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February 28, 2005


Dr Pretorius

I must admit, I'm a little puzzled about the fourth item on that list. The others sound distressingly familliar though.


4th item : MLA citation format, I'm guessing. As in

According to Carl Jung, "Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is…But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected, and is liable to burst forth suddenly in a moment of unawareness" (88).

To pull an example from the paper I'm procrastinating on.

Took me the longest time to break the habit of putting the period inside the quotation marks...


Yep, we have to love MLA.


I took #4 to mean that her students tend to ignore whatever appears in parentheses. For instance:

Answer two of the following four questions. (Write your answers in complete sentences.)

If I'm right, she means that students tend to ignore the command in parentheses, and therefore refuse to believe it.


Although, I suppose it really doesn't make much sense to "believe" a command.


#4 is indeed MLA style.

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