How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose


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Which of the following is NOT a story element?

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1. Of the three main purposes for writing (persuade, inform, entertain), which category/ies should always include facts?

2. 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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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will assess your understanding of author's purpose through questions that require you to know the differences between categories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use what you know to answer questions on:

  • Story elements
  • Author's purpose categories
  • What to do for each category

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related writing lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as persuasive and informative essays
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding story elements

Additional Learning

Review the lesson called How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose for more on this subject. You can also use this lesson to help you with these objectives:

  • Identify the acronym used to remember the 3 categories
  • Understand the key elements in each essay type
  • Name some tips to ensure that your essay is meeting its intended purpose