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    1. EXERCISE9: QuotingCorrectly

A. Correct the errors in the following sentences:

    1. “The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty,” remarked the boxer Muhammad Ali, has wasted thirty years of his life

    2. Do you agree with Jerry Seinfeld that: “A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking?”

    3. H. L. Mencken cynically remarked that, “Nobody ever went broke un- derestimating the intelligence of the American public.

    4. “It has been my experience, said Abraham Lincoln that “folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

    5. The American historian Barbara Tuchman wrote about the ineptitude of generals, arguing that: “The power to command frequently causes fail- ure to think”.

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  1. Obesity is on the rise around the world, says Ann Becker. The Harvard anthropologist reports that the “Sudden increase in eating disorders among teenage girls in Fiji may be linked to the arrival of television in the 1990s and to “Western ideals of beauty.”

  2. Donald Trump offered this advice—“there’s the old story about the boxer after a fight who said: ‘that wasn’t so tough.” What was really tough was my father hitting me on the head with a hammer.”

  3. Before the Revolutionary War, Patrick Henry made a passionate speech, “is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery”? “Forbid it, Almighty God”! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”!

B. Use quotations from the following group as directed:

  • Choose one quotation and write a sentence that introduces a direct quotation with separation.

  • Choose a second quotation and write a sentence that introduces a di- rect quotation with integration.

  • Choose a third quotation and write a sentence that interrupts a quo- tation with a citation in the middle.

  1. I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to. (Elvis Presley)

  2. All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price. (Juvenal, Roman poet who lived around 100 AD)

  3. I don’t know what kind of weapons will be used in the third world war, assuming there will be a third world war. But I can tell you what the fourth world war will be fought with — stone clubs. (Albert Einstein)

  4. Making predictions is difficult, particularly about the future. (Samuel Goldwyn, Hollywood producer)

  5. Stage fright is always waiting outside the door. You either battle or walk away. (Laurence Olivier, British stage and film actor)

  6. Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn’t have it and thought of other things if you did. (James Bald- win, American novelist)

  7. There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help them- selves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself. (Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist)

  8. You can’t say civilization don’t advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. (Will Rogers, early twentieth-century comedian)


      1. EXERCISE14: IdentifyingPlagiarism

        The following paragraphs contain several plagiarized sentences.

        1. Examine the language and tone of each sentence, as well as the continuity of the entire paragraph.

        2. Then underline the plagiarized sentences.

    1. The Beatles’ music in the early years was just plain melodic. It had a nice beat to it. The Beatles were simple lads, writing simple songs sim- ply to play to screaming fans on one-night stands. There was no deep, inner meaning to the lyrics. Their songs included many words like I, and me, and you. As the years went by, the Beatles’ music became more poetic. Sergeant Pepper is a stupefying collage of music, words, back- ground noises, cryptic utterances, orchestral effects, hallucinogenic bells, farmyard sounds, dream sequences, social observations, and


    apocalyptic vision, all masterfully blended together on a four-track tape machine over nine agonizing and expensive months. Their music was beginning to be more philosophical, with a deep, inner, more secret meaning. After it was known that they took drugs, references to drugs were seen in many songs. The “help” in Ringo’s “A Little Help from My Friends” was said to have meant pot. The songs were poetic, mystical; they emerged from a self-contained world of bizarre carnival colors; they spoke in a language and a musical idiom all their own.

    2. BeforetheCivilWar,minstrelsyspreadquicklyacrossAmerica.Ameri- cans all over the country enjoyed minstrelsy because it reflected some- thing of their own point of view. For instance, Negro plantation hands, played usually by white actors in blackface, were portrayed as devil- may-care outcasts and minstrelmen played them with an air of comic triumph, irreverent wisdom, and an underlying note of rebellion, which had a special appeal to citizens of a young country. Minstrelsy was ironi- cally the beginning of black involvement in the American theater. The American people learned to identify with certain aspects of the black people. The Negro became a sympathetic symbol for a pioneer people who required resilience as a prime trait. 

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