SAT Essay: Writing Prompts
Below are examples of SAT essay writing prompts. After you write your essay, evaluate it using the guidelines below.
The youth of today is not the youth of twenty years ago. This much any elderly person would say, at any point in history, and think it was both new and true. Youth seem to want to be that which society tells them not to be: in this they conform.
—Adapted from Identity:
Youth and Crisis, by ERIK ERIKSON
(W.W. Norton & Company, 1968)
Are youth today less conformist than they once were? Organize and compose an essay that establishes your viewpoint on this issue. Substantiate it with examples and evidence derived from what you have read, studied, experienced, or observed.
The worship of artists as heroes is both commonplace and misguided. Why does the creation of a work of art impose on the artist the obligation to lead an exemplary life? The artists have fulfilled their contracts with us by producing work that gives us pleasure or insight or both. Why hold them to an unwritten morals clause?
—Adapted from "Loves of a Poet,"
by RHONDA KOENIG
Is it valuable to view artists and other public figures as heroes? Organize and compose an essay that establishes your viewpoint on this issue. Substantiate it with examples and evidence derived from what you have read, studied, experienced, or observed.
Scholars and researchers have tried to measure the links between intelligence and genius. But intelligence is not enough. Run of the mill physicists have much higher IQs than Nobel Prize–winner Richard Feynman, whom many acknowledge to be the last great American genius. Genius is not about scoring a 2400 on the SATs, mastering ten languages at the age of seven, having an extraordinarily high IQ, or even about being smart. After considerable debate, psychologists reached the conclusion that creativity is not the same as intelligence. An individual can be far more creative than he or she is intelligent, or far more intelligent than creative.
—Adapted from Cracking Creativity,
by MICHAEL MICHALKO (Ten Speed Press, 2001)
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