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Big Dog MLA Scavenger Hunt

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Instructions:  Go to http://www.aliscot.com/bigdog/index.htm.  This site is great to review grammar skills, including self-tests for review.  However, for this exercise, click on the green spot that says “MLA Quick Guide.”  Please read through the site and answer the following questions.  Questions with an asterisk (*) may require you to find the answer by following a link from the main MLA page.

 

1.      Another word for “plain cheating” is                                                        .

 

2.      If you were to quote act 1, scene 2, line 25 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, how would the parenthetical citation look?  _________________________

 

3.      Which tense should be used when writing about literature?  _____________________

 

4.      What two things can you do to indicate a title of a book, a play, a magazine, or another periodical?  ____________________________________________________________

 

5.                                                 is writing someone else’s ideas in your own words.

 

6.      *This genre requires an in-text quote by page numbers.  ____________________________                      

 

7.      *Find this quote and name the heading over it.

“Accurately citing your sources is important--and, I hate to say it, boring. You've got to make certain that you've got all the required information and that you've put every comma and period in the right place. There's really no need to worry about memorizing any of what you find here. Leave room for the important stuff! Simply look through a print or online reference, find a model for the kind of information you're working with, and follow it.”  ________________________________________________

 

8.      *This genre requires an in-text quote by line number. __________________________

 

9.      _____________________is simply using someone else’s words in your paper.

 

10.  What are three reasons to use quotation mechanics?

 

 

 

 

11.  Always use quotation marks if you use the block form of quotation.  True or False  

 

12.                                          is indicating where you found the quotation. 

 

13.  *What kind genre might have a quotation that has lines separated by slash marks?  For example, “I cannot rest from travel; I will drink/Life to the lees” (6-7).______________

 

 

 

14.  Why doesn’t Version 1 in the Prose section list the author’s name in the in-text citation?

 

______________________________________________________________________

 

15.  MLA format does not require a separate title page.  T or F 

 

16.  *This genre requires an in-text quote by act, scene, and line(s) or page numbers, depending upon the format of the piece.  ____________________

 

17.                                                        , strictly speaking, refers to keeping records of your sources and citing them in your paper.

 

18.  According to the example, what four things are required in the top left-hand corner of your paper?  __________________________________________________________________

 

19.  What is an ellipsis and what is it used for?  ________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

20.  What do the letters MLA stand for?  _____________________________________________

                                     

21.  The title of the essay requires quotation marks.  True or False 

22.  In what order should "Works Cited" page entries be arranged?  _____________________

23. Which source goes with each citation? (These citations are not indented.)

Foll, Scott. "Big Dog's Quotation Mechanics." 26 April 1997.               <http://aliscot.com/bigdog/mla.htm> (28 April 1997).                          _______

Allen, Walter. The English Novel. New York: Dutton, 1954.               _______

Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 30." The Norton Anthology of Literature.        Vol.2. Ed. M. H. Abrams, et al. 6th ed. New York: Norton, 1993. 812. 2 vols.          _______

Miller, Susan, and Kyle Knowles. New Ways of Writing: A Handbook for Writing with Computers. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1997.              _______

Bregy, Katherine. "Gerard Manley Hopkins." Nineteenth- Century Literature   Criticism. Vol. 17. Ed. Janet Mullane. Detroit: Gale, 1988. 181-264. 35 vols. _______


A.     internet

B.     book with one author

C.     selections from an anthology

D.     book with two or three authors

E.  article from a multi-volume collection

ANSWER KEY

Instructions:  Go to http://www.aliscot.com/bigdog/index.htm.  This site is great to review grammar skills, including self-tests for review.  However, for this exercise, click on the green spot that says “MLA Quick Guide.”  Please read through the site and answer the following questions.  Questions with an asterisk (*) may require you to find the answer by following a link from the main MLA page.

 

1.      Another word for “plain cheating” is Plagiarism                       .

 

2.      If you were to quote act 1, scene 2, line 25 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, how would the parenthetical citation look?  (1.2.25) under Drama

 

3.      Which tense should be used when writing about literature?  Present tense, under “Other Picky Stuff”

4.      What two things can you do to indicate a title of a book, a play, a magazine, or another periodical?  It can be underlined or italicized.  Under “Other Picky Stuff”

 

5.      Paraphrasing                       is writing someone else’s ideas in your own words.

 

6.      This genre requires an in-text quote by page numbers.  Fiction________________                      

 

7.      *Find this quote and name the heading over it.

“Accurately citing your sources is important--and, I hate to say it, boring. You've got to make certain that you've got all the required information and that you've put every comma and period in the right place. There's really no need to worry about memorizing any of what you find here. Leave room for the important stuff! Simply look through a print or online reference, find a model for the kind of information you're working with, and follow it.”  Citation Mechanics (and Other Picky Stuff)

 

8.      *This genre requires an in-text quote by line number. Poetry_______________

 

9.      Quoting                  is simply using someone else’s words in your paper.

 

10.  What are three reasons to use quotation mechanics?

  • teacher expects you to
  • you don’t want to accused of cheating
  • Someone else might be interested in your subject and need to find the sources you used.

 

11.  Always use quotation marks if you use the block form of quotation.  True or False  False, paragraph above Poetry section.

12.  Citing                         is indicating where you found the quotation. 

 

13.  What kind genre might have a quotation that has lines separated by slash marks?  For example, “I cannot rest from travel; I will drink/Life to the lees” (6-7).  Poetry

 

 

 

14.  Why doesn’t Version 1 in the Prose section list the author’s name in the in-text citation?

 

Because the author’s name has already been included in the text.

 

15.  MLA format does not require a separate title page.  T or F  True, under “Other Picky Stuff”

 

16.  *This genre requires an in-text quote by act, scene, and line(s) or page numbers, depending upon the format of the piece.  Drama

 

17.  Documenting                      , strictly speaking, refers to keeping records of your sources and citing them in your paper.

 

18.  According to the example, what four things are required in the top left-hand corner of your paper?  Name, instructor/teacher, class, and date. Under example link in “Other Picky Stuff”

 

19.  What is an ellipsis and what is it used for?  Three spaced periods to show an omission within a quotation.  Under “Other Picky Stuff”

 

20.  What do the letters MLA stand for?  Modern Language Association

                                     

21.  The title of the essay requires quotation marks.  True or False  False, under “Other Picky Stuff”

22.  In what order should "Works Cited" page entries be arranged?  alphabetically

23.  Which source goes with each citation?

Foll, Scott. "Big Dog's Quotation Mechanics." 26 April 1997.               <http://aliscot.com/bigdog/mla.htm> (28 April 1997).                          _A____

Allen, Walter. The English Novel. New York: Dutton, 1954.               __B___

Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 30." The Norton Anthology of Literature. Vol.2. Ed. M.

H. Abrams, et al. 6th ed. New York: Norton, 1993. 812. 2 vols.          __C___

Miller, Susan, and Kyle Knowles. New Ways of Writing: A Handbook for Writing with

            Computers. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1997.              __D___

Bregy, Katherine. "Gerard Manley Hopkins." Nineteenth- Century Literature Criticism.

Vol. 17. Ed. Janet Mullane. Detroit: Gale, 1988. 181-264. 35 vols. __E___

A.     internet

B.     book with one author

C.     selections from an anthology

D.     book with two or three authors

E.      article from a multi-volume collection