essay question

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Definition of essay question

: an examination question that requires an answer in a sentence, paragraph, or short composition

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Recent Examples on the Web They are given several hours to complete the exams, which are usually comprised of a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2020 AP tests are just essay questions, and Wisconsin students and teachers aren't sure how to prepare," 11 May 2020 Rather than hours, students will have 40-50 minutes total to answer one or two free-response essay questions, depending on the course. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2020 AP tests are just essay questions, and Wisconsin students and teachers aren't sure how to prepare," 11 May 2020 In most cases, the multiple choice component is scrapped in favor of essay questions. Mareesa Nicosia, Fortune, "School, disrupted: Coronavirus upends learning and cancels spring tests for millions of U.S. students," 6 Apr. 2020 Students can get the application form, teacher recommendation form and essay question from their counselor. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "The weather leaves her wondering: Whit & Whimsey," 31 Jan. 2020 The application process to become a panelist is intensive and has three parts: a series of short-answer essay questions, a video submission and a phone interview. Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times, "Would You Work for Nothing at Disney? 10,000 Superfans Applied," 15 Jan. 2020 The California bar exam is given twice a year and consists of five 1-hour essay questions, one 90-minute performance test and 200 multiple-choice questions. Michelle Lou, CNN, "California State Bar accidentally releases general topics of its upcoming exam," 28 July 2019 The essay question is: What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change? The Economist, "Our essay competition for young people," 26 June 2019 Taylor said the application process included four essay questions and interviews with potential participants and their parents. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Teens discover benefits of working summers in forest preserves," 27 June 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Essay question.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/essay%20question. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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