Understanding essay questions
Recognise the limits of the question
Limits provide the key to a focussed and manageable paper. Look for obvious instructions that set limits.
...any two examples of...
...within the last ten years...
...in the 20th Century...
...with reference to...
Important little words include:
- 'Any' -indicates there must be several available for you to choose from.For example: ‘Describe any two processes...’, suggests there must be more than two processes available to describe. You have to choose which two to write about.
- 'Or'- gives you a choice. For example: ‘Evaluate one method of preventing illness or one method of preventing injury' gives you a choice between illness or injury – you must not write about both.
- 'And' -presents the opposite – you must write about both.For example: ‘Evaluate one method of preventing illness and one method of preventing injury’ asks you to write about both illness and injury.
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