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SAT Essay作文练习话题汇总(三)

 

1. The familiar admonition to “put your money where your mouth is” suggests that it’s far easier to speak up for a principle than to live up to it. That’s why most 

 

of us, whether we intend to or not, say one thing but often do another. It's

 

just part of human nature.

 

Assignment:

 

Is the common tendency to often say one thing but do another built into our nature, or is it something that experience teaches us to do? 

 

2. “If you are like most people, your sadness over losing, say, $1,000, would be twice as great as your happiness at winning $1,000. That all-too-human tendency to 

 

feel pain of a loss more deeply than the joy of a gain is called ‘loss aversion.’”

 

From an editorial in the New York Times, January 16, 2005

 

Assignment:

 

Are negative emotions stronger than positive ones?

 

3. After rescuing a dozen men and women from a burning office building, Jim Smith, a New York City fire fighter, commented, “Courage is just a matter of luck—of 

 

being in the right place at the right time.”

 

Assignment:

 

Is courage a common human trait that most of us never have an opportunity to use or demonstrate, or is Jim Smith’s courage unusual? 

 

4. “While walking

 

in her neighborhood, a friend saw a man who had tied a fishing line around a turtle’s throat and was letting his kids drag it up and down the path. 

 

Feeling that a direct approach would lead to a confrontation, my friend said: ‘I am a biologist with So-and-So University. Turtles are toxic; they secrete poison that 

 

may make your kids horribly sick.’The guy had his kids stop tormenting the turtle right away. Was this lie justified?”

 

From a letter by David Weinrich, published in “The Ethicist” by Randy Cohen, New York Times Magazine, January 16, 2005

 

Assignment:

 

Is lying acceptable or even obligatory at times? 

 

5. An old English proverb says, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.”

 

Assignment:

 

Can ignorance ever be better than knowledge?

 

SAT Essay作文练习话题汇总(四)

 

6. “Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

 

 

William Jennings Bryan (1860–1925)

 

Assignment:

 

Do you believe that the choices we make, rather than our abilities and talents, show who we truly are? 

 

7. “Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-

 

deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture?”

 

David Bohm

 

Assignment:

 

If we were to become completely open and honest with ourselves and with others, would society be better off? 

 

8. “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.”

 

Richard Bach

 

Assignment:

 

Is there always a gain from experiencing hardship?

 

9. “They may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”

 

Carl W. Beuchner

 

Assignment:

 

Are human emotions more powerful, enduring, and meaningful than our intellect? Or to put it another way, does the heart matter more than the brain inour lives? 

 

10. “I cannot believe the purpose of life is to be happy. I think that the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, 

 

to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made a difference that you lived at all.”

 

Leo Rosten

 

留学NEW SAT essay 题目Assignment:

 

Do happiness and contentment depend mainly on serving others and making a difference in their lives?

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