Short Answer Response

How to create a good short answer!

Assertion + Evidence + Evidence + (blended) Commentary = good short answer response

Assertion

In one complete sentence, clearly answer the question asked. An assertion does not include textual evidence. The assertion should be your first sentence.

Evidence

Embed direct evidence from the text that supports your assertion. Use correct MLA citation.

Commentary

Explain how the evidence supports the answer you gave in your assertion. This does not mean plot summary!

Example

Prompt

In this excerpt from Anne of Green Gables, do you think the stage directions enhance your understanding of the scene? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from the selection.


Student Example

In Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery, the stage directions most definitely help to get an image of the scene in the play. In a short story or novel, authors use words to describe the setting that the characters are in, which helps to paint a visual image in the reader's mind. Descriptions like "a small figure, a child, sits on a battered suitcase" and directions as to who a character is turned talking to like "to Anne" help the reader see what is happening, just like descriptions in a novel or short story (Montgomery). The reader can definitely see the play being acted out in their minds, which helps them to understand the scenes better and connect with the characters just by reading.

Diction Short Answer

Prompt

How does Ackerman use organization, specifically through her use of diction, to enhance and support her author's purpose for the article? Explain with a clearly reasoned, well developed expository short answer.


Things to remember...

  • Use direct text evidence (quoted from text)
  • Use MLA in-text citations for quotes (see below)
  • Write the author's full name and the title of the text in the assertion.
  • Answer the prompt in FULL in your assertion - the prompt has two parts you need to write about

MLA Parenthetical In-Text Citations

Known Author & Page Number

"Louis Armstrong, easily reached difficult notes, the F's and G's that hindered so many other trumpeters" (Bergreen 258).


Bergreen explained, "Louis Armstrong easily reached difficult notes, the F's and G's that hindered so many other trumpeters" (258).


Note: If the work has no page numbers (i.e. website) simply put the author's last name in parentheses.

Syntax Short Answer

Prompt

How does Ackerman use syntax to enhance and support her author's purpose for the article? Explain with a clearly reasoned, well developed expository short answer.


Things to remember...

  • Use direct text evidence (quoted from text)
  • Use MLA in-text citations for quotes (see below)
  • Write the author's full name and the title of the text in the assertion.
  • Answer the prompt in FULL in your assertion - the prompt has two parts you need to write about