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Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in June 2013. Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Our cherished notions of what is equal and what is fair frequently conflict. Democracy presumes that we are all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every contest would end in a tie. We talk about a level playing field, but it is difficult to ****ke conditions equal for everyone without being unfair to some. Adapted from Nancy Gibbs, "Cool Running" Assignment: Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Many colleges now offer courses in which students study television programs, comic books, ****gazines, advertising, and other aspects of popular culture. Critics complain that schools should not replace serious literature and history courses with such fluff. They claim that courses in popular culture present ****terial that is trivial and inconsequential. But the study of popular culture can be just as important, de****nding, and instructive as the study of traditional subjects. Assignment: Can the study of popular culture be as valuable as the study of traditional literary and historical subjects? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Many voters think that integrity and character are the most important qualifications for political office. I disagree. Integrity—the quality of standing up for the same values in every situation—is not a good qualification for getting people to work together. Strongly held morals ****y ****ke a candidate too inflexible and incapable of negotiation. And if character were really so important, candidates would be judged by their personal relationships Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** rather than by their ability to deal with a community's or a nation's problems. Adapted from Stanley Fish, "Integrity or Craft: The Leadership Question" Assignment: Is strong moral character the most important qualification for a leader? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Thanks to the Internet, people have more access to more infor****tion than at any other time in history. People can instantly find infor****tion on almost any topic in the time it takes to type a couple of words and click a mouse. But we often know so little about the source of this infor****tion, including its reliability and the qualifications of the person who wrote it. If we do not know its source, infor****tion is not much good to us. Assignment: Do people need to know the source of any infor****tion before they use it? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. May 2013 If you took the May 2013 SAT, you would have been given one of the essay prompts below: Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. People use the term "wisdom" to mean ****ny things. They describe someone as wise if that person is intelligent, well-informed, or capable of ****king good decisions. These descriptions, however, are not really useful in distinguishing wise people from unwise ones. Happiness is a better measure of wisdom: a wise person is a happy person. Even the most intelligent people should not be called wise if they are not happy. Assignment: Is it best to determine how wise people are by how happy they are? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. We live in an era of individualism. The individual is celebrated and praised in every way—for being special and creative, for ****king an original contribution, for competing with others to be the best. Nowadays individualism is a guiding idea for ****ny people and has ****ny benefits. But focusing on individuals has caused us to neglect our sense of community, our feeling that we are part of a harmonious group. The importance of belonging to a community has been forgotten. Adapted from Piero Ferrucci, The Power of Kindness Assignment: Has the emphasis on individualism in our society caused people to forget the importance of belonging to a community? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. We live in a world that values action over thought. The idea of taking time to reflect and think things through is out of favor. Our most popular movies and novels focus on action, not reflection, and our most admired public figures are praised for what they do, not for what they think. While there is something to be said for taking action instinctively and without hesitation, the fact is that people put too much emphasis on action. Assignment: Is it a mistake to value action over thought? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in March 2013. Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. People often focus on "the details," those seemingly minor features and elements that often have ****jor effects or consequences. Whether they are ****king ordinary, everyday decisions, ****yzing historical events, or enjoying the plot of a novel, ****ny people Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** consider the details to be all-important. Others, however, argue that paying attention to details distracts people from the big picture—perceiving an idea, goal, or plan in its entirety. Assignment: Is it a disadvantage to pay attention to details? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Whatever their goals—to be the best at something, to solve a difficult problem, to have a rewarding career—most people anticipate that reaching those goals will bring them contentment. When people are working toward a goal, they i****gine that achieving it will bring an end to their struggles and put them at ease. But the opposite is more likely to occur. Rather than bringing contentment, achievement often brings dissatisfaction. Assignment: Are people likely to be dissatisfied rather than content once they have achieved their goals? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Even on unimportant ****tters, ****ny people so fear conflict with those in positions of leadership or authority that they willingly suppress or deny their own thoughts and ideas. We cannot criticize people who feel this way. After all, in most cases, those in leadership positions are entitled to some respect in their decision-****king role. More likely, however, people re****in silent—they do not oppose people in authority—simply because they do not want to be considered "trouble****kers." Adapted from Derrick Bell, Ethical Ambition Assignment: Are people too willing to agree with those in charge? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in January 2013. Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** People generally prefer originality to imitation, which is often considered inferior and second-rate. However, we have learned most of what we know by imitating others. Mastering any skill or gaining any knowledge means that we must learn from those who have gone before us. In fact, it is not until we have imitated others and learned from them what there is to know that we can strike out on our own and ****ybe create something new. Assignment: Is it necessary for people to imitate others before they can become original and creative? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Many people say that money is not the most important thing in life and that being overly concerned about money leads only to unhappiness. Others point out, however, that money and wealth have always been of dra****tic significance in society. They argue that there is really nothing more important to one’s overall quality of life than money. Assignment: Is money the most significant factor 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY in determining a person’s quality of life? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Young people are highly influenced by popular culture. They attempt to define themselves on the basis of what they see on television, in newspapers and ****gazines, and in the movies. In fact, young people accept the values of popular culture as their own, believing that those values are central to their personal development and social acceptance. Assignment: Is popular culture the strongest influence on a young person’s identity? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Many people believe that our behavior should be Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** consistent, that we should always be ourselves. They feel that we should not act one way with some people and another way with others. But is this right? Should our behavior always be consistent, or should we behave differently in different situations? Isn’t behaving differently according to the people we are with or the situation we are in simply a ****tter of politeness and common sense? Assignment: Should people change their behavior depending on what situation they are in? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in December 2012. Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Many people admire leaders who have effectively achieved their goals. But too ****ny leaders are dedicated to achieving their goals at the expense of caring for the people who follow and support them. Leaders should be judged on how well they treat people, not on the achievement of their goals. Assignment: Should leaders be judged according to how well they treat people? Plan and write an 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. There is something good to be said for holding firm opinions, whether in politics, art, business, or daily life. A person who is deeply committed to a certain position on a film, a political candidate, or an idea ****y have thought long and hard before reaching that position. But too often such opinions are not based on careful thought and ****y be so rigidly held that those who express them do not consider other viewpoints or positions. Assignment: Are firmly held opinions reasonable? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. It seems that we are always ready to justify our own actions and overlook our own errors. Why, then, are we so unwilling to judge others in the same way? Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** We tend to hold others to very high, even unrealistic standards, expecting them to be always right, always honest, or always conscientious. All of us have personal flaws and shortcomings that we are quite willing to excuse. Surely we should be more willing to excuse such shortcomings in others. Assignment: Should people be more willing to excuse the errors and shortcomings of others? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations November 2012 If you took the November 2012 SAT, you would have been given one of the essay prompts below: Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. It often seems as though we truly respect only people whom we do not know, such as leaders and other public figures. It is much more difficult for us to respect people who are familiar to us and are part of our everyday lives. The fact is that if we were to develop close personal relationships with these 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY strangers that we look up to, we would see that they are only ordinary people, just as flawed as we are. Assignment: Does familiarity prevent people from developing or ****intaining respect for others? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Stories about the great achievements of others, from athletic championships to scientific or artistic breakthroughs, often inspire people to ****ke great achievements of their own. Such stories, however, do not reflect the fact that real progress is more often a gradual process consisting of ****ny s****ll improvements than the direct result of a single great act. People would probably achieve more if they were encouraged to aim for s****ll accomplishments rather than for great achievements. Assignment: Is it better to aim for s****ll accomplishments instead Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** of great achievements? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Most of us value sincerity—open, honest communication and behavior. We try hard to be sincere with others, and we expect others to be just as open and honest with us. Sincerity can be a problem, however, when by expressing our true thoughts and feelings we might offend others. At such times, it is often better for us to pretend to agree with others rather than take the risk of provoking feelings of anger or resentment. Assignment: Is it better for people to agree with others, even if doing so means being insincere? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. October 2012 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in October 2012. Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. The idea of caring about only the people of one's own country seems outdated. Some people still defend this attitude, claiming that if we are going to expend resources to help people, we should help those of our own country first. But national boundaries are meaningless lines that shift over time. There is no reason why a citizen of one country should not feel just as responsible for the well-being of people in other countries as for the well-being of those in his or her own country. Assignment: Should we care just as much about people in other countries as we do about people in our own country? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Some say that high achievers—people who reach their ambitious goals because of their Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** determination and skills—always get ahead at the expense of others. When one political candidate is elected, others are defeated; when someone wins in any kind of competitive event, others lose. But this view of achievers is too negative. By improving the world around them and providing an example for all to follow, achievers benefit others as well as themselves. Assignment: Do the actions of high achievers benefit all people? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. People tend to consider the past unimportant. After all, why waste time dwelling on what has already happened? There is no way to go back and change events or their outcomes. But this way of thinking is wrong. People are too focused on the present; they should pay more and closer attention to past events. The lessons learned from examining the past are much more valuable than any lessons that people can learn from the present. Assignment: Do people learn more from examining events in the past than from focusing only on the present? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Stu****s of creativity often focus pri****rily on writers, artists, composers, and scientists. Political leaders are not usually considered to be very creative. Indeed, it is sometimes said that it is a good thing that leaders in general are not very creative, since an excess of creativity, especially in leaders who have to enforce rules, would only lead to trouble. Yet surely some degree of creativity is desirable in all walks to life. Assignment: Do all people need to be creative? Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in June 2012. Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. We would like to think that progress causes problems to be solved completely, and sometimes that happens. For example, some diseases that once posed a serious threat are no longer a problem, thanks to modern medicine. Some problems can be solved, and they go away. But as Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** often as not, problems exist in a chain of cause and effect: for each problem solved, a new one develops. Adapted from Gregg Easterbrook, The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse Assignment: Does progress reduce the number of problems in the world, or does solving old problems just lead to new ones? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Too often, people fail to solve problems because they focus only on the problems, thinking that if they study a problem, it will eventually suggest its own solution. Instead, they should remember their past successes and retrace their steps by ****yzing what they did or did not do in similar situations in the past. It is often said that there is no formula for success, but if people would only focus on repeating the specific actions that worked for them before, they would surely succeed again. Assignment: Are people likely to succeed by repeating actions that worked for them in the past? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. The word "uncompromising" is often used as a compliment, especially when it describes someone who is completely dedicated to certain principles and values. Uncompromising people have indeed recorded great achievements. But being uncompromising is not always a virtue. People who are uncompromising tend not to consider other people's views, seeing themselves as right and everyone else as wrong. All in all, it is better to be flexible and ****ke compromises. Assignment: Are people more likely to achieve their goals by being flexible or by refusing to compromise? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Most people try to be fair to others and respect their opinions. It is sometimes difficult, however, to be open to and accepting of all opinions, especially Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** when the people expressing them are obviously uninformed or mean-spirited. It is more important to point out to others what they are doing and saying wrong than to try to tolerate every opinion. Assignment: Should people respect and tolerate everyone's opinions, or should people take a stand against opinions they consider to be wrong? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. 2012 May Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. People talk too much about their feelings. They share their deepest secrets and innermost thoughts on television talk shows. They write revealing autobiographies. They buy books that advise them to tell others about their feelings. We would be far better off if we followed the advice of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer in the field of nursing, who thought that people too often waste their feelings by talking about them and should instead turn their feelings into actions that bring results. Assignment: 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Is it better for people to act on their feelings than to talk about them? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. As people become more knowledgeable and experienced, they eventually realize that complete equity and justice—whether in politics, in education, or in day-to-day events—will never really be achieved. Even so, they are encouraged to continue to hope for and fight for fairness. But shouldn’t people put their energies to better use? There will always be unfairness in life, and becoming an **** means finding ways to ****ke the best of this fact. Assignment: Should people accept unfairness and find ways to ****ke the best of it? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. No amount of wealth can help hu****nity move forward and ****ke progress, even under the ****nagement of the most dedicated and socially conscious workers. Money leads only to selfishness and becomes an irresistible temptation to its owners to abuse it. The only thing that can lead people to praiseworthy ideas and noble deeds is to follow the example of those great individuals who put other factors before money. Adapted from Albert Einstein in Alice Calaprice, The New Quotable Einstein Assignment: Does money lead to selfishness? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Advertisements provide infor****tion about available products and services. Many people argue, however, that something else is going on: advertisements try to convince people that when they buy things, they are also buying satisfaction and happiness. Advertisements merely fool people into believing that the next “new and improved” product will ****ke their lives better, and the result is that people are even more unhappy and dissatisfied than they would have been without the advertisements. Assignment: Do advertisements contribute to unhappiness and dissatisfaction? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in March 2012. Prompt 1 Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Mistakes we have ****de in the past are supposed to ****ke us wiser, stronger, and better able to deal with the future. This approach suggests that we should continue to focus on our mistakes, that we should remember them, no ****tter how painful or embarrassing to us they ****y be. But nothing is to be gained by concerning ourselves with old mistakes. We should forget them as soon as possible. Assignment: Is it best to forget about past mistakes as soon as possible? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. We all have "authorities"—experts and specialists, from authors to doctors to politicians—who seem to dictate our lives and determine our futures. In the best of circumstances, these authorities can ****ke us feel safe. They ****ke our decisions for us. They look out for our interests. Or so we hope. But not everyone we consider an authority is deserving of our trust. 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Adapted from Douglas Rushkoff, Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say Assignment: Do people put too much trust in the guidance of experts and authorities? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. The word "tradition" seems innocent enough; we associate it with holiday observations and customs practiced by our ancestors. But tradition, or at least the belief in it, is a trap. At every level, from the individual to the national, tradition is simply an excuse for doing things the way they have always been done, even if that way ****kes no sense or causes harm to others. Assignment: Does tradition prevent people from doing things in new or more sensible ways? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in January 2012. Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Most people tend to trust others too readily. To avoid being taken advantage of, however, it is generally wise to be doubtful and suspicious of others' motives or honesty. Many people would agree that if you find yourself doubting other people's sincerity or questioning their intentions, your instincts are probably correct. You are less likely to regret being cautious than being too trusting. Assignment: Is it wise to be suspicious of the motives or honesty of other people, even those who appear to be trustworthy? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. People who complain about progress and change expose themselves to criticism. Yet there is always a subtle danger in life's improvements and refinements, a drawback or disadvantage that occurs along with the benefits of progress. It sometimes seems that we devote half of our time to 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY ****king what we call "improvements"—in our lives, our work, our relationships—but so often the original conditions had some quality that is lost in the process of change. Adapted from E.B. White, "Progress and Change" Assignment: Does improvement or progress usually involve a significant drawback or problem of some kind? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Learning and doing are their own rewards. No external rewards are required. Yet when external rewards are introduced—whether attention and praise from parents or prizes from teachers—these rewards exert a substantial influence. Instead of reading books to find out about the world, kids will read to win prizes. Kids will produce for rewards, but the quality of their activity and their interest in it will be dra****tically altered. Adapted from Barry Schwartz, The Costs of Living Assignment: Is it wrong or harmful to motivate people to learn or achieve something by offering Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** them rewards? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. We almost always tend to treat people on the basis of what they have done: the star athlete is recognized and rewarded with a college scholarship, while the lawbreaker is prosecuted and punished. But our past deeds provide only a partial measure of our real worth as hu****n beings. We should be treated according to what we are capable of accomplishing, regardless of what we ****y or ****y not have actually done. Assignment: Should people be treated according to what they are capable of achieving instead of what they have actually done? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Below are essay prompts from the most recent 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY SAT administration in December 2011. Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. The pressures to conform in a modern free society are not as drastic as they were in the past, when failure to conform meant imprisonment or worse. Such influences are, however, more dangerous because they are hard to detect. These are the pressures to live like our neighbors, to think like our community, to reshape ourselves in the i****ge of someone else. The appeal of belonging to a group is attractive, but doesn't such conformity destroy our individuality? Adapted from Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living Assignment: Is it always harmful for an individual to think and live as other people do? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a s****ll group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." However, it is hard to believe that just a few people can ****ke a significant difference. Given the ****ny great challenges that the world faces, it seems impossible to change anything for the better unless one can attract a lot of people and spend a lot of money. Assignment: Can a s****ll group of concerned individuals have a significant impact on the world? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. We all know idealists—people who have goals that are noble but often impractical. We also know realists—people who limit their goals to achievements that they are likely to accomplish and who only ****ke plans that are practical and ****nageable. While it is true that practical people often accomplish their individual goals, hu****nity as a whole has more to gain from the idealistic dreamers. Assignment: Do idealists contribute more to the world than realists do? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Experts seem to agree that people benefit from the increased number of choices available to them in modern society. For instance, if consumers can decide from among a hundred breakfast cereals or dozens of types of cell phones, they ought to be able to find the product that is best for them. But with so ****ny choices available, people can never be sure they chose the right thing. They agonize over every choice. Adapted from Gregg Easterbrook, The Progress Paradox Assignment: Do people benefit more from having ****ny choices or few choices? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. SAT Essay Prompt November 2011 If you took the November 2011 SAT, you would have been given one of the essay prompts below: Prompt 1 Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. It has been said that "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing." This statement suggests that people should do more than merely think about themselves and a few others, that they should feel responsible for issues and concerns that affect the larger society or community. But aren't most people already doing a lot more than "nothing" by taking responsibility for their own well-being and that of their families and friends? Assignment: Should individuals take responsibility for issues and problems that do not affect them directly? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. All communities and groups have reliable rules of right and wrong in the form of laws, values, and social standards. It is therefore generally assumed that most people know the difference between right 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY and wrong and that they usually know the right thing to do. This view is simplistic, however. People often find themselves in complex situations for which no rule provides adequate guidance and the right course of action is unclear. Assignment: Is it often difficult for people to determine what is the right thing to do? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. When judging ourselves, we tend to consider our motives as well as our actions. If we mean to do something that will benefit others but our actions have hurtful consequences, we ****y feel that our good intentions are just as important as the effects of our actions. But we give our intentions too much credit. Actions can and should be judged on their own merits, regardless of what motivated someone to take them in the first place. Assignment: Are the consequences of people's actions more Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** important than the motives behind the actions? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 4 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. It is often observed that some sense of unease or dissatisfaction with oneself or one's circumstances, some self-criticism, is absolutely necessary for people to move forward and ****ke any kind of progress or change. But optimism—a feeling of confidence that one's actions will be successful and will pay off in the future—is even more important. If people are not optimistic, what motivation will they have to change? Adapted from Richard B. McKenzie, The Paradox of Progress Assignment: Are optimistic, confident people more likely than others to ****ke changes in their lives? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY SAT Essay Prompts for October 2011 Prompt 1 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. "Discipline" is a negative word for ****ny people because it is associated with rigorous training, strict rules, and strong self-control. But we fail to realize that **** comes only through discipline. Discipline compels us to sacrifice immediate rewards and pleasures, but it also gives our lives structure and prevents us from ****king costly mistakes. It keeps us from being subject to our impulses and weaknesses and thus frees us to achieve our true goals. Assignment: Do people need discipline to achieve ****? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 2 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. We are often encouraged to stop worrying about Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** ****king mistakes and advised not to dwell on those we have already ****de. But without ****yzing mistakes—decisions and actions that ****de a project fail, for instance—how can anyone be successful? Besides, there are some well-known mistakes others have ****de that seem worth studying carefully. Perhaps these mistakes could have been prevented if those responsible had been more concerned about ****king mistakes in the first place. Assignment: Do people have to pay attention to mistakes in order to ****ke progress? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Prompt 3 Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. The ****king of illusions—misleading i****ges or ideas that appear to be authentic or true—has become the pri****ry business of our society. Included in this category are not only the false promises ****de by advertisers and politicians but all of the activities which supposedly inform, comfort, and improve us, such as the work of our best writers and our most influential leaders. These promises and activities only encourage people to 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY have unrealistic expectations and to ignore facts. Adapted from Daniel J. Boorstin, The I****ge Assignment: Are people overly influenced by unrealistic claims and misleading i****ges? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. 2011/06 Does every achievement bring with it new challenges? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Does accepting the values of a group allow people to avoid taking responsibility for their own thoughts and actions? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Do groups that encourage nonconformity and disagreement function better than those that discourage it? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. 2011/05 Do rules and limitations contribute to a person's happiness? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. If people worked less, would they be more creative and active during their free time? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Does every individual have an obligation to think seriously about important ****tters, even when doing so ****y be difficult? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations. Is real success achieved only by people who accomplish goals and solve problems on their own? 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, stu****s, experience, or observations 2011/03 Do people benefit from forms of entertainment that show so called reality, or are such forms of entertainment harmful? Are photographs straightforward representations of real life, or are they artistic creations reflecting the photographer’s point of view? Is it better for people to act quickly and expect quick responses from others rather than to wait patiently for what they want? 2011/01 Is an idealistic approach less valuable than a practical approach? " Is it better for people to learn from others than to learn on their own? Do people put too much importance on getting every detail right on a project or task? “Do people benefit from forms of entertainment that show so-called reality, or are such forms of entertainment harmful?” " 2010/12 Is it possible to be a hero in the modern world? Does the way that infor****tion is communicate Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** today result in people learning less than ever before? Do temporary or otherwise imperfect solutions to problems only create more serious problems? Is it better for people to have limited choices? 2010/11 Do people put too much emphasis on doing things by and for themselves? Is i****gination less valuable than facts and objectivity? Is a group of people more likely than an individual leader to bring about significant change? Would it be better if people were more accepting of mistakes? 2010/.10 Is it absolutely necessary for people to study the creative arts? Is it important for people to spend time outdoors and to learn to appreciate the natural environment? Should originality always be more highly praised than conformity? 2010.06 Do people tend to get along better with people who are very different from them or with those who are like them? Is solitude-spending time alone-necessary for people to achieve their most important goals? 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Should ordinary people be considered heroes, or should the term ‘hero’ be reserved for extraordinary people? 2010.05 Do s****ll decisions often have ****jor consequences? Is talking the most effective and satisfying way of communicating with others? Should the government be responsible for ****king sure that people lead healthy lives? Do people succeed by emphasizing their differences from other people? 2010.03 Should leaders of a country or group be judged by different standards? Is moderation an obstacle to achievement and success? Does society put too much emphasis on working hard? 2010.01 Do the de****nds of others tend to ****ke people more productive than they would be without such pressure? Should all people’s opinions be valued equally, or should only informed opinions be taken seriously? Should books portray the world as it is or as it should be? Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Do people ****ke the greatest discoveries by exploring what is unfamiliar to them or by paying close attention to what seems familiar? 2009.12 Is it a mistake to simply believe something that an authority claims to be true? Is it easier now to form friendships than ever before? Should people give up their privacy in exchange for convenience or free services? Is it better for people to work out their own ideas on a problem or issue before learning how others have approached it? 2009.11 Are the values of a society most clearly revealed in its popular culture? Do society and other people benefit when individuals pursue their own goals? Is it better for people to stop trying when they feel certain they will not succeed? When some people win, must others lose, or are there situations in which everyone wins? 2009.10 Is using humor the best way to approach difficult situations and problems? Does everyone, even people who choose to live alone, need a network or family? Do books, newspapers, and other media focus too 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY much on bad news? Is it better for people to know everything they can about something before taking action, or should they act first and get more infor****tion later? 2009.06 Do we benefit from learning about the flaws of people we admire and respect? Is it best for people to accept who they are and what they have, or should people always strive to better themselves? Can common sense be trusted and accepted, or should it be questioned? When some people win, must others lose, or are there situations in which everyone wins? 2009. 05 Should we pay more attention to people who are older and more experienced than we are? Should people let their feelings guide them when they ****ke important decisions? Has today’s abundance of infor****tion only ****de it more difficult for us to understand the world around us? Are people best defined by what they do? 2009.03 Does being ethical ****ke it hard to be successful? Is it sometimes necessary to be impolite? Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** Should we limit out use of the term ‘courage’ to acts in which people risk their own well-being for the sake of others or to uphold a value? 2009.01 Does planning interfere with creativity? Do highly accomplished people achieve more than others ****inly because they expect more of themselves? Should people change their decisions when circumstances change, or is it best for them to stick with their original decisions? Is striving to achieve a goal always the best course of action, or should people give up if they are not ****king progress? 2008.12 Is persistence more important than ability in determining a person’s success? Is acting an essential part of everyday life? Can people have too much enthusiasm? Do people help others only to help themselves? 2008.11 Do all established traditions deserve to re****in in existence? Do people need to compare themselves with others in order to appreciate what they have? Should society limit people’s exposure to some kinds of infor****tion or forms of expression? 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Is it necessary for people to combine their efforts with those of others in order to be most effective? 2008.10 Is compromise always the best way to resolve a conflict? Can a group of people function effectively without someone being in charge? Do actions, not words, reveal a person or group’s true attitudes and intentions? Are decisions ****de quickly just as good as decisions ****de slowly and carefully? 2008.06 Does fame being happiness, or are people who are not famous more likely to be happy? Is it better for a society when people act as individuals rather than coping the ideas and opinions of others? Are widely held views often wrong, or are such views more likely to be correct? 2008.05 Are there benefits to be gained from avoiding the use of modern technology, even when using it would ****ke life easier? Do people place too much emphasis on winning? Are people’s actions motivated pri****rily by a desire for power over others? Do incidents from the past continue to influence the present? Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** 2008.03 Are organizations or groups most successful when their members pursue individual wishes and goals? Should people always be loyal? Do people learn more from losing than from winning? 2008.01 Is it always better to be original than to imitate or use the ideas of others? Is it the effort involved in pursuing any goal valuable, even if the goal is not reached? Should people always prefer new things, ideas, or values to hose of the past? Is there any value for people to belong only to a group or groups with which they have something in common? 2007.12 Do people need to ‘unlearn’, or reject, ****ny of their assumptions and ideas? Should people choose one of two opposing sides of an issue, or is the truth usually found ‘in the middle’? Do i****ges and impressions have too much of an effect on people? Is the most important purpose of technology today different from what it was in the past? 2007.11 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Does having a large number of options to choose from ****ke people happy? Is it always necessary to find new solutions to problems? Is the ****in value of the arts to teach us about the world around us? Is criticism-judging or finding fault with the ideas and actions of others--essential for personal well- being and social progress? 2007.10 Is identity something people are born with or given, or is it something people create for themselves? Can people ever be truly original? Do people achieve greatness only by finding out what they are especially good at and developing that attribute above all else? Should we admire heroes but not celebrities? 2007.06 Are people more likely to be happy if they focus on goals other than their own happiness? Is there a value in celebrating certain individuals as heroes? Have modern advancements truly improved the quality of people’s lives? Do people truly benefit from hardship and misfortune? 2007.05 Should modern society be criticized for being Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** ****terialistic? Can knowledge be a burden rather than a benefit? Is it always best to determine one’s own views of right and wrong, or can we benefit from following the crowd? Do circumstances determine whether or not we should tell the truth? 2007.03 Is it more valuable for people to fit in than to be unique and different? Is it best to have low expectations and to set goals we are sure of achieving? Do we really benefit from every event or experience in some way? 2007.01 Should people take more responsibility for solving problems that affect their communities or the nation in general? Is it more important to do work at one finds fulfilling or work that pays well? Is education pri****rily the result of influences other than school? Is it better to change one’s attitude than to change one’s circumstances? 2006.12 Are people more likely to be productive and successful when they ignore the opinions of others? 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY Is it better for people to be realistic or optimistic? Is it important to try to understand people’s motivations before judging their actions? Is happiness something over which people have no control, or can people choose to be happy? 2006.11 Do we put too much value on the ideas or actions of individual people? Can books and stories about characters and events that are not real teach us anything useful? Can people achieve success only if they aim to be perfect? Do success and happiness depend on the choices people ****ke rather than on factors beyond their control? 2006.10 Do people achieve more success by cooperation than by competition? Is it important to question the ideas and decisions of people in positions of authority? Does true leaning only occur when we experience difficulties? Can deception--pretending that something is true when it is not--sometimes have good results? 2006.06 Does a strong commitment to technological progress cause a society to neglect other values, Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** such as education and the protection of the environment? Are established rules too limited to guide people in real-life situations? Is it sometimes better to take risks than to follow a more reasonable course of action? Do we tend to accept the opinions of others instead of developing our own independent ideas? 2006.05 Are we free to ****ke our own decisions or are we limited in the choices we can ****ke? Would the world be a better place if everyone always told the complete truth? Does the success of a community-whether it is a class, a team, a family, a nation, or any other group —depend upon people’s willingness to limit their personal interest? 2006.04 Is it best not to change our ideas, opinions, or behaviors? Is our ability to change ourselves unlimited, or are there limits on our ability to ****ke important changes in our lives? What do you think motivates people to do their best? Should each individual decide what and how to learn? 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 2006.01 Are all important discoveries the result of focusing on one subject? Do people accomplish more when they are allowed to do things in their own way? Is it necessary to ****ke mistakes, even when doing so has negative consequences for other people? Can any obstacle or disadvantage be turned into something good? 2005.12 Are leaders necessarily people who are most capable of leadership? Is knowledge of the past no longer useful for us today? Is it necessary to limit or put restrictions on **** of thought and expression? Do benefits of scientific and technological developments come at the cost of undesirable changes to people’s lives? 2005.10 Is success in life earned or do people succeed because they are lucky? Is society’s admiration for famous people beneficial or harmful? Do we live in a time when people do not engage in serious thinking? Should people ****ke more of an effort to keep some things private? Pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY 新浪:**** 2005.11 Should our perceptions of beauty be influenced by the perceptions of beauty of other people? Is praising others, even if the praise is excessive or undeserved, a necessary part of life? Is conflict helpful? Has the acquisition of money and possessions replaced more meaningful ways of measuring our achievements? 2005.06 Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present? Do people put too much emphasis on learning practical skills? Should schools help students understand moral choices and social issues? Do newspapers, ****gazines, television, radio, movies, the internet, and other media determine what is important to most people? 2005.03 Is creativity needed more than ever in the world today? Is the opinion of the ****jority --- in government or in any other circumstances--a poor guide? Are people better at ****king observations, discoveries, and decisions if they re****in neutral and impartial? Is a person responsible, through the example he or 新浪微博:****pierianspring **** SAT ESSAY she sets, for the behavior of other people? Others Are people held back by their adherence to the beliefs of the ****jority or doing things in the conventional way? What is your view on the idea that each new success leads to new and more difficult problems? Do people spend too much time trying to please others rather than reaching their own standards? Do people focus so much on doing things right that they fail to learn from their mistakes?
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