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  • 1. 

    If an entry in a Works Cited List is longer than one line, the second and all subsequent lines need to be indented half an inch. This is called a hanging indent.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In a Works Cited List, when an entry is longer than one line, it is necessary to indent the second and all subsequent lines half an inch. This is known as a hanging indent. By doing so, it helps to visually distinguish the different lines of the entry and makes it easier for readers to navigate and understand the information presented in the list. Therefore, the statement "True" is correct.

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  • 2. 

    The title of a website or a book should be italicized or underlined.  Whichever you choose, you should be consistent. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the title of a website or a book should be italicized or underlined for emphasis. However, it is important to note that whichever formatting style is chosen, consistency should be maintained throughout the entire document or website. This ensures that the titles are visually distinct and easily recognizable to the readers.

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  • 3. 

    What is the line spacing for an MLA paper? 

    • A.

      Single spaced

    • B.

      Double spaced

    • C.

      1.5 spaced

    • D.

      No spacing

    Correct Answer
    B. Double spaced
    Explanation
    An MLA paper is typically double spaced. This means that there is a full blank line between each line of text. Double spacing allows for easier readability and provides ample space for annotations or comments to be added to the paper. It also helps to differentiate between paragraphs and makes the paper look more organized and professional.

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  • 4. 

    What is the correct order of items in the MLA heading?

    • A.

      Student Name, Teacher Name, Class Name, Date.

    • B.

      Student Name, Teacher Name, Date, Class Name.

    • C.

      Teacher name, Student Name, Class Name, Date.

    • D.

      Student Name, Class Name, Teacher Name, Date

    Correct Answer
    D. Student Name, Class Name, Teacher Name, Date
    Explanation
    The correct order of items in the MLA heading is Student Name, Class Name, Teacher Name, Date. This order follows the standard MLA format, where the student's name is listed first, followed by the class name, then the teacher's name, and finally the date.

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  • 5. 

    Where is the title of an assignment located in a paper using MLA format?

    • A.

      The bottom left corner of the page

    • B.

      The top right corner of the page

    • C.

      Centered below the heading, near the top of the page.

    • D.

      Top left corner of the page

    • E.

      Option 5

    Correct Answer
    C. Centered below the heading, near the top of the page.
    Explanation
    In MLA format, the title of an assignment is located centered below the heading, near the top of the page. This is the standard formatting guideline for MLA papers, where the title is placed below the heading and centered on the page. Placing the title in this position helps to create a clear and organized layout for the paper.

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  • 6. 

    How many lines are included in an MLA heading? 

    • A.

      Three

    • B.

      Two  

    • C.

      Four

    • D.

      Five

    Correct Answer
    C. Four
    Explanation
    An MLA heading typically includes four lines. These lines consist of the student's name, the instructor's name, the course title, and the date. Each line is written on a separate line and is aligned to the left margin. The MLA heading is an important component of academic papers as it provides essential information about the author and the context of the paper.

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  • 7. 

    Wikipedia is a reliable source.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Wikipedia is not considered a reliable source because it is an open-source website that can be edited by anyone. The information on Wikipedia may not always be accurate or up-to-date, as there is no formal peer-review process. It is always recommended to verify information from other credible sources before considering it as reliable.

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  • 8. 

    What should one do if no author is given for the work they are citing. 

    • A.

      Use N.A. in place of the author's name.

    • B.

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

    • C.

      Omit the author's name and list only the page number

    • 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
    If no author is given for the work being cited, one should use an abbreviated form of the title in place of the author's name. This is because when citing sources, it is important to provide enough information for the reader to locate the source themselves. Using an abbreviated form of the title helps to identify the source and allows the reader to find it in the reference list.

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  • 9. 

    The thesis statement of an MLA paper can be found:

    • A.

      In the first sentence of the last paragraph and the last sentence of the first paragraph.

    • B.

      First sentence of the last paragraph.

    • C.

      The first sentence of your paper.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. In the first sentence of the last paragraph and the last sentence of the first paragraph.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "In the first sentence of the last paragraph and the last sentence of the first paragraph." This is because the thesis statement is typically located at the end of the introduction paragraph, which is usually the first paragraph of the paper. It can also be found in the last paragraph of the paper, which is often the conclusion paragraph. These locations ensure that the thesis statement is clearly stated at the beginning and end of the paper, providing a clear focus for the reader.

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  • 10. 

    One should include in the Works Cited, all the sources that they read when conducting research, regardless of whether they were cited within the paper. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    One should only include in the Works Cited the sources that were actually cited within the paper. Including all the sources that were read during research, regardless of whether they were cited or not, would make the Works Cited section unnecessarily long and confusing for readers.

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  • 11. 

    If your teacher's directions for formatting vary slightly from the official MLA guidelines, which should you follow?

    • A.

      Teacher's Instructions

    • B.

      MLA format

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    A. Teacher's Instructions
    Explanation
    In this scenario, the student should follow the teacher's instructions for formatting, even if they vary slightly from the official MLA guidelines. This is because the teacher's instructions take precedence over the official guidelines, as they are the ones grading the assignment and have specific requirements for formatting.

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  • 12. 

    In MLA style, what would you include in the parentheses for a directly quoted in-text citation?

    • A.

      Author's last name followed by the page number

    • B.

      Just the author's last name and no page number.

    • C.

      Title of the source and the page number.

    • D.

      Author's last name and the year of publication.

    Correct Answer
    A. Author's last name followed by the page number
    Explanation
    In MLA style, when including a directly quoted in-text citation, you would include the author's last name followed by the page number. This allows readers to easily locate the specific information being cited within the source. Including the page number is important because it helps to provide a clear and precise reference to the exact location of the quoted material.

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  • 13. 

    If a source has more than one author, one of the choices that MLA gives you is to use et al. (See below). Fontela, Pablo, et al. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because in MLA (Modern Language Association) style, when a source has more than one author, you have the option to use "et al." after the first author's name. This is a way to acknowledge multiple authors without having to list all of their names, especially in cases where there are many authors. "Et al." is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase "et alia" which means "and others."

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  • 14. 

    Where does one put the page number on an MLA paper?

    • A.

      Top Right Corner

    • B.

      Top Center

    • C.

      Top Left corner

    • D.

      Bottom Center

    Correct Answer
    A. Top Right Corner
    Explanation
    In MLA format, the page number is typically placed in the top right corner of the paper. This is done to provide a consistent and organized format for the document. Placing the page number in the top right corner allows for easy reference and navigation.

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  • 15. 

     One should end their sentence with a period before using a regular in-text (parenthetical) citation.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    One should not end their sentence with a period before using a regular in-text (parenthetical) citation. This is because the period should come after the citation to indicate the end of the sentence. Placing the period before the citation would disrupt the flow of the sentence and create confusion for the reader.

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  • 16. 

    An MLA Works Cited Page is alphabetized based on the title of the source.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    An MLA Works Cited Page is not alphabetized based on the title of the source. Instead, it is alphabetized based on the last name of the author or the first word of the title if there is no author. The correct format for alphabetizing is to ignore articles like "a", "an", and "the" when arranging the sources.

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  • 17. 

    One should cite their sources and complete their Works Cited page as they progress through their paper.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Citing sources and completing a Works Cited page is important because it gives credit to the original authors and allows readers to verify the information. It also helps to avoid plagiarism, which is a serious academic offense. By citing sources as they progress through their paper, writers can ensure that they accurately attribute the ideas and information they have used, making their work more credible and reliable.

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  • 18. 

    Which citation is correctly formatted when citing page 5 of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald? 

    • A.

      (The Great Gatsby pg. 5).

    • B.

      (Fitzgerald,  5). 

    • C.

      . (Fitzgerald, 5)

    • D.

      (Fitzgerald 5). 

    Correct Answer
    D. (Fitzgerald 5). 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is (Fitzgerald 5). This citation follows the standard format for citing a page number within a novel. The author's last name is followed by the page number, without any additional punctuation or abbreviations.

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  • 19. 

    Which citation is formatted correctly when citing an online source with no author titled "Dystopian Reality"? 

    • A.

      (N.A. "Dystopian Reality"). 

    • B.

      (Dystopian Reality).

    • C.

      ("Dystopian Reality").

    • D.

      ("Dystopian Reality", No Author). 

    Correct Answer
    C. ("Dystopian Reality").
  • 20. 

    Which source is cited correctly when citing pages 140-145 in the book Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry?

    • A.

      (Adnan's Story, pgs 140-145). 

    • B.

      (Chaudry 140-145). 

    • C.

      Chaudry, 140-145).

    • D.

      (Adnan's Story 140-145). 

    Correct Answer
    B. (Chaudry 140-145). 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is (Chaudry 140-145). This citation format follows the standard practice of citing the author's last name followed by the page numbers being referenced.

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  • 21. 

     Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method. University of             California Press, 1966. Which citation/s are correct when considering the source listed. 

    • A.

      Human beings have been described by Kenneth Burke as "symbol-using animals" (3).

    • B.

      Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals" (Burke 3).

    • C.

      Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals." (Burke, 3).

    • D.

      Human beings have been described by Kenneth Burke as "symbol-using animals" (Burke 3).

    • E.

      Both A and B are correct

    Correct Answer
    E. Both A and B are correct
    Explanation
    Both A and B are correct because they both accurately cite Kenneth Burke as the author of the statement "Human beings have been described as 'symbol-using animals'" and include the page number (3) where the statement can be found.

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  • 22. 

    "The Impact of Global Warming in North America." Global Warming: Early Signs. 1999.                           www.climatehotmap.org/. Accessed 23 Mar. 2009. Which citations are formatted correctly when considering the source cited above. 

    • A.

      We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." ("Impact of Global Warming").

    • B.

      We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." (Impact of Global Warming).

    • C.

      We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." ( N.A. "Impact of Global Warming").

    • D.

      We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." ("Impact of Global Warming")

    Correct Answer
    A. We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." ("Impact of Global Warming").
    Explanation
    The correct citation format is: We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." ("Impact of Global Warming"). This format includes the author's name or initials (N.A.) and the title of the source ("Impact of Global Warming") in quotation marks.

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  • 23. 

    Franck, Caroline, et al. “Agricultural Subsidies and the American Obesity Epidemic.” American Journal        of Preventative Medicine, vol. 45, no. 3, Sept. 2013, pp. 327-333. Which citation/s are formatted correctly when considering this source? 

    • A.

      According to Franck et al., “Current agricultural policies in the U.S. are contributing to the poor health of Americans” (327).

    • B.

      According to Franck et al., “Current agricultural policies in the U.S. are contributing to the poor health of Americans” (Franck 327).

    • C.

      The authors claim that one cause of obesity in the United States is government-funded farm subsidies (Franck 327).

    • D.

      The authors claim that one cause of obesity in the United States is government-funded farm subsidies. (Franck et al. 327).

    • E.

      Both A and D

    Correct Answer
    E. Both A and D
    Explanation
    Both citation A and D are formatted correctly. In citation A, the authors' last name (Franck) is mentioned in the sentence, followed by the page number in parentheses. In citation D, the authors' last name (Franck et al.) is mentioned in the sentence, followed by the page number in parentheses.

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  • 24. 

    Sometimes you may have to use an indirect source. An indirect source is a source cited within another source. For such indirect quotations, use "qtd. in" to indicate the source you actually consulted.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because an indirect source is indeed a source cited within another source. When using indirect quotations, it is necessary to indicate the source that was actually consulted by using "qtd. in." This helps to accurately attribute the information to the correct source.

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  • 25. 

    ALL sources on the works cited page MUSt be cited in the paper with in-text citation. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that in order to maintain academic integrity and give proper credit to the original authors, all sources listed on the works cited page must be cited within the paper using in-text citations. This ensures that the reader can easily locate the original source for any information or ideas used in the paper. Failing to cite sources properly can lead to accusations of plagiarism and can have serious consequences for the writer's academic and professional reputation.

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