For the sample assignment above, both Spain’s neutrality and World War II are topics far too broad to explore in a paper.
You’ll want to read your assignment carefully, looking for key terms that you can use to focus your topic.
After you’ve identified the key words in your topic, the next step is to read about them in several sources, or generate as much information as possible through an analysis of your topic.
When the opposition offers up the reason that it will violate the rights and needs of a few exceptional students, for religious or psychological reasons etc., rather than debating that point, I do well to simply concede it, qualify my claim to exempt those students, and move on with the debate.
Many papers you write require developing a thesis statement. Ask your instructor if you’re in doubt whether you need one.