Essay question starters - What is the question asking me to do?

Words like examine, account for, discuss are explained :) 

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Account for Explain the cause of
Analyse Separate down into its component parts and show how they inter relate with each other
Annotate Put notes on (usually a diagram)
Assess Estimate the value of, looking at both the positive and negative attributes
Comment To make critical or explanatory notes/observations
Compare Point out the differences and the similarities. This question needs to be carefully
organised to produce a logical answer.
Contrast Point out the differences only and present the results in an orderly fashion.
Describe Write down the information in the right order.
Discuss Present arguments for and against the topic in question. In discussion questions you may
also give your opinion.
Distinguish Identify the difference between.
Evaluate Estimate the value of, looking at both the positive and negative attributes
Explain The word `explain' means that you have to give reasons. You have to explain why rather
than just define.
Justify Here you will need to present a valid argument about why a specific theory or conclusion
should be accepted.
Outline Give the main features or general principles of a subject, omitting minor details and
stressing structure.
Relate Either ­ show how ideas or events are linked into a sequence
Or ­ compare or contrast.
Review To make a survey of, examining the subject critically.
Suggest This question may not have a fixed answer. Give a range of responses.
Summarise State the main features of an argument, omitting all that is only partially relevant.
To what extent.... Asks you to justify the acceptance or validity of an argument stressing the
need to avoid complete acceptance.
Trace Follow the development or history of a topic from some point or origin.

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