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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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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 So read an essay question in this year’s gaokao, China’s university-entrance exam which was held in early June (anxious parents are pictured outside a test centre in the city of Shenyang; results have been announced in the past few days). The Economist, "Some Western universities see merit in China’s flawed exam," 28 June 2018 Earlier this year, the Columbus schools raised questions about computer scoring of third grade essays after noticing a large increase in the number of zero scores on essay questions. Patrick O'donnell,, "Computers mis-grade 5,300 state tests after programming error by American Institutes for Research," 6 Apr. 2018 The three-part test will consist of a multiple choice section, three essay questions and a practical lab portion. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Tinley Park High School student is a champion for chemistry," 5 Apr. 2018 The application form, teacher recommendations and essay question must be submitted to Jeri Penn,, by Feb. 12. 'sam' Boyer/special To,, "Tri-C offers visitation day in Brunswick: Whit & Whimsey," 2 Feb. 2018 Family finances and essay questions about the role music plays in the student's life comprise 70 percent of the overall score. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Music Doing Good scholarships are available now for students," 18 Jan. 2018 Eassy web: For studying essay questions, teach your child to create a web with the question in the middle and ideas in additional circles around the main idea. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017," 29 Oct. 2017

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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