There are different types of college essay questions, and irrespective of the college essay topics, you need to follow a certain technique to answer each type of essay question.
On the following pages, I offer four examples of different types of essay questions. Each example uses an actual question that I've employed in one of my courses and includes a short analysis of the question so that you can appreciate it drawn, as they are here, out of context from the course. For three of the four examples I present genuine answers of varying quality; by "genuine" I mean answers that were actually written by students on a quiz or examination that used that question. For each answer I offer some diagnostic analysis of its quality.
Different types of essay question you might encounter
An essay question is a question that requires in-depth research and analysis to answer. There are for different types of essay questions: factual, analysis, synthesis, and opinion. Students who are required to write an essay must first decide which type of essay it is they are required to write before they can formulate a question. A thesis can also be considered a type of essay question. Essay questions are meant to be very clear and concise on what is being asked. Here is a short breakdown of the four types of essay questions: