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CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Developing Writing Skills Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. A should ... because format for thesis statements in persuasive essays _____.

Question 2 2. How would you prepare to write a synthesis paper about 'The Effect of Texting on Student Language Skills'?

Question 3 3. Amelia is writing an essay on the pros and cons of pet ownership and has just finished the first two steps of brainstorming. Which of the products below demonstrate the best brainstorming method regarding the pros and cons of owning a pet?

Question 4 4. You can draw many of the points for your outline from _____.

Question 5 5. Brainstorming involves which of the following techniques?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following is true regarding topic sentences?

Question 7 7. Which of the following is the greatest value of using an alphanumeric outline?

Question 8 8. Which of the following best describes the 100 rule?

Question 9 9. Using mapping as a prewriting technique allows you to _____.

Question 10 10. The term analysis is used to define a process following the research phase across many subject matter disciplines. How is analysis applied in terms of writing an essay?

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Question 11 11. When brainstorming on your own, which of the following should you do?

Question 12 12. Organization will be a major consideration when you

Question 13 13. What is the greatest benefit of using an outline to draft an essay?

Question 14 14.

Pick out the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

Van Gogh, Edgar Allen Poe, and Oscar Wilde were all great artists who died penniless. They are far from the only ones. In fact, to compile a list of all of the artists now considered classics who never made much money from their work would take ages. Given this, we should perhaps assume that the path to making great art requires you to be penniless. But this is a human flaw of romanticism triumphing over reasoning. Success in art requires the same as success in life - good business sense and luck. It's mere coincidence that many artists rarely have either.

Question 15 15. What is a similarity between an overly detailed thesis statement and a vague thesis statement?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is a benefit of group brainstorming?

Question 17 17. When brainstorming ideas for your paper, _____.

Question 18 18. The process of generating potential topics for writing or generating ideas that you might use in your paper is called what?

Question 19 19. Once you've completed brainstorming for an essay, you'll be ready to _____.

Question 20 20. Which of the following would NOT make a good thesis?

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Question 21 21. What is a complete sentence that identifies the main idea of a paragraph?

Question 22 22. What part of the writing process includes looking at your essay that you have written in order to check and improve upon the organization, ideas, grammar, and mechanics?

Question 23 23. Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

Question 24 24. Peter is creating an outline for a paper on ecotourism and decides to use a formal outline format. You would expect Peter's outline to _____.

Question 25 25. The most critical element of an essay is its _____.

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Question 26 26. One should focus on _____ during the outlining process.

Question 27 27. When you consider the age, education level, or experience level of the people that might read your paper, you are trying to define your __________.

Question 28 28. Which of the following should NOT be included in a formal essay?

Question 29 29. Why is using a full sentence outline beneficial for most standard essays?

Question 30 30. How does a thesis statement help the reader?

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Developing Writing Skills Chapter Exam Instructions

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