How to Ask Good Questions in an Essay

We like to say that the first step toward asking a good question is marinating in your thoughts. Uncle Bob's BBQ chicken isn't any good unless it has spent some time juicin' up—what makes you think your thoughts are any different?

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Beginning with a question would be starting off on the wrong foot. Its clich.

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Like saying do as we say not as we do or starting off on the wrong foot.

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The second rule is to not ask leading questions.

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Or if were being blunt about it dont ask stupid questions.

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Yes there are stupid questions and stupid answers.

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Also make sure you stay on topic.

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The last thing you want to do is confuse anybody with your bizarre jumps in logic.

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Next if youre going to answer the question dont ask it. Its redundant.

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Youll just be repeating yourself.

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You can also ask a question after youve demonstrated your point of view.

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Encourage the reader to think about the topic in a different way.

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So questions are a great way to open up your essay topic for your readers

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and encourage them to think about something differently.

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One dont lead off with a question.

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Two dont ask stupid questions. A.K.A. leading questions.

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Two and a half stay on topic.

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Three dont ask questions youre going to answer anyway.

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Who knows Maybe someone will write their own essay about one of your questions.

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You could be famous. Ish. NOTE end of file