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If an essay question states "assess/evaluate/analyse the impact of X on Y", does this allow for a discussion of how Z impacts Y?

For example, if the essay question is "Assess the impact of Deism on the authority of the Church", can you also devote a paragraph or two on the impact of other philosophies such as Rationalism, Empiricism and Skepticism in the essay, or would these be considered off-topic?

Example topic sentence for a paragraph: "While Deism had a significant impact on the the authority of the Church, other philosophies at the time had a similar effect."

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    It would be off-topic. They seem to want your knowledge of how X impacted Z, but also what makes X unique from everything else that impacted Z.
    – SirenKing
    Nov 2 '19 at 4:02
  • @SirenKing Agreed, and you should make that an answer. Answers do not have to be long.
    – Amadeus
    Nov 2 '19 at 10:24
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    @SirenKing Doesn't that imply pointing out what makes it unique compared to other things? (A full "discussion" would probably be too much, but a sentence, like the one given in the example, here or there might be okay.)
    – Llewellyn
    Nov 2 '19 at 12:57
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It would be off-topic. They seem to want your knowledge of how X impacted Z, but also what makes X unique from everything else that impacted Z (Made an answer by request)

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