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Understanding the Assigned Topic Practice

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

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Understanding the Assigned Topic Practice

Practice 1: Breaking Down Essay Topics

Read the essay topics carefully. Use the subject and directions columns in the tables provided to break them down into parts. (Note: You may not need to fill each table.)

Practice 2: How to Approach an Essay

Reread the essay topics from Practice 1. Given the direction words, briefly summarize how you would approach each essay. Do not use the specific direction words in your answers.

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Practice 1: Breaking Down Essay Topics

Understanding the Assigned Topic

Practice 2: How to Approach an Essay

Answers should be similar to the following:

  1. Tell what citizens' attitudes toward the federal government used to be and what they are now. Tell what I think caused the change and why, and explain how I think this attitude has affected the power of the federal government.
  2. Tell whether I think Celie has control over her future and why, using specific examples from the novel to support my answer.
  3. Tell readers what the current definition of a planet is, and how it differs from the definitions of stars and asteroids. Explain how the solar system as we know it today will change if size becomes a defining characteristic of a planet.
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