COMPARE - Bring out points of similarity
and points of difference. Compare the
legislativebranches of the state government and the national government.
CONTRAST - Bring out the points of difference.
Contrast the novels of Austen and William
CRITICIZE - State your opinion of the correctness
or merits of an item or issue; criticism may
approve or disapprove. Criticize the increasing use of executive agreement in
DEFINE - Give the meaning of a word or
concept; place it in the class to which it belongs and
set it off from other items in the same class. Define the term "archetype."
DESCRIBE - Give an account of; tell about;
give a word picture of. Describe the Pyramids of
DISCUSS - Talk over; consider from various
points of view; present the different sides of.
Discuss the use of pesticides in controlling mosquitos.
ENUMERATE- Name, one after another; list
in concise form. Enumerate the great Dutch
painters of the seventeenth century.
EVALUATE - Give the good points and the
bad ones; appraise; give an opinion regarding the
value of ; talk over the advantages and limitations. Evaluate thecontributions of
EXPLAIN - Make clear; interpret; make plain;
tell "how" to do; tell the meaning of.
Explain how man can, at times, trigger a full-scale rainstorm.
INTERPRET - Make plain; give the meaning
of; give your thinking about; translate. Interpret
the poetic line, "The sound of a cobweb snapping is the noise of my life."
ILLUSTRATE - Use a word picture, a diagram,
a chart, or a concrete example to clarify a
point. Illustrate the use of catapults in the amphibius warfare of Alexander.
JUSTIFY - Show good reasons for; give your
evidence; present facts to support your position.
Justify the American entry into World War II.