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MLA Form, Citation and Documentation Quiz

Instructions: Before taking the quiz, be sure to review your textbook's guidelines for using MLA.
Online you can access additional MLA help at http://www.collegewriting.us/Lists/MLA
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General matters
1. A papers title should both capture the readers attention and briefly indicate the papers
focus.
a. True
b. False

2. The papers title should (Check all that apply)


a. be in bold type;
b. be in italics;
c. be in type larger than the type of the body of the paper;
d. be enclosed in quotation marks;
e. be underlined;
f. include curlicues or decorations;
g. none of the above.

3. Page numbers should appear in the


a. top center of every page;
b. bottom center of every page;
c. top right corner of every page.

4. Quotations should always be introduced (i.e., integrated into your writing), not simply dropped
into your paragraphs as sentences with quotation marks around them.
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a. True
b. False

5. Quotations of three lines or more should be double indented and double spaced without
quotation marks.
a. True
b. False

6. Most great writers try to avoid long quotations. In fact, quoting a word or phrase as part of
your own sentence can be very effective.
a. True
b. False

7. Unless a publication or an editor requires it, MLA strongly recommends that titles and words
referred to as words be underlined, not italicized.
a. True
b. False

8. Sources used in the paper should appear


a. on a page entitled Bibliography;
b. on a page entitled Works Cited;
c. in alphabetical order by author (by work only when the author is unknown);
d. a. and c. above;
e. b. and c. above.

Citations/Parenthetical Documentation
9. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. (Emerson 148)
a. Correct
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b. Wrong

10. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. (Emerson, 148)
a. Correct
b. Wrong

11. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string (Emerson, 148).
a. Correct
b. Wrong

12. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string (Emerson 148).
a. Correct
b. Wrong

13. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string (Emerson 148, emphasis mine).
a. Correct
b. Wrong

14. Welter argues that the True Woman of the nineteenth century was characterized by piety,
purity, submissiveness, and domesticity (Welter 152).
a. Correct
b. Wrong

15. Welter argues that the True Woman of the nineteenth century was characterized by piety,
purity, submissiveness, and domesticity (152).
a. Correct
b. Wrong
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16. In Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter, Hemingway states,
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to
die for ones country. But in modern war there is
nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die
like a dog for no good reason (209).
a. Correct
b. Wrong

Form/Documentation for Works Cited Page


Create appropriate MLA citations for texts listed below:
17. A book with a single author
author: Stephen Greenblatt/text: Shakespearean Negotiations/place: Berkeley, California/press:
University of California Press/ date:1988.:

Greenblatt, Stephen. Shakespearean Negotiations. Berkeley, California: U of California, 1988. Print.

18. An article from a journal with a single author


author: W. D. Howells/title of article: Question of Monuments/journal:
Monthly/Volume
17/number 103/date: May 1866/pages 646-649.:

Atlantic

Howells, W. D. "Question of Monuments." Atlantic Monthly 17.103 (1866): 646-49. Web.

19. A book with an article and an editor


author: W. D. Howells/title: Selected Letters of W. D. Howells, 1852-1872/editor: George Arms et
al./six volumes/place: Boston, Massachusetts/publisher: Twayne Publishers/date: 1981.:

Howells, W. D. Selected Letters of W. D. Howells, 1852-1872. Ed. George Arms. Vol. 6.


Boston, Massachusetts: Twayne, 1981. Print.

20. A text from the Internet/Web


author: W.D. Howells/title of article: Opinions on The White Mans Burden/newspaper: New
York
Sun/date:
April
30,
1899/website:
BoondocksNet.com/address:
http://www.boondocksnet.com/ai/kipling/howells.html /
date of use: September 17, 2002:

Howells, W. D. "The White Mans Burden." New York


pag. BoondocksNet.com. 30 Apr.1899.
Web.
17
<http://www.boondocksnet.com/ai/kipling/howells.html />.

Sun 30 Apr.
Sept.

1899: n.
2002.