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Tell a story about these two people. What is their life like? Based on their facial expressions, how do you think they feel? Look at their clothing and surroundings—what do they tell you about the man and woman? Be creative!

Mannequin heads on a wall

CLAIM: Unfortunately, in contemporary society, creating an appealing image has become more important than the reality or truth behind that image.

Do you agree or disagree? Write an argument supporting your opinion.

19th-century painting by Caillebotte of people walking in Paris in the rain

What is happening in this painting? Imagine you are one of the people in the painting. Where are you going? How do you feel? What can you hear and smell? You can even write a short story as though you are in the painting—be creative!

Native American fry bread with toppings

Write one sentence about this picture, using the words "bread" and "toppings".

Traditional Mexican dance

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Dancing plays an important role in a culture. Why or why not?

Word love in heart with floral accents

Have you ever been to a wedding? Whose wedding was it? Where was it held? What did people wear? Describe the ceremony.

Paper star hanging in front of blurred strings of lights

Which is your favorite holiday in your country?

Use lots of vivid details and reasoning in your answer. (See Examples and hints.)

Cellphone with dictionary entry for "design"

Some large companies are making the switch to English as the official in-house language. What do you think about it? What are the pitfalls of such a move? What is to be gained? Would you like for your company to have such a policy?

Write about some good restaurants near your office or your home. Imagine you are telling someone who asks about a place to eat.

Do you know any good restaurants near here?

Fireworks in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel, UAE

Talk about the different national holidays in your country. Which is your favourite? Why? What happens on that day?

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