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Understanding the Questions and Facts

Understanding the Questions and Facts

Learn how to read, and understand, the fact pattern and the questions, so that you can focus your analysis and avoid wasting valuable time.


Welcome to Pre-Writing Part 1: Understanding the Questions and Facts! Pre-writing involves three steps: understanding the questions and facts, spotting the issues, and organizing your answers. In this lesson, we’ll cover step one, understanding the questions and facts. 

We’ve learned that in a standard essay exam, each problem consists of one hypothetical fact pattern and one or more related question prompts. The question prompts will pose the specific legal queries your professor wants...