Look to the adverbs used in an exam question for clues.
The following is an example from Spring 2009 Exam 5:
Briefly define the terms “moral hazard” and “morale hazard” and provide an example of each. (Question 1, 1 point)
The key word here is the adverb “briefly.” Couple this adverb with the fact that the question is worth one point but asking for two definitions (brief ones) and two examples, the candidate should quickly ascertain that a “brief definition” is worth ¼ point. The response to this kind of question, prompted by the adverb “briefly,” should be concise, succinct, crisp, and, most importantly, not verbose or lengthy.