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SAT历年真题作文题目汇总

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摘要: 为了在SAT考试作文中取得高的分数,练习写作历年的作文是必不可少的。下面来是环球雅思为您总结的SAT真题作文。
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为了在SAT考试作文中取得高的分数,练习写作历年的作文是必不可少的。下面来是环球雅思为您总结的SAT真题作文。
  No. 1
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Nowadays nothing is private: our culture has become too confessional and self-expressive. People think that to hide one’s thoughts or feelings is to pretend not to have those thoughts or feelings. They assume that honesty requires one to express every inclination and impulse.
  Adapted from J. David Velleman, “The Genesis of Shame”
  Assignment: Should people make more of an effort to keep some things private? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 2
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Every important discovery results from patience, perseverance, and concentration - sometimes continuing for months or years - on one specific subject. A person who wants to discover a new truth must remain absorbed by that one subject, must pay no attention to any thoughts that is unrelated to the problem.
  Adapted from Santiago Santiago Ramón y Cajal, “Advice for a Young Investigator”
  Assignment: Are all important discoveries the result of focusing on one subject? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 3
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  A colleague of the great scientist James Watson remarked that Watson was always “lounging around, arguing about problems instead of doing experiments.” He concluded that “There is more than one way of doing good science.” It was Watson’s form of idleness, the scientist went on to say, that allowed him to solve “the greatest of all biological problems: the discovery of the structure of DNA.” It is a point worth remembering in a society overly concerned with efficiency.
  Adapted from John C. Polanyi, “Understanding Discovery”
  Assignment: Do people accomplish more when they are allowed to do things in their own way? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 4
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  I do not feel terrible about my mistakes, though I grieve the pain they have sometimes caused others. Our lives are “experiments with truth,” and in an experiment negative results are at least as important as successes. I have no idea how I would have learned the truth about myself and my calling without the mistakes I have made.
  Adapted from Parker Palmer, “Let Your Life Speak”
  Assignment: Is it necessary to make mistakes, even when doing so has negative consequences for other people? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 5
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  An actor, when his cue came, was unable to move onto the stage. He said, “I can’t get in, the chair is in the way.” And the producer said, “Use the difficulty. If it’s a drama, pick the chair up and smash it. If it’s a comedy fall over it.” From this experience the actor concluded that in any situation in life that is negative, there is something positive you can do with it.
  Adapted from Lawrence Eisenberg, “Caine Scrutiny”
  Assignment: Can any obstacle or disadvantage be turned into something good? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 6
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  We don’t really learn anything properly until there is a problem, until we make a mistake, until something fails to go as we had hoped. When everything is working well, with no problems or failure, what incentive do we have to try something new? We are only motivated to learn when we experience difficulties.
  Adapted from Alain de Botton, “How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel”
  Assignment: Does true learning only occur when we experience difficulties? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 7
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  There are two kinds of pretending. There is the bad kind, as when a person falsely promises to be your friend. But there is also a good kind, where the pretense eventually turns into the real thing. For example, when you are not feeling particularly friendly, the best thing you can do, very often, is to act in a friendly manner. In a few minutes, you may really be feeling friendlier.
  Adapted from a book by C. S. Lewis
  Assignment: Can deception - pretending that something is true when it is not - sometimes have good results? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 8
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  If we are dissatisfied with our circumstances, we think about changing them. But the most important and effective changes - in our attitude - hardly occur to us. In other words, we should worry not about how to alter the world around us for the better but about how to change ourselves in order to fit into that world.
  Adapted from Michael Hymers, “Wittgenstein, Pessimism and Politics”
  Assignment: Is it better to change one’s attitude than to change one’s circumstances? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 9
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Many people believe that our government should do more to solve our problems. After all, how can one individual create more jobs or make roads safer or improve the schools or help to provide any of the other benefits that we have come to enjoy? And yet expecting that the government - rather than individuals - should always come up with the solutions to society’s ills may have made us less self-reliant, undermining our independence and self-sufficiency.
  Assignment: Should people take more responsibility for solving problems that affect their communities or the nation in general? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 10
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Materialism: it’s the thing that everybody loves to hate. Few aspects of modern life have been more criticized than materialism. But let’s face it: materialism - acquiring possessions and spending money - is a vital source of meaning and happiness in our time. People may criticize modern society for being to materialistic, but the fact remains that most of us spend most of our energy producing and consuming more and more stuff.
  Adapted from James Twitchell, “Two Cheers for Materialism”
  Assignment: Should modern society be criticized for being materialistic? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 11
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Knowledge is power. In agriculture, medicine, and industry, for example, knowledge has become so powerful that it is beyond our control. We know how to do many things, but we do not know where, when, or even whether this know-how should be used.
  Assignment: Can knowledge be a burden rather than a benefit? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 12
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  We do not take the time to determine right from wrong. Reflecting on the difference between right and wrong is hard work. It is so much easier to follow the crowd, going along with what is popular rather than risking the disapproval of others by voicing an objection of any kind.
  Adapted from Stephen J. Carter, “Integrity”
  Assignment: Is it always best to determine one’s own views of right and wrong, or can we benefit from following the crowd? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 13
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  It is often the case that revealing the complete truth may bring trouble - discomfort, embarrassment, sadness, or even harm - to oneself or to another person. In these circumstances, it is better not to express our real thoughts and feelings. Whether or not we should tell the truth, therefore, depends on the circumstances.
  Assignment: Do circumstances determine whether or not we should tell the truth? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 14
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  A person does not simply “receive” his or her identity. Identity is much more than the name or features one is born with. True identity is something people must create for themselves by making choices that are significant and that require a courageous commitment in the face of challenges. Identity means having ideas and values that one lives by.
  Adapted from Thomas Merton, “Contemplation in a World of Action”
  Assignment: Is identity something people are born with or given, or is it something people create for themselves? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 15
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  We value uniqueness and originality, but it seems that everywhere we turn, we are surrounded by ideas and things that are copies or even copies of copies. Writers, artists, and musicians seek new ideas for paintings, books, songs, and movies, but many sadly realize, “It’s been done.” The same is true for scientists, scholars, and businesspeople. Everyone wants to create something new, but at best we can hope only to repeat or imitate what has already been done.
  Assignment: Can people ever be truly original? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 16
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  All people who have achieved greatness in something knew that they excelled at. These people identified the skills that made them special - good judgment, or courage, or a special artistic or literary talent - and focused on developing these skills. Yet most people achieve superiority in nothing because the fail to identify and develop their greatest attribute.
  Adapted from Baltasar Gracián y Morales, “The Art of Worldly Wisdom”
  Assignment: Do people achieve greatness only by finding out what they are especially good at and developing that attribute above all else? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 17
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Having many admirers is one way to become a celebrity, but it is not the way to become a hero. Heroes are self-made. Yet in our daily lives we see no difference between “celebrities” and “heroes.” For this reason, we deprive ourselves of real role models. We should admire heroes - people who are famous because they are great - but not celebrities - people who simply seem great because they are famous.
  Adapted from Daniel Boorstin, “The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America”
  Assignment: Should we admire heroes but not celebrities? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 18
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  It is better to try to be original than to merely imitate others. People should always try to say, write, think, or create something new. There is little value in merely repeating what has been done before. People who merely copy or use the ideas and inventions of others, no matter how successful they may be, have never achieved anything significant.
  Assignment: Is it always better to be original than to imitate or use the ideas of others? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 19
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Often we see people who persist in trying to achieve a particular goal, even when all the evidence indicates that they will be unlikely to achieve it. When they succeed, we consider them courageous for having overcome impossible obstacles. But when they fail, we think of them as headstrong, foolhardy, and bent on self-destruction. To many people, great effort is only worthwhile when it results in success.
  Adapted from Gilbert Brim, “Ambition”
  Assignment: Is the effort involved in pusuing any goal valuable, even if the goal is not reached? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 20
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Newness has become our obsession. Novelty is more interesting to us than continuing with whatever is “tried and true.” We discard the old so we can acquire the most recent model, the latest version, the newest and most improved formula. Often, we replace what is useful just because it is no longer new. Not only with material goods but also with cultural values, we prefer whatever is the latest trend.
  Assignment: Should people always prefer new things, ideas, or values to those of the past? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 21
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Since we live in a global society, surely we should view ourselves as citizens of the whole world. But instead, people choose to identify and associate with smaller and more familiar groups. People think of themselves as belonging to families, nations, cultures, and generations - or as belonging to smaller groups whose members share ideas, views, or common experiences. All of these kinds of groups may offer people a feeling of security but also prevent them from learning or experiencing anything new.
  Assignment: Is there any value for people to belonging only to a group or groups with which they have something in common? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 22
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Technological advances have freed society from tiresome labor, such as washing clothes by hand, hauling heavy loads, and walking long distances, and have given people increased access to information and entertainment. Yet, when given a choice, many people still resist using modern conveniences. There must be something to be gained from not using technology.
  Assignment: Are there benefits to be gained from avoiding the use of modern technology, even when using it would make life easier? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 23
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  From talent contests to the Olympics to the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, we constantly seek to reward those who are “number one.” This emphasis on recognizing the winner creates the impression that other competitors, despite working hard and well, have lost. In many cases, however, the difference between the winner and thee losers is slight. The wrong person may even be selected as the winner. Awards and prizes merely distract us from valuable qualities possessed by others besides the winners.
  Assignment: Do people place too much emphasis on winning? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 24
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  There are those who believe that everything we do is inspired by the desire for power in its various forms. They maintain that our actions are nothing but expressions of a striving for power. In this view, even when we act kindly toward other people, we are motivated, whether we know it or not, by a desire to have some control over their lives, for our act of kindness puts them partially in our power.
  Adapted from Leszek Kolakowski, “Freedom, Fame, Lying, and Betrayal: Essays on Everyday Life”
  Assignment: Are people’s actions motivated primarily by a desire for power over other? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 25
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Common sense suggests an obvious division between the past and present, between history and current events. In many cases, however, this boundary is not clear-cut because earlier events are not locked away in the past. Events from history remain alive through people’s memories and through books, films, and other media. For both individuals and groups, incidents from the past continue to influence the present - sometimes positively and sometimes negatively.
  Assignment: Do incidents from the past continue to influence the present? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 26
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  We often hear that we can learn much about someone or something just by casual observation. We are not required to look beneath the surface or to question how something seems. In fact, we are urged to trust our impressions, often our first impressions, of how a person or a situation seems to be. Yet appearances can be misleading. What “seems” isn’t always what is.
  Assignment: Is the way something seems to be not always the same as it actually is? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 27
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  For a variety of reasons, people often make choices that have negative results. Later, they regret these choices, finding out too late that bad choices can be costly. On the other hand, decisions that seem completely reasonable when they are made may also be the cause of later disappointment and suffering. What looks like a wonderful idea at one time can later seem like the worst decision that could have been made. Good choices, too, can be costly.
  Assignment: Are bad choices and good choices equally likely to have negative consequences? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 28
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  The people we call heroes do not usually start out as unusual. Often they are ordinary people subject to ordinary human weaknesses - fear, doubt, and self-interest. In fact, they live ordinary lives until they distinguish themselves by having to deal with an injustice or a difficult situation. Only then, when they must respond in thought and in action to an extraordinary challenge, do people begin to know their strengths and weaknesses.
  Assignment: Do people learn who they are only when they are forced into action? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 29
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  People’s lives are the result of the choices they make-or fail to make. The path one takes in life is not arbitrary. Choices and their consequences determine the course of every person’s life. All people whatever their circumstances, make the choices on which their lives depend.
  Assignment: Are people’s lives the result of the choices they make? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 30
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Many people believe that “closed doors make us creative.” These people argue that obstacles and restrictions are necessary, for without them we would never be forced to come up with new solutions. But “closed doors,” either in the form of specific obstacles or a lack of opportunities, often prevent people from reaching their full creative potential.
  Assignment: Do closed doors make us creative? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 31
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  People who like to think of themselves as tough-minded and realistic tend to take it for granted that human nature is “selfish” and that life is a struggle in which only the fittest may survive. According to this view, the basic law by which people must live is the law of the jungle. The “fittest” are those people who can bring to the struggle superior force, superior cunning, and superior ruthlessness.
  Adapted from S. I. Hayakawa, “Language in Thought and Action”
  Assignment: Do people have to be highly competitive in order to succeed? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 32
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Given the importance of human creativity, one would think it should have a high priority among our concerns. But if we look at the reality, we see a different picture. Basic scientific research is minimized in favor of immediate practical applications. The arts are increasingly seen as dispensable luxuries. Yet as competition heats up around the globe, exactly the opposite strategy is needed.
  Adapted from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention”
  Assignment: Is creativity needed more than ever in the world today? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 33
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Some people believe that there is only one foolproof plan, perfect solution, or correct interpretation. But nothing is ever that simple. For better or worse, for every so-called finial answer there is another way of seeing things. There is always a “however.”
  Assignment: Is there always another explanation or another point of view? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No. 34
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  To change is to risk something, making us feel insecure. Not to change is a bigger risk, though we seldom feel that way. There is no choice but to change. People, however, cannot be
  motivated to change from the outside. All of our motivation comes from within.
  Adapted from Ward Sybouts, “Planning in School Administration: A Handbook”
  Assignment: What motivates people to change? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.35
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Technology promises to make our lives easier, freeing up time for leisure pursuits. But the rapid pace of technological innovation and the split second processing capabilities of computers that can work virtually nonstop have made all of us feel rushed. We have adopted the relentless pace of the very machines that were supposed to simplify our lives, with the result that, whether at work or play. People do not feel like their lives have changed for the better.
  Adapted from Karen Finucan. “Life in the Fast Lane”
  Assignment: Do changes that make our lives easier not necessarily make them better? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.36
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  A mistakenly cynical view of human behavior holds that people are primarily driven by selfish motives: the desire for wealth, for power, or for fame. Yet history gives us many examples of individuals who have sacrificed their own welfare for a cause or a principle that they regarded as more important than their own lives, Conscience-that powerful inner voice that tells us what is right and what is wrong--can be a more compelling force than money, power, or fame.
  Assignment: Is conscience a more powerful motivator than money, fame, or power? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.37
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  The old saying, “be careful what you wish for,” may be an appropriate warning. The drive to achieve a particular goal can dangerously narrow one’s perspective and encourage the fantasy that success in one endeavor will solve all of life’s difficulties. In fact, success can sometimes have unexpected consequences. Those who propel themselves toward the achievement of one goal often find that their lives are worse once “success” is achieved than they were before.
  Assignment: Can success be disastrous? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.38
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  A better understanding of other people contributes to the development of moral virtues. We shall be both kinder and fairer in our treatment of others if we understand them better. Understanding ourselves and understanding others are connected, since as human beings we all have things in common.
  Adapted from Anne Sheppard, “Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art”
  Assignment: Do we need other People in order to understand ourselves? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.39
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  There is, of course, no legitimate branch of science that enables us to predict the future accurately. Yet the degree of change in the world is so overwhelming and so promising that the future. I believe, is brighter than anyone has contemplated since the end of the Second World War.
  Adapted from Allan E Goodman, “A Brief History of the Future: The United States in a
  Changing World Order”
  Assignment: Is the world changing for the better? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.40
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  “Tough challenges reveal our strengths and weaknesses.” This statement is certainly true; adversity helps us discover who we are. Hardships can often lead us to examine who we are and to question what is important in life, In fact, people who have experienced seriously adverse events frequently report that they were positively changed by their negative experiences.
  Assignment: Do you think that ease does not challenge us and that we need adversity to help us discover who we are? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.41
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Traditionally the term “heroism” has been applied to those who have braved physical danger to defend a cause or to protect others. But one of the most feared dangers people face is that of disapproval by their family, peers, or community. Sometimes acting courageously requires someone to speak out at the risk of such rejection. We should consider those who do so true heroes.
  Assignment: Should heroes be defined as people who say what they think when we ourselves lack the courage to say it? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  NO.42
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  We often hear that we can learn much about someone or something just by casual observation. We are not required to look beneath the surface or to question how something seems. In fact, we are urged to trust our impressions, often our first impressions, of how a person or a situation seems to be. Yet appearances can be misleading. What “seems” isn’t always what is.
  Assignment: Is the way something seems to be not always the same as it actually is? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.43
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  For a variety of reasons, people often make choices that have negative results. Later, they regret these choices, finding out too late that bad choices can be costly. On the other hand, decisions that seem completely reasonable when they are made may also be the cause of later disappointment and suffering. What looks like a wonderful idea at one time can later seem like the worst decision that could have been made. Good choices, too, can be costly.
  Assignment: Are bad choices and good choices equally likely to have negative consequences? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.44
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  The people we call heroes do not usually start out as unusual. Often they are ordinary people subject to ordinary human weaknesses - fear, doubt, and self-interest. In fact, they live ordinary lives until they distinguish themselves by having to deal with an injustice or a difficult situation. Only then, when they must respond in thought and in action to an extraordinary challenge, do people begin to know their strengths and weaknesses.
  Assignment: Do people learn who they are only when they are forced into action? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.45
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Many persons believe that to move up the ladder of success and achievement, they must forget the past, repress it, and relinquish it. But others have just the opposite view. They see old memories as a chance to reckon with the past and integrate past and present.
  Adapted from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, I’ve Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation
  Assignment: Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.46
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Many people believe that being honest and honorable limits their options, their opportunities, their very ability to succeed. Unfortunately, in today’s me-first culture, ethics may be the only thing people choose to live without! They believe they have only two choices: (1) to win by doing whatever it takes, even if it is wrong, or (2) to be ethical and therefore lose. Few people set out to be dishonest, but nobody wants to lose.
  Adapted from John C. Maxwell, There’s No Such Thing as “Business” Ethics
  Assignment: Does being ethical make it hard to be successful? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.47
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  Whatever happened to good manners? Many books and articles have been written about the lack of common courtesy and old-fashioned politeness in today’s society. From spoiled children acting out in restaurants to so-called experts yelling at each other on cable news shows, people seem less concerned with good manners and civilized behavior than ever before. On the other hand, if people really want to change the world for the better, they have to risk being seen as impolite or uncivil.
  Assignment: Is it sometimes necessary to be impolite? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  No.48
  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  We define “courage” too loosely. Real courage is conscious self-sacrifice, either for the sake of others or to uphold a value. But we typically identify a single aspect of courage-daring or honesty, for example-as the entire virtue. We even say it takes courage to differ from the mainstream in one’s preferences in fashion or music or to speak out about certain wrongs. Such acts, though admirable, are not necessarily courageous.
  Adapted from John McCain with Mark Salter, Why Courage Matters
  Assignment: Should we limit our use of the term “courage” to acts in which people risk their own well-being for the sake of others or to uphold a value? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  在下手写作文前,对于题目一定要给予充足的思考时间,正确理解题目的意思,在脑海里形成整体的结构,然后运用平时所积累的SAT作文素材,相信你肯定能完成一篇优秀的SAT作文。