The long essay would be a traditional essay that typically five
paragraphs long. The first paragraph should introduce the topic and state the
student’s position / answer to the question. It should contain between
three-five (3-5) complete sentences, including the thesis statement for the
essay. The second, third, and fourth paragraphs are the body paragraphs. Each
body paragraph should contain between three-five (3-5) sentences, including the
topic sentence (first sentence of the body paragraph, states a main point that
supports the thesis) and at least two-three (2-3) specific examples per main
point. The fifth and final paragraph should begin with a restatement of the
thesis. It should be three-five (3-5) complete sentences, and include a brief
summary/conclusion of the student’s answer to the essay question. It is
essential, particularly in the survey courses, for students to provide cites
and footnotes for their work in untimed exams. Citations must adhere to the
Chicago Style format but perfection is not expected. An example of common
citations are included on pages four and five of this edition.
What was the role of the railroads in the settlement of the
economic policies. How important were they to the New
What was the long term significance of the Korean War?
What were the key elements of Reagan’s domestic policy?