Essay Prompts Practice Exercises 2
Essay Prompts Practice Exercises
Make sure that your essays are well organized and that you support each central argument with concrete examples. Allow about 30 minutes for each essay.
- Speed limits are part of our everyday lives. Whenever you ride in a car, whether as a driver or passenger, your life is affected by speed limits. Proponents of rigid speed limits claim that lower speed limits save lives, while opponents point out that speed limit laws are unnecessary—and even dangerous.
- Bob Maynard has said that "Problems are opportunities in disguise."
Write an essay in which you express your opinion about speed limits. Include specific details from your own experiences or observations to support your opinion.
Write an essay describing a time in your life when a problem became an opportunity. How did you transform the situation? Explain what you did to turn the problem into an opportunity, and explain how others can benefit from your experience.
The essay questions are scored on a 6-point scale, with 6 being an excellent essay and 1 being a poor essay. Guides like these are often used by teachers and evaluators of standardized writing tests to score essays.
Sample "6" Essay
I believe that speed limits are both unnecessary and burdensome, and in some cases they can be positively dangerous. Unnecessary laws should be removed from a community's legal statutes, because they add to a police department's burden of work by calling on the officers to enforce a law that accomplishes nothing.
Furthermore, speed limit laws are burdensome to the general public because they demand that law-abiding citizens pay careful attention to something that simply doesn't matter. After all, it is not a moral issue how fast one moves in a car; a person is not determined to be "good" or "bad" based upon how fast he drives.
Yet speed limit laws actually have that very effect upon society: a person actually is deemed to be "law-abiding" or a "law-breaker" based on whether or not he obeys speed limits! The very law itself artificially creates a new category of criminals, criminals whose only crime has been that they drove their car faster than some traffic committee thought safe.
But the most important reason for abolishing speed limits is that they can be very dangerous. How often have you suddenly found yourself slamming on the brakes because you discovered a hidden speed trap? Every year, thousands of motor vehicle accidents are caused by such speed traps, as motorists panic or slow down to rubber neck as they drive past. Even the simple act of taking one's eyes off the road to check the speedometer leads to countless life-threatening situations.
Unnecessary laws are bad laws; laws that endanger those who obey them are very bad laws. There is no question about it: speed limit laws should be repealed.
Sample "4" Essay
Speed limit laws are sort of neutral, it seems to me. They are not really either right or wrong in themselves, what makes them right or wrong is how people use them. A person can be a good driver even if he or she goes fast, and someone else might drive slow and still be a bad driver.
Speed limits don't actually make someone a better driver. For example my grandmother drives pretty slow but she can't see very well. One day, a dog ran in front of the car and she didn't see it until it was too late. Driving slow didn't make it so that my grandmother saw the dog any better, but it did keep the dog alive. So in that sense, the law proved neutral—she didn't drive any better, but the dog wasn't killed.
Laws can't make someone better or worse. Laws only control what people do, not how well they do it. Speed limits control how fast a person drives, but they don't make a person a more skillful driver. There are definitely situations where a driver needs to be warned that the road is dangerous and he needs to drive slower. Driving slower will prevent the car from skidding off the road, and that's the role of speed limits.
On the other hand, there are probably lots of places where speed limits don't accomplish much. Near schools, for example, the speed limit is usually much lower, but slowing down near a school doesn't accomplish anything. When speed limits are helpful, they should be kept, and where they're not helpful they should be removed.
Sample "3" Essay
I'm really glad there's speed limits. Especially since my life got saved once. They're very important for society.
When I was 6 I ran into the rode after my ball in front of a car. She skidded and almost hit me but I jumped back to the sidewalk. Now, if she'd been going fast I would of been killed! But fortunately for me, the speed limit there was 25 and she could stop her car and I had time to jump.
Imagine if their were no speed limits at all! People would be zooming all over the place like crazy, and cars would be skidding. Out of control! The roads and highways today are dangerous enough without turning everyone loose to drive like they were on the way to a fire.
No, the speed limits are too important to get rid of them. Like I said, I'm alive because of them!
Sample "1" Essay
If your not careful speeding will kill you I know what I'm talking about because I've seen it happen. Just last week a guy hit the gard rale because he wasn't paying attention. In front of my house.
Laws are good. We need more in fact. If anything I think cops should have better rights to arrest people who won't do the law. Including driving there cars.
But 65 is to slow I think on the highway. Whats the sense of going slow when everyones going the same way. But on backroads there good.
Sample "6" Essay
Life is full of problems, but the method we use to approach those problems often determines whether we're happy or miserable. Bob Maynard says, "Problems are opportunities in disguise." If we approach problems with Maynard's attitude, we can see that problems are really opportunities to learn about others and ourselves. They enable us to live happier and more fulfilling lives.
Maynard's quotation applies to all kinds of problems. To share a personal story, I faced a problem just last week when our family's kitchen sink developed a serious leak. Water puddled all over our new kitchen floor, and to make matters worse, our landlord was out of town for the week. Since my family is large, we Couldn't afford to wait for the landlord's return nor could we afford an expensive plumbing bill. Taking charge, I decided to learn how to fix it myself. The best place to start was at my local library. There, I found a great fix-it-yourself book, and in just a few hours, I had figured out the cause of the leak. Not only did I repair the leak, but I know now that I can rely on my own abilities to solve other everyday problems.
I think it's important to remember that no matter how big a problem is; it's still an opportunity. Whatever kind of situation we face, problems give us the chance to learn and grow, both physically and mentally. Problems challenge us and give us the chance to do things we've never done before, to learn things we never knew before. They teach us what we're capable of doing, and often they give us the chance to surprise ourselves.
Sample "4" Essay
Just the word "problem" can send some of us into a panic. But problems can be good things, too. Problems are situations that make us think and force us to be creative and resourceful. They can also teach us things we didn't know before.
For example, I had a problem in school a few years ago when I couldn't understand my math class. I started failing my quizzes and homework assignments. I wasn't sure what to do, so finally I went to the teacher and asked for help. She said she would arrange for me to be tutored by another student who was her best student. In return, though, I'd have to help that student around school. I wasn't sure what she meant by that until I met my tutor. She was handicapped.
My job was to help her carry her books from class to class. I'd never even spoken to someone in a wheelchair before and I was a little scared. But she turned out to be the nicest person I've ever spent time with. She helped me understand everything I need to know for math class and she taught me a lot about what it's like to be handicapped. I learned to appreciate everything that I have, and I also know that people with disabilities are special not because of what they can't do, but because of who they are.
So you see that wonderful things can come out of problems. You just have to remember to look for the positive things and not focus on the negative.
Sample "3" Essay
The word "problem" is a negative word but its just an opportunity as Mr. Bob Maynard has said. It can be teaching tool besides.
For example, I had a problem with my son last year when he wanted a bigger allowance. I said no and he had to earn it. He mowed the lawn and in the fall he raked leaves. In the winter he shovelled the walk. After that he apreciated it more.
Its not the problem but the sollution that matters. My son learning the value of work and earning money. (It taught me the value of money to when I had to give him a bigger allowance!) After that he could get what he wanted at Toys Are Us and not have to beg. Which was better for me too. Sometimes we forget that both children and there parents can learn a lot from problems and we can teach our children the value of over-coming trouble. Which is as important as keeping them out of trouble. As well we can teach them the value of money. That is one aspect of a problem that we many times forget.
So problems are a good teaching tool as well as a good way to let you're children learn, to look at the silver lining behind every cloud.
Sample "1" Essay
I agree with the quote that problems are opportunities in disguise. Sometimes problems are opportunities, too.
I have a lot of problems like anyone else does. Sometimes there very difficult and I don't no how to handle them. When I have a really big problem, I sometimes ask my parents or freinds for advise. Sometimes they help, sometimes they don't, then I have to figure out how to handle it myself.
One time I had a big problem. Where someone stole my wallet and I had to get to a job interview. But I had no money and no ID. This happen in school. So I went to the principles office and reported it. He called the man I was supposed to interview with. Who rescheduled the intervew for me. So I still had the opportunity to interview and I'm proud to say I got the job. In fact I'm still working there!
Problems can be opportunities if you just look at them that way. Instead of the other way around.
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