Text only

Practice Quiz on Using Sources

The sentences on the right are from an essay that uses information from the article on the left. Identify the error or weakness involving the use of material from the source in each of the sentences.

The Source

The following passage is from "No School for Sots," an article by Amy Dickinson that appears on page 85 of the September 13, 1999, edition of Time magazine. (Read the information below the passage!)

"Everything is an occasion to drink--happy or sad. We just drink for any reason." That's what I heard on campus last week when I asked a group of college upperclassmen to comment on a full-page newspaper ad signed by 113 college presidents. The ad features a huge bottle of "Binge Beer" and warns parents that binge drinking on campus has reached dangerous proportions. The awareness campaign, spearheaded by Graham Spanier, president of Penn State, is backed up by a study of binge drinking released by Harvard's School of Public Health, in which 43% of college students were identified as binge drinkers. That means they drank five or more beers or drinks (four for women) at least once in the two-week period before the study. One-fifth of all college students are "frequent" binge drinkers, consuming an average of 17.9 drinks a week. The Harvard study also shows that nearly a third of all students start college with binge-drinking problems.

Please note the following:
1) Even if the sentences to the right refer to the Harvard study, Dickinson is properly cited as the source.
2) The writer's use of 'single quotation marks' to indicate quotation marks that appear in the original source is correct.
3) The writer's use of [brackets] for material in quotations that has been changed is correct.
4) Assume that the writer has already given Amy Dickinson's full name in a sentence earlier in the essay.