MLA Format Knowledge Quiz

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Mla Format Knowledge Quiz

This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of the MLA Format.

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  • 1. 
    According to MLA format, the list of references which appear at the end of your paper is called
    • A. 

      Bibliography

    • B. 

      Works Cited

    • C. 

      References

    • D. 

      Sources Used

    • E. 

      List of references

  • 2. 
    The references at the end of your paper should appear
    • A. 

      In alphabetical order by author's surname or by title (if there is no author), regardless of type of reference (book, film, journal article, website, etc.)

    • B. 

      Under separate subheadings according to type of source

    • C. 

      First under those with authors, then those without

    • D. 

      Numbered in the order in which they appear

  • 3. 
    Identify the correct parenthetical citation for this source: Tannen, Deborah. The Argument Culture. Toronto: Random House, 1998
    • A. 

      Every issue we see discussed on television appears to be set up as an argument: "In the argument culture, criticism, attack, or opposition are the predominant if not the only ways of responding to people or ideas" (Tannen 7).

    • B. 

      Every issue we see discussed on television appears to be set up as an argument: "In the argument culture, criticism, attack, or opposition are the predominant if not the only ways of responding to people or ideas" (7).

    • C. 

      Every issue we see discussed on television appears to be set up as an argument: "In the argument culture, criticism, attack, or opposition are the predominant if not the only ways of responding to people or ideas" (The Argument Culture 7).

    • D. 

      Every isse we see discussed on television appears to be set up as an argument: "In the argument culture, criticism, attack, or opposition are the predominant if not the only ways of responding to people or ideas" (Tannen, p. 7).

    • E. 

      Every issue we see discussed on television appears to be set up as an argument: "In the argument culture, criticism, attack, or opposition are the predominant if not the only ways of responding to people or ideas" (Tannen, p. 7).

  • 4. 
    Identify the correct parenthetical citation for this source: Keaveney, Susan. "When MTV Goes CEO." Acting on Words. Ed.David Brundage and Michael Lahey. Toronto: Pearson, 2004. 99-103.
    • A. 

      According to Keaveney (2004), "Before mid-millennium, Gen Xers will be the CEOs of the future" (p.103).

    • B. 

      According to Keaveney, "Before mid-millennium, Gen Xers will be the CEOs of the future" (Keaveney, 103).

    • C. 

      According to Keaveney, "Before mid-millennium, Gen Xers will be the CEOs of the future" (Brundage and Lahey 103).

    • D. 

      According to Keaveney, "Before mid-millennium, Gen Xers will be the CEOs of the future" (103).

    • E. 

      According to Keaveney, "Before mid-millennium, Gen Xers will be the CEOs of the future" (Susan Keaveney, "When MTV Goes CEO," 103).

  • 5. 
    "Melanoma: low-dose chemobiotherapy is effective in treatment of metastic melanoma. "Medical Devices & Surgical Technology Week 19 Feb. 2006: 372. R.W. Weber's work and a quotation from him are referred to in the above article, but the material has been taken from another source. Which of the following parenthetical citations is correct?
    • A. 

      According to R.W. Weber, "Thirty-one patients with histologically confirmed unresectable measurable metastatic melanoma were enrolled onto an open-label, multicenter phase II study" (qtd. in "Melanoma," Medical Devices & Surgical Technology Week 372).

    • B. 

      According to R.W. Weber, "Thirty-one patients with historically confirmed unresectable measurable metastatic melanoma were enrolled onto an open-label, multicenter phase II study" ("Melanoma" 372).

    • C. 

      According to R.W. Weber, "Thirty-one patients with historically confirmed unresectable measurable metastatic melanoma were enrolled onto an open-label, multicenter phase II study" (qtd. in "Melanoma" 372).

    • D. 

      According to R.W. Weber, "Thirty-one patients with historically confirmed unresectable measurable metastatic melanoma were enrolled onto an open-label, multicenter phase II study" (as cited in "Melanoma," 2006, p. 372).

    • E. 

      According to R.W. Weber, "Thirty-one patients with historically confirmed unresectable measurable metastatic melanoma were enrolled onto an open-label, multicenter phase II study" (372).

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Therefore, readers need to remember that "[t]he first post-colonial society to develop a 'national' literature was the USA" (Ashcroft et al. 15).

    • B. 

      Therefore, readers need to remember that "[t]he first post-colonial society to develop a 'national' literature was the USA" (Ashcroft, Griffiths, and Tiffin 15).

    • C. 

      Therefore, readers need to remember that "[t]he first post-colonial society to develop a 'national' literature was the USA" (Ashcroft, Griffiths & Tiffin 15).

    • D. 

      Therefore, readers need to remember that "[t]he first post-colonial society to develop a 'national' literature was the USA" (The Empire Writes Back 15).

    • E. 

      Therefore, readers need to remember that "[t]he first post-colonial society to develop a 'national' literature was the USA" (Ashcroft, Griffiths, and Tiffin, p.15).

  • 7. 
    You have interviewed Shaun White, who won an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at Turin. You interviewed him in person on Feb. 20, 2006. Which citation is correct?
    • A. 

      Shaun White says that he is "sick of being called The Flying Tomato" (personal communication, February 20, 2006).

    • B. 

      Shaun White says that he is "sick of being called The Flying Tomato" (White, Feb.20, 2006).

    • C. 

      In an interview, Shaun White says he is "sick of being called The Flying Tomato."

    • D. 

      In an interview, Shaun White says he is "sick of being called The Flying Tomato" (Use your surname here because you interviewed him).

    • E. 

      Shaun White says that he is "sick of being called The Flying Tomato" (White and your surname, February 20, 2006).

  • 8. 
    You are using material from a newspaper article. There is no author given, but the title of the article is "Was Emerson lying to his constituents?," published in the Edmonton Journal on Feb. 14, 2006, on p. A2. Which is the proper parenthetical citation for this paraphrase?
    • A. 

      Earlier, Emerson had claimed that he would do everything he could to fight the Liberals in government (Anonymous A2).

    • B. 

      Earlier, Emerson had claimed that he would do everything he could to fight the Liberals in government (Edmonton Journal, Feb.14, 2006).

    • C. 

      Earlier, Emerson had claimed that he would do everything he could to fight the Liberals in government (a parenthetical citation is unnecessary for a paraphrase).

    • D. 

      Earlier, Emerson had claimed that he would do everything he could to fight the Liberals in government (Emerson A2).

    • E. 

      Earlier, Emerson had claimed that he would do everything he could to fight the Liberals in government ("Was Emerson lying" A2).

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      Susan Keaveney explains that Gen Xers will develop a new kind of management style. "Having rebelled against standard busines hours and micromanagement, they might find it difficult to make such demands of their subordinates" (102).

    • B. 

      Susan Keaveney explains that Gen Xers will develop a new kind of management style. They "[h]ave rebelled against standard busines hours and micromanagement, [so] they might find it difficult to make such demands of their subordinates" (102).

    • C. 

      Susan Keaveney explains that Gen Xers will develop a new kind of management style: "Having rebelled against standard busines hours and micromanagement, they might find it difficult to make such demands of their subordinates" (102).

    • D. 

      Susan Keaveney explains that Gen Xers will develop a new kind of management style because of their attitudes toward being managed: "Having rebelled against standard busines hours and micromanagement, they might find it difficult to make such demands of their subordinates" (102).

  • 10. 
    The original quotation from Jeremy Black, a film critic, reads "This film can be said to be many things, but one of the things it is not is funny." Which is fair use of this quotation?
    • A. 

      Jeremy Black insists that "[t]his film...is not ...funny."

    • B. 

      Jeremy Black claims that this movie is "many things...[including] funny."

    • C. 

      Jeremy Black has called the film "funny."

    • D. 

      Jeremy Black claims that "[t]his film can be said the many things [;]...one of the things it is is funny."