NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. You can draw many of the points for your outline from _____.

Question 2 2. How does a thesis statement help the reader?

Question 3 3. You are writing a paper for a class to persuade the professor and other readers of the value of using recycled paper. What type of appeal should you frame within the paper to achieve your goal?

Question 4 4. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed sentence structure?

Question 5 5.

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.'

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Question 6 6.

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

Question 8 8. Which of the following would NOT make a good thesis?

Question 9 9. A unified body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 10 10. Where should you choose to refute potential opposing views in a document?

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Question 11 11. How can writers prepare readers for new ideas?

Question 12 12. A writer would MOST LIKELY use a call to action in the _____ of their essay in order to _____.

Question 13 13. How would an emotional appeal be made?

Question 14 14. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 15 15. What would be considered appropriate evidence in support of an argument?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is the best approach to take while creating a story?

Question 17 17. If you choose not to effectively refute potential opposing views, what is a possible outcome of your writing?

Question 18 18. Which of the following is a sentence fragment?

Question 19 19. Words and phrases that help carry a thought from one idea to the next are referred to as _____.

Question 20 20. Why would you want to take the time to outline your paper before you write it?

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Question 21 21. How are transitional sentences important in achieving coherence in body paragraphs?

Question 22 22.

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 23 23. When thinking of a way to ensure the body paragraphs of your essay flow together, _____.

Question 24 24.

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 25 25. Proving that an idea is false or untrue in your writing involves doing what?

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Question 26 26. Where would you TYPICALLY expect to find an essay's thesis statement?

Question 27 27. When you use the bookending technique, you _____.

Question 28 28. Effective body paragraphs within an essay...

Question 29 29. Why is it a good idea to avoid overly ornate sentences?

Question 30 30. 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 _____.

NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

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