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Writing an Introduction
A good introduction provides an outline of the points the essay will cover.

Writing an Introduction

Writing an introduction to an essay can be one of the most difficult of writing tasks - how to start? For those of us who stare blankly at the equally blank computer screen which awaits our well-considered words, it can be easier to skip the introduction and come back to it when the rest of the essay is finished. This option doesn't exist in exams, of course, so it is worth learning a few basic rules to help when writer's block hits.

This quiz tests the principles of writing a good introduction.

  1. Which of the following is NOT one of the purposes of an introductory paragraph?
  2. Your introduction should mention the subject of your essay. This is also called the...
  3. Which of the following is true?
  4. One of the most important purposes of an introductory paragraph is to 'hook' the reader. This can be achieved by...
  5. An essay's argument is...
  6. Out of the following, which would be the preferable length for an introductory paragraph?
  7. Pupils are often taught to write 'In this essay, I will ....' -- Which of the following would make the most elegant replacement for this construction?
  8. Your argument must...
  9. In An Inspector Calls, what is the effect created by Inspector Goole's manner of showing each character the photo of Eva Smith? - Which key words should be mentioned in an introductory paragraph written in answer to this question?
  10. How does Shakespeare compare love and friendship in The Merchant of Venice? - Which key words should be mentioned in an introductory paragraph written in answer to this question?

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