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Pose a Question for Thought

     A successful conclusion may pose a question for thought to get the reader to gain perspective on the ideas presented in the essay.  Look at the sample below to see this "trick of the trail."

Campaign Ads

     Campaign advertisements should help us understand the candidate's qualifications and positions on the issues.  Instead, most tell us what a boob or knave the opposing candidate is, or they present general images of the candidate as a family person or God-fearing American.   Do such advertisements contribute to creating an informed electorate or a people who choose political leaders the same way they choose soft drinks and soap?

This example was written by Randa Holewa and used by permission of The Write Place, URL:  It was adapted from Basic Writing:  A First Course, by Peter Carino, Harper Collins, 1991, and used with permission from him as well.

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