In my courses I emphasize essay answers to examination questions. Some questions are designed for very short answers and others for longer, more complex answers. The questions range in scope and complexity, which is why different questions require answers of different length. Regardless of this variation in length, all of the questions are really "short-answer essay questions" because no single question requires you to write for 2-3 hours.
What follows is a an example of an answer to atypical essay questionthe sort of question you would expect on a compositionmidterm, but also much like essay questions in any discipline. The question andanswer address E. B. White's essay, "Once More to the Lake," an essaycommonly included in composition anthologies. I wrote this answer undertypical test conditions: I gave myself a 40-minute time limit (assuming thatthis would be one of three questions on a test scheduled for two hours), andbegan with the sort of informal prewriting/outline that improves control andcompleteness. I did the whole thing on the computer, and you will see the notesand essay exactly as I wrote them (though the comments on the side were addedlater for your use). The computer allowed me to move things around onscreen, butI used the same method I use on papersetting up general categories withspaces between them, then filling in.
This was designed as an open-book question, so I had E.B. White's essay in front of me as I worked, but of course I had already studiedthe essay and had firm opinions. Good technique really helps you to writeeffective essay answers, but you also need to have studied, to have madeyourself familiar with the content on which you will be tested.
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In everyone's life essays are important. In school, you have to write essay answers for assignments, homework and tests. To get into good colleges, you have to have good writing skills and know how to write good essays.