Short Answer Essay Questions #3
Some essay questions don’t seem directly related to your education or life experience, but committees use them to test your creativity and get a better sense of your personality.
The four main types of essay questions are , , and .
To write a good essay, you firstly need to have a clear understanding of what the essay question is asking you to do. Looking at the essay question in close detail will help you to identify the topic and ‘directive words’ (Dhann, 2001), which instruct you how to answer the question. Understanding the meaning of these directive words is a vital first step in producing your essay.
If you’re looking to create a winning MBA application, the absolute best place to shine a spotlight on your goals and accomplishments is in the required essay questions. After all, life provides ample source material—innovations, successes, ethical dilemmas, workplace conflicts–that you can mine for essay inspiration.
What follows is a an example of an answer to atypical essay questionthe sort of question you would expect on a compositionmidterm, but also much like essay questions in any discipline. The question andanswer address E. B. White's essay, "Once More to the Lake," an essaycommonly included in composition anthologies. I wrote this answer undertypical test conditions: I gave myself a 40-minute time limit (assuming thatthis would be one of three questions on a test scheduled for two hours), andbegan with the sort of informal prewriting/outline that improves control andcompleteness. I did the whole thing on the computer, and you will see the notesand essay exactly as I wrote them (though the comments on the side were addedlater for your use). The computer allowed me to move things around onscreen, butI used the same method I use on papersetting up general categories withspaces between them, then filling in.
This was designed as an open-book question, so I had E.B. White's essay in front of me as I worked, but of course I had already studiedthe essay and had firm opinions. Good technique really helps you to writeeffective essay answers, but you also need to have studied, to have madeyourself familiar with the content on which you will be tested.The function of the Introduction is to serve as a 'map' of the essay, outlining to your reader the main argument and points which you develop in your essay. Most introductions begin with an orientation in the form of a brief general statement that leads the reader into the topic showing how the specific topic relates to bigger issues or to the discipline field. This is followed by your thesis statement, which is your concise response to the essay question, then an outline of the argument presented in the essay. You may find it useful to think of an essay's introduction as funnel shaped moving from the general to the specific. Here is an example:In my courses I emphasize essay answers to examination questions. Some questions are designed for very short answers and others for longer, more complex answers. The questions range in scope and complexity, which is why different questions require answers of different length. Regardless of this variation in length, all of the questions are really "short-answer essay questions" because no single question requires you to write for 2-3 hours.One of the most complex types of questions to respond is the essay question. In some cases essay questions are assigned on worksheets and also homework projects. College or university programs also employ essay questions to be able to filter students.
The most important task is to address your essay questions correctly by using the right style, the correct grammar and robust supporting documents. It can sound easy but it can be tough. Nevertheless the hard work should not prevent you from writing. Brainstorm ideas, do some research or perhaps to get your original essay paper professionally answered, giving you the opportunity to devote your time on other important activities! If you wish to understand how to respond to an essay question, just read on!The chart below outlines 4 main types of essay questions, the verbs/cues that indicate the type of essay question and its purpose, and the strategy to be used to answer it.The essay question will not be assigned a grade until it has been reviewed by a teacher and manually graded. Until that happens, the student's grade will be 0.