Dividing the Clock: Managing In-Class Essay Questions

Before answering an essay question, always “analyze” it by breaking it down into different parts. First, know immediately what your professor wants you to answer. If the basis of your paper is to determine the relationship between two themes, then this represents the “what.”

Second, start counting the “what.” If you are supposed to discuss two themes, in two works, by using two characters from each work, then you are supposed to discuss at least two themes, at least two works, and at most four characters in all. Notice that the professor wants you to discuss two characters from each work. This doesn’t mean one character from each work. With these instructions, you may discuss more than two themes, but most importantly adhere to the “two works” element so you don’t forget to include at least two.

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Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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