Reading Film Pre-Draft: MLA Quizzes

MLA Quizzes

[I give them a quiz, then use it as basis for instruction on MLA and incorporating quotes. I give the second quiz for review the following day.]

Some things I make sure to cover:

–underline titles of Books, Films, Journals, Databases. [italics = underlining]

–how to use ellipsis

— how to use brackets

–two parts to MLA: In-text citations and a Works Cited Page.

In-text citations:

When you quote or when you summarize or paraphrase, you need to attribute someone.

Use the author’s last name and page number. Do not use “pg.” or “pp.” or the year. Do not use a comma.

Example 1: “Blah blah blah blah” (Smith 32).

Ex. 2: Smith says “blah blah blah” (32).

Ex. 3: Smith argues that blah is important (32).

Ex. 4: “Yadda blah blah blah blah” (Smith and Vine 47).

–Look where the period is; goes after the parentheses. [although normally punctuation goes inside quotes, except for ; and ? and ! ]
Works Cited Page

Use a hanging indent; show where to find it in Word.

Keep the double-space consistent throughout.

Look everything up.


Book with Single Author

Lastname, First. Book Title. City: Publisher, 2004. Print.

Book with Multiple Authors

Lastname, First and Name Lastname.

Work in Anthology.

Lastname, First. “Title.” Title of Anthology. Ed. Name Lastname. City: Publisher, Year. Xx-xx. Print.

Journal Article

Lastname, First. “Title of Article.” Journal Title x.y (Year): xx-xx. Print.

Newspaper Article

Lastname, First. “Title of Article.” Newspaper Name 6 April 2010: A1+. Print.


Lastname, First. “Title of Review.” Rev. of Title of Work, by Author’s Name. Title of Periodical 6 April 2010: x-xx. Print.

–Look up “interviews”


Title. Dir. Orson Welles. Perf. Bruce Willis and Roseanne Barr. Distributor, Year. Film/DVD.


Add the name of the database and the date you accessed.

Example with journal:

Lastname, First. “Title of Article.” Journal Title x.y (Year): xx-xx. Database. Web. 6 April 2010.


See attached document for Quiz I and Quiz II handouts:

Download:ReadingFilmPredrafts_MLAQuizzes (docx)

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