Expository Essays: Types, Characteristics & Examples


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Which of the following is not an example of an expository essay?

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1. An essay that goes into great detail about your summer vacation in Maine would be an example of what type of expository essay?

2. Which of the following is untrue of expository essays?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of characteristics of an expository essay. Topics you'll be assessed on include types and examples of expository essays.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As you complete these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Examples of expository essays
  • Expository essay types
  • Main objective of an expository essay
  • Expository essay that allows for the most creativity

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on characteristics of an expository essay
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the kind of essay that goes into great detail and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding an untrue statement about expository essays
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about types of expository essays

Additional Learning

To learn more about writing, review the accompanying lesson titled, Expository Essays: Types, Characteristics & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the term 'expository essay'
  • Tell the objective of expository writing
  • Know four of the more common categories of expository essays
  • Understand the type of material which could be found in each of the four common expository essay categories