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Organizing an Essay Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. The best way to deal with panic when aiming to write a great, timed essay is to:

Question 2 2. Why is editing a crucial stage in writing a great essay?

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

Question 4 4. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 5 5. When thinking of a way to ensure the body paragraphs of your essay flow together, _____.

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Question 6 6. Words and phrases that help carry a thought from one idea to the next are referred to as _____.

Question 7 7. After a long day, a teacher is grading a large number of essays which were written by his students. He is reviewing how his students structured their essays. Tom structured his essay so each paragraph had 3 sentences. Jane used 4 to 5 sentences, Katie used 6 to 7 sentences, while Phil used 9 to 10 sentences for each paragraph. Based on this fact alone, which of the following likely received the highest grade?

Question 8 8. How is using emotional appeal in an essay similar to providing relevant supporting details?

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

Question 10 10. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

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Question 11 11. What should all the supporting details relate to?

Question 12 12. What is the purpose of comparing and contrasting two items?

Question 13 13. 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 14 14. When you have generated ideas and details for your paper, you must organize them so that you know which order you will write about them in your paper. What is this process known as?

Question 15 15. Tom is writing an essay on corporate farming practices with the intent of informing his readers about several major problems in the industry. Which of the following should Tom be sure NOT to include in such an essay and, why?

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Question 16 16. Senator Billings writes an essay to let his constituents know how he feels about a major issue facing the country. This type of writing, which must include author opinion, has the purpose of _____.

Question 17 17. Why is it generally better to avoid the passive voice?

Question 18 18.

How do you change this sentence from passive voice to active voice?

The bloody space battle was fought mostly by children.

Question 19 19. Which one of the following might indicate that there's a potential problem with a thesis?

Question 20 20.

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.'

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Question 21 21.

Which of the following corrects this mixed structure sentence?

''Because you want your writing to be the best it can be, is why you should avoid mixed structure sentences.''

Question 22 22.

How can the following mixed structure sentence be corrected?

''The instructor she taught us how to punctuate sentences correctly.''

Question 23 23. The topic of your essay is somewhat controversial, but you want readers who disagree with your opinion to continue reading. Which of the following sentences would most likely encourage their continued attention?

Question 24 24. Which is the best phrasing to let the reader know that important information is coming up?

Question 25 25. Why is it a good idea to think about how essays are structured?

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Question 26 26. What should an evaluation checklist include?

Question 27 27. Once the clock has started on a timed essay, the first step should be:

Question 28 28.

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 29 29. Adding transitions within the text of a paragraph can _____.

Question 30 30. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

Organizing an Essay Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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