In-text Citations Quiz Questions! Trivia Test

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In-text Citations Quiz Questions! Trivia Test

Test your understanding of the APA Style rules on in-text citations by working through this short exercise. Each question provides the correct answer, and you'll also be able to see all the correct answers at the end of the exercise. .


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When citing one or two authors in-text, never use et al; instead, always provide the author(s)' names.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    When providing two or more authors' names in a parenthetical citation, use "and" to join the names, not the ampersand symbol. For example, (Lastname, Lastname, and Lastname, year, p. X).
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Et al. should be used after the first author's last name every time a source with three to five authors is introduced in the text. For example: "Lastname et al. (year) argued that...".
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    When mentioning a source with six or more authors in a sentence, in either a parenthetical citation or in the sentence text, only the first author's name and et al. should be provided: "Lastname et al. (year) argued that...".
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Which of the following choices is the correct formatting for a citation to personal communication?
    • A. 

      (J. Johnson, email, para. 4)

    • B. 

      (Johnson, personal communication, para. 4)

    • C. 

      (J. Johnson, personal communication, September 3, 2014)

    • D. 

      (Johnson, email, September 3, 2014)

  • 6. 
    If the cited resource doesn't provide a publication or copyright date, which of the following options is correct?
    • A. 

      No citation is necessary

    • B. 

      (Lastname, no date, p. X)

    • C. 

      (Lastname, n.d., p. X)

  • 7. 
    If the cited resource doesn't have an identified author. what information should be provided in the in-text citation?
    • A. 

      (The first few words of the title of the resource, year, p. X)

    • B. 

      No citation is necessary

    • C. 

      (Anonymous, year, p. X)

  • 8. 
    When citing a direct quotation from an ebook that doesn't have page numbers, which of the following is the correct approach to indicating the location of the information within the ebook?
    • A. 

      A paragraph number

    • B. 

      A heading plus a paragraph number within the section

    • C. 

      An abbreviated heading in quotation marks if the original heading is long

    • D. 

      Any of these options, depending on how the information is presented within the book.

  • 9. 
    If the only way to cite a source is through a secondary source citation, which of the following citations is the correct formatting? In the examples below, Lastname1 refers to the author of the text you read, whereas Lastname2 refers to the secondary author quoted by Lastname1.
    • A. 

      (Lastname2, year, as cited in Lastname1, year, p. X)

    • B. 

      (Lastname2, as cited in Lastname1, year, p. X)

    • C. 

      (Lastname1, year, p. X)

    • D. 

      (Lastname2, year, p. X)

  • 10. 
    If the author's last name and the year of publication are provided in the signal phrase before a quotation, what information is required in the parenthetical citation? For example: "Lastname (year) noted that, "quotation text" [what should be here?]".
    • A. 

      No citation is necessary

    • B. 

      (p. X) or (para. X)

    • C. 

      (page X) or (paragraph X)

    • D. 

      The URL where the resource was retrieved