When composing your
1. A clear line of argument.
2. A balanced treatment of opposing views.
The first one should be obvious. If you’re not arguing for a specific position, then you’re not answering the question. Establishing a clear perspective from the onset gives your reader an immediate answer, allowing them to more easily understand any supporting arguments you present later.
The second part of that is where the essay gets just a bit tricky. Even with a clear position that you want to push, you will need to demonstrate a balanced treatment of the opposing views. Without it, your answer will feel too one-dimensional, lacking the appropriate depth of analysis to sufficiently convince a more discerning reader. Instead of merely stating arguments in support of your position, give ample space to possible objections and opposing opinion too. When your reasoning can survive even valid arguments from the other side, that’s when you’ll know that your answer is solid.
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