essay question

noun

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 Nonetheless, news of the essay question caught the attention of parents within the district and copies of the assignment spread on social media and in private parent Facebook groups. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 14 May 2021 Teachers who wish to participate can submit a biographical form and a response to an essay question. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 23 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 11 May 2020 In most cases, the multiple choice component is scrapped in favor of essay questions. Mareesa Nicosia, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2020 Students can get the application form, teacher recommendation form and essay question from their counselor. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 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, 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, 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of essay question

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of essay question was in 1947

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“Essay question.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/essay%20question. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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