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Chapter 28. Essay Examinations > Essay Writing Skills

Essay Writing Skills

Skill 1: Read each question carefully and underline key words in the different parts of the question. When you are asked to “trace” the development of social reform in America, you need to describe the historical development of the subject. On the other hand, when you are asked to “criticize” or “critique” a poem or book, your instructor expects you to show the positive and negative points and support your ideas with evidence.


CHECK YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOLLOWING FOUR WORDS, MOST OFTEN USED IN ESSAY QUESTIONS, BY FILLING IN THE BLANKS (Answers at bottom of page)


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