Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples


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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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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 _____.

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These interactive practice questions will quiz you on the main components that are needed to craft a strong argumentative essay. You'll be asked questions on essay components such as sourcing, thesis statements and counterarguments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will test you on:

  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Thesis statements
  • Counterarguments
  • Types of evidence used to support your points
  • Background information

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will quiz you on the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the accompanying lesson on argumentative essays
  • Defining key concepts - know the key elements that are needed in order to craft a compelling and effective argumentative essay
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about essay writing to answer questions about formatting argumentative essays

Additional Learning

To learn more about argumentative essays, watch the accompanying lesson on Formatting Argumentative Essays. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Define argumentative essay
  • Know how to properly research for an argumentative essay
  • Learn the proper format for this type of essay
  • Understand how to use background information and counterarguments effectively