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Questions with Two Parts

In recent years, questions that have two parts, where the latter is a result of the former, have been set. They are :

Taking risks is an essential part of life (1st part) and should be encouraged (2nd part). Discuss. (2011)

Consider the view that most work these days could (1st part), and should, be done from home (2nd part) (2010)

History records male acts, written by males (1st part), and holds little interest for females as a result (2nd part). Is this a fair comment ? (2009)

 

 

Here is one way of structuring an essay for this type of question :

INTRODUCTION / STAND : The view or statement in the question is acceptable under specific circumstances.

 

BODY :

Show that the 1st part is true, and as a result the 2nd part is true.
(Different points can be raised for this effect in 2 or 3 paragraphs)

Then, show that while the 1st part is true, the 2nd part may not be true.
(Different points can be raised for this effect in 2 or 3 paragraphs)

Finally, in just one paragraph, show the exception that questions the truth of the 1st part
(i.e. when is the 1st part not true; hence the 2nd part is also untrue)

 

CONCLUSION : While we recognise that there are exceptions, the view or statement in the question can be true under specific circumstances

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