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Narrative Essay, sample:

Many think that it's important to experience failure in order to learn from it. To what
extent do you think this is true? Describe an incident when you failed and what, if
anything, you may have learned from the experience.
Life is full of challenges. These challenges give rise to our strong desire to achieve goals
which, sometimes, are unlikely to happen. Most people get to experience such
moments of disappointment during their lives, and I am no exception. Of the number
of times I had to accept that things would eventually not work out, the one during which
I faced the most severe disappointment was when I struggled to convince my parents
to purchase a bike for me.
Over the years, the number of things I would like to have owned was limited, though
at that time a bike seemed like a dream which just had to come true. Being too young
to be trusted with an independent vehicle, I had to cope with denial and long frustrating
discussions over the danger bike ownership involved, even if such arguments were
sensible enough. Notwithstanding the fact that neither my father nor my mother would
agree to expose their young child to the danger of transportation via such a form, I
remember spending most of my time doing research on bikes of high quality,
comparing prices, and befriending people who owned one. Eventually, there came a
point when I wished to hear no more of their objections and merely went out bought
the bike.
Although I never succeeded in persuading them to actually buy me one, the experience
was far more valuable than I expected. During the bleak, hopeless hours that I spent
while doing my best to get what I truly wanted and despite the fact that it turned out
to be a “waste” of time, it really was not. To elaborate, while I tend to laugh whenever
such memories are evoked, I strongly believe this incident was one of the most precious
lessons I have ever come to acquire, simply for the reason that it made me realise that
how hard you try to achieve a goal only makes you stronger with more will-power.
To recapitulate, lessons can be learnt from the hardest of times. Maybe that is what
makes us go on in the end; the never-ending hope for something better.
Problem Solving Essay, sample:
The internet has transformed the way information is shared and consumed, but it has
also created problems that did not exist before.What are the most serious problems
associated with the internet and what solutions can you suggest?

The enormous growth in the use of the internet over the last decade has led to
radical changes to the way that people consume and share information. Although
serious problems have arisen as a result of this, there are solutions.

One of the first problems of the internet is the ease with which children can access
potentially dangerous sites. For example, pornography sites are easily accessible to
them because they can register with a site and claim to be an adult. There is no doubt
that this affects their thoughts and development, which is a negative impact for the
children and for society. Another major problem is the growth of online fraud and
hacking. These days, there are constant news stories about government and company
websites that have been hacked, resulting in sensitive information falling into the
hands of criminals.

It is important that action is taken to combat these problems. Governments

should ensure that adequate legislation and controls are in place that will prevent
young people from accessing dangerous sites, such as requiring more than simply
confirming that you are an adult to view a site. Parents also have a part to play. They
need to closely monitor the activities of their children and restrict their access to
certain sites, which can now be done through various computer programs. Companies
must also improve their onsite IT security systems to make fraud and hacking much
more difficult by undertaking thorough reviews of their current systems for

To conclude, the internet is an amazing technological innovation that has

transformed people’s lives, but not without negative impacts. However, with the right
action by individuals, governments and businesses, it can be made a safe place for
For & Against Essay, sample:

Some people feel admission should be free to national museums, galleries, and major
historical sites, while others disagree, arguing that admission fees are necessary.
Discuss the arguments for and against establishing free admission to national treasures.
Which do you feel is a better policy? Support your ideas with reasons and examples.

Everyone agrees that museums and other cultural institutions help to preserve
culture and educate people.The question is: Should admission to such institutions be
free, or should a fee be charged to help fund them?The issue is far from black and
white, so it’s worth looking at both sides.

On the one hand are those who feel that cultural institutions should be free of
charge. Their main argument is that these institutions belong to the people. As such,
they should be funded by tax dollars and exist for the betterment of everyone in
society. Free access means that everyone can visit these treasures as often as they like.
In other words, no one is deprived by their inability to pay. It also means that families
and educational institutions can encourage children to take full advantage of the
enriched educational experience that museums offer.

On the other hand are those who argue against free admission. This group maintains
that while free admission sounds attractive, it is far from practical. They point out that
with government funding alone, it is difficult for museums to make ends meet —
particularly during economic downturns, when funding might be reduced. A museum
needs to cover operating expenses, make new acquisitions, and mount new
exhibitions, and fees can go a long way towards reducing the strain on tight budgets.
They also argue that fees do not necessarily mean that less fortunate people would be
deprived. With careful planning, for example, deeply discounted fees could be set for
students, and inexpensive membership plans established for families and frequent

On balance, I feel that although both sides have merit, charging admission fees is the
better option. Without them, we may lose much of the culture that we are trying to
protect. With them, museums will be able to offer even better programs for school
children and others who would most benefit.
Opinion Essay, sample:

Topic: It has often been suggested that the re-introduction of capital punishment
would deter the ever increasing rate of serious crime. What is your view? Do you think
that capital punishment should be reinstated?
It’s an indisputable fact that the crime rate has increased dramatically. Not many
people can stand this situation, so they suggest that capital punishment should be re-
introduced. However, others have the opposite opinion. From my perspective, people
should not be punished by being killed.
There are several reasons as to why the death penalty should not be legalised. The
most significant one is that killing criminals makes things worse due to the fact that
neither their crimes can be corrected, nor can they offer things to humanity in order
to compensate for what they have done. To exemplify, a person that has been
arrested and convicted for murder cannot make the dead person live again by being
killed, so execution helps nobody apart from the relatives who might what the guilty
person to die out of a sense of revenge. Another important reason is that sometimes
people who feel guilty and depressed are willing to die so, in this case, the criminal
seems to be alleviated by this action. To elaborate, capital punishment does not seem
harmful for them, so far from being a punishment it is a source of relief.
Not withstanding these facts, there are those who support that by killing criminals,
danger to society as a whole is being reduced. This idea is flawed, however, because
of the fact that they fail to realise that criminals that have committed serious crimes
inevitably get life-sentences and are never released back into society, thus ensuring
the general public’s safety.
To recapitulate, it seems that there are strong arguments to support the re-
introduction of the death penalty, despite the concerns of some. I certainly think that
capital punishment is both inhumane and unnecessary and therefore should not be
considered as a viable solution to increasing criminality.