Elements of Expository Writing

Read the following entry from the Encyclopedia Brittanica.  As you read, notice the qualities of this type of writing.
(Leo or Panthera, leo), large, powerfully built cat of the family Felidae, and the second largest of the big cats (after the tiger). The proverbial "king of beasts," the lion has been, since earliest times, one of the best known of wild animals. It is now found mainly in parts of Africa south of the Sahara. A few hundred lions, constituting an Asiatic race, live under strict protection in the Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat state, India. The preferred habitats of lions are grassy plains and open savanna.
"lion." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Vers. 94-99. Sept. 1999. Encyclopedia Britannica. 30 Sept. 1999 <>
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Describe the qualities this paragraph displays.


Is this writing presenting facts or telling a story?

Are the ideas presented here facts or  opinions?

Would you trust the information to be accurate?