MLA Format For Essays And Research Papers! Trivia Questions Quiz

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MLA Format For Essays And Research Papers! Trivia Questions Quiz

The trivia quiz below is designed to test you on the MLA format for essays and research papers. Every student needs to follow the laid down guidelines of writing an essay to come up with the desired paper. How about you take up the quiz and see if your paper is ready to be handed in and you have followed the proper guidelines.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    On a Works Cited page, what line is indented?
    • A. 

      The first

    • B. 

      The last

    • C. 

      All of them

    • D. 

      The second one

  • 2. 
    What goes in the header of an MLA paper?
    • A. 

      Your full name

    • B. 

      Your last name and page number

    • C. 

      Your full name and page number

  • 3. 
    When listing you references, what order do you list them in?
    • A. 

      The order you found them

    • B. 

      The date they were published

    • C. 

      In alphabetical order of the article

    • D. 

      In alphabetical order of the author

  • 4. 
    When you are quoting a book in your paper, what must be included?
    • A. 

      Author's name and publication date

    • B. 

      Author's name and page number

    • C. 

      Author's name, page number, and publication date

  • 5. 
    How many spaces should there be between lines?
    • A. 

      No space

    • B. 

      One space

    • C. 

      Double spaced

    • D. 

      Triple spaced

  • 6. 
    What are the margins of an MLA paper?
    • A. 

      3/4 inch on the sides, 1 inch on the top

    • B. 

      Whatever you want them to be

    • C. 

      1 inch all around

  • 7. 
    The acceptable font size is (Blank)
  • 8. 
     URLS are necessary in an in-text citation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    MLA is the format used for every type of research writing.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Only the material you used for your paper is included in the Works Cited page.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    'How long did the meeting go on yesterday?' 'It went on for __________ hours.'
    • A. 

      Several

    • B. 

      A few of

    • C. 

      Much

    • D. 

      A little

  • 12. 
    Which sentence is correct?
    • A. 

      Janet Balderson enjoys playing golf, driving fast cars, and drinking expensive wines.

    • B. 

      Janet Balderson enjoys playing, golf driving, fast cars and drinking expensive wines.

    • C. 

      Janet Balderson enjoys, playing golf driving fast cars and drinking expensive wines.

  • 13. 
    Which sentence is correct?
    • A. 

      Samantha's favorite colors are pink, yellow and pale green

    • B. 

      Samantha's favorite colors are pink, yellow and, pale green

    • C. 

      Samantha's favorite colors are pink, yellow, and pale green

  • 14. 
      Which sentence is correct?
    • A. 

      I would like a car a boat, and, a motorcycle.

    • B. 

      I would like a car a boat, and a motorcycle.

    • C. 

      I would like a car, a boat, and a motorcycle.

  • 15. 
    Which sentence is correct?
    • A. 

      The girls found sand, in their shoes, in their bags and in their hair.

    • B. 

      The girls found sand in their shoes in their bags, and in their hair.

    • C. 

      The girls found sand in their shoes, in their bags, and in their hair.

  • 16. 
    Which sentence is correct?
    • A. 

      This morning I woke up, got dressed, brushed my teeth, and ate breakfast.

    • B. 

      This morning I woke up, got dressed, brushed, my teeth, and ate breakfast.

    • C. 

      This morning I woke up got dressed brushed my teeth, and ate breakfast.

  • 17. 
    Which sentence is correct?
    • A. 

      Use commas to separate three, or more words, phrases, or clauses.

    • B. 

      Use commas to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses.

    • C. 

      Use commas, to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses.

  • 18. 
    Which sentence is correct?
    • A. 

      The street was filled with angry protesters, shouting, spectators, and police.

    • B. 

      The street was filled with angry protesters shouting spectators, and police.

    • C. 

      The street was filled with angry protesters, shouting spectators, and police.

  • 19. 
    Apostrophes can come after the 'S' if it's a possessive noun.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    A thesis statement is
    • A. 

      A piece of evidence in your paper

    • B. 

      The main argument you are putting forth

    • C. 

      A topic you are writing about

  • 21. 
    If a topic is assigned, you can create a thesis statement by distilling your topic in to a question and then answering that question.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    A good thesis statement takes some sort of
  • 23. 
    It is ok to have many thesis statements throughout your essay.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    The following could be a thesis statement...Representations of women in hip-hop.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    In a 5-paragraph essay, where should your main thesis or thesis statement typically appear?
    • A. 

      In the introduction

    • B. 

      In the conclusion

    • C. 

      Anywhere on the first page

  • 26. 
    Thesis statements should not . . .
    • A. 

      Give away your ending.

    • B. 

      Reveal your opinion.

    • C. 

      Be simple statements of fact.

    • D. 

      [None of the above]

  • 27. 
    The only papers that have main theses are literary analyses and "current issue" essays.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 28. 
    Which of the following is the best example of a main thesis?
    • A. 

      "I believe public schools should be allowed to offer optional prayer services."

    • B. 

      "Public schools should be allowed to offer optional prayer services because such activities would not violate the First Amendment and would encourage moral development."

    • C. 

      "Prayer in public schools is a hotly contested issue in the U.S. as it involves the First Amendment."

  • 29. 
    Which of the following is the best example of a main thesis?
    • A. 

      "The book _Twilight_ encourages girls to regard as romantic behaviors better described as abusive."

    • B. 

      "_Twilight_ is not a modern American classic."

    • C. 

      "_Twilight_ could be taught in high school English classes because it is a long book with several conflicts."

  • 30. 
    Which of the following is the best example of a main thesis?
    • A. 

      "For instance, printing drivers' manuals in languages other than English wastes taxpayers' money."

    • B. 

      "While the U.S. does not have an official language, many other nations have established such policies."

    • C. 

      "The U.S. should not establish an official language because such policies create unnecessary social divisions and perpetuate racism and xenophobia."

  • 31. 
    Which research question would be most likely to produce a good main thesis?
    • A. 

      "What is the best vacation destination for families?"

    • B. 

      "Why has Florida recently become a more popular vacation destination for North Carolina families?"

    • C. 

      "What was the most popular vacation destination in Florida last year?"

  • 32. 
    Which research question would be most likely to produce a good main thesis?
    • A. 

      "Why does _To Kill a Mockingbird_ take place in the South?"

    • B. 

      "Who is the most important character in _To Kill a Mockingbird_?"

    • C. 

      "What does _To Kill a Mockingbird_ say about legal and moral concepts of justice?"

  • 33. 
    Choose the best thesis statement that supports funding for music in public schools.
    • A. 

      Because music helps students in many ways, the government should approve funding for it in public schools.

    • B. 

      Music helps students to improve themselves creatively, intellectually, and socially; therefore, the government should fund music programs in public schools.

    • C. 

      Music class is fun and offers a creative outlet.

  • 34. 
    Choose the best thesis statement to argue that cats are better pets than dogs.
    • A. 

      Cats are playful, cute, and furry.

    • B. 

      I prefer cats because they clean themselves and use a litter box.

    • C. 

      Because cats are more independent than dogs, they are the best choice for people who lead busy lives.

  • 35. 
    Choose the best thesis statement that argues for taking a camping trip rather than going to a theme park.
    • A. 

      Theme park rides make many people sick, so camping is the better choice.

    • B. 

      While theme parks are loud and crowded, spending time together in a natural setting can bring families closer together, provide a relaxing atmosphere, and promote an appreciation of the environment.

    • C. 

      Disney may be a fantastic place to visit because it has rides, food, and entertainment, but the woods can be fun, too.

  • 36. 
    Look at the following 4 statements. People with good chess skills make good class presidents Chad has good chess skills Chess skills should be required for anyone who runs for class president Chad will make  a good class president Which of the claims listed above has a reason or support that is also listed above?
    • A. 

      People with good chess skills make good class presidents

    • B. 

      Chad has good chess skills

    • C. 

      Chess skills should be required for anyone who runs for class president

    • D. 

      Chad will make a good class president

  • 37. 
    Look at the following 4 statements. People with good chess skills make good class presidents Chad has good chess skills Chess skills should be required for anyone who runs for class president Chad will make  a good class president Which of the statements above is most likely a warrant?
    • A. 

      Chess skills should be required for anyone who runs for class president

    • B. 

      People with good chess skills make good class presidents

    • C. 

      Chad has good chess skills

    • D. 

      Chad will make a good class president

  • 38. 
    I hope John that you read this some day. Where should the comma(s) go in that sentence?
    • A. 

      After hope

    • B. 

      After John

    • C. 

      After read

    • D. 

      After both hope and John

    • E. 

      You dont need one

  • 39. 
     Choose the correct bibliographical MLA work cited format for the following information:    Quote from "Al Capone," a short work in a Website, The History Files. The work has no author, and the site is sponsored by the Chicago Historical Society. The date of the Website is 1999 and the work was accessed on October 9, 2002.
    • A. 

      "Al Capone." The History Files. Chicago Hist. Soc., 1999. Web. 9 Oct. 2002.

    • B. 

      Anonymous. "Al Capone." The History Files. Chicago Hist. Soc., 1999. Web. 9 Oct. 2002.

  • 40. 
    A quote from page 580 of The American Promise: A History of the United States, 2nd compact edition, written by James L. Roark, Michael P. Johnson, Patricia Cline Cohen, Sarah Stage, Alan Lawson, and Susant M. Hartmann and published in 2033 by Bedford/St. Martin's in Boston. 
    • A. 

      Roark, James L., et al. The American Promise: A History of the United States. 2nd compact ed. Boston:Bedford, 2003. Print.

    • B. 

      Roark, James L. The American Promise: A History of the United States. 2nd compact ed. Boston:Bedford, 2003. Print.

  • 41. 
    A student has paraphrased page 163 of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, a book by Peter Biskind that was published in New York i 1998 by Simon & Shuster. 
    • A. 

      Biskind, Peter. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Simon: New York, 1998.

    • B. 

      Biskind, Peter. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. New York: Simon, 1998. Print.

  • 42. 
    Which of the following is the correct way to use a semicolon?
    • A. 

      John was really embarassed last night; he forgot he had a date

    • B. 

      John; was really embarassed last night, he forgot he had a date.

    • C. 

      John was; really embarassed last night he forgot he had a date.

    • D. 

      John was really embarassed last night he forgot he had a date.

  • 43. 
    A quote from "Sympathy for the (Jersey) Devil," an article by Joyce Millman published in the online magazine Salon.com on February 27, 2001. The magazine's site is sponsored by Salon Media Group. The date of access was October 1, 2002. 
    • A. 

      Millman, Joyce. "Sympathy for the (Jersey) Devil." Salon.com. 27 Feb. 2001. Web. 1 Oct. 2002.

    • B. 

      Millman, Joyce. "Sympathy for the (Jersey) Devil." Salon.com. Salon Media Group, 27 Feb. 2001. Web. 1 Oct. 2002.

  • 44. 
    This is the correct way to use a semicolon. Bob didn't mind the he had to be left alone; he got the whole house to himself.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 45. 
    Quote from page B1 of a Wall Street Journal article titled "Mobster Chic: It's Menswear a la 'Sopranos,'" written by Teri Agins and Joe Flint and published on March 10, 2003.  
    • A. 

      Agins, Terri, and Joe Flint. Wall Street Journal. "Mobster Chic: It's Menswear a la 'Sopranos'" 10 Mar. 2003: B1. Print.

    • B. 

      Agins, Teri, and Joe Flint. "Mobster Chic: It's Menswear a la 'Sopranos.'" Wall Street Journal. 10 Mar. 2003: B1. Print.

  • 46. 
    Where can you use a semicolon?
    • A. 

      After a phrase.

    • B. 

      After a dependant clause.

    • C. 

      After an independant clause.

    • D. 

      After donalds mom.

  • 47. 
    Where should the semicolon be? John likes to eat his lunch everyday it helps him fuel up for basketball.
  • 48. 
    An introductory paragraph should cover 3 aspects. Which of the four below should NEVER be done in an analysis essay:
    • A. 

      State the writer's tone

    • B. 

      Identify the writer's contention

    • C. 

      Insert your own opinion about the issue

    • D. 

      State the name of article, date, publication

  • 49. 
    People should ride bicycles more because air pollution is really a problem in the city.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 50. 
    Survival is the most important and most highly respected human value.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 51. 
    Our awareness of environmental problems is increasing. Already we have reduced the emission of chemicals that destroy the ozone and have banned many pesticides.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 52. 
    My opponent argues that acid rain is destroying the environment, but that is an inaccurate, incomplete, and irrelevant argument.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 53. 
    Species loss is at a crisis level. Harvard Biologist Edward Wilson estimates that nearly 140 species are lost every day.
    • A. 

      An Argument

    • B. 

      Not an Argument

  • 54. 
    The most important action for any of us to take is to protect the environment. Please, take whatever action you can.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not an Argument.

  • 55. 
    Since all pollution laws have economic consequences, we need to look at this law’s effect on the economy.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 56. 
    When a species loses its natural habitat, it is nearly impossible to prevent it from going extinct. There are only a few thousand Giant Panda, for instance, now that their habitat is taken over by development.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 57. 
    How can we wait, even a single day, to take action to protect the environment?
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 58. 
    Before we left on our trip we boarded our cat at the vet.
  • 59. 
    The move to a more ecological society will require big changes. The industrial revolution brought with it changes in government, family, and the economy. In the same way, the move to an ecological society will likewise require a fundamental change in our way of living.  
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 60. 
    I'm studying math science and English this semester.
  • 61. 
    The affirmative argues that global warming will destroy the world, but they don’t prove that because they present no evidence that global warming is happening in the first place.  
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 62. 
    John my next door neighbour mowed my lawn for me yesterday.
  • 63. 
    The affirmative says that carbon dioxide is harmful to the environment. That is false.
    • A. 

      An Argument.

    • B. 

      Not An Argument.

  • 64. 
    The guests had arrived for John's party but no one greeted them at the door.  
    • A. 

      The sentence is correctly written.

    • B. 

      The guests had arrived for John's party but, no one greeted them at the door.

    • C. 

      The guests had arrived for John's party, but no one greeted them at the door.