May 2006 - SAT Essay Prompts

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Essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration

Below are essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in May 2006.

Prompt 1

some people claim that each individual is solely responsible for what happen to him or her.But the claim that we ought to take absolute responsibility for the kinds of people we are and the kids of lives we lead suggests that we have complete control over our lives.We do not.The circumstances of our lives can make it more or less imposssible to make certain kinds of choices.

Assignment

Are we free to make our own decisions or are we limited in the choices we can make?Plan an 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.

Prompt 2

Certainly anyone who insists on,condemning all lies should think about what would happen if we could reliably tell when our family,friends,colleagues,and government leaders were deceiving us.It is tempting to think that the world would become a better place without the deceptions that seem to interfere with our attempts at genuine communication.On the other hand,perhaps there is such a thing as too much honesty.sat

Adapted from Allison Kornet,"The Truth About Lying"

Assignment

Would the world be a better place if everyone always told the complete 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.

Prompt 3

It is not that people dislike being part of a community;it is just that they care about their individual freedoms more.People value neighborliness and social interaction-until being part of a group requires them to limit their freedom for the larger good of the group.But a community or group cannot function effectively unless people are willing to set aside their personal interests.

Adapted from Warren Johnson,The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

Assignment

Does the success of a community-whether it is a class,a team,a family,a nation,or any other group-depend upon people's willingness to limit their personal interests?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.

Prompt 4

There is an old saying:"A person with one watch knows what time it is;a person with two watches is'nt so sure."In other words,a person who looks at an object or event from two different angles sees something different from each position.Moreover,two or more people looking at the same thing may each perceive something different.In other words,truth,like beauty,may lie in the eye of the beholder.

Adapted from Gregory D.Foster,"Ethics:Time to Revisit the Basics"

Assignment

Does the truth change depending on how people look at things?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.

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