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Writing Task Two-Classified Topics

Technology

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Telephone has greater influence on people’s lives than television has.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Although science and technology will continue to improve, the most significant improvement for the quality of people’s lives have already taken place.

 

Some people like to buy a piece of technological device as soon as it is available in the market. Other people prefer to buy it after it has been adopted by many people. Which do you prefer?

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Technology has made children less creative than they were in the past. 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Playing computer games is a waste of time. Children should not be allowed to play them. 

 

Some people say that the Internet provides people with a lot of valuable information. Others think access to much information creates problems. Which view do you agree with?  

 

Government Policies

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The government should spend more money on improving access to the Internet than on public transportation.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Improving schools is the most important factor in the successful development of a

country.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The best way to improve the quality of education in a country is to increase teachers’ salaries.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for the government to spend money on art museums and concert halls than on recreational facilities such as swimming pools and playgrounds.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? To achieve successful development of a country, a government should

spend more money on young children’s education rather than on universities.

 

Do you agree with the following statement? The government should support scientific research even if there’s no practical use.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Improving schools is the most important factor in the successful development of a country?

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for governments to spend money to improve Internet access than public transportation.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better for government to spend money on building modern housing than on preserving historic or traditional buildings and homes.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Governments and private companies should share their scientific discoveries with the rest of the world.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Governments should focus their budgets more on environmental protection than on economic development.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is important for governments to protect wild animals and wilderness areas for the future generations.

 

Education and Student life

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students who keep their rooms neat and organized will be more likely to succeed

than students who do not.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students to understand ideas and concepts than it is for them to learn facts.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better to have broad knowledge of many academic subjects than to specialize in one specific subject. 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students are more influenced by their teachers than by their friends. 

 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? At universities and colleges, sports and social activities are just as important as classes and libraries and should receive equal financial support.

 

Some people think university professors should spend more time doing research while others think they should spend more time educating students. What is your view?

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students are more interested in politics now than they were in the past.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students can get as many benefits from organization or club activities as they can get from their academic studies.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students should not take part-time jobs while they are studying in universities.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It’s better to have rules about the type of clothing that people wear at schools or in their workplace.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All school teachers should be required to take courses every five years to update their knowledge.

 

When you are assigned an important presentation for work or school, do you prefer to work on it right away so that you can work on it a little bit every day, or wait until you have a good idea about the presentation?

Do you agree with the following statement? All high school students should take a course in basic economics.

 

Do you agree with the following statement? All high school students should take a course in basic economics.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Teachers should not make their social or political views known to students in the classroom.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people nowadays do not respect their teachers as much as they did in the past.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Younger school children (ages five to ten) should be required to study art and music in addition to math, science, history and language.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Colleges or Universities should offer more courses to prepare students for the future before they start working.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following

statement? It is easier for people to become well-educated now than in the past.

 

Which kind of universities do you prefer, universities whose graduates can find good jobs or universities where there are famous professors?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Universities should spend more money on improving

facilities (eg. labs and general equipment) than on hiring famous professors.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

If a student is having difficulty studying a course, it is better for the student to turn to a friend who is good at this course than to turn to his/her teacher for help.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is not necessary for university students to attend classes as long as they can pass their examinations.

Social Life; Friends, Social Events and Behavior

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In the busy and crowded world today, we should not expect people to be polite to each other.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people now are more likely to help others than young people were in the past.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The extended family (grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles) is less important now than it was in the past. 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The best way to travel is in a group led by a tour guide. 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is often not a good idea to move to a new city or a new country because you will lose old friends.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better to hold a big party and invite many people to come than a small party where only a few close friends and family members are invited.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? If we can’t say anything nice about someone, then we should not say anything about this person.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? If you need to discuss upsetting or controversial problems with others, using email/text messaging is better than using telephone/voice-messaging.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Two people can still become good friends if one of them

has more money than the other one does.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In the modern world, we should never be impolite to another person.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:

The competition between friends always has negative effect.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: it is impossible to be completely honest with your friend.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important to choose friends that can have fun with you than to choose friends that will help you when you need them.

 

Which of the following do you think contribute most to an enjoyable vacation: 1.good food 2. good location 3. good friends to travel with. Select one and give your reasons.

 

Which way do you think is the best for a student to make new friends? 1. joining a sports team 2. participate in community activities 3. Traveling

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Always telling the truth is the most important consideration in any relationship between people.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important to keep your old friends than it is to make new friends

 

Movies, Books, Entertainment/Hobbies

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Movies and televisions should always show audience that good people are rewarded and bad people are punished.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television advertising directed towards young children (aged two to five) should not be allowed. 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Newspapers and magazines are the best ways to learn

about a foreign country.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In order to be well-informed, a person must get information from many different news resources.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It’s better to relax by watching a movie or reading a book than doing physical exercises.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People benefit more from traveling in their own country than from traveling to foreign countries. 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Movies and television have more negative effects than positive effects on the way young people behave.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Movies and TV programs made in one’s own country are more interesting than those made in other countries.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Printed books have had greater effects on society than televisions.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The best way to learn about a foreign country is to read newspaper and magazines from that country.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Only movies that can teach us something about real life is worth watching.

 

Job, Success and Teamwork

Do you agree with the following statement? In order to succeed, you should be more like others than be different from everyone else?

Do you agree or disagree with the following

statement? Young people should try several different jobs before they take a long term career.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more enjoyable to have a job where you work only 3 days a week for long hours than to have a job where you work 5 days a week for shorter hours. 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Most businesspeople are motivated only by the desire for more money.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? If people have the opportunity to get a secure job they should take it right away rather than wait for a job that would be more satisfying.

In a team, those who do not accept others’ criticism cannot succeed.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People holding different views cannot achieve success as a team.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Among all the characters that a successful person has, communication skill is the most important.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should have hobbies and do physical activities that are very different from their own work.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Working at home using computers or telephones is better than working in the office.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People who have learned many different skills are more likely to succeed than those who focus on learning only one skill.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The personal and work-related challenges that young people face today are not any different from the challenges their parents and grandparents faced when they were young.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people should choose a job that is similar to what their parents did.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In order to succeed in doing a new job, the ability to adapt oneself to the new environment is more important than the excellent knowledge of this job

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following

statement: It is much easier for people to achieve success without their family members’ help now than in the past.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Your job has more effect on your happiness than your social life does.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? the most important investment for a company is to spend money to improve the work skills of its employees.

 

Some people like to work at home, while others prefer to work in the office. Which do you prefer and why?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A job with more vacation time but a low salary is better than a job with a high salary but less vacation time.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? If you do not make sure other people (especially influential people or your employers) know about your strengths and accomplishments, you will never get successful in life.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better to take a secure job with a low pay than to take a job with a high pay but is easy to lose.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It was easier to achieve success in the past than it is today.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People who move out of their native villages or towns are more successful and happier than people who stay in their native villages or towns.

 

Some people have ambitious dreams and keep following them, but other people always focus on realistic goals and try to achieve them. Which do you think is better?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Successful people try new things and take risks rather than only doing what they know how to do well. 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? For success in a future job, the ability to relate well to people is more important than studying hard in school.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In today s world, it is more important to work quickly and risk making mistakes than to work slowly and make sure that everything is correct. 

 

 

Family: Children and Parents

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should only play sports for fun, not in competitions or contests.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? One of the best ways that parents can help their teenage children prepare for adult life is to encourage them to take a part-time job.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents do not understand their children so well as parents did 50 years ago.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In order to become financially responsible adults, children should learn to manage their own money at young age. 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents today are more involved in their children's education than were parents in the past.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: People can solve important problems by themselves or with the help from their family members so there’s no need for the government to help them.

 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents should allow children to make their own choices rather than determine their children’s future for them.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should only study or play and don’t have to do household chores.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Compared with people who live in urban areas, the people who live in rural areas can take better care of their families.

 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? If parents want their children to do well at school, they should limit the time their children spend on watching TV.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people today are less dependent on their parents than in the past.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

The advice from the grandparents is of no use to their grandchildren because the world has changed a lot over the past 50 years.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents should encourage their children to do their homework independently rather than help them to do it.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents should allow children to make mistakes and let them learn from their own mistakes.

 

 

Trends, Environment and Social Issues, Problems  and Norms

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement. Nowadays more and more people spend too much money on their pets(dogs, cats and others), although there are better uses for this money.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The environmental issue is too complex to be handled by the individual.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Life today is easier and more comfortable than it was when your grandparents were children.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Scientists should be responsible for the negative impacts of their discoveries.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? To solve present and future problems, it is necessary to understand the past.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People care more about public recognition than about money. Even if no more money is given, public recognition can still make people work harder.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

The most important problems in today’s world will be solved in our lifetime.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Successful leaders should make others part of the decision-making process.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? One of the characteristics of successful leaders is the

sense of responsibility for accepting their mistakes.

 

Do you agree of disagree with the following statement? It is important to know what is happening around the world, even if it does not affect your personal lives.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People would be happier with fewer possessions.

 

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Patience is usually not a good strategy. We should take action now rather than later.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Leadership comes naturally. One cannot learn how to develop it.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Nowadays it is easier to maintain good health than in the past.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? To remain happy and optimistic when you fail is more important than achieving success.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the statement?

People will spend less time cooking and preparing food in twenty years.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Being creative, rather than planning carefully, helps people come up with the best solution to a problem.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should buy things that are made in their own country, even if the price of these products is higher than that of the products made in other countries.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In twenty years there will be fewer cars in use than there are today.  

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People today spend too much time on personal enjoyment-doing things they like to do-rather than doing things they should do.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Most advertisements make products seem much better than they really are. 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people nowadays do not give enough time to helping their communication.

 

Sports and Health

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Advertising is the most important cause of unhealthy eating habits.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Sports teach people lessons about life.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Professional athletes, such as football and basketball players, do not deserve the high salaries that they are paid.

 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The food we ate in the past was healthier than the food we eat today.

Which one of the following would you change to improve your health: 1. The kind of food you eat 2. The amount of exercise 3. The amount of stress