Three Prompt--AP Argument Essay Topics (con)

Q3 - 2018: Argument Essay Prompt - Value of Exploring the Unknown:

In her book Gift from the Sea, author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001) writes, “We tend not to choose the outline of a single person staring into spaceunknown which might be a shock or a disappointment or simply a little difficult to cope with. And yet it is the unknown with all its disappointments and surprises that is the most enriching.”

Consider the value Lindbergh places on choosing the unknown. Then write an essay in which you develop your own position on the value of exploring the unknown. Use appropriate, specific evidence to illustrate and develop your position.

-->Kutzner's Instructions: Write one piece of SPECIFIC and CONCRETE evidence that you could use to support this position in an essay.  Position: There is value in exploring the unknown because only then can scientists expand mankind's understanding of the world and universe.


Q3 - 2015: Argument Essay Prompt - Value of Polite Speech:

An anthropologist studying first-year students at a university in the United States writes that friendly phrases like “How are you?,”P=Please, E=Excuse Me, T=Thank You, S=I'm Sorry, Y=You're Welcome “Nice to meet you,” and “Let’s get in touch” communicate politeness rather than literal intent. What, if anything, is the value or function of such polite speech?

In a well-written essay, develop your position on the value or function of polite speech in a culture or community with which you are familiar. Use appropriate evidence from your reading, experience, or observations to support your argument.

-->Kutzner's Instructions: Write one piece of SPECIFIC and CONCRETE evidence that you could use to support this position in an essay.  Position: Polite speech plays a valuable role in society by creating predictable social interactions.



Q3 - 2016 Argument Essay Prompt - Civil Disobedience:

In 1891, Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) observed, “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s Jefferson with the quoteL 'If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” Wilde claims that disobedience is a valuable human trait and that it promotes social progress.

Write an essay that argues your position on the extent to which Wilde’s claims are valid. Use appropriate examples from your reading, experience, or observations to support your argument.

-->Kutzner's Instructions: Write one piece of SPECIFIC and CONCRETE evidence that you could use to support this position in an essay.  Position: Progress is made through civil disobedience so that people can address the injustices in their government or society.

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