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Tour de France bicycle race

"The concept of excellence is inherently competitive; logically, in order for some to surpass, others must be outdone." —Ian Cosh, resident anthropologist at Idea Couture

Write an essay in which you take a position on the statement above. In developing and supporting your essay, consider instances in which the statement does and does not hold true.

People performing peaceful protest

"Civil disobedience" is when you break the law or social rules on purpose to bring attention to a cause (a principle or aim that a group supports or fights for) and push for change. People may be arrested when performing civil disobedience.

  1. Can you think of any examples of civil disobedience that have happened in the world? What were the people fighting for? What action did they do?
  2. Is there a cause you think is worth being arrested for? What is it, and why do you feel that way?

If you could pass any law you wanted, what would it be? Would it be for your city? Your country? The whole world? Give your reasons for making this law.

If you'd like to write more, tell how you would enforce the law.

Stopwatches and gears

Describe two strategies to improve efficiency at your workplace.  What are they? How would they help?

CLAIMInternational laws should replace all national laws.

Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Man holding his head in despair by a laptop computer

CLAIM: Schools and universities have a responsibility to discourage students from pursuing fields in which they are not likely to be successful.

Write an essay explaining how much you agree and/or disagree with this claim. Be sure to give specific evidence and reasoning to support your opinion.


Young woman studying at her laptop

"University students should be encouraged to pursue subjects that interest them rather than the courses that seem most likely to lead to jobs."

Write one paragraph in support of this recommendation and one paragraph against it. Describe specific circumstances that support each argument. 

Conclude your essay by presenting your own view.

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.

Ingredients for a Georgian salad

A vegetarian diet is better than a diet that includes meat. Do you agree?

Write one paragraph agreeing with this statement, and one disagreeing. Then state your own opinion.

Traditional Mexican dance

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


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