Quiz: Do You Know How to Write an Essay?

Editing ok

Do you know how to write an essay? Choose the best answer to the questions below, and then check your answers.

(Click here for free videos that explain how to write an essay, step-by-step.)

1.  The title of an essay should

a)     be underlined

b)    have quotation marks

c)     end with a period

d)    none of these

2.  The first sentence in an essay MUST

a)     get readers interested

b)    state your point of view

c)     provide background

d)    all of these

3.  Suppose you were writing an essay about your job last summer. Which sentence would work best for the beginning of your essay?

a)     Most people have held at least one job.

b)    I had the perfect job last summer.

c)     It was June 8, and I had almost given up hope of finding a good summer job.

d)     My job as a resort swim instructor paid well.

4.  Which is the best thesis statement (main point) for the essay about your summer job?

a)    Most people have held at least one job.

b)    I had the perfect job last summer.

c)     It was June 8, and I had almost given up hope of finding a good summer job.

d)     My job as a resort swim instructor paid well.

5.  A topic sentence (the first sentence in a paragraph) should

a)     state a fact

b)    provide interesting detail

c)     predict what the paragraph is about

6.  Which is the best topic sentence (first sentence in a paragraph)?

a)     Most people have held at least one job.

b)    I had the perfect job last summer.

c)     It was June 8, and I had almost given up hope of finding a good summer job.

d)     My job as a resort swim instructor paid well.

7.  The most general sentence in an essay should be the

a)     thesis

b)    topic sentence

c)     conclusion

d)    climax

8.  Effective transitions include

a)     Most important

b)    Finally

c)     Last but not least

d)    a, b, and c

9.  Suppose you were writing a paragraph about why you liked your job last summer. Which sentence would appear first in your paragraph?

a)    I made so much money that I was able to pay off my car loan.

b)    The pay was much better than I expected.

c)     In addition to my salary, I often received tips from grateful parents.

d)     My boss encouraged me to work extra hours evenings and weekends.

10.  Suppose you were writing a paragraph about making a lot of money at  your job last summer. Which sentence should appear last in your paragraph?

a)    I made so much money that I was able to pay off my car loan.

b)    The pay was much better than I expected.

c)     In addition to my salary, I often received tips from grateful parents.

d)     My boss encouraged me to work extra hours evenings and weekends.

When you’re finished, click here to check your answers.

 

 

Leave a Reply