Which of the following elements is characteristic of a strong essay topic? *it is a popular topic in class. *There are only a few books on the topic. *It allows for both general and focused research. *There are many opinions on the topic available on the Internet. *It involves extensive research on the playwright's biography.
Answer: It allow for both general and focused research. Popularity does not mean it is good. Just like writing about Twitter - which is popular does not make it a good topic. You need more than a few books to research. Make sure material is available. Opinions are not good sources. Biographies are great if you are researching a person but that is not what all essays require.