Identifying an Acceptable Paraphrase (MLA Style) - Quiz 10 question
Identifying an Acceptable Paraphrase (MLA Style) - Quiz 10 question
Apr 1st, 2015
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Question 1 (1 point)
[Ed: error here relates to close wording] The
original vision of charter schools in 1988, when the idea was
popularized, was that they would be created by venturesome public school
teachers who would seek out the most alienated students, those who had
dropped out or those who were likely to do so. The teachers in these
experimental schools would find better ways to reach these students and
bring what they'd learned back to the regular public school. The
fundamental idea at the beginning of the movement was that charter
schools would help public schools and enroll students who needed extra
attention and new strategies.
From Ravitch, Diane. "Why I Changed My Mind." The Nation 14 June 2010: 20-24. Print. The passage appears on page 22 of the article.
Question 2 (1 point)
[sentence structure too close] Paul
Revere's ride is perhaps the most famous historical example of a
word-of-mouth epidemic. A piece of extraordinary news traveled a long
distance in a very short time, mobilizing an entire region to arms. Not
all word-of-mouth epidemics are this sensational, of course. But it is
safe to say that word of mouth is—even in this age of mass
communications and multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns—still the
most important form of human communication.
From Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point. New York: Little, Brown, 2002. Print. The passage appears on page 32.
Question 3 (1 point)
[wording too close, citation missing] Scientists
say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can
change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is
being undermined by bursts of information. These play to a primitive
impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The
stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers
say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored. From Richtel, Matt. "Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price." New York Times. New York Times,7 June 2010. Web. The article was accessed online, in a version that appeared without page numbers.
Question 4 (1 point)
[cover same points in same order] Assange
also wanted to insure that, once the video was posted online, it would
be impossible to remove. He told me that WikiLeaks maintains its content
on more than twenty servers around the world and on hundreds of domain
names. (Expenses are paid by donations, and a few independent
well-wishers also run "mirror sites" in support.) Assange calls the site
"an uncensorable system for untraceable mass document leaking and
public analysis," and a government or company that wanted to remove
content from WikiLeaks would have to practically dismantle the Internet
From Khatchadourian, Raffi. "No Secrets: Julian Assange's Mission for Total Transparency." New Yorker. TheNew Yorker,7 June 2010. Web. The article was reprinted without page numbers online.
Question 5 (1 point)
[sentence structure] Bear
Stearns and Lehman Brothers in 2008 more closely resembled normal
corporations with solid, Middle American values than did any Wall Street
firm circa 1985. The changes were camouflage. They helped to distract
outsiders from the truly profane event: the growing misalignment of
interests between the people who trafficked in financial risk and the
wider culture. The surface rippled, but down below, in the depths, the
bonus pool remained undisturbed. From Lewis, Michael. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. New York: Norton, 2010. Print. The passage appears on page 254.
Question 6 (1 point)
[missing citation/signal phrase] Unlike
the staggered luncheon sessions I observed at Walton High, lunch was
served in a single sitting to the students in this school. "It's
physically impossible to feed 3,300 kids at once," the teacher said.
"The line for kids to get their food is very long and the entire period
lasts only 30 minutes. It takes them 15 minutes just to walk there from
their classes and get through the line. They get 10 minutes probably to
eat their meals. A lot of them don't try. You've been a teacher, so you
can imagine what it does to students when they have no food to eat for
an entire day. The schoolday here at Fremont is eight hours long." From Kozol, Jonathan. The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. New York: Crown, 2005. Print. The passage appears on page 176.
Question 7 (1 point)
[wording too close] Because
of physiological and behavioral differences, exposures among children
are expected to be different from exposures among adults. Children may
be more exposed to some environmental contaminants, because they consume
more of certain foods and water per unit of body weight and have a
higher ratio of body surface area to volume than adults. Equally
important, rapid changes in behavior and physiology may lead to
differences in exposure as a child grows up. From United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook (Final Report). Sept. 2008. Web. 5 November 2009. The passage appears on page 1-1.
Question 8 (1 point)
[sentence structure] Thomas
Jefferson had made it unmistakably clear to Lewis and Clark that their
foremost objective was to find "the direct water communication from sea
to sea formed by the bed of the Missouri & perhaps the Oregon." But
in his detailed letter of instructions to Lewis, Jefferson devoted more
words to the Indian nations than to any other topic. Not only was
Jefferson intensely curious about the tribes, he wanted Lewis and Clark
to wean their loyalties away from the despised British traders and
enfold them into the orbit of American trade and commerce. From Jones, Landon Y. William Clark and the Shaping of the West. New York: Hill-Farrar, 2004. The passage appears on pages 130-31.
Question 9 (1 point)
[order is not the same as in the original, also wording] Yoko
became the epitome of Fluxus multimedia antiart. Her works tended to be
sculpture, or rather three-dimensional collage, assembled from
quotidian objects and usually inviting physical contact with the
observer. Sometimes the creation would be a piece of theatre, with the
role of the artwork played by the artist and the audience's reactions
serving to illuminate some truth about the nature of art or the human
condition in general. From Norman, Phillip. John Lennon: The Life. New York: Random, 2009. Print. The excerpt is from page 474.
Question 10 (1 point)
[wording; wrong citation] Some
recent studies have explored the existence of behavior in toddlers that
is "altruistic" in an even stronger sense — like when they give up
their time and energy to help a stranger accomplish a difficult task.
The psychologists Felix Warneken and Michael Tomasello have put toddlers
in situations in which an adult is struggling to get something done,
like opening a cabinet door with his hands full or trying to get to an
object out of reach. The toddlers tend to spontaneously help, even
without any prompting, encouragement or reward. From Bloom, Paul. "The Moral Life of Babies." New York Times Magazine. New York Times,9 May 2010. Web. The passage appears on page 47.