Furner advice for written qualifying exam

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Explicitly answer the question. The questions are a result of many discussions, agreement and disagreement among the faculty. Every place you see a question mark should have a correlated, explicit answer.

Focus on the structure, not the content. You should be able to construct a supported argument on any topic, even if you've never known about it before.

Determine the question(s), answer explicitly, structure your argument to support each statement every step of the way.

MT: I need to focus on the structure, not the content.
His response? An emphatic YES!