||Word Processing Practice Exercise
1) Type the excerpt given below.
On the first Monday of April, 1625, the market town of Meung, birthplace
of the author of the Roman de la Rose, seemed to be in as great a
turmoil as if the Huguenots had come to turn it into a second La Rochelle.
A number of townsmen, seeing women running in the direction of the main street
and hearing children shouting on doorsteps, hastened to put on their breastplates
and, steadying their rather uncertain self-assurance with a musket or a halberd,
made their way toward the inn, the Hôtellerie du Franc Meunier, in
front of which a noisy, dense, and curious throng was growing larger by the
A young man… Let us sketch a rapid portrait of him. Imagine Don Quixote at
eighteen, a Don Quixote without chain mail or thigh pieces, wearing a woolen
doublet whose original shade had been transformed into an elusive shade between
purple and azure. He had a long, dark face with prominent cheekbones, a mark
of shrewdness; his jaw muscles were heavily developed, an infallible sign
by which one can recognize a Gascon, even without a beret, and our young
man wore a beret adorned with some sort of feather. His eyes were frank and
intelligent; his nose was hooked, but finely drawn; he was too big for an
adolescent and too small for a full-grown man. An untrained eye might have
taken him for a farmer's son on a journey if it had not been for the sword
that hung from a shoulder belt, slapping against his calves when he walked,
and against his shaggy horse when he rode.
(From The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas)
2) Change the font of your excerpt to any other readable font of your choice,
in 12 point.
3) Change the spacing of the excerpt from single to double spacing.
4) Change both book titles to underlined rather than italicized.
5) Put your name in a header on the upper right corner.
6) Paginate, using a footer. Be sure the size and font of your header and
footer match your text.
7) Turn the parenthetical item at the end into a footnote.
8) Print this page.
||Note : I use this excerpt for several reasons. One
is that it contains several items, such as a book title and foreign accents,
which students need to know how to deal with in citing sources. Second,
the first paper of the semester at NAU is a descriptive paper; thus, this
exercise, suggested for the first week of class, gets students in that
descriptive mind-set. Third, I'm a Dumas fan. You, of course,
are encouraged to use any excerpt you find suitable. Be sure to
alter the instructions accordingly.