Know The Basics Of MLA Style Manual

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Think you know the basics of MLA Style Manual. Here is your chance to prove it. Take this test on MLA formatting.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What should one do if no author is given for the work they are citing. 
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

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

  • 2. 
    The Wikipedia is a reliable source.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The title of your paper should be both centered and bolded.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Where does one put the page number on an MLA paper?
    • A. 

      Top Left corner

    • B. 

      Bottom Center

    • C. 

      Top Right Corner

    • D. 

      Top Center

  • 5. 
    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

  • 6. 
    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

  • 7. 
    How many lines are included in an MLA heading? 
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Three

    • C. 

      Four

    • D. 

      Five

  • 8. 
    Where is the title of an assignment located in a paper using MLA format?
    • A. 

      Bottom left corner of the page

    • B. 

      Centered below the heading, near the top of the page

    • C. 

      Top right corner of the page

    • D. 

      Top left corner of the page

  • 9. 
    What is the correct order of items in the MLA heading?
    • A. 

      Teacher name, Student Name, Class Name, Date

    • B. 

      Student Name, Teacher Name, Date, Class Name

    • C. 

      Student Name, Class Name, Teacher Name, Date

    • D. 

      Student Name, Teacher Name, Class Name, Date

  • 10. 
    What type of heading goes on the second page of an essay ?
    • A. 

      Page 2 (centered at the bottom)

    • B. 

      Smith 2 (Student's last name & page #, upper right hand corner)

    • C. 

      Philosophy Paper 2  (title and page #, upper right  hand  corner)

    • D. 

      2 (centered at the bottom)

  • 11. 
    An MLA Works Cited Page is alphabetized based on the:
    • A. 

      Title of the Source (Book, Website, database Magazine or Collection)

    • B. 

      The Author's Last Name (or the first thing that appears in the Works Cited Entry)

  • 12. 
    If an entry in a Works Cited List is longer than one line, second and all subsequent lines need to be indented half an inch. This is called a hanging indent.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    In MLA style, what would you include in the parentheses for BOTH a directly quoted in-text citation AND a paraphrase?
    • A. 

      Author's last name and the year of publication  (Merton 2017)

    • B. 

      Author's last name follows by the page number (Merton 43)

    • C. 

      Author's last name, a comma, and then the page number  (Merton, 43)

    • D. 

      Title of the source the book came from (The New York Times)

  • 14. 
    You must do what at the beginning of each paragraph. 
    • A. 

      Indent by pressing the 'tab' button

    • B. 

      Hit the space bar twice to leave half an inch between paragraphs

    • C. 

      Include a paragraph number in bold type

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 15. 
    The margins for an MLA paper are:
    • A. 

      1.25" on the sides and 1" on the top and bottom

    • B. 

      1" on the sides and .5" on the top and bottom

    • C. 

      1.25" all around

    • D. 

      1" all around

  • 16. 
    MLA is just one of many ways to format a research paper. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Which of the following regular in-text (parenthetical) citations puts the period in the correct place?
    • A. 

      It is true that "no man is an island." (Merton)

    • B. 

      It is true that "no man is an island" (Merton).

  • 18. 
    The thesis statement of an MLA paper can be found:
    • A. 

      Last sentence of the first parapgraph

    • B. 

      The first sentence of your paper

    • C. 

      First sentence of the last paragraph

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 19. 
    One should cite their sources and complete their Works Cited page as they progress through their paper.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    What is the line spacing for an MLA paper? 
    • A. 

      Single

    • B. 

      Double

  • 21. 
    The title of a website or a book should be italicized. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Titles of articles or selections from a book or website  should be in quotation marks.
    • A. 

      False

    • B. 

      True

    • C. 

      True only for books.

  • 23. 
    The Works Cited page should include access dates for electronic sources. 
    • A. 

      False

    • B. 

      Only for Websites

    • C. 

      Only for Library Databases

    • D. 

      True

  • 24. 
    The  Works Cited page does NOT count towards the overall page count of an assignment/essay.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Which of the following Works Cited page entries is correct?
    • A. 

      Smith, Collie. "When Will We Begin Saving the Planet." The New York           Times, 22 May 2007, www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/science           /earth/22ander.html? _r=0.   

    • B. 

      Smith, Collie. "When Will We Begin Saving the Planet."  The New York           Times, 22 May 2007, www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/science           /earth/22ander.html? _r=0. Accessed 12 May 2016.  

    • C. 

      Smith, Collie. "When Will We Begin Saving the Planet."   The New York                      Times, 22 May 2007. Web.

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