How to Write an Outline


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Which of the following is the greatest value of using an alphanumeric outline?

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1. What is the greatest benefit of using an outline to draft an essay?

2. Why is using a full sentence outline beneficial for most standard essays?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of writing an outline. Some topics you'll be assessed on include types of outlines as well as the parts of outlines.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Full sentence outlines and alphanumeric outlines
  • Benefits of using an outline
  • The definition of analysis
  • The sentence that identifies a paragraph's main idea

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 writing an outline
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as topic sentence and analysis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the types of outline
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the benefits of outlines

Additional Learning

To learn more about outline writing, review the accompanying lesson titled How to Write an Outline. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Compare writing an outline to drafting a blueprint
  • Define outline
  • Explore the three types of outlines, along with examples
  • Know the purpose of a topic sentence
  • Define analysis in regards to outline writing