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Modern Language Association
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Question 1:
When formatting a paper in MLA format, what are the correct margin sizes that one should use?
  A.   1.5" margins on all four sides
  B.   1" margins on all four sides
  C.   1.5" margins on the sides and 1" margins on the top and bottom
  D.   1" margins on the sides and 1.5" margins on the top and bottom
  E.   There are no standards for margin size in MLA format.


Question 2:
Which of the following would be an acceptable font setup for MLA format?
  A.   Times New Roman, size 18
  B.   Arial, size 14
  C.   Times New Roman , size 8
  D.   Century Gothic, size 12
  E.   Times New Roman, size 12


Question 3:
Which answers best describes the paragraph setup for MLA format?
  A.   Double spaced paragraphs and a single space after each period
  B.   Double spaced paragraphs and two spaces after a period but only in the body of the document
  C.   One and a half spacing for paragraphs and a single space after each period
  D.   One and a half spacing for paragraphs and two spaces after each period
  E.   Single spaced paragraphs and two spaces after each period


Question 4:
Using a direct quote from a newspaper article, Cathy Jett's Germanna opens work-force training center from page B4 of the Free-Lance Star (10/30/04), requires a parenthetical citation and a source listing in the Works Cited. Which of the following is the correct format for adding this source?
  A.   Parenthetical: (Jett B4)
Works Cited Entry: Jett, Cathy. Germanna opens work-force training center. The Free-Lance Star [Fredericksburg], 30 October, 2004: B4. Print.
  B.   Parenthetical : (Jett B4)
Works Cited Entry: Jett, C.(2004) Germanna opens work-force training center. The Free-Lance Star.
  C.   Parenthetical: (Cathy Jett B4)
Works Cited Entry: Cathy Jett. The Free-Lance Star.Germanna opens work-force training center. 30 Oct.
      2004: B4
  D.   Parenthetical: (Germanna opens work-force training center)
Works Cited Entry: Cathy Jett. The Free-Lance Star.Germanna opens work-force training center.
      [Fredericksburg, VA] 30 Oct. 2004: B4
  E.   Parenthetical: (Germanna opens work-force training center)
Works Cited Entry: Germanna opens work-force training center. The Free-Lance Star Created by Cathy Jett.
      [Fredericksburg, VA] 30 Oct. 2004: B4


Question 5:
Which statement describes an MLA formatted header?
  A.   The header includes the author's first and last name; it is located 0.5" from the top and is flush with the right margin. The page number is centered in a footer at the bottom of the page.
  B.   The header includes the author's last name, and a page number; it is located 0.5" from the top and is flush with the right margin.
  C.   The header includes the author's name, instructor's name, class, and date.
  D.   The header includes the title of the paper, or a shortened version if the title exceeds 24 characters. The page number is centered in a footer at the bottom of the page.
  E.   MLA does not require a header, only a footer which contains the author's last name and page number.


Question 6:
What would the correct parenthetical citation be for using a quote from page 33 of J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye?
  A.   (The Catcher in the Rye, p.33)
  B.   (Salinger, J.D., pp 33)
  C.   (Salinger 33)
  D.   (The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger)
  E.   (33 Salinger)


Question 7:
Which of the following is the correct way to include Purdue University's OWL as a source in the Works Cited?
  A.   Websites cannot be included in a Works Cited.
  B.   The Purdue Owl. Purdue and Purdue University.
          <http://owl.english.purdue.edu>.
          Updated: August 26, 2008
  C.   The Purdue OWL. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue University.
          August 26, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2008
  D.  

The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2011. Web. 2 Feb2011.

  E.   Purdue and Purdue University. The Purdue OWL. 26 August 2008.
          <http://owl.english.purude.edu>
          Retrieved 23 April 2008.


Question 8:
Quotes longer than four typed lines require special formatting. Please select the correct procedure below.
  A.   Perform the same procedure as other quotations: quotation marks and a parenthetical citation at the end.
  B.   The quote requires its own paragraph that is formatted the same as a standard MLA paragraph. Includes quotation marks around the entire paragraph and a parenthetical citation at the end.
  C.   Quotes longer than four lines are illegal to use in MLA formatting.
  D.   1" indented block paragraph, double-spaced, inclusive in quotation marks, and requires a proper parenthetical citation after the closing punctuation mark.
  E.   1" indented free-standing block, double spaced, omit quotation marks, and the parenthetical citation comes after the closing punctuation mark (if more than one sentence).


Question 9:
In what manner should you format the Works Cited page?
  A.   MLA does not use a Works Cited. It has a Bibliography and References Section.
  B.   The Works Cited should have 1.5" margins on the sides and 1" margins on top and bottom. The page should contain a centered "Works Cited" title and appearance sequentially listings of the sources.
  C.  

The Works Cited page requires the same page layout (margins, headers) as the rest of the document; however, it requires a centered title and an alphabetical list of sources.

  D.   The Works Cited page requires the same page layout (margins, headers) as the rest of the document. The page should list the references in alphabetical order of the first word in each source citation (usually the Authorís last name).
  E.   The Works Cited page has the same margin and header settings as the rest of the paper; however, it requires a centered title and an alphabetical list of the sources. The left margin beside each source requires a quick-reference page number to each page that you used that source. The works cited page requires the same page layout (margins, headers) but has a bold, underlined title "Works Cited" centered at the top of the page. The sources are not necessarily listed in any particular order.


Question 10:
Which of the following is NOT true about MLA formatting?
  A.   MLA formatting requires a single (double) space after the title and in between paragraphs.
  B.   The font for MLA style has to be a legible size 10-12 font such as Arial, Times New Roman or Courier. The final decision is usually in the hands of the professor reviewing the paper.
  C.   MLA requires page numbering to start on the first page of the document and it skips the title page.
  D.   MLA formatting requires a title page attached to the front of the paper.
  E.   MLA formatting requires a Works Cited page that lists each source with double spacing and a hanging indent.