visually separate the quotation from the rest of the text and makes it clear that it is a direct quote. By indenting both sides of all lines, it creates a clear distinction between the quotation and the regular text. Double-spacing the quotation also helps to make it easier to read. Including the in-text citation at the end ensures that proper credit is given to the original source of the quote.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    D. Use brackets [ ] around the information you add and ellipses enclosed in brackets [...] for information you omit.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to use brackets [ ] around the information you add and ellipses enclosed in brackets [...] for information you omit. This is the correct method for adding or omitting information from a quotation within the text. The brackets indicate that the added information is not part of the original quotation, while the ellipses show that some information has been omitted. This allows the reader to clearly distinguish between the original text and any added or omitted information.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given answer, "True," is correct because in-text citations should include the author's last name and page number. This is a standard practice in academic writing to provide proper credit and enable readers to locate the original source easily. Including the author's last name and page number in in-text citations helps to avoid plagiarism and shows respect for the original author's work.

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  • 4. 

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

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Periods always FOLLOW the citation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    No need for the author's name, in this case, but you do need the page number(s)!

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    D. Use an abbreviated form of the title in place of the author's name.
    Explanation
    When no author's name is given for a text being cited, it is recommended to use an abbreviated form of the title in place of the author's name. This helps to identify the source and provide proper credit within the citation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Only give full citations for sources you USED and CITED in your paper.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. The title should be underlined or italicized.
    Explanation
    The citation is incorrect because the title of the book should be underlined or italicized.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. The year should come after the volume number.
    Explanation
    The citation provided is incorrect because the year should come after the volume number.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    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.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that 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. This format is commonly used for creating a Works Cited page in academic writing. By indenting the second line of each source, it helps to visually separate the different elements of the citation. Double spacing the entire page makes it easier to read and allows for additional information to be added if needed.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. Using your own language to communicate an idea communicated in a text.
    Explanation
    You must always put ideas gleaned from texts into your own words and/or properly format the information as a cited quotation, summary or paraphrase. All work must be your own.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    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.
    Explanation
    A SUMMARY is a macro or broad-scale explanation of the passage.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. Rousseau suggests that, although they come into the world uninhibited, human beings find themselves universally oppressed (Rousseau 57).
    Explanation
    A PARAPHRASE is a restatement of the author's words in your own words.

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  • 14. 

    Works Cited Entry: Donaldson, Sam. Bantering on Watergate. New York: Penguin Books, 1985. Use the Works Cited Entry and the knowledge that the quotation below is from Donaldson's Bantering on Watergate, Page 45, to determine what information should be contained in the in-text citation. "He spoke to us in German and then left us behind" ( __________ ).

    Correct Answer
    Bantering 45
    Explanation
    The in-text citation contains the author's last name and the page number on which the cited material can be found. The Works Cited information is irrelevant to this question!

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  • 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 (_________ ).

    Correct Answer
    544
    Explanation
    If the authors' last names are included in the sentence, then the last names do not get repeated in the in-text citation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Use ellipses when you aren't quoting the original words in their entirety but, instead, are omitting words or groups of words.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In line 6 of the passage, brackets are used to enclose additional words that the writer has added to the quotation. This suggests that the writer is providing extra information or clarification to the original quote. Therefore, the statement that brackets are used because the writer has added words to the quotation is true.

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