End of Year Essay Writing Survey

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1. Read the following essay prompt:

In “The Singer Solution to World Poverty,” an article that appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics, calls attention to the urgent need for food and medicine in many parts of the world. Singer argues that prosperous people should donate to overseas aid organizations such as UNICEF or Oxfam America all money not needed for the basic requirements of life. “The formula is simple: whatever money you’re spending on luxuries, not necessities, should be given away.”

Write an essay in which you evaluate the pros and cons of Singer’s argument. Use appropriate evidence as you examine each side, and indicate which position you find more persuasive.


On a scale of 1 to 5, with how much depth (ability to analyze) would you be able to answer the above essay question?

2. On a scale of 1 to 5, with how much originality would you be able to answer the same essay question?
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