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Types of Academic Essays Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Janet is working on an informative essay about Lyme Disease. At this point, she already has all the information she needs and is arranging her information into categories and figuring out the structure of her essay. Janet is in the _____ phase of writing.

Question 2 2. What is the difference between revising and editing?

Question 3 3. What is the CORRECT order for the steps to write an informative essay?

Question 4 4. You've been given an assignment to write an informational essay. At what point in the process might you use brainstorming?

Question 5 5.

Theresa is a professor at a local university. Her student, Kevin, has content from the Journal of Sociology. The following is an example of how most of his essay appears to be written:

''The research clearly points out that 'While the level of crime has mostly gone down throughout the country, the level of violent crime in major cities has gone up. This trend is highly worrisome as the concept of the 'Criminal Triangle' identified by situation theory identifies that the largest problem is the presence of an able protector'''

Why would Theresa likely award him a low grade?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following is NOT good advice when searching for sources for a persuasive essay?

Question 7 7. When incorporating source material in your essay, you should _____

Question 8 8. Why is it important to make an outline prior to writing an essay?

Question 9 9. How many paragraphs would you expect to see in a standard argumentative essay?

Question 10 10.

Iza includes this statement in her essay:


I believe that college students should control all of their own finances because they possess the intellectual capability and emotional maturity to do so.


This is Iza's _____ statement.

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Question 11 11. Facts and data that support reasons in an argumentative essay are called _____.

Question 12 12.

Jared believes that the minimum wage should be higher. In his argumentative essay he addresses the view of opponents who claim that a higher wage will cause companies to hire fewer workers with this statement:


Though some think that a higher minimum wage will cut down on company hiring, a 2016 study of retail stores in Canada has shown otherwise, demonstrating hiring levels that remained the same in the wake of rising wages.


In this instance, Jared is using what is known as a/an _____.

Question 13 13. In Jim's narrative essay about his family, certain parts are written in extreme detail, while others are written in more general terms. These differences illustrate the concept of _____ in a narrative.

Question 14 14. Janet's narrative leads up to the most important moment of her story, when she first saw the face of her newborn child. This type of moment in a narrative is known as the _____.

Question 15 15. Which of these characteristics has the MOST impact on the effectiveness of a narrative essay over all the others?

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Question 16 16. Why would it be correct to assert that narrative essays can be thought of as slightly persuasive?

Question 17 17. You might write about your own personal experiences in a personal essay in which you support or oppose a specific point because _____.

Question 18 18. To help yourself stay on track while writing a personal essay, it can be useful to _____.

Question 19 19. Why should your 'scope' in a personal essay, in which you support or oppose a specific point, be narrow?

Question 20 20. A good personal essay _____.

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Question 21 21. Why is having an outline an important part of writing an exemplification essay?

Question 22 22. How does the first paragraph serve as a road map for an exemplification essay?

Question 23 23. How should you choose which examples to include in your essay?

Question 24 24. Which of the following is NOT a step in the writing process of an exemplification essay?

Question 25 25. What type of informative essay, in its most basic form, looks at cause and effect?

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Question 26 26. When writing an informative essay, what are the most important parts of the introduction?

Question 27 27. Which two aspects are important when organizing a compare and contrast essay?

Question 28 28. Which one of the following statements is true about compare and contrast definition-focused essays?

Question 29 29. Which stage involves rewriting your thesis statement?

Question 30 30. Why is synthesis used in writing?

Types of Academic Essays 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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