How to Write an Interrogative Essay


An interrogative essay explores a topic in a different way than a narrative or persuasive composition. Also referred to as the exploratory or inquiry essay, the interrogative essay begins with a question, scenario or dilemma that you want to investigate to learn more. Writers usually choose topics that are unfamiliar to them. Therefore, the interrogative essay is written in a way that makes readers aware that the author is learning along with them.

  • Select your topic. Pick a subject that you are interested in investigating further, or talk to friends and get their feedback on topic ideas. You want the essay to be interesting to your audience.

  • Write the introductory paragraph. Include your topic or thesis sentence in the form of an inquiry. This might be a single question like, "Why do schools require students to take physical education?" or a broader topic that requires more research like, "What are the long-term effects of sleeplessness on the body?"

  • Write the essay's body. The body consists of supporting details and information that answer the question posed in the introduction. There should be one paragraph for each point you make. Most essays contain three to five paragraphs in this section.

  • Complete essay with a concluding paragraph that summarizes the answer to your question. Explain any final thoughts to the reader, including your opinion about the answer(s) you found.

  • Proofread the essay. Check for spelling errors first. Then read each sentence, checking grammar usage and structure. Be sure every sentence stays on subject. Reading your essay aloud or getting a friend to read your rough draft may also be helpful. Make corrections as necessary before turning in the final draft.

Tips & Warnings

  • Limit the topic in your essay. Avoid broad questions like, "Why do children continue to go hungry in wealthy countries?" that should be answered in a longer research paper.

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