GRE Analytical Writing - Starting Your Essay: Tutoring Solution Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 2 2.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Apples are definitely better than other fruit.'

Question 3 3. How does a thesis statement help the reader?

Question 4 4. Which of the following statements is an example of a thesis statement?

Question 5 5. Why is the 'bridge' used?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following would NOT make a good thesis?

Question 7 7.

Identify the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

There are many who believe that healthcare is a basic human right. I strongly disagree. Life, food, shelter, and the right to pursue happiness (whatever that means) may be human rights, but little else. But when we talk about whether this country should have universal healthcare for its citizens, we are not discussing basic human rights. No, access to universal healthcare is instead the moral obligation of any society that dares to call itself 'civilized.'

Question 8 8. While some may describe it as antiquated, why is the 5-paragraph essay still so widely used by writers?

Question 9 9. Rebecca is writing a final essay for her English 101 class. The teacher failed to provide students with an effective question to which she could respond with a thesis. What should she do?

Question 10 10. Which of the following should NOT be included in the conclusion paragraph of a 5-paragraph essay?

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Question 11 11.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Setting the legal drinking age at 21 seems unfair because you can serve in the military at 18.'

Question 12 12. Why is the attention getter such an important element of the introductory paragraph?

Question 13 13. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

Question 14 14. Which of the following identifies the proper order for the introductory paragraph?

Question 15 15. Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

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Question 16 16. Which one of the following might indicate that there's a potential problem with a thesis?

Question 17 17. Should a thesis always be revised?

Question 18 18. Which of the following statements best defines the main idea of an essay?

Question 19 19.

The following quote from a teenage girl, about her experience with cyberbullying, was reported by professors Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin.

'It makes me hurt both physically and mentally. It scares me and takes away all my confidence. It makes me feel sick and worthless' (Hinduja, 2010)

Why is the quote an effective attention getter?

Question 20 20. Which of the following should NOT be included in a formal essay?

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Question 21 21.

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 22 22.

Robert is writing an essay and in the last sentence of his introductory paragraph, he presented this as his thesis:

'My paper is about dating and social media.'

Why is this thesis NOT appropriate?

Question 23 23. Which of the following is NOT an example of a reliable source for an academic essay?

GRE Analytical Writing - Starting Your Essay: Tutoring Solution Chapter Exam Instructions

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