Avoid Plagiarism Worksheet
|I. Exact Quotations:
Quote one of the sentences below, beginning your sentence with an attributive tag. The passage is from an essay by C. S. Lewis, called "The Inner Ring."
Of all the passions the passion for the Inner Ring is most skilful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things. The desire to be inside the invisible line illustrates this rule. As long as you are governed by that desire you will never get what you want. You are trying to peel an onion: if you succeed there will be nothing left. Until you conquer the fear of being an outsider, an outsider you will remain.
Paraphrase anywhere from two lines below, carefully following the recommendations for paraphrasing. It is from the same Lewis essay, where the author is defining the term "inner rings."
There are no formal admissions or expulsions. People think they are in it after they have in fact been pushed out of it, or before they have been allowed in: this provides great amusement for those who are really inside. It has no fixed name. The only certain rule is that the insiders and outsiders call it by different names. From inside it may be designated, in simple cases, by mere enumeration: it may be called "You and Tony and me." When it is very secure and comparatively stable in membership it calls itself "we." When it has to be suddenly expanded to meet a particular emergency it calls itself "All the sensible people at this place." From outside, if you have despaired of getting into it, you call it "That gang" or "They" or "So-and-so and his set" or "the Caucus" or "the Inner Ring." If you are a candidate for admission you probably don't call it anything. To discuss it with the other outsiders would make you feel outside yourself. And to mention it in talking to the man who is inside, and who may help you if this present conversation goes well, would be madness.
Finally, attempt to summarize the ideas of the paragraph above in your own words.