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How to analyse an essay question: How to analyse an essay question

This simple technique can help you unpack an essay question

How to analyse an essay question

At university you will not be asked to write down absolutely everything you know about a topic.

Instead, you are asked to interpret a question about one aspect of that topic.

You must always answer the question as it has been asked, so analysing the question is crucial to getting the essay right. Breaking the question down into several parts can help you know how to approach the question and understand what you are being asked to do.

To do this you need to know:

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