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Quiz: You Be the Judge


Question 1

Which of the following is a requirement for including verbatim (word for word) information from an outside source?

a.  Cite the source and page number where you found the quote.
b.  Set the passage off in quotes, or indent it if it is longer than a line or two of text.
c.  Choose a sentence, phrase, or passage that reiterates what you stated previously

a and c
a and b
b only


Question 2

Which of the following is a potential consequence of plagiarism?

a.  Receiving a zero for the course
b.  Having a college degree revoked after the fact
c.  Being sued by the author of the plagiarized, original work

b and c only
a only
a, b and c


Question 3

Which of the following strategies is helpful for avoiding plagiarism?

a.  Cutting and pasting text from an online article directly into your word processor
b.  Setting off short, verbatim passages in quotation marks
c.  Distinguishing, in your notes, between direct quotes, paraphrased passages, and your own ideas

b and c only
a only
a, b and c


Question 4

Which of the following is an example of plagiarism?

a.  Submitting a paper that you've already used in another course
b.  Disagreeing with the source you cited
c.  Paraphrasing too close to the source

c only
a, b and c
a and c only


Question 5

Which of the following is a recognized citation style?

a.  Chicago
b.  MLA
c.  APA

b and c only
b only
a, b and c


Question 6

Original Text (found on page 54 of an autobiography by Kathryn Holt):
Grandma walked me back downstairs and seated me in the gold velour chair. She spoke for a long time. It was the lecture of my life. Empathy was out of reach before that day.

Paraphrase:
Kathryn's grandmother descended the staircase with her granddaughter at her side. She sat down with Kathryn and lectured to her for quite a while. Empathy was out of reach before that day.

Which of the following criticisms of the above paraphrase is correct?

a.   Empathy was out of reach before that day should be set off in quotation marks.
b.   The name of the original text's author is not indicated.
c.   No reference is provided citing the source.

a and c
a only
b only


Question 7

Which of the following is a pitfall to avoid when paraphrasing?

a.  Using wording similar to that of the source in your paraphrase
b.  Failing to cite the source from which you are paraphrasing
c.  Losing sight of the meaning and tone expressed by the author of the original document

a and b only
a, b and c
a only


Question 8

Original Text (found on page 3 of a book by Edward Orr):
When teaching world religions in the classroom, it is helpful to introduce artworks that are representative of each religion. This allows the teacher to address each religion on neutral ground, thus avoiding indoctrination.

Paraphrase:
According to Orr, teachers should use sacred cultural artifacts as a vehicle to teach world religions in our schools. Doing so will allow the teacher to present each religion objectively (3).

Which of the following criticisms of the above paraphrase is correct?

a.  World religions should be set off in quotation marks.
b.  The parenthetical reference is missing the author's name.
c.  Nothing

a and b
b only
c only


Question 9

Which of the following requires that you provide documentation of your sources?

a.  Using information freely available from the World Wide Web, such as an e-zine
b.  Stating factual data that can be corroborated by several different reference sources (i.e. general knowledge)
c.  Including information from a podcast created by your friend

a only
a, b and c
a and c only


Question 10

Original Text (found on page 52 of a journal article by Omar Gray):
After the training, fourteen students were able to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections, while only two failed to do so. This result was an improvement upon prior experiments.

Paraphrase:
After the training, fourteen students could tell the difference between viral and bacterial infections, while only two could not. This result was better than prior experiments (Gray 52).

Which of the following criticisms of the above paraphrase is correct?

a.  The author's name is not cited.
b.  Wording and sentence structure follow the source too closely.
c.  The paraphrase skews the meaning intended by the author of the original document.

a, b and c
b only
c only


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