"People will naturally obey authority". Discuss.
The above is an example of an essay title taken from a course in sociology. Assignment titles usually include at least one 'action' word such as 'discuss' or 'critically evaluate'. In the above example the 'action' word is discuss. Action words ask you to do something.
Pulling out the action words from a title, e.g. 'compare and contrast', 'critically evaluate', is a key part in focusing your arguments so that you are answering the question your tutor has set. It is important that you define precisely to yourself what you are being asked to do.