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Imagine that a company plans to build a big factory in your town


Imagine that a company plans to build a big factory in your town. Discuss how the factory might improve or harm your community. Do you favor or oppose the plan to build the factory? Use specific examples and reasons to support your position

A large factory would be a prominent and powerful presence in the community. Most likely, the factory’s presence would bring with it so many drawbacks as to make the factory a liability to the community rather than an asset. I would probably oppose the factory before it could be constructed.

On the positive side, a factory would be an important source of tax revenue. and local businesses would hope to benefit from the salaries of workers at the factory. These benefits must be weighed, however, against the possible negative impact of the planned factory on the community.

First, environmental impact must be considered. Pollution from the factory would be all but inevitable. More important, from my viewpoint, is the effect of the factory on housing and municipal services. A factory employing hundreds of workers will increase demand for housing. The result may be a shortage of affordable housing. Also, can the community easily provide the services needed by such a large number of new residents? Providing those services may be a strain on the rest of the community.

A large factory is likely to place a heavy burden on the community. I am not sure the community can justify that burden in view of the anticipated benefits from the factory. For these reasons, I would have to oppose the factory, or at least urge careful study of its impact before approval for the factory is granted.


Parents make the best teachers.


Parents make the best teachers. Do you agree or disagree with that statement? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.

Although the parent is the child’s first teacher, it does not necessarily follow that the parent is the child’s best teacher. A parent may be ineffective at communicating important lessons to a child, either by precept or by example.

To illustrate, imagine a negligent mother does not bother to teach her children about dangers involved with electricity, fire, or household chemicals. Unaware of those dangers, a child may be seriously injured or even killed, and may cause injury or death to others as well. Someone else would have made a better teacher for the child and thus prevented tragic consequences.

In another hypothetical case, a parent may fail to instruct a child in the dangers of drugs. The child becomes involved with drugs and experiences trouble both in school and with health.

There is also the possibility that a parent will deliberately instruct a child in some dangerous practice, attitude, or philosophy. A child who is taught to hate persons of a different race or nationality may grow up to be a very dangerous person. Parents may “malimprint,” or wrongly instruct, children in many other ways as well. One therefore should not presume that parents are always the best teachers. Sometimes, they are the worst teachers a child might have.

Imagine that you could ask a famous person one particular question



Imagine that you could ask a famous person one particular question. Which question would you ask, and why? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.

There are many questions one might ask a famous person. One might ask a famous actress which role she enjoyed playing most. One also might ask a famous author which of his books he likes best, and why. There is, however. a question that one could ask any famous person and get an interesting response. That question is: “Who influenced you most?

In most cases, I think the answer would be that famous person’s father or mother. This is because father and mother are probably the greatest influences on everyone’s life. Many famous men had famous fathers and grew up trying to be like them. Even if the father was not famous, he may have had some remarkable qualities that his son became great by imitating.

Hannibal, the great general who almost conquered Rome, is a good example. Hannibal’s father set him on the path to greatness. The same goes for mothers. A wise, loving mother may give both her daughters and her sons the makings of future greatness. She may teach them how success depends on self-restraint, learning, hard work, and sacrifice.

Therefore, behind every great person, there are probably two other great people: that person’s parents. Chances are that they showed him or her, at an early age, the right way to go. Many a celebrity, then, would be likely to say: “My parents made me what I am.”

Imagine that you could send to an international exhibition one thing that represents your country


Imagine that you could send to an international exhibition one thing that represents your country. What would you send, and why? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.

Arguably, the best thing to represent my country would be a display about my hometown. The city where I was born and raised reflects, in almost every aspect, the history of my nation. Simply by looking at my hometown, one can tell much about the country to which the town belongs.

The city is Hampton, Virginia. Located at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay. Hampton claims to be the oldest continuous English-speaking settlement in America. Founded in 1610, Hampton was part of America almost 200 years before the United States even existed as a nation.

Since its founding, Hampton has been a trading center, a landfall, and even a battleground. Destroyed at least once by fire, attacked by the British during Virginia’s colonial era, battered by fierce tropical storms, and ravaged by the War Between the States, Hampton survived nonetheless, and always managed to recover from its sufferings and losses.

Though small and less than spectacular, Hampton has endured, grown, adapted, and prospered. Whatever America has been, so has Hampton. Hampton has been part of a British colony, the newly independent United States, the Confederate States of America, and the United States again after the war of 1861 to 1865.

In short, Hampton has never had the glamour of New York, nor the power of Washington; but from America’s very beginning, Hampton has been there all the same, both shaping and shaped by the nation’s history, and providing, in a single community, a living record of America.

Imagine that you could invent a new device or product


Imagine that you could invent a new device or product, what would you invent? Use specific reasons and examples to explain why this product is important

Looking at air pollution over cities, I imagine one valuable invention would be an inexpensive, reliable, and sample system for powering vehicles with hydrogen fuel. Extracted from water and burned as a gas mixed with air, as we now burn gasoline vapor in internal combustion engines, hydrogen might effectively replace gasoline and other petroleum-based fuels for many applications. Burning hydrogen instead of gasoline would relieve pollution and have other advantages as well.

One advantage would be an essentially inexhaustible fuel supply. Hydrogen is available everywhere, in water. When the hydrogen atoms in water are separated from their companion atom of oxygen, then burned, clean and harmless water is the only combustion product. Instead of using up a non renewable resource, as when burning petroleum, we would simply “borrow a renewable resource – hydrogen – from the water cycle briefly, then return it unchanged.

Also, hydrogen is a powerful fuel. It delivers a great amount of energy per unit of weight. If some safe way could be developed to store hydrogen in large amounts and transfer it safely to individual vehicles, then the world would have what it has sought for so long: a highly energetic, effective, abundant. and pollution-free fuel.

Of course, many obstacles would have to be addressed before such technology could be made both practical and widespread. Storing hydrogen Tin liquid form would require effective and reliable insulation which is not needed with ordinary gasoline. All the same, our civilization has spent tremendous sums to build and maintain an energy infrastructure based on highly polluting and dangerous energy sources. In the long run, might not such money be better spent on hydrogen than on petroleum and nuclear power?

Imagine that you could make one big change in a school that you attended


Imagine that you could make one big change in a school that you attended. What would that change be? Use specific reasons and examples to support your view

If I had to make one recommendation to change the university I attended, it would probably be to de-emphasize or eliminate the school’s athletic programs. The school must decide whether it henceforth will be a genuine university, or merely a state-subsidized training ground for athletes.

When I attended this university, criticism of its athletic department’s tremendous influence might make a student subject to harassment. One student journalist who dared to criticize the athletic department openly came home one day to find that his mailbox had been set on fire. On another occasion, while driving near the university’s huge basketball arena, he was followed by an unidentified individual in another car. When he maneuvered his car in behind the other vehicle at a parking lot, the mysterious driver – who clearly was unprepared for such a response – sped away, through a red light, in the direction of the arena.

Also, there was a perception at the university that one set of rules governed the behavior of all other students, whereas another and much more lenient code of conduct (in effect, no code at all) was applied to athletes. A notorious illustration of this double standard was reported some years after I graduated. A basketball player was accused of an offense which could have resulted in his permanent expulsion from the university. When the charge against him was dismissed, I considered returning my diploma to the university in protest.

At home, I do not display my university degree, partly because I no longer consider it a particular distinction. Does this institution exist to support higher education, or a collection of athletic teams? My recommendation is that the school decide where its mission really resides.

If you were given some land to use as you desire


If you were given some land to use as you desire, then how would you use it? Use specific reasons and examples to support you review

If someone gave me land to use as I saw fit, then I might leave it untouched, for the benefit of wildlife. There certainly are worse uses for land than to serve as a wildlife sanctuary.

Left undisturbed, even a small piece of land may provide a valuable shelter for thousands of species, from squirrels to insects. A few hectares of woods may be home to a wide range of animals and plants. Even seemingly barren land may be full of life, just below the surface.

If a few hundred landowners followed this practice, the benefits for wildlife might be spectacular. Leaving small, widely separated pieces of land undeveloped, for the sake of wildlife, may benefit animals more than setting aside large areas as refuges. 

In the U.S., for example, public policy has been to establish large refuges for wildlife. Yet, there is considerable evidence that a large number of small refuges, in a variety of environments, can preserve more species than a single large refuge can.

My decision, then, would probably be to leave the land undeveloped, and to encourage other landowners to do the same. A few hundred songbirds might be worth more than another apartment building.

If you have an opportunity to spend two weeks in a foreign country



If you have an opportunity to spend two weeks in a foreign country, which country would you choose to visit , and why? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice

One place I would like to visit is eastern Canada, especially its Maritime provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Labrador and Newfoundland. Since an early age, when I read about the Maritimes. I have longed to travel there but have never had the opportunity.

One reason for my wish to visit the Maritimes is that they resemble New England, one of my favorite parts of the United States. They have much the same climate, though slightly cooler than New England’s, and have the added advanta of a much lower population density. Maritimes are attractive, comfortable, and uncrowded. The natural beauty of the Maritimes is another good reason to visit them.

The Maritimes have a subdued but still impressive beauty, compounded of gray rock, blue-gray sea, dark green trees, and white surf. Under a clear sky. I imagine there is no more attractive place on earth. Besides, I have never seen an iceberg, and would like to see one. Friends from Canada tell me one can sit on the shore in spring and watch icebergs drift by like floating castles. That would be a marvelous sight.

At one point on the Labrador coast, I understand, legend has it that a bear was turned to stone as it charged at a group of women on the shore. Now, the story goes, the petrified bear still stands there, frozen in mid-attack. I do not believe the story is true, but the rock formation must be impressive nonetheless. In the Maritimes, that is only one of perhaps a hundred places I would like to see. Seeing even a few of them would make me happy.

Imagine that you must be away from home for one year on travel


Imagine that you must be away from home for one year on travel. Besides clothing and other essential items, you can take one extra thing with you. What would that thing be? Why? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your choice.

One good choice for the “additional thing to take on a year-long trip is an annotated edition of Shakespeare’s plays. A year would provide enough time to read at least several of the plays in depth and try discern what they reveal about Shakespeare himself. Many mysteries surround Shakespeare the man, and his plays are one place to look for answers.

What, for example, were Shakespeare’s religious beliefs? We are not sure, and the plays are ambiguous on this point. There are indications that Shakespeare believed in an afterlife, because some of his characters – notably the ghosts of Caesar and of Hamlet’s father – return from beyond the grave for conversations with the living. Shakespeare’s work contains hints of Roman Catholic beliefs, yet no conclusive evidence for them.

Likewise, it is interesting to speculate about Shakespeare’s political convictions, if indeed he had any. Is Julius Caesar, for example, an anti monarchist drama? One might just as easily call it an anti-revolutionary work. There is no question that a monarch perceived as a tyrant is murdered Thin the play; yet Brutus and his co-conspirator Cassius scarcely emerge as heroic figures. What exactly was Shakespeare trying to say in Julius Caesar? That question could be debated endlessly, because the play does not fit into any clear category except “tragedy.”

Perhaps the greatest reward of reading Shakespeare is that he introduces the reader to so many fascinating people, from the sinister Richard III to the complex and unforgettable Falstaff. Even the stage directions can be intriguing, such as one from The Winter’s Tale: “Exit, pursued a bear.” Why a bear? Where did the bear come from? This is just a sample of the entertainment Shakespeare can provide on a year’s journey.

Imagine you could invent a new holiday


people observe holidays to honor certain events or persons. Imagine you could invent a new holiday. which event or person would it honor, and how would you like to have people observe the holiday ? use specific reasons to explain your answer

The opportunity exists for an interesting experiment. What if one invented a new holiday based on a completely fictitious event or person, advertised it. and waited to see how many people will observe a holiday merely because they have been invited to do so? It would be instructive to see how many people would observe the so-called holiday without knowing the entire occasion was a hoax.

The holiday might be, for example, “Wurstwerper Day.” (The name means “sausage-thrower” in German.) The date would be arbitrary. For a modest sum, one could advertise “Wurstwerper Day” in local publications and send out press releases to the media, emphasizing the importance of the day but never explaining exactly who or what “Wurstwerper” is or was, nor how a holiday came to be named for it, him, or her.

To gauge response to this campaign, one might ask observers of the holiday to do something easily monitored but harmless, such as placing an orange in one’s front window. A slogan such as “Hang out an orange on Wurstwerper Day” might work. On the given day, travel around the community and count the number of oranges in the front windows of homes and apartments. The resulting figures would indicate how successful the “Wurstwerper Day” campaign was.

Let’s sum up the idea here. This experiment may seem frivolous, but it could provide the basis for a research project in sociology, and possibly even for a master’s thesis. At the very least, the “holiday” observance would do no dharm, and might reveal how many people will use any conceivable excuse for a holiday.