Essay Writing Questions and Answers

This set of English Grammar Exercises (MCQs) focuses on “Essay Writing”.

1. Which of the following is the correct definition of Essay according to “The Concise Oxford Dictionary”?
a) A literary composition in English Grammar
b) A theoretical composition on any subject
c) A literary composition on any subject
d) A theoretical article on any subject
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Answer: c
Explanation: The correct definition of essay according to “The Concise Oxford Dictionary” is a literary composition on any subject. It is a written composition which can be based on any subject and not necessarily English.

2. What is the literal meaning of the word “Essay”?
a) Article
b) Composition
c) To assess
d) To attempt
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Answer: d
Explanation: The literal meaning of the word “Essay” is “To attempt” which can be compared to the accent on the second syllable which means to attempt or to express your thoughts in good English.

3. What are the characteristics of a good essay?
a) Unity, Variety and Haphazard
b) Imaginary, Lengthy, Complex and Multilingual
c) Monotonous, Opinionated and Order
d) Unity, Order, Brevity, Style and Personal touch
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Answer: d
Explanation: The characteristics of a good essay include Unity, Brevity, Order, Style and Personal touch. These all qualities need to be combined together in order to form a good essay. The remaining options consist of traits such as haphazard and monotonous which are not all required in a good essay.

4. A reflective essay consists of which of the following qualities?
a) It consists of thoughts on topics which are abstract in nature like religious and theological topics
b) It consists of dialogues and conversations taking place among people
c) It consists of facts and figures related to analytical topics
d) It consist of narration of some event or a memory
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Answer: a
Explanation: A reflective essay is a reflection of thoughts or idea on a subject or topic by the writer. It simply reflects the thoughts of writer on that particular topic. It consists of topics which are generally abstract in nature such as social, political or religious topics.

5. Topics such as description of animals, plants, aspects and phenomena of nature, buildings etc. can be classified under which category of essay?
a) Narrative Essay
b) Expository Essay
c) Descriptive Essay
d) Reflective Essay
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Answer: c
Explanation: A descriptive essay is nothing but a mere description about the details of things, place or people. The subject of such essay is generally a proper or common noun such as an animal, a manufactured article or a city or country.

6. What is the characteristic of an expository essay?
a) It is an explanation or exposition of the subject which gives an illustrative idea of the subject
b) It is a fact based argumentative essay which either for or against the topic
c) It is a reflection of the writer’s thoughts about a particular topic
d) It is a narration of the events or memories into an essay
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Answer: a
Explanation: An expository essay is the type of essay which includes a lot of explanation or exposition about the subject. The writer needs to give more and more information about the subject so that the reader gets an illustrative idea about the subject.

7. An essay in which the writer is required to imagine himself in a place or situation of which he has had no actual experience, can be classified under which category of essay?
a) Narrative Essay
b) Reflective Essay
c) Expository Essay
d) Imaginative Essay
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Answer: d
Explanation: An imaginative essay is something which is solely based on imagination and thinking capabilities. It depends on the writer how much he can imagine himself into those places or situations which are completely irrelevant to his reality.

8. Which of the following is the correct classification of essays?
a) Imaginative, Expository, Communicative and Informative
b) Logical, Analytical, Argumentative and Reflective
c) Observant, Comparative, Narrative and Descriptive
d) Reflective, Narrative, Descriptive, Expository and Imaginative
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Answer: d
Explanation: The correct classification of essays includes Reflective, Narrative, Descriptive, Expository and Imaginative Essays. However these classifications are not mutually exclusive as some of the essays may contain qualities of more than one classification.

9. Which of the following is required to be done for general preparation of essay writing such as gaining matter for the subject?
a) Reading and Observation
b) Writing
c) Asking for other people’s suggestions
d) Travelling
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Answer: a
Explanation: For the general preparation of essay writing one to needs to tackle the leading problem which is lack of matter. Reading a large variety of pieces and observing things around us helps in gaining more and more matter and knowledge about the subject.

10. What are the steps that need to be followed in order to logically arrange the essay?
a) Collecting materials
b) Observation and reading about the subject
c) Making the outline and filling in the outline
d) Defining the subject
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Answer: c
Explanation: A good essay should always be logically arranged and should not be disproportioned. For this, one needs to create an outline for the essay such as the subject in your mind and then fill in the outline. It guides you in writing the essay.

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