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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.

Man and woman holding protest signs at a rally

"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.

  • Is there a cause you think is worth being arrested for? What is it, and why do you feel that way?
Portrait of three generations of a family in 1960, black and white

What influences the styles, values and interests of a generation? Why are different generations so different?

Support your answer with specific details and examples.

The back of a police officer wearing a yellow jacket with the word "Police" on it

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.

Now explain how you would enforce it.

Color illustration of graph with the words, "Efficiency", "Planning", "Speed", and "Quality"

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

gavel in front of globe with flags and continents

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.

 

Men playing outdoor chess

Do you think mental games like chess are good for you? Why or why not? Can you think of other ways to train your brain?

professor, students, university, lecture

"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.

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.

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