Is the question at issue well stated? Is it clear and unbiased? Does the expression of the question do justice to the complexity of the matter at issue?
Does the writer cite relevant evidence, experiences, and/or information essential to the issue?
Does the writer clarify key concepts when necessary?
Does the writer show a sensitivity to what he or she is assuming or taking for granted? (In so far as those assumptions might reasonably questioned)?
Does the writer develop a definite line of reasoning, explaining well how he or she is arriving at his or her conclusions?
Is the writer’s reasoning well-supported?
Does the writer show sensitivity to alternative points of view or lines of reasoning? Does he or she consider and respond to objections framed from other points of view?
Does the writer show sensitivity to the implications and consequences of the position he or she has take