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GRE Essay Topic 986 - "The safety of consumer goods can best be ensured not by way of government regulation but rather through voluntary efforts of the private businesses that produce those goods."To what extent do you agree or disagree with the foregoing statement? Use reasons and/or examples from your experience, observation, and/or reading to explain your viewpoint.
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GRE Essay Topic 985 - "Leisure time is becoming an increasingly rare commodity, largely because technology has failed to achieve its goal of improving our efficiency in our daily pursuits."In your view, how accurate is the statement above? Use relevant reasons and/or examples from your experience, observations, or reading to support you viewpoint.
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GRE Essay Topic 410 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most societies do not take their greatest thinkers seriously, even when they claim to admire them."
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GRE Essay Topic 409 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The true value of a civilization is reflected in its artistic creations rather than in its scientific accomplishments."
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GRE Essay Topic 408 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Societies should try to save every plant and animal species, regardless of the expense to humans in effort, time, and financial well-being."
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GRE Essay Topic 407 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "An individual`s greatness cannot be judged by his or her contemporaries. The most objective evaluators of a person`s greatness are not his or her contemporaries but rather those who belong to a later time."
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GRE Essay Topic 406 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Although it is easy to respond positively to the work of another person or group, it is far more worthwhile to give negative feedback."
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GRE Essay Topic 405 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Heroes and heroines are not people with outstanding strength of character; instead, they are usually just people who happened to be in the right place at the right time."
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GRE Essay Topic 404 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Computers and video technology can make facsimiles of original works such as paintings and historical documents available to everyone. The great advantage of this new technology is that it will enable anyone-not just scholars-to conduct in-depth research without having access to the original works."
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GRE Essay Topic 403 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Encouraging young people to believe that they can accomplish great things if they try hard enough is both misleading and potentially harmful."
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GRE Essay Topic 402 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most people are taught that loyalty is a virtue. But loyalty-whether to one`s friends, to one`s school or place of employment, or to any institution-is all too often a destructive rather than a positive force."
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GRE Essay Topic 401 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Although innovations such as video, computers, and the Internet seem to offer schools improved methods for instructing students, these technologies all too often distract from real learning."
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GRE Essay Topic 400 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The purpose of education should be to create an academic environment that is separate from the outside world. This kind of environment is ideal because it allows students to focus on important ideas without being held back by practical concerns."
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GRE Essay Topic 399 - Present your perspective on the issue below, " `Moderation in all things` is ill-considered advice. Rather, one should say, `Moderation in most things,` since many areas of human concern require or at least profit from intense focus."
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GRE Essay Topic 398 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "College students-and people in general-prefer to follow directions rather than make their own decisions. Therefore, colleges should eliminate as many choices as possible in order to offer students clear direction."
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GRE Essay Topic 397 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The best way to learn a new subject or skill is to study small segments or details in great depth rather than to start by trying to develop a sense of the whole."
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GRE Essay Topic 396 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "To remain vigorous, any academic field needs to be led by truly independent thinkers who are willing to ignore established boundaries and challenge long-standing assumptions."
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GRE Essay Topic 395 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People are mistaken when they assume that the problems they confront are more complex and challenging than the problems faced by their predecessors. This illusion is eventually dispelled with increased knowledge and experience."
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GRE Essay Topic 394 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People often look for similarities, even between very different things, and even when it is unhelpful or harmful to do so. Instead, a thing should be considered on its own terms; we should avoid the tendency to compare it to something else."
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GRE Essay Topic 393 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Censorship is rarely, if ever, justified."
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GRE Essay Topic 392 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Education is primarily a personal matter; it has little to do with school or college."
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GRE Essay Topic 391 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Learning for learning`s sake is an outdated concept. Today, education must serve an ulterior purpose and be directed toward clear goals."
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GRE Essay Topic 390 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The chief benefit of the study of history is to break down the illusion that people in one period of time are significantly different from people who lived at any other time in history."
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GRE Essay Topic 389 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The increase in knowledge is forcing people to specialize. As a result, the distance between fields of specialization has become so vast that specialists in different areas are unable to influence each other."
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GRE Essay Topic 388 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Now that computer technology has made possible the rapid accessing of large amounts of factual information, people are less likely than ever to think deeply or originally. They feel unable to compete with-much less contribute to-the quantity of information that is now available electronically."
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GRE Essay Topic 387 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The private lives of public officials are irrelevant to their work in governing and serving the public and therefore should not be subjected to public scrutiny and comment."
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GRE Essay Topic 386 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In order for any work of art-whether film, literature, sculpture, or a song-to have merit, it must be understandable to most people."
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GRE Essay Topic 385 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In order to produce successful original work, scholars and scientists must first study the successful work of others to learn what contributions remain to be made."
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GRE Essay Topic 384 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most important discoveries or creations are accidental: it is usually while seeking the answer to one question that we come across the answer to another."
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GRE Essay Topic 383 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The bombardment of visual images in contemporary society has the effect of making people less able to focus clearly and extensively on a single issue over a long period of time."
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GRE Essay Topic 382 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Society should identify those children who have special talents and abilities and begin training them at an early age so that they can eventually excel in their areas of ability. Otherwise, these talents are likely to remain undeveloped."
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GRE Essay Topic 381 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Too much emphasis has been placed on the need for students to challenge the assertions of others so that they can learn to criticize the views of others. In fact, the ability to compromise and work with others-that is, the ability to achieve social harmony-should be a major goal in every school."
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GRE Essay Topic 380 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "If a goal is worthy, then any means taken to attain it is justifiable."
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GRE Essay Topic 379 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Any decision-whether made by government, by a corporation, or by an individual person-must take into account future conditions more than present conditions."
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GRE Essay Topic 378 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most people choose a career on the basis of such pragmatic considerations as the needs of the economy, the relative ease of finding a job, and the salary they can expect to make. Hardly anyone is free to choose a career based on his or her natural talents or interest in a particular kind of work."
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GRE Essay Topic 377 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Progress is best made through discussion among people who have contrasting points of view."
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GRE Essay Topic 376 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The way people look, dress, and act reveals their attitudes and interests. You can tell much about a society`s ideas and values by observing the appearance and behavior of its people."
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GRE Essay Topic 375 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Rituals and ceremonies help define a culture. Without them, societies or groups of people have a diminished sense of who they are."
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GRE Essay Topic 374 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People should not be too quick in trying to take action; instead they should stop to think of the possible consequences of what they might do."
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GRE Essay Topic 373 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "As societies all over the world have more and more access to new information, the effects on life-long learning can only be positive."
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GRE Essay Topic 372 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "We learn through direct experience; to accept a theory without experiencing it is to learn nothing at all."
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GRE Essay Topic 371 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The best way to understand the character of a society is to examine the character of the men and women that the society chooses as its heroes or its heroines."
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GRE Essay Topic 370 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Unlike great thinkers and great artists, the most effective political leaders must often yield to public opinion and abandon principle for the sake of compromise."
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GRE Essay Topic 369 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The purpose of education should be to provide students with a value system, a standard, a set of ideas-not to prepare them for a specific job."
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GRE Essay Topic 368 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The most elusive knowledge is self-knowledge, and it is usually acquired through solitude, rather than through interaction with others."
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GRE Essay Topic 367 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Truly innovative ideas do not arise from groups of people, but from individuals. When groups try to be creative, the members force each other to compromise and, as a result, creative ideas tend to be weakened and made more conventional. Most original ideas arise from individuals working alone."
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GRE Essay Topic 366 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Instead of encouraging conformity, society should show greater appreciation of individual differences."
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GRE Essay Topic 365 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The material progress and well-being of one country are necessarily connected to the material progress and well-being of all other countries."
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GRE Essay Topic 364 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Technology creates more problems than it solves, and may threaten or damage the quality of life."
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GRE Essay Topic 363 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The goal of politics should not be the pursuit of an ideal, but rather the search for common ground and reasonable consensus."
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GRE Essay Topic 362 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The best preparation for life or a career is not learning to be competitive, but learning to be cooperative."
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GRE Essay Topic 361 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is not the headline-making political events but the seldom-reported social tranformations that have the most lasting significance."
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GRE Essay Topic 360 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Success in any realm of life comes more often from taking chances or risks than from careful and cautious planning."
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GRE Essay Topic 359 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Education should be equally devoted to enriching the personal lives of students and to training students to be productive workers."
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GRE Essay Topic 358 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "As long as people in a society are hungry or out of work or lack the basic skills needed to survive, the use of public resources to support the arts is inappropriate-and, perhaps, even cruel-when one considers all the potential uses of such money."
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GRE Essay Topic 357 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "If people disregard the great works of the past, it is because these works no longer answer the needs of the present."
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GRE Essay Topic 356 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Success, whether academic or professional, involves an ability to survive in a new environment and, eventually, to change it."
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GRE Essay Topic 355 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is easy to welcome innovation and accept new ideas. What most people find difficult, however, is accepting the way these new ideas are put into practice."
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GRE Essay Topic 354 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Practicality is now our great idol, which all powers and talents must serve. Anything that is not obviously practical has little value in today`s world."
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GRE Essay Topic 353 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Scandals-whether in politics, academia, or other areas-can be useful. They focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could."
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GRE Essay Topic 352 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is a grave mistake to theorize before one has data."
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GRE Essay Topic 351 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more complex and more mysterious."
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GRE Essay Topic 350 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is dangerous to trust only intelligence."
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GRE Essay Topic 349 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The way students and scholars interpret the materials they work with in their academic fields is more a matter of personality than of training. Different interpretations come about when people with different personalities look at exactly the same objects, facts, data, or events and see different things."
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GRE Essay Topic 348 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Many problems of modern society cannot be solved by laws and the legal system because moral behavior cannot be legislated."
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GRE Essay Topic 347 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "What most human beings really want is not discovery and change but reassurance."
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GRE Essay Topic 346 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is possible to pass laws that control or place limits on people`s behavior, but legislation cannot reform human nature. Laws cannot change what is in people`s hearts and minds."
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GRE Essay Topic 345 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The study of an academic discipline alters the way we perceive the world. After studying the discipline, we see the same world as before, but with different eyes."
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GRE Essay Topic 344 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The function of science is to reassure; the purpose of art is to upset. Therein lies the value of each."
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GRE Essay Topic 343 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is always an individual who is the impetus for innovation; the details may be worked out by a team, but true innovation results from the enterprise and unique perception of an individual."
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GRE Essay Topic 342 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Laws should not be stationary and fixed. Instead, they should be flexible enough to take account of various circumstances, times, and places."
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GRE Essay Topic 341 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Originality does not mean thinking something that was never thought before; it means putting old ideas together in new ways."
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GRE Essay Topic 340 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Important truths begin as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable, attacks upon the accepted wisdom of the time."
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GRE Essay Topic 339 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "What most people consider `normal` or `natural` merely reflects the unexamined beliefs and preconceptions that this person received uncritically while growing up."
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GRE Essay Topic 338 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People who pursue their own intellectual interests for purely personal reasons are more likely to benefit the rest of the world than are people who try to act for the public good."
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GRE Essay Topic 337 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The surest indicator of a great nation is not the achievements of its rulers, artists, or scientists, but the general welfare of all its people."
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GRE Essay Topic 336 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Those who treat politics and morality as though they were separate realms fail to understand either the one or the other."
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GRE Essay Topic 335 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Critical judgment of work in any given field has little value unless it comes from someone who is an expert in that field."
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GRE Essay Topic 334 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is impossible for an effective political leader to tell the truth all the time. Complete honesty is not a useful virtue for a politician."
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GRE Essay Topic 333 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In any given field, the leading voices come from people who are motivated not by conviction but by the desire to present opinions and ideas that differ from those held by the majority."
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GRE Essay Topic 332 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Sometimes imagination is a more valuable asset than experience. People who lack experience are free to imagine what is possible and thus can approach a task without constraints of established habits and attitudes."
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GRE Essay Topic 331 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "One often hears about the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own lives. However, the conditions in which people find themselves have been largely established long before people become aware of them. Thus, the concept of personal responsibility is much more complicated and unrealistic than is often assumed."
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GRE Essay Topic 330 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In this age of intensive media coverage, it is no longer possible for a society to regard any woman or man as a hero. The reputation of anyone who is subjected to media scrutiny will eventually be diminished."
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GRE Essay Topic 329 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The most essential quality of an effective leader is the ability to remain consistently committed to particular principles and objectives. Any leader who is quickly and easily influenced by shifts in popular opinion will accomplish little."
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GRE Essay Topic 328 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The human mind will always be superior to machines because machines are only tools of human minds."
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GRE Essay Topic 327 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Both parents and communities must be involved in the local schools. Education is too important to delegate solely to a group of professional educators."
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GRE Essay Topic 326 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "There is no such thing as purely objective observation. All observation is subjective; it is always guided by the observer`s expectations or desires."
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GRE Essay Topic 325 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Both parents and communities must be involved in the local schools. Education is too important to leave solely to a group of professional educators."
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GRE Essay Topic 324 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Students should bring a certain skepticism to whatever they study. They should question what they are taught instead of accepting it passively."
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GRE Essay Topic 323 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "To guarantee quality education in elementary and secondary schools, the students` parents must be actively involved in defining the schools` educational policies."
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GRE Essay Topic 322 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The only responsibility of corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, is to make as much money as possible for their companies."
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GRE Essay Topic 321 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "High-speed electronic communications media, such as electronic mail and television, tend to prevent meaningful and thoughtful communication."
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GRE Essay Topic 320 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Because of television and worldwide computer connections, people can now become familiar with a great many places that they have never visited. As a result, tourism will soon become obsolete."
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GRE Essay Topic 319 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The most practical and effective way to protect wilderness areas is to attract more tourists to these areas through environmentally sensitive projects."
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GRE Essay Topic 318 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "One of the most harmful technological innovations of all time is the automobile."
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GRE Essay Topic 317 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Many people admire idealism, but it usually leads to disappointment or danger."
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GRE Essay Topic 316 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Tradition and modernization are incompatible. One must choose between them."
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GRE Essay Topic 315 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People who are the most deeply committed to an idea or policy are the most critical of it."
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GRE Essay Topic 314 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "A crucial test of character is whether one is able to adapt to changing social conventions without sacrificing one`s principles."
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GRE Essay Topic 313 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is the artist, not the critic,* who gives society something of lasting value." *a person who evaluates works of art, such as novels, films, music, paintings, etc.
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GRE Essay Topic 312 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Artists should pay little attention to their critics.* Criticism tends to undermine and constrain the artist`s creativity." *those who evaluate works of art, such as novels, films, music, paintings, etc.
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GRE Essay Topic 311 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The well-being of a society is enhanced when many of its people question authority."
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GRE Essay Topic 310 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most people recognize the benefits of individuality, but the fact is that personal economic success requires conformity."
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GRE Essay Topic 309 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "What society has thought to be its greatest social, political, and individual achievements have often resulted in the greatest discontent."
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GRE Essay Topic 308 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Only through mistakes can there be discovery or progress."
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GRE Essay Topic 307 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "What we call progress is a matter of exchanging one problem for another."
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GRE Essay Topic 306 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The absence of choice is a circumstance that is very, very rare."
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GRE Essay Topic 305 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "While most of the environmental problems we face result from the use of technology, society must depend upon technology to find solutions to these problems."
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GRE Essay Topic 304 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Students should be encouraged to realize that mental agility and rhetorical skill must be accompanied by sincerity and the true conviction of their own beliefs."
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GRE Essay Topic 303 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The problems of modern society have led many people to complain: `We live in terrible times.` Yet, given the choice, no one today would prefer to live in any other time."
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GRE Essay Topic 302 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The arts (painting, music, literature, etc.) reveal the otherwise hidden ideas and impulses of a society."
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GRE Essay Topic 301 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "How children are socialized today determines the destiny of society. Unfortunately, we have not yet learned how to raise children who can help bring about a better society."
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GRE Essay Topic 300 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Technology is a necessary but not always a positive force in modern life."
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GRE Essay Topic 299 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is often asserted that the purpose of education is to free the mind and the spirit. In reality, however, formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free."
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GRE Essay Topic 298 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Facts are stubborn things. They cannot be altered by our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions."
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GRE Essay Topic 297 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Practical people, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are in fact the unknowing slaves of values and ideas that were worked out by intellectuals of the past."
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GRE Essay Topic 296 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Society`s external rewards are no measure of true success. True success can be gauged in relation to the goals one sets for oneself."
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GRE Essay Topic 295 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The past is no predictor of the future."
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GRE Essay Topic 294 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Instant foods, instant communication, faster transportation-all of these recent developments are designed to save time. Ironically, though, instead of making more leisure time available, these developments have contributed to a pace of human affairs that is more rushed and more frantic than ever before."
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GRE Essay Topic 293 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is possible to identify a person`s politics within a very short time of meeting him or her. Everything about people-their clothes, their friends, the way they talk, what they eat-reflects their political beliefs."
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GRE Essay Topic 292 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "At various times in the geological past, many species have become extinct as a result of natural, rather than human, processes. Thus, there is no justification for society to make extraordinary efforts, especially at a great cost in money and jobs, to save endangered species."
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GRE Essay Topic 291 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "So much is new and complex today that looking back for an understanding of the past provides little guidance for living in the present."
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GRE Essay Topic 290 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "When research priorities are being set for science, education, or any other area, the most important question to consider is: How many people`s lives will be improved if the results are successful?"
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GRE Essay Topic 289 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In any field of endeavor-the sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, industry, etc.-it is not the attainment of a goal that matters, but rather the ideas and discoveries that are encountered on the way to the goal."
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GRE Essay Topic 288 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The depth of knowledge to be gained from books is richer and broader than what can be learned from direct experience."
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GRE Essay Topic 287 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "With the growth of global networks in such areas as economics and communication, there is no doubt that every aspect of society-including education, politics, the arts, and the sciences-will benefit greatly from international influences."
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GRE Essay Topic 286 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is through the use of logic and of precise, careful measurement that we become aware of our progress. Without such tools, we have no reference points to indicate how far we have advanced or retreated."
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GRE Essay Topic 285 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Humanity has made little real progress over the past century or so. Technological innovations have taken place, but the overall condition of humanity is no better. War, violence, and poverty are still with us. Technology cannot change the condition of humanity."
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GRE Essay Topic 284 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is primarily through our identification with social groups that we define ourselves."
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GRE Essay Topic 283 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Some educational systems emphasize the development of students` capacity for reasoning and logical thinking, but students would benefit more from an education that also taught them to explore their own emotions."
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GRE Essay Topic 282 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The worldwide distribution of television programs and advertisements is seriously diminishing the differences among cultures."
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GRE Essay Topic 281 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "When we concern ourselves with the study of history, we become storytellers. Because we can never know the past directly but must construct it by interpreting evidence, exploring history is more of a creative enterprise than it is an objective pursuit. All historians are storytellers."
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GRE Essay Topic 280 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The purpose of many advertisements is to make consumers want to buy a product so that they will `be like` the person in the ad. This practice is effective because it not only sells products but also helps people feel better about themselves."
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GRE Essay Topic 279 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In many countries it is now possible to turn on the television and view government at work. Watching these proceedings can help people understand the issues that affect their lives. The more kinds of government proceedings-trials, debates, meetings, etc-that are televised, the more society will benefit."
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GRE Essay Topic 278 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Instant communication systems encourage people to form hasty opinions and give quick replies rather than take the time to develop thoughtful, well-reasoned points of view."
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GRE Essay Topic 277 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "All students should be required to take at least one course in ethics, even if taking the course means a decreased emphasis on academic subjects."
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GRE Essay Topic 276 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The true strength of a country is best demonstrated by the willingness of its government to tolerate challenges from it`s own citizens."
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GRE Essay Topic 275 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is primarily through formal education that a culture tries to perpetuate the ideas it favors and discredit the ideas it fears."
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GRE Essay Topic 274 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The study of history has value only to the extent that it is relevant to our daily lives."
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GRE Essay Topic 273 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "For better or worse, education is a process that involves revising the ideas, beliefs, and values people held in the past."
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GRE Essay Topic 272 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Governments should provide funding for artists so that the arts can flourish and be available to all people."
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GRE Essay Topic 271 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The pressure to achieve high grades in school seriously limits the quality of learning. An educational environment without grades would promote more genuine intellectual development."
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GRE Essay Topic 270 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In any realm of life-whether academic, social, business, or political-the only way to succeed is to take a practical, rather than an idealistic, point of view. Pragmatic behavior guarantees survival, whereas idealistic views tend to be superceded by simpler, more immediate options."
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GRE Essay Topic 269 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Colleges and universities should offer more courses on popular music, film, advertising, and television because contemporary culture has much greater relevance for students than do arts and literature of the past."
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GRE Essay Topic 268 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is unfortunate but true that political decisions and activities affect all aspects of people`s lives."
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GRE Essay Topic 267 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is important that nations, communities, and families continue to observe holidays and traditional celebrations, for these repeated experiences validate and strengthen a sense of who they are as a culture."
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GRE Essay Topic 266 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Although, critics who write about the arts tend to deny the existence of any objective standards for evaluating works of art, they have a responsibility to establish standards by which works of art can be judged."
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GRE Essay Topic 265 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People work more productively in teams than individually. Teamwork requires cooperation, which motivates people much more than individual competition does."
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GRE Essay Topic 264 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Universities should require every student to take a variety of courses outside the student`s field of study because acquiring knowledge of various academic disciplines is the best way to become truly educated."
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GRE Essay Topic 263 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The concept of `individual responsibility` is a necessary fiction. Although societies must hold individuals accountable for their own actions, people`s behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making."
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GRE Essay Topic 262 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In any academic area or professional field, it is just as important to recognize the limits of our knowledge and understanding as it is to acquire new facts and information."
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GRE Essay Topic 261 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most people think that their deeply held values are the result of rational choice, but reason often has little to do with the way people form values."
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GRE Essay Topic 260 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "College students should be encouraged to pursue subjects that interest them rather than seek programs that promise entry into the job market."
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GRE Essay Topic 259 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Leaders are created primarily by the demands that are placed upon them."
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GRE Essay Topic 258 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Technologies not only influence but actually determine social customs and ethics."
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GRE Essay Topic 257 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In any field of inquiry, the beginner is more likely than the expert to make important discoveries."
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GRE Essay Topic 256 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Young people should be encouraged to pursue long-term, realistic goals rather than seek immediate fame and recognition."
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GRE Essay Topic 255 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Government funding of the arts threatens the integrity of the arts."
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GRE Essay Topic 254 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In any field of endeavor, it is impossible to make a significant contribution without first being strongly influenced by past achievements within that field."
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GRE Essay Topic 253 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Government should preserve publicly owned wilderness areas in their natural state, even though these areas are often extremely remote and thus accessible to only a few people."
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GRE Essay Topic 252 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Government should never censor the artistic works or historical displays that a museum wishes to exhibit."
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GRE Essay Topic 251 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Patriotic reverence for the history of a nation often does more to impede than to encourage progress."
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GRE Essay Topic 250 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "All students should be required to take courses in the sciences, even if they have no interest in science."
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GRE Essay Topic 249 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Major policy decisions should always be left to politicians and other government experts, who are more informed and thus have better judgment and perspective than do members of the general public."
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GRE Essay Topic 248 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Schools should be required to teach the essential interconnectedness of all human beings and thus help eliminate wars, cultural clashes, and other forms of conflict."
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GRE Essay Topic 247 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People today are too individualistic. Instead of pursuing self-centered, separate goals, people need to understand that satisfaction comes from working for the greater good of the family, the community, or society as a whole."
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GRE Essay Topic 246 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Truly profound thinkers and highly creative artists are always out of step with their time and their society."
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GRE Essay Topic 245 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The people who make important contributions to society are generally not those who develop their own new ideas, but those who are most gifted at perceiving and coordinating the talents and skills of others."
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GRE Essay Topic 244 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The most effective way to communicate an idea or value to large groups of people is through the use of images, not language."
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GRE Essay Topic 243 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In most professions and academic fields, imagination is more important than knowledge."
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GRE Essay Topic 242 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "One can best understand the most important characteristics of a society by studying its major cities."
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GRE Essay Topic 241 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Spending time alone makes one a better companion to others."
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GRE Essay Topic 240 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In any profession-business, politics, education, government-those in power should step down after five years. The surest path to success for any enterprise is revitalization through new leadership."
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GRE Essay Topic 239 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Government should place few, if any, restrictions on scientific research and development"
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GRE Essay Topic 238 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People make the mistake of treating experts with suspicion and mistrust, no matter how valuable their contributions might be."
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GRE Essay Topic 237 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Colleges should require students to engage in public-service activities in order to assure that each student receives a balanced, well-rounded education."
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GRE Essay Topic 236 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate."
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GRE Essay Topic 235 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People have been so encouraged by society to focus on apparent differences that they fail to see meaningful similarities among ideas, individuals, and groups."
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GRE Essay Topic 234 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Many people know how to attain success, but few know how to make the best use of it."
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GRE Essay Topic 233 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "To truly understand your own culture-no matter how you define it-requires personal knowledge of at least one other culture, one that is distinctly different from your own."
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GRE Essay Topic 232 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The widespread idea that people should make self-improvement a primary goal in their lives is problematic because it assumes that people are intrinsically deficient."
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GRE Essay Topic 231 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "High-profile awards such as the Nobel Prize are actually damaging to society because they suggest that only a few people deserve such recognition."
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GRE Essay Topic 230 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "High-profile awards such as the Nobel Prize are actually damaging to society because they reinforce an unhealthy desire for recognition."
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GRE Essay Topic 229 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The media-and society in general-mistakenly expect an individual to speak for a particular group, whether or not that individual truly represents the views of the entire group."
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GRE Essay Topic 228 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Too much emphasis is placed on role models. Instead of copying others, people should learn to think and act independently and thus make the choices that are best for them."
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GRE Essay Topic 227 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The increasingly rapid pace of life today causes more problems than it solves."
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GRE Essay Topic 226 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The depth of knowledge to be gained from books is much richer and broader than what can be learned from direct experience."
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GRE Essay Topic 225 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Governments should focus more on solving the immediate problems of today rather than trying to solve the anticipated problems of the future."
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GRE Essay Topic 224 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Competition for high grades seriously limits the quality of learning at all levels of education."
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GRE Essay Topic 223 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "History teaches us only one thing: knowing about the past cannot help people to make important decisions today."
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GRE Essay Topic 222 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "College and university education should be free for all students, fully financed by the government."
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GRE Essay Topic 221 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Education encourages students to question and criticize, and therefore does little to promote social harmony."
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GRE Essay Topic 220 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Education will be truly effective only when it is specifically designed to meet the individual needs and interests of each student."
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GRE Essay Topic 219 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In order to improve the quality of instruction at the college and university level, all faculty should be required to spend time working outside the academic world in professions relevant to the courses they teach."
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GRE Essay Topic 218 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Imaginative works such as novels, plays, films, fairy tales, and legends present a more accurate and meaningful picture of human experience than do factual accounts. Because the creators of fiction shape and focus reality rather than report on it literally, their creations have a more lasting significance."
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GRE Essay Topic 217 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The study of history places too much emphasis on individuals. The most significant events and trends in history were made possible not by the famous few, but by groups of people whose identities have long been forgotten."
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GRE Essay Topic 216 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Society does not place enough emphasis on the intellect-that is, on reasoning and other cognitive skills."
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GRE Essay Topic 215 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "While some leaders in government, sports, industry, and other areas attribute their success to a well-developed sense of competition, a society can better prepare its young people for leadership by instilling in them a sense of cooperation."
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GRE Essay Topic 214 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "To be an effective leader, a public official must maintain the highest ethical and moral standards."
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GRE Essay Topic 213 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Such nonmainstream areas of inquiry as astrology, fortune-telling, and psychic and paranormal pursuits play a vital role in society by satisfying human needs that are not addressed by mainstream science."
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GRE Essay Topic 212 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Scholars and researchers should not be concerned with whether their work makes a contribution to the larger society. It is more important that they pursue their individual interests, however unusual or idiosyncratic those interests may seem."
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GRE Essay Topic 211 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "In the age of television, reading books is not as important as it once was. People can learn as much by watching television as they can by reading books."
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GRE Essay Topic 210 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The greatness of individuals can be decided only by those who live after them, not by their contemporaries."
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GRE Essay Topic 209 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Creating an appealing image has become more important in contemporary society than is the reality or truth behind that image."
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GRE Essay Topic 208 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Money spent on research is almost always a good investment, even when the results of that research are controversial."
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GRE Essay Topic 207 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The primary goal of technological advancement should be to increase people`s efficiency so that everyone has more leisure time."
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GRE Essay Topic 206 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Public figures such as actors, politicians, and athletes should expect people to be interested in their private lives. When they seek a public role, they should expect that they will lose at least some of their privacy."
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GRE Essay Topic 205 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Students should memorize facts only after they have studied the ideas, trends, and concepts that help explain those facts. Students who have learned only facts have learned very little."
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GRE Essay Topic 204 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most people would agree that buildings represent a valuable record of any society`s past, but controversy arises when old buildings stand on ground that modern planners feel could be better used for modern purposes. In such situations, modern development should be given precedence over the preservation of historic buildings so that contemporary needs can be served."
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GRE Essay Topic 203 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Anyone can make things bigger and more complex. What requires real effort and courage is to move in the opposite direction-in other words, to make things as simple as possible."
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GRE Essay Topic 202 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "There are two types of laws: just and unjust. Every individual in a society has a responsibility to obey just laws and, even more importantly, to disobey and resist unjust laws."
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GRE Essay Topic 201 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Although many people think that the luxuries and conveniences of contemporary life are entirely harmless, in fact, they actually prevent people from developing into truly strong and independent individuals."
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GRE Essay Topic 200 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The stability of a society depends on how it responds to the extremes of human behavior."
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GRE Essay Topic 199 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is necessary for everyone to read poetry, novels, mythology and other types of imaginative literature."
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GRE Essay Topic 198 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Many of the world`s lesser-known languages are being lost as fewer and fewer people speak them. The governments of countries in which these languages are spoken should act to prevent such languages from becoming extinct."
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GRE Essay Topic 197 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "People`s attitudes are determined more by their immediate situation or surroundings than by any internal characteristic."
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GRE Essay Topic 196 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "All nations should help support the development of a global university designed to engage students in the process of solving the world`s most persistent social problems."
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GRE Essay Topic 195 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive, because it is primarily in cities that a nation`s cultural traditions are preserved and generated."
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GRE Essay Topic 194 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Academic disciplines have become so specialized in recent years that scholars` ideas reach only a narrow audience. Until scholars can reach a wider audience, their ideas will have little use."
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GRE Essay Topic 193 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is often necessary, even desirable, for political leaders to withhold information from the public."
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GRE Essay Topic 192 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The video camera provides such an accurate and convincing record of contemporary life that it has become a more important form of documentation than written records."
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GRE Essay Topic 191 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth."
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GRE Essay Topic 190 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "A nation should require all its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college rather than allow schools in different parts of the nation to determine which academic courses to offer."
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GRE Essay Topic 189 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "No field of study can advance significantly unless outsiders bring their knowledge and experience to that field of study."
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GRE Essay Topic 188 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is more important to allocate money for immediate, existing social problems than to spend it on long-term research that might help future generations."
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GRE Essay Topic 187 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Competition is ultimately more beneficial than detrimental to society."
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GRE Essay Topic 186 - Present your perspective on the issue below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your views. "We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from people whose views contradict our own; disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning."
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