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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018     Views: 1727

After you've chosen a topic, use these questions to come up with subquestions you can address in your paper. As you find sources that "speak" to your subquestions they can then become subclaims within your paper.



From “Twenty Questions for Writers” by Jacqueline Berke

Substitute your topic for “X” in any questions that seem relevant.

1.    What does X mean?


2.    How can X be described?


3.    What are the component parts of X?


4.    How is X made or done?


5.    How should X be made or done?


6.    What is the essential function of X?


7.    What are the causes of X?


8.    What are the consequences of X?


9.    What are the types of X?


10.  How does X compare to Y?

11.  What is the present status of X?


12.  How should X be interpreted?


13.  What are the facts about X?


14.  How did X happen?


15.  What kind of person is X?


16.  What is my personal response to X?


17.  What is my memory of X?


18.  What is the value of X?


19.  How can X be summarized?


20.  What case can be made for or against X?

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