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Test Your Understanding

Submitted by burnsc on Tue July 22, 2014 - 10:34am

The following quiz tests your understanding of what is and what is not considered to be plagiarism. At the top of the quiz, an exerpt from a textbook is given. In the questions below, the student has written several short paragraphs using the information presented in the textbook excerpt. It is your job to decide if the information has been used correctly or if (and why) it is an example of plagiarism; chose the answer you think is correct and click on the word "select" beside your answer. A response will pop up, telling you whether you were right or wrong and explaining why.

Original source:

Bacterial diseases are a continuing threat. Their general decline over the past century is probably due more to public health policies and education than to “wonder drugs”. A case in point is Lyme disease, currently the most widespread pest-carried disease in the United States.

From: Campbell, N. A. and J.B. Reece. 2002. Biology, 6th ed. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA.

  1. Bacterial diseases are a continuing threat. Their general decline over the past century is probably due more to public health policies and education than to "wonder drugs". A case in point is Lyme disease, currently the most widespread pest-carried disease in the United States. Is this plagiarism? Why or why not?
    (click on red down arrow to see answer - re-click to close answer)

    A. No

    B. Yes, because it uses another person's words verbatim (word-for-word) and is not properly acknowledged.

    C. Yes, because in paraphrasing the original work, the student has made only minor, cosmetic changes to the wording and sentence structure of the original.

    D. Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged.

  2. Bacterial diseases are a continuing threat. Their general decline over the past century is probably due more to public health policies and education than do "wonder drugs". A case in point is Lyme disease, currently the most widespread pest-carried disease in the United States (Campbell and Reece, 2002). Is this plagiarism? Why or why not?
    A. No

    B. Yes, because it uses another person's words verbatim (word-for-word) and is not properly acknowledged.

    C. Yes, because in paraphrasing the original work, the student has made only minor, cosmetic changes to the wording and sentence structure of the original

    D.Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged.

  3. Diseases caused by bacteria are an ongoing menace to humans. The reduction in such diseases since the early 1900s is likely a result of improvements in education and public health policies than from "miracle drugs". One example is Lyme disease, presently the most prevalent pest-borne disease in America. (Campbell and Reece, 2002). Is this an example of plagiarism?
    A. No

    B. Yes, because it uses another person's words verbatim (word-for-word) and is not properly acknowledged.

    C.Yes, because in paraphrasing the original work, the student has made only minor, cosmetic changes to the wording and sentence structure of the original.

    D.Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged.

  4. The general decline in bacterial diseases seen over the last century is probably due less to "wonder drugs" and more to changes in public health policies and education (Campbell and Reece, 2002). Is this plagiarism? Why or why not?
    A. No

    B.Yes, because it uses another person's words verbatim (word-for-word) and is not properly acknowledged.

    C. Yes, because in paraphrasing the original work, the student has made only minor, cosmetic changes to the wording and sentence structure of the original.

    D.Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged

  5. As I was reviewing my lecture notes for biology last night, it occurred to me that the decline in bacterial diseases over the past several decades is probably due more to improved public health policies and better education than to development of antibiotics. Is this plagiarism? Why or why not?
    A. No

    B.Yes, because it uses another person's words verbatim (word-for-word) and is not properly acknowledged.

    C. Yes, because in paraphrasing the original work, the student has made only minor, cosmetic changes to the wording and sentence structure of the original.

    D.Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged.

  6. "Bacterial diseases are a continuing threat. Their general decline over the past century is probably due more to public health policies and education than to "wonder drugs". A case in point is Lyme disease, currently the most widespread pest-carried disease in the United States." (Campbell and Reece, 2002). Is this plagiarism? Why or why not?
    A. No

    B. Yes, because it uses another person's words verbatim (word-for-word) and is not properly acknowledged

    C. Yes, because in paraphrasing the original work, the student has made only minor, cosmetic changes to the wording and sentence structure of the original.

    D.Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged.

  7. Over the last century, the incidence of diseases due to bacterial infection has decreased but this reduction is likely not due to the development of "wonder drugs", but rather to improvements in education and public health policies (Campbell and Reece, 2002). The most common pest-borne disease in the US is Lyme disease (Campbell and Reece 2002); this bacterial infection is spread by ticks and affected more than 23,000 people in the U.S. in disease as an example of the health threat posed by bacteria; this disease is an infection caused by a bacterium that is spread by the bite of a tick, which affected more than 23,000 people in the US in 2003 (Centre for Disease Control, 2005). Clearly, even with all of the antibiotics that have been developed, humans have not succeeded in eradicating the health threat posed by bacteria. Is this plagiarism? Why or why not?
    A. No

    B. Yes, because it uses another person's words verbatim (word-for-word) and is not properly acknowledged.

    C. Yes, because in paraphrasing the original work, the student has made only minor, cosmetic changes to the wording and sentence structure of the original.

    D.Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged.