A composition that is usually short and has a literary theme is called an essay. You should probably start writing your essay on "To Kill a Mockingbird" sometime before the bus ride to school the day it is due.

As a noun, an essay is also an attempt, especially a tentative initial one. Your essay to make friends at your new school would probably work better if you actually spoke to other students. As a verb, to essay is to make an attempt. If you essay to run for student council, you might lose to the girl who promises more recess, longer lunches, and less homework.

Definitions of essay
  1. noun
    an analytic or interpretive literary composition
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    composition, paper, report, theme
    an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
    an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion
    an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic
    an essay expressing a view on the subject of death
    term paper
    a composition intended to indicate a student's progress during a school term
    type of:
    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
  2. verb
    make an effort or attempt
    “The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps”
    synonyms: assay, attempt, seek, try
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    pick up the gauntlet, take a dare
    be dared to do something and attempt it
    fight, struggle
    make a strenuous or labored effort
    give it a try, have a go
    make an attempt at something
    search blindly or uncertainly
    endeavor, endeavour, strive
    attempt by employing effort
    give it a try, give it a whirl
    adventure, chance, gamble, hazard, risk, run a risk, take a chance, take chances
    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    lay on the line, put on the line, risk
    expose to a chance of loss or damage
    strive, struggle
    exert strenuous effort against opposition
    drive, labor, labour, push, tug
    strive and make an effort to reach a goal
    behave awkwardly; have difficulties
    be at pains, take pains
    try very hard to do something
    to strive with determination
    go for broke
    risk everything in one big effort
    luck it, luck through
    act by relying on one's luck
    adventure, hazard, jeopardize, stake, venture
    put at risk
    bell the cat
    take a risk; perform a daring act
    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  3. noun
    a tentative attempt
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    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  4. verb
    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
    synonyms: examine, prove, test, try, try out
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    control, verify
    check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
    circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
    test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
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