How to Write an Outline for an Essay or Research Paper


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Why should you add commentary to the outline of your essay or research paper?

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1. Which kind of outline list uses Roman and Arabic characters as well as capital and lowercase letters to help you organize your ideas?

2. Which kind of outline list uses circles and lines to help you organize your ideas?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this assessment to test your knowledge of outlining essays or research papers. It will ask questions about the different types of outlines and the purpose outlines serve.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students who want to succeed on this assessment should familiarize themselves with these vocabulary terms:

  • Organizes ideas with Roman numerals and letters
  • Employs circles and lines
  • Explains the details of the outline

Skills Practiced

The quiz/worksheet will help students build these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull the most important information from the accompanying lesson on outlining
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different formats for outlines
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of creating an outline

Additional Learning

For more information on this subject, take a look at the accompanying lesson, How to Write an Outline for an Essay or Research Paper. It will help you achieve these goals:

  • Understand when and why you need to do an outline
  • Explain the importance of subtopics and supporting details
  • Learn what to do with an outline once it has been completed