Sample Essays for Students
( May 20, 2004)
1. Directions: You are advised to spend a maximum of 30 minutes on this task. Most young people without a partner would prefer to have a boyfriend or girlfriend. Yet being in a relationship when you are young is not always a good idea. As part of a class project, write about whether you agree or disagree, and give reasons why.
You should write at least 250 words.
When you are young, there is often a great deal of peer pressure put upon you to be in a relationship. Although most young people spend a lot of time dreaming about finding the right boyfriend or girl friend, I believe that early relationships can lead to many problems which young men and women might not be able to solve easily. Firstly, having a special friend is a large responsibility. It takes up a lot of time looking after the needs and interests of another person. It could be better to spend this time studying or playing sport. After all, there will be plenty of opportunity for young persons to share their lives later, when they are grown up.
Next, there is the financial situation to consider. Some activities are cheaper to do together, but most are not. Often one partner has more money than the other and must pay for both when, for instance, they go to the movies or to a restaurant. Also, young people love to buy each other gifts, and may try to impress by spending more than necessary.
Some people argue that today s youth are better informed than their parents were, and, therefore, might be more capable of making a relationship succeed. This may be true, but young people today still have many emotional problems to face ', in a relationship it is more difficult. For instance, it is hard to have complete trust in someone without a strong commitment. Jealousy can be very destructive, especially at an early age. In general, while it is true that, for young people, being together and in love is a
wonderful, there are often many difficult issues to cope with in a full-time
2. Directions: Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic.
Fast food is rapidly becoming popular all over the world. Some people worry that this type of food is lacking in nutritional content. Furthermore, they also worry that traditional cuisines will disappear if the tread toward fast food continues. How far do you agree or disagrees with this point of view?
Give reasons for your answer.
You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your
arguments with examples and relevant evidence.
In my opinion, fast food, such as hamburgers, fried chicken, etc. , is as much a part of modern life as the automobile and the computer. In an age like the present, when time is money , people can not afford to sit in restaurants enjoying long, leisurely lunches, or at home reading the newspaper waiting for breakfast to be prepared. So, nobody would deny that fast food is a blessing for busy people , as it helps them make more efficient use of their time.
On the other hand, there are those who complain that fast food has little nutritional value. They worry that if people get used to living on a diet of fast food their health will suffer, and so will their productivity. In addition, the opponents of fast food decry the way that its worldwide popularity has led to a decline in traditional cuisines thus helping to erode the cultural values held dear by the various nations of the world.
Although there is merit in both these points of view, I am inclined to take a more balanced position. For one thing, few people eat fast food all the time-usually only for breakfast and/or lunch, so they can help to balance their diet by eating a sensible evening meal. As for the fear of fast food leading to the extinction of national cuisines, there is little evidence that this is happening. On the contrary, the contrast with fast food makes traditional cooking all the more appetizing !
A. Write an essay that conveys the following information accompanied by your comments.
B. Word limit: at least 120 words
C. Your essay should be written clearly on the ANSWER SHEET
Preserving Natural Resources
Through the changes in the ways of making a living in a family over several
generations, the cartoon aims at sounding a warning against man's wasteful use of
natural resources and emphasizing the urgent need to preserve these resources.
Ever since man appeared on the earth man's survival has been heavily relied on
nature. Almost everything we use in our everyday life comes from nature, ranging
from the food we eat, the water we drink, to the wood which is turned into furniture.
With the development of technology and population growth, the amount and range
of materials used has increased at an alarming rate. However, natural resources are
not inexhaustible. Some reserves are already on the brink of exhaustion and there is
no hope of replacing them. The widespread water shortage is an example in point. If
man continued to squander natural resources with no thought for the future, the later generations would end up selling sand, as is the case in the cartoon, and the whole
world would be in a mess.
Time is running out. It is up to us to take effective measures before the
situation gets out of hand.
4. Success in Life【成功】
Success means different things for different people. Some may equate it with fame, some with wealth and still some with accomplishments. For me, it means fulfilling one's dreams. Whatever your dreams are, you have a goal there and then focus all your attention on it. Dreams bring you hope and happiness. In the process of struggling for it, you cry, sweat, complain or even curse, but the joy of harvesting makes you forget all the pains and troubles you have gone through. So an old proverb says that the sweetest fruit is one that has undergone the bitterest ordeal.
There are several keys to success. First, your goal must be practical and practicable. If you set your goal too high, chances are that you will never attain it. Next, you have to make a plan of doing it. You can take some steps to realize it. Since the process is quite tough, you need to be diligent, patient and persevering. Even if you meet with some difficulties or frustrations, just take them in your stride. You can always tell yourself that there is nothing insurmountable. With this will and determination, success is sure to wait for you at the end of the tunnel!
5. Shopping on The Net 网上购物
Nowadays the Internet is revolutionizing our globe and greatly facilitating our modern life. As a matter of fact, we can do almost everything on the Net. To
illustrate, we can conduct E-business, advertise our products, book an air ticket, buy
and sell stocks, even hunt a new job on the Web. Recently, shopping on the Net is
gradually becoming popular in modern cities. However, people take different
attitudes towards the new way of shopping.
Some people who prefer shopping on the virtual shopping centers or the E-commerce portals, hold that the new way of shopping has many advantages. First,
the web-stores can keep customers updated about the best selling products. Besides,
they can provide customers with a wider range of choices. Most important of all, it is
very convenient and timesaving. People can stay at home shopping whatever they
However, others who stick to shopping in the real-life stores have their reasons. First, they argue that though time-saving, it's a little bit complicated to pay on the
Web. Besides, they think that customers can never rest assured of the quality of the commodities unless they see them with their own eyes. Finally, they believe the best
way to on guard against the fake and poor quality commodities is to shop in the traditional way. Therefore, they don't show any interest in shopping online. However,
more and more people will prefer shopping on the Web. And it's believed that it will
eventually be an irresistible trend of shopping in the twenty-first century.
6. Holiday Economy 假日经济
The lengthy holidays have caused unexpected great travel craze and brisk economic activities. Holiday spending, however, adds fuel to the Chinese economy,
which in turn leads to the creation of a new term "Holiday Economy". But,
meanwhile it sparks a hot debate about it.
Some economists are in favor of the Holiday Economy. They believe it has many
advantages. First, tourism-based Holiday Economy will raise consumption, up
spending and therefore, help to spur the domestic demand. In addition, it benefits
tourism, transportation, catering, hotels and service industries and enables them to thrive during holidays, which in turn adds fuel to the overall economic growth.
However, others overstate its disadvantages and hold that it brings undeniable problems. First, the travel craze puts a heavy burden on the traffic system, causing
serious traffic jams. Besides, thousands and thousands of tourists flood scenic spots, jamming railways stations and airports, causing some overcrowding and safety problems. Therefore, we shouldn't neglect the new problems.
I believe its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages. After all, it greatly
benefits our overall economy. Finally, I suggest the government take effective
measures to solve the aforementioned problems. Only in this way can the Holiday
Economy develop in a sound way.
7. The Choice of Leisure Activity Time: 1'22"
Physical activities and intellectual activities are the two basic ways in which we spend our leisure time. Physical recreation affords us the opportunities to strength our bodies and to satisfy our competitive nature. Activities range from violent sports such as running, playing basketball, or boxing to moderate sports like swimming, jogging, or a round of badminton. Yet their special benefits may vary according to different
individuals. Likewise, intellectual activities can also be beneficial to people. Some
people undertake reading as a kind of private pleasure because they think that books are necessary nourishment for mind and spirit. Traditionally, listening to music is a popular hobby. Besides indoor games such as chess, cards and table tennis, other hobbies such as gardening and stamp-collecting are also enjoyable.
I prefer a balance of these activities to provide both the physical training and mental stimulation I need to face the daily grind. As for my opinion about the
choice of leisure activity, I'd pick traveling in preference to anything else. Because I shall feel much happier and more energetic after having relaxed with traveling.
8. TV and My Family
Many people think that TV can't teach you anything and most TV programs are just silly. True, there are a lot of shows that are anything but good. But if you watch, you will find that TV is still a powerful educational tool.
With the emergence of the public TV in our country we now have more helpings of food for the mind. Take the travelogue "the world we live in" it provides us not only with vicarious travel experience but also with the histories and cultures of various nations. Spec live, what they wear and how they talk even though I can’t
afford to travel to those countries.
My family often sit together to watch a program and discuss it afterward. Sometimes my parents ask us what we would do in a similar situation and this gives
us the opportunity to rethink. We should not forget that TV can be an excellent teacher. In this era of mass media we believe that TV, if guided into the right channel, can really fire our imagination and contribute to family cohesion.
9. Directions: rite a composition about WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GRADES
in three paragraphs. Since you have difficulty in beginning it, the first paragraph is given to you. So your part of the composition is to follow the first paragraph to rganize he second and the last paragraphs in about 120 word. Make sure that your o
composition has unity and coherence.
What Do You Think about Grades
1. Grades are really important things for most students. Schools and society as a
whole often evaluate a student just by his or her performance in the subjects.
Students with higher grades are considered as winners. On the other hand, those
with lower grades are, unfortunately, looked on as losers. Forced by this
expectation, students try as they might to get higher grades no matter how they
like the courses.
Grades are really important things for most students. Schools and society as a whole often evaluate a student just by his or her performance in the subjects. Students with higher grades are considered as winners. On the other hand, those with lower grades are, unfortunately, looked on as losers. Forced by this expectation, students try as they might to get higher grades no matter how they like the courses.
Last year, when I entered this college and took the regular courses, I found the competition here was even harder. All the courses are new and demanding. For example, in the English classes, the teacher spoke too fast, and I often felt like a dumb elementary kid. Tough I worked harder than anyone else did in my class, I had no expectation that I would be a winner.
I believe that a grading system is good for a school, but it is not the only measure of a person’s ability. Schools should set up more elective courses, for instance, to train