English Examination Sampler (7.1 MB)

The second example not only contains more information, but it presents it in a believable and interesting way. By including specific details, the author appears to be an "expert," so the evidence is more persuasive.

Here are some examples of weak and strong evidence sections:

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Evidence that includes information from one source (weak evidence):

Evidence that includes information from a variety of sources (stronger evidence):


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Has the automobile been harmful to our society?

(Required within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students, except MBA students). An overview of the skills needed for academic and professional success. Focus is on enhancing communication and critical thinking skills. Assignments provide familiarity with tools such as social media and library and information resources. APA style and resources are also addressed.

Should sex education be taught in public schools?

Annmarie Adams is William C. Macdonald Professor and Director at the School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal. Educated as an architect and architectural historian at the University of California at Berkeley, her major areas of research are longterm care, healthcare design, vernacular architecture and gendered space. Adams’s publications include, Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (McGill-Queens University Press, 1996) and Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession (University of Toronto Press, 2000), co-authored with sociologist Peta Tancred. Her book, Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943 was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2008.

What are the essential characteristics of an effective leader?

In 1958, the Department began to invite classroom teachers who were not members of the examination committees to write objective questions for pretesting purposes. With this change, the number of questions being pretested each year and the number of classroom teachers and high school students involved in the pretesting programs increased considerably. In the spring of 1987, the Department pretested about 5,500 questions on about 55,600 high school students.

Do you think that sports help develop good character?

Objective questions first appeared in Regents examinations in 1923. The first objective questions used were of the true-false, completion, and matching variety. In 1927, multiple-choice questions first appeared in the Regents examinations. By 1940, multiple-choice questions were being used in examinations in English, social studies, Latin, the sciences, and agriculture. At present, all examinations include a large proportion of objective questions, although most of the examinations still retain questions of the free answer or essay type.