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2012年上半年SAT作文题目大集合

2013-08-09 14:47| 来源:环球SAT

摘要: 环球教育老师为考生搜集了2012年上半年SAT的作文题目,以供参考。
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虽然SAT写作考试试题目不像雅思考题可能会重复,但是环球教育老师发现,部分题可以帮助考生更好地理解SAT写作的一个思路,起到练习的作用,所以为考生们搜罗了2012年上半年的SAT作文题目,供参考学习。
2012.1
1. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
Most people tend to trust others too readily. To avoid being taken advantage of, however, it is generally wise to be doubtful and suspicious of others' motives or honesty. Many people would agree that if you find yourself doubting other people's sincerity or questioning their intentions, your instincts are probably correct. You are less likely to regret being cautious than being too trusting.
Assignment: Is it wise to be suspicious of the motives or honesty of other people, even those who appear to be trustworthy?
 
2. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
People who complain about progress and change expose themselves to criticism. Yet there is always a subtle danger in life's improvements and refinements, a drawback or disadvantage that occurs along with the benefits of progress. It sometimes seems that we devote half of our time to making what we call "improvements"—in our lives, our work, our relationships—but so often the original conditions had some quality that is lost in the process of change.
Adapted from E.B. White, "Progress and Change"
Assignment: Does improvement or progress usually involve a significant drawback or problem of some kind?
 
3. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
Learning and doing are their own rewards. No external rewards are required. Yet when external rewards are introduced—whether attention and praise from parents or prizes from teachers—these rewards exert a substantial influence. Instead of reading books to find out about the world, kids will read to win prizes. Kids will produce for rewards, but the quality of their activity and their interest in it will be dramatically altered.
Adapted from Barry Schwartz, The Costs of Living
Assignment: Is it wrong or harmful to motivate people to learn or achieve something by offering them rewards?
 
4. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
We almost always tend to treat people on the basis of what they have done: the star athlete is recognized and rewarded with a college scholarship, while the lawbreaker is prosecuted and punished. But our past deeds provide only a partial measure of our real worth as human beings.
We should be treated according to what we are capable of accomplishing, regardless of what we may or may not have actually done.
Assignment: should people be treated according to what they are capable of achieving instead of what they have actually done?
 
2012.3
5. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
Mistakes we have made in the past are supposed to make us wiser, stronger, and better able to deal with the future. This approach suggests that we should continue to focus on our mistakes, that we should remember them, no matter how painful or embarrassing to us they may be. But nothing is to be gained by concerning ourselves with old mistakes. We should forget them as soon as possible.
Assignment: Is it best to forget about past mistakes as soon as possible?
 
6. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
We all have "authorities"—experts and specialists, from authors to doctors to politicians—who seem to dictate our lives and determine our futures. In the best of circumstances, these authorities can make us feel safe. They make our decisions for us. They look out for our interests. Or so we hope. But not everyone we consider an authority is deserving of our trust.
Adapted from Douglas Rushkoff, Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say
Assignment: Do people put too much trust in the guidance of experts and authorities?
 
7. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
The word "tradition" seems innocent enough; we associate it with holiday observations and customs practiced by our ancestors. But tradition, or at least the belief in it, is a trap. At every level, from the individual to the national, tradition is simply an excuse for doing things the way they have always been done, even if that way makes no sense or causes harm to others.
Assignment: Does tradition prevent people from doing things in new or more sensible ways?
 
2012.5
8. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
People talk too much about their feelings. They share their deepest secrets and innermost thoughts on television talk shows. They write revealing autobiographies. They buy books that advise them to tell others about their feelings. We would be far better off if we followed the advice of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer in the field of nursing, who thought that people too often waste their feelings by talking about them and should instead turn their feelings into actions that bring results.
Assignment: Is it better for people to act on their feelings than to talk about them?
 
9. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
As people become more knowledgeable and experienced, they eventually realize that complete equity and justice—whether in politics, in education, or in day-to-day events—will never really be achieved. Even so, they are encouraged to continue to hope for and fight for fairness. But shouldn't people put their energies to better use? There will always be unfairness in life, and becoming an adult means finding ways to make the best of this fact.
Assignment: Should people accept unfairness and find ways to make the best of it?
 
10. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
No amount of wealth can help humanity move forward and make progress, even under the management of the most dedicated and socially conscious workers. Money leads only to selfishness and becomes an irresistible temptation to its owners to abuse it. The only thing that can lead people to praiseworthy ideas and noble deeds is to follow the example of those great individuals who put other factors before money.
Adapted from Albert Einstein in Alice Calaprice, The New Quotable Einstein
Assignment: Does money lead to selfishness?
 
11. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below
Advertisements provide information about available products and services. Many people argue, however, that something else is going on: advertisements try to convince people that when they buy things, they are also buying satisfaction and happiness. Advertisements merely fool people into believing that the next "new and improved" product will make their lives better, and the result is that people are even more unhappy and dissatisfied than they would have been without the advertisements.
Assignment: Do advertisements contribute to unhappiness and dissatisfaction?
 
2012.6
12. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
We would like to think that progress causes problems to be solved completely, and sometimes that happens. For example, some diseases that once posed a serious threat are no longer a problem, thanks to modern medicine. Some problems can be solved, and they go away. But as often as not, problems exist in a chain of cause and effect: for each problem solved, a new one
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Adapted from Gregg Easterbrook, The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel
Worse
Assignment: Does progress reduce the number of problems in the world, or does solving old problems just lead to new ones?
 
13. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
Too often, people fail to solve problems because they focus only on the problems, thinking that if they study a problem, it will eventually suggest its own solution. Instead, they should remember their past successes and retrace their steps by analyzing what they did or did not do in similar situations in the past. It is often said that there is no formula for success, but if people would only focus on repeating the specific actions that worked for them before, they would surely succeed again.
Assignment: Are people likely to succeed by repeating actions that worked for them in the past?
 
14. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
The word "uncompromising" is often used as a compliment, especially when it describes someone who is completely dedicated to certain principles and values. Uncompromising people have indeed recorded great achievements. But being uncompromising is not always a virtue. People who are uncompromising tend not to consider other people's views, seeing themselves as right and everyone else as wrong. All in all, it is better to be flexible and make compromises.
Assignment: Are people more likely to achieve their goals by being flexible or by refusing to compromise?
 
15. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
 
Most people try to be fair to others and respect their opinions. It is sometimes difficult, however, to be open to and accepting of all opinions, especially when the people expressing them are obviously uninformed or mean-spirited. It is more important to point out to others what they are doing and saying wrong than to try to tolerate every opinion.SAT写作
Assignment: Should people respect and tolerate everyone's opinions, or should people take a stand against opinions they consider to be wrong?