Formatting Direct Quotations Properly in MLA Format Worksheet

MLA Guide

Test your knowledge with this Direct Quotations in MLA Format Worksheet, and get in a little practice for your next project that requires using the MLA Guide. Exercises require you to use direct quotations from a source of your choosing under certain guidelines while maintaining the correct format and punctuation.

Formatting Direct Quotations Properly in MLA Format

Instructions

Locate an article via the internet or at your school or local library on a subject that interests you. From the article, select portions of text for the exercises below, and put the information into a direct quotation by using the formatting suggested for each exercise. Use the correct punctuation and parenthetical citation.

  • Use a short direct quotation with the author mentioned in the text of the sentence.

  • Use a short direct quotation with the author referenced in a parenthetical citation.

  • Use a short portion of text in a direct quotation that is not a complete sentence by working the quote into a sentence of your own words. Mention the author in the text of your sentence.

  • Use a short portion of text in a direct quotation that is not a complete sentence by working the quote into a sentence of your own words. Reference the author in the parenthetical citation.

  • Repeat the instructions in #3, but put the sentence in the form of a question, and use a question mark as the ending punctuation.

  • Use a long direct quotation with the author mentioned in the text that introduces the quotation.

  • Use a long direct quotation with the author referenced in a parenthetical citation.

  • Use a long direct quotation that consists of two paragraphs.

  • Omit information from one of the quotations you used in #7. Make sure to maintain the meaning of the quotation, but turn the long quotation into a short one.

  • Add information to a quotation that requires clarification for the intended meaning to be maintained.