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Some people are very fond their pets and treat their pets almost as family members.

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Some people are very fond their pets and treat their pets almost as family members. Do you approve or disapprove of this kind of relationship with pets? Why? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.

Some individuals bond very closely with their pets, so that the animals, in effect, become members of the family and are treated practically as children. Indeed, it is possible to give a pet too much attention. On the whole, however, a fondness for pets is probably a good thing, for several reasons.

One advantage of keeping pets is emotional satisfaction. Many people find tremendous comfort in pets, which help their owners maintain a healthy emotional equilibrium. It may be better to have an affectionate, rewarding relationship with a pet than troubled relationships with other people. Most of us would rather spend the evening at home with a devoted dog than with a quarrelsome person.

In turn, emotional satisfaction derived from pets is conducive to good health. Having a friendly dog or cat can make one both happier and healthier. The contentment and satisfaction a pet provides may diminish stress and relieve stress-related illness. Thus, a pet may appear to be an extravagance but actually be important to its owner’s well-being.

It is worth noting that German dictator Adolf Hitler was fond of dogs. especially his German shepherd Blondi. Hitler’s companions remarked on how close Hitler was to Blondi, and how happy he seemed in the dog’s presence. If a dog could induce affection even in Hitler, then pet ownership must have substantial benefits for almost anyone. Some pet owners may overindulge their animals, but that is their privilege. Besides, the benefits pets provide are probably worth a little pampering.

Why do you think movies  are popular all around the world?

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Why do you think movies  are popular all around the world? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.

Movies are popular because they provide a selective mirror of reality. They are commentaries on life. Motion pictures may show us a situation of the present, a future that might arrive, or a past, that actually never existed. They may be funny, tragic, thrilling, puzzling, or shocking. All of them, however. tell us something about the world we live in, and about ourselves.

For example, consider the classic horror movie Jaws. On one level, the movie was about a giant shark attacking swimmers at a beach near a small town. Primarily, however, the movie was about the townspeople and how they responded to a threat. The message of Jaws was that every individual responds in a unique way to a crisis. Watching Jaws, one had to ask how one would behave in a situation like that shown in the movie. Would one be courageous, cowardly, or greedy? That self-inquiry was what made the movie interesting.

Movies also show us exciting things that we could never experience in real life. James Cameron’s Titanic depicted the wreck of the most famous passenger liner of all time. Spectacular special effects allowed one to witness the simulated sinking of a great ship. The real Titanic is gone forever, but a movie let viewers imagine being present at the single most famed maritime catastrophe in history.

Of course, there are also many other reasons why movies are popular, such as the social occasions which movie attendance provides. The main reason for the popularity of motion pictures, however, is what they tell us, or invite us to discover, about our society and ourselves.

 

Why do you think movies are popular all around the world?

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Why do you think movies are popular all around the world? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.

It is hard to write a rule book for being a “good parent.” The principles and practices that work well in one household may be utterly inappropriate for another. Nonetheless, a few guidelines are probably appropriate for all parents, at all times.

Perhaps the most important quality for a parent to have is patience. Sometimes patience is difficult. Children can be infuriating, and at times the temptation may be great to scream at them and use abusive language. This tactic may work for the moment but do substantial harm in the long run. Children, after all, are neither totally deaf nor completely unthinking, and their memories are longer and more accurate than many parents care to think. That is why bitter words aimed at children are apt to have negative effects long after they are spoken.

Another principle parents should remember is that they should not try to relive their own childhoods through their children. Here is an example. A parent may regret that he or she never became an accomplished athlete, and for that reason push a child into athletics to an unreasonable extent. Pushing a child toward athletic achievements despite lack of aptitude is likely to do at least as much harm as good.

Likewise, parents should not try too hard to squeeze a child (so to speak) into one extremely specific mold. If a boy has the aptitude to become a highly successful aircraft mechanic, for example, does anyone benefit if his parents try to make him into a ballet dancer instead? If a daughter is brilliant at mathematics, should her parents force her to excel in flower arranging? In both cases, the answer certainly is no. This is an important lesson for all parents to bear in mind.

In your opinion, what are some qualities needed to be a good parent?

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In your opinion, what are some qualities needed to be a good parent? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.

It is hard to write a rule book for being a “good parent.” The principles and practices that work well in one household may be utterly inappropriate for another. Nonetheless, a few guidelines are probably appropriate for all parents, at all times.

Perhaps the most important quality for a parent to have is patience. Sometimes patience is difficult. Children can be infuriating, and at times the temptation may be great to scream at them and use abusive language. This tactic may work for the moment but do substantial harm in the long run. Children, after all, are neither totally deaf nor completely unthinking, and their memories are longer and more accurate than many parents care to think. That is why bitter words aimed at children are apt to have negative effects long after they are spoken.

Another principle parents should remember is that they should not try to relive their own childhoods through their children. Here is an example. A parent may regret that he or she never became an accomplished athlete, and for that reason push a child into athletics to an unreasonable extent. Pushing a child toward athletic achievements despite lack of aptitude is likely to do at least as much harm as good.

Likewise, parents should not try too hard to squeeze a child (so to speak) into one extremely specific mold. If a boy has the aptitude to become a highly successful aircraft mechanic, for example, does anyone benefit if his parents try to make him into a ballet dancer instead? If a daughter is brilliant at mathematics, should her parents force her to excel in flower arranging? In both cases, the answer certainly is no. This is an important lesson for all parents to bear in mind.

Now that we have entered the 21st century, what are some changes that you expect to see in the new country?

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Now that we have entered the 21st century, what are some changes that you expect to see in the new country? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.

It probably is pointless to try projecting developments of the coming, century. A look at the 20th century shows why. Imagine you are living in the year 1901 and wondering what life will be like in the year 2000. In 1901, powered flight appeared feasible, but no one foresaw the glant passenger Jets of the 1970s. Likewise, the laptop computer and pocket calculator were undreamed of in 1901 but became parts of everyday life well before the year 2000. What, then, does the 21st century hold? We can scarcely even guess.

Nonetheless, it seems safe to say that one struggle of the 20th century – individual liberty versus state power will continue for the indefinite future. The 20th century saw the emergence of the modern totalitarian state, which tried to control the entire life, and even the thoughts, of every individual. Totalitarianism as practiced by Hitler and Stalin failed because Western democracy, where individual liberty results in a more dynamic, resourceful, and adaptable society, was better suited to an era of rapid progress in science and technology.

The same Western technology that doomed the totalitarian regimes of the 1900s, however, may contain the seeds of an even more dreadful tyranny. Modern technology is creating a new set of information processors that could provide a direct interface between machines and the human mind, so that fin principle at least) individuals with processors implanted in their brains might be directed and manipulated in almost the same manner as a radio controlled toy.

Is such a society of “robotized” people, where the many are literally controlled by their governments, a prospect for the 21st century? Perhaps that unpleasant vision is only a hint of what the coming century has in store for us.

 

Each new generation of people differs somehow from earlier generations. How does your generations. How does your generation differ from the previous (your parent’s) generation?

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Each new generation of people differs somehow from earlier generations. How does your generations. How does your generation differ from the previous (your parent’s) generation? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.

My parents’ generation believed in certain “absolutes,” or postulates whose truth was simply accepted without question. In general, non-conformist acts were discouraged, and society placed a high value on internal harmony, even to the extent of suppressing legitimate dissent. In a word, my parents’ generation was conformist.

In my generation, that situation changed. The old-fashioned conformist became an object of contempt, and the “non-conformist,” characterized by eccentricity and even anti-social behavior, became the ideal. Bizarre clothing became practically the norm for many young people, and “Kill your parents!” actually became something of a rallying cry for college students. We believed there were no longer any absolutes. Everything was relative now, and very little was considered categorically “right” or “wrong.”

Nothing illustrated the dramatic difference between my parents’ generation and mine more clearly than popular entertainment. Moviegoers in the 1940s and early 1950s enjoyed the whimsy of Bing Crosby and the sentimentality of James Stewart, celebrating Depression-era and wartime ideals; 25 years later, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper were stars, and the cinema celebrated recreational drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide).

Years afterward, it became clear to my generation that we were as conformist as our parents had been. The only significant difference between our generation and theirs was the set of ideals which each generation embraced. Our generation adopted in the name of an illusory “freedom” – a conformist culture every bit as cruel, hypocritical, and repressive as the one before it.

 

How can schools help students handle problems that the students face when they move to new schools?

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How can schools help students handle problems that the students face when they move to new schools? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.

It is perhaps inevitable that students will face problems when moving to a new school. After all, they are leaving a familiar environment and entering a new, unfamiliar, and possibly hostile place where newcomers are definitely at a disadvantage until they become accustomed to it. Schools, however, can help students in various ways to make such a transition.

One way is to give new students a comprehensive orientation to the school. The can tell new students what to expect from the school, in terms of students’ characteristics and behavior, traditions, organizations, and so on. A printed guide to the school might be helpful.

Another useful practice might be to introduce incoming students formally to their new classmates. This might be done in the homeroom on the incoming students’ first day at school. The school’s counselors and other staff should be given some idea of problems that may arise when the new students enter the school, so that difficulties, when and if they arise, will not catch everyone unprepared.

Of course, there is a limit to what schools can do to ease the adjustment of new students to a school. Much of the transition is the responsibility of students themselves and cannot reasonably be assigned to the school administration. Regardless, schools can help to make the arrival of new students smoother, even if a certain amount of friction, resistance, and difficulty is bound to occur.

 

Organizations and groups play an important part in many people’s lives. Why do so many people consider groups and organizations important?

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Organizations and groups play an important part in many people’s lives. Why do so many people consider groups and organizations important? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.

No one goes through life completely alone. Our lives are, almost by definition, group activities. Because humans are social animals, practically everyone has at least a few group associations, which may confer many benefits on the individual.

One advantage of group membership is increased influence. In most cases, a group or organization has more influence on the rest of a society than a lone individual has, because the group can join the talents, energy, and other resources of its members into a powerful, well-directed campaign for or against something. An organization of like-minded individuals can thus exert great influence.

Group membership also may provide protection. This is why fish travel in schools. A school of fish is much larger than an individual fish and may serve to intimidate predators. The same principle applies to humans. A group or organization is more powerful and more difficult to attack than an individual. The management of a business, for example, may be less likely to harass or fire an individual employee if that employee is part of a strong union, because the union will support the individual member in any dispute with management.

Then there are the pleasure and sense of security that accompany being part of a group. People enjoy doing things together, and group membership gives one a certain sense of identity as well. When someone asks what one does, one can say something like “I’m a member of …” and name the group or organization. The group is, in a sense, one’s tribe, identification with which defines the individual. Whether the group is serious or frivolous, it provides both social and psychological benefits.

People listen to music on many different occasions and for many different reasons. Why do you think music is important in our lives?

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People listen to music on many different occasions and for many different reasons. Why do you think music is important in our lives? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer. 

Music is important because it can create, reinforce, or dispel an emotional mood. A sad person might listen to something cheerful to chase away gloom. An agitated person might prefer to put a relaxing piece of music on the stereo. Music is, in short, a mood-altering device. Music can alter moods just as effectively as a tranquillizing drug or other chemical, and entails fewer risks to one’s health.

Music is also useful to reinforce ideas or habits of thought. This is why so many commercials on radio and television use musical rhymes and other tunes to put across their messages. A slogan or text that is unremarkable by itself may become highly memorable when set to music. A catchy advertising jingle, and the product it promotes, may remain in one’s mind for years after a single hearing.

In similar fashion, many national anthems have undistinguished lyrics, but the words seem uplifting, or at least less banal, when they are sung. Examples include the lyrics to the United States anthem. “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Also, would anyone remember Rouget de Lisle’s “La Marseillaise, had it not become France’s stirring anthem? Likewise, the fourth movement of Beethoven’s ninth symphony incorporates a bad poem (Schiller’s “Ode to Joy”) but has made that poem famous by setting it to impressive music.

One even may use music to make a social statement. Playing Bach on one’s stereo, for instance, delivers a certain message about one’s tastes. personality, and preferences. By contrast, acid rock, country music, a folk song, or Byzantine chant delivers quite a different message. What we listen to says much about what we are as individuals; and just as we use music to. alter the state of our own minds, we can use music also to sway the minds of others, by inserting messages of one kind or another.

Why do you think many students choose to attend schools or universities abroad, outside their own countries?

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Why do you think many students choose to attend schools or universities abroad, outside their own countries? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.

Studying abroad confers certain advantages on a student. Although study at a school in another country does not always yield a better education than attending a school in one’s homeland, study overseas may present opportunities unavailable in one’s own country. Here are a few examples.

First, the personal and professional contacts one makes at school may prove to be much more valuable, in the long run, than the information one learns in class. A classmate may become a famous writer, or a powerful politician, or a leading business executive. Even classmates who attain relatively modest success can be valuable contacts, for they will be part of a network of school alumni that one may consult for information, advice, and even jobs. The most profitable part of studying in another country, then, may be forming close personal relationships with some of its future leaders.

Also, some branches of knowledge are best studied abroad. Russian language and culture are best studied in Russia. U.S. literature and history are probably best learned at a school in the United States. British prehistory is best studied in Britain. For total immersion in Japanese language and culture, the only place to study is Japan. One’s sole opportunity for some kinds of learning is to study in another country, because such learning is available nowhere else.

There is also simply great pleasure in studying abroad. Some parts of the world are fascinating and beautiful, and it is a privilege to live and attend school there. Studying in Paris is the dream of many students. A small school in rural New England, in the northeastern United States, may be the experience of a lifetime. For these and other reasons, it is understandable that study in another country appeals to countless students.