[The Regents' Testing Program at Georgia Tech]

Approved Regents' Test Essay Topics

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Discuss the influence that advertising has had on your life or the lives of your friends. If you were asked to make a fair evaluation of your teachers, what criteria orstandards would you use for the evaluation? Discuss.
What influence should students have in the determination of college policies? Explain. Has college made you less sure about what is right and what is wrong? Discuss.
How has your attitude toward your home (either town or family) changed between the time you entered college and now? Discuss. If your doctor told you that you had only a few months to live, how would you alter your way of life? Discuss.
Name someone you consider to be a modern hero or heroine and explain why you so classify the person. Do college students benefit from partici- pation in extracurricular activities? Explain.
Is too much emphasis placed on grades in our educational system? Explain. Each year, many teen-agers run away from home. What do you think are the chief causes?
Explain why you would or would not want to live in a large city. Should every able-bodied citizen be required to serve for a certain period of time in some branch of the military service? Why or why not?
What do you believe are the chief reasons for students' academic failure in college? Explain. How does your public image differ from your private self?
How has the automobile been harmful to our society? Explain. Name two or three characteristics which you feel a person must possess to be considered "educated," and explain why you consider these traits essential.
If you were an employer, under what circumstances would you fire an employee? Explain. Should sex education be taught in public schools? Why or why not?
"Television has made America a nation of watchers, not doers." Agree or disagree. What are the essential characteristics of an effective leader? Discuss.
Do you think that sports help develop good character? Discuss. "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." Do you think that this is an effective practice? Discuss.
Explain the chief reasons why students drop out of high school. Should the United States pass guncontrol laws? Discuss.
Should the 55 mph speed limit be retained? Explain. Should Georgia legalize gambling to raise more revenue? Discuss.
Should Georgia's sales tax be removed from groceries and other necessities? Discuss. Is romantic love a good basis for marriage? Discuss.
Should children be disciplined by physical punishment? Discuss. Do you think that you receive your money's worth for your student activity fees? Why or why not?
Discuss one cause for which you would be willing to risk your life. Are spectator sports overemphasized in this country today? Discuss.
Is college a good place to find out who you really are? Discuss. Discuss the most important characteristics an elected official should have.
Do you long for the past or look eagerly toward the future? Explain. Which of the college courses that you have had do you consider to be the most beneficial? Why?
Has credit buying affected your way of life? Explain. What changes would occur in your way of life if you were forced to live in a cash economy?
Was giving eighteen-year-olds the right to vote a mistake? Discuss. If, in your judgement, the leaders of this country are clearly wrong in adopting a particular policy, what should you do? Explain.
If you could have a conversation with a famous person (living or dead), whom would you choose and why? Discuss some practical ways in which each of us can help to conserve natural resources.
What steps need to be taken in order to reduce crime? Explain. Do you believe that violence in television programs leads to violence in our society? Explain.
Explain your reasons for admiring a particular high school or college teacher. How has the women's liberation move- ment affected relationships between men and women? Discuss.
Which do you think has a greater effect on a person -- heredity or environment? Explain. Explain why you do or do not vote.
Discuss what could be done to increase the public's respect for police officers. In your opinion, what invention or discovery has brought about the most far-reaching and lasting changes in our civilization? Explain.
Should government-owned wilderness areas be preserved? Discuss why or why not. Should every college student be required to study history? Explain why or why not.
Is it beneficial for a high school graduate to work full-time for a year before entering college? Why or why not? Should the government subsidize our Olympic teams? Why or why not?
If you had the power to change any event in history (outcome of an election, who won a war, etc.), which would you choose to change, and why? What characteristics do you regard as important in a person you would choose as a friend?
Should both parents assume equal responsibility in child rearing? Explain why or why not. What vice or weakness do you find most offensive? Explain.
How great a role do you think "knowing the right people" plays in getting ahead in school or in work? Explain. What are the essential characteristics of a good parent? Discuss.
Should court proceedings be televised? Explain why or why not? "American family life would be more stable if parents, not couples involved, arranged marriages." Agree or disagree.
Students at public colleges currently pay, through tuition and fees, about one-fourth of the cost of their education; however, some people say students should pay a greater share of the cost. Argue for or against this proposal. Is there any job that you would absolutely refuse to take? Explain.
Should government employees such as police officers and fire fighters have the right to strike? Discuss. What advice would you give to an entering freshman? Discuss.
Should prostitution be legalized? Discuss. Which courses that you did not take in high school do you now wish you had taken? Why?
Research indicates that you and your friends are likely to have fewer children than your parents and grandparents. What do you think are reasons for this? Explain. What makes one college course more enjoyable than another? Explain.
Should smoking in public places be illegal? Explain why or why not. "Professional athletes and entertainers are among the highest paid people in this country -- and justifiably so." Agree or disagree.
What are the characteristics of a good college student? Explain. Should college students have complete freedom to choose their own courses? Discuss.
If you were to be deprived of one of your five senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing) which one would you most hate to give up? Explain. Would you prefer to rear a family in the city or the country? Explain why.
In general, do movies and/or television provide a realistic picture of life in Ameri- ca? Explain. How should public high schools deal with students considered to be constant troublemakers? Discuss.
Should the military draft be reinstated? Discuss. Some states now permit single men and women to adopt children. Do you favor such a policy? Explain why or why not.
Should college students be required to attend classes? Discuss. For what qualities or achievements would you feel justified in calling an individual successful? Explain.
Recent elections have been characterized by small turnouts of eligible voters. Some democracies -- Australia, for example -- require their citizens to vote. Explain why such a policy should or should not be adopted in the United States. Discuss some of the status symbols of today's society.
Various commentators have suggested that no person should serve more than twelve years in either the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives. Discuss. Should people on welfare be forced to work? Explain why or why not.
Why do you believe radio has continued to be popular in the age of television? Discuss. Should all college courses be specifically related to one's future occupation? Explain why or why not.
Is there too much government regulation in our lives? Explain. Many families today are growing home vegetable gardens. Discuss some reasons for this.
How can a course in government, political science, or civics help students to become better citizens? Explain. To what do you attribute the recent decline in literacy? Discuss.
What do you think are the major causes of divorce? Explain. Choose a profession whose members make a worthwhile contribution to society and discuss the benefits that society receives from members of this profession.
Discuss ways to increase the public's respect for elected officials. What, in your opinion, are some of the reasons so many people have pets? Discuss.
Apart from chronological age, what are some major differences between an adolescent and an adult? Explain. Do you prefer shopping at a large shop- ping center or at downtown stores? Discuss.
Should women in the military services be assigned combat duties? Discuss. It is only recently that doctors and lawyers have begun to advertise. Attack or defend this practice.
"The current generation is lazy and lacks discipline." Defend or attack this state- ment. Discuss what you like or do not like about the South.
What do you think would be the conse- quences of the legalization of marijuana? Explain. Does our society allow women to assume masculine roles more readily than it allows males to assume roles traditionally called feminine? Discuss.
If you were made the programming direc- tor of a major television network, what changes in the programming would you make? Explain. If you could live in some other historical period, which would you choose, and why?
Should fathers be given the same chance as mothers to gain custody of their minor children? Discuss. We now have more people over 65 than at any other time. What are the major effects of this increased proportion of older people? Discuss.
Should victims of crime be compensated? Explain. Do you function best in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Explain.
What do you think are the major effects of divorce upon children? Discuss. It has been proposed that American presidents be elected for one six-year term and not be eligible for reelection. Do you agree with this proposal? Discuss.
Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing? Do you favor increased spending for national defense? Why or why not?
Should the United States severely restrict the import of foreign cars for sale in the United States? Discuss. "In spite of advances in scientific knowl- edge, people are still superstitious." Agree or disagree.
Should cheating be grounds for dismissal from college? Discuss. Watching the "soaps" has become an American pastime. Why are these tele- vision shows so popular?
Which is most useful to a college student -- a pick-up truck, a car, or a bicycle? Explain. In the United States, as a rule, are the punishments imposed appropriate to the crimes committed? Explain.
Why do some couples choose to live together without getting married? Explain. Would you like to be a candidate for public office? Why or why not?
Do college students benefit from having to earn at least part of their tuition? Discuss. If music reflects the mood of an age, what does current music say about America? Explain.
Are Americans too dependent on the automobile? Discuss. What are the characteristics of an effective television newscaster? Explain.
Why are so many people over the age of twenty-one enrolling in college? Discuss.v Discuss changes which would make the public less hesitant to report crime.
Do Americans seem unable to relax in their leisure time? Discuss. "Human rights" is a term frequently used but seldom defined. What rights should belong to every human being? Discuss.
Should American students be required to learn a second language? Why or why not? Do you or your family support public television (the educational channels) either as viewers or contributors? Why or why not?
Are elementary and high schools adequately meeting the needs of their students? Discuss. How do you account for the popularity of horror films? Discuss.
In what ways has the availability of fast food restaurants affected your eating habits? Robert Frost said, "We come to college to get over our littlemindedness." Discuss in relation to your own experiences.
Because of the high cost of gasoline, many people are using transportation other than the automobile. In your opinion, what other types of transportation are most feasible? What do you hope to accomplish within the next ten years? Explain.
Should college students be required to take physical education courses? Why or why not? It has been said that "Evil, like good, has its own heroes." Name some characters that you consider to be "evil heroes." Explain.
If you could ban anything in the world, what would it be and why? Should prison inmates be allowed to take college courses? Explain why or why not.
Do you think that you have the qualifica- tions of a good parent? Discuss. If you were awarded an expense paid trip to any one place in the world, where would you go? Why?
What do you consider the most important event of the past decade? Why? If you were guaranteed a steadily improving standard of living (in terms of buying power, free time, quality of goods and services, etc.), would you be willing to give up your right to vote? Explain.
Jogging has become extremely popular in the last few years. Explain why you jog or why you don't. Is it possible for anger ever to be bene- ficial? Explain.
How can the individual citizen reduce the probability of his or her home's being burglarized? Explain. What are the most important skills and/or values that children learn from their parents? Explain.
Is it better for a political leader to be feared instead of loved? Why or why not? We often hear education attacked or defended on the basis of its utility. Define and explain what you mean by "useful" or "useless" when you apply those terms to academic work.
What specific sacrifice or sacrifices would you endure as a partial solution to our country's economic problem? Discuss. Most people consider themselves part of a particular generation. Discuss what you consider the most important values of your generation.
Should a graduating college senior be required to pass a comprehensive examination in his or her major before receiving a degree? Why or why not? Is an academically competitive atmosphere helpful or harmful to you as a student? Discuss.
Should the government do more to discourage cigarette smoking? Why or why not? "Manners belong to a bygone age; they are no longer relevant." Attack, defend, or modify.
In your view, what would most impress (favorably or unfavorably) a foreign student spending his or her first weekend in an American home? Discuss. At a scientific conference, Russia's chief space scientist, Leonid I. Sedov, taunted a U.S. colleague: "You Americans have a better standard of living than we have. But the American loves his car, his refrigerator, his house. He does not, as we Russians do, love his country." If you had to answer Mr. Sedov, what would be your reply?
Do competitions like the Miss America Pageant exploit women? Discuss. Discuss the advantages and/or dis- advantages of nuclear power as a source of energy.
In what areas should all college graduates be required to have some competence? Why? Is marriage an outmoded institution in the United States? Explain why or why not.
Is athletic competition good for children under twelve years old? Explain why or why not. Many American homes and offices have become a jungle of houseplants. Why do you think that so many people surround themselves with growing things?
If you could make one scientific discovery in your lifetime, what would it be? Why? Given all the evidence that cigarette smoking is harmful, why do people con- tinue to smoke cigarettes? Discuss.
If the average life span were increased to 150 years, what major changes in society would you expect? Discuss. What would cause you to end a friendship? Explain.
When we return to places we knew as children, we are often surprised at how different these places seem. Compare and/or contrast your impression of some place you knew as a child with your current impression of the same place. Do you believe that banning certain books from public and school libraries is justified? Discuss.
Can you tell something about a person from the way she or he dresses? Explain. Do high schools put too much emphasis on athletics? Discuss.
What would you place in a time-capsule to allow people opening the capsule 1,000 years from now to understand life in the 1980's? Explain. "Self-discipline is the most important ingredient for success." Attack or defend.
Describe a model physical fitness plan. Does our public educational system promote mediocrity? Discuss.
Is it harmful for children to be in day-care centers all day? Explain why or why not. Should the custom of tipping be abolished? Explain why or why not.
"In the United States, we waste a great natural resource: the elderly." Agree or disagree. Beauty contests, despite some criticism, are still very popular. In your opinion, what are the chief reasons for their popularity? Explain.
Is war sometimes justifiable? Explain. What are the chief causes of shoplifting? Discuss.
Should the death penalty be abolished? Discuss. Overcrowded prisons are one of the major problems facing Georgia. What might be done to ease this problem?
What can be done to prevent violence and crime in public schools? Discuss. Should law enforcement agencies be permitted to tap telephone lines? Explain.
Should public agencies be required to inform parents if their minor children (those under 17) seek birth control? Discuss. If you could pass one law, what would it be? Why?
What do you consider to be your duties as an American citizen? Discuss. Should national and state governments set aside land for parks? Discuss.
Do you believe that it is the responsibility of the young to provide financial security for the aged? Why or why not? Why are many people afraid of growing old? Discuss.
What can parents do to prepare their children for school? Discuss. The changes brought on by the women's liberation movement are typically seen as benefitting women. Do men also benefit from women's liberation? Discuss.
According to studies, the average American watches television as much as six hours a day. Why do Americans watch so much television? Discuss. Do you have a positive or a negative view of lawyers? Explain.
America has many regional foods. What would you recommend to a traveller who wanted to experience Southern food? Explain. If you could hold any job for one year, what would you choose? Why?
If you could change one thing about your childhood, what would it be? Discuss. How can parents promote good reading habits in their children? Discuss.
Is it better to have brothers and sisters than to be an only child? Explain. Is the traditional role of fathers changing? Discuss.
It has been said that computers are taking over our lives. Do you agree or disagree? Explain. Is the person without knowledge of com- puters in the 1980's handicapped? Discuss.
Does a person's name affect his or her personality? Discuss. Should adoption records be open to the people directly involved (the person adopted, the biological parents and/or the adoptive parents)? Explain why or why not.
How does a person make a good first impression in an interview? Discuss. What is your most prized possession? Why?
What is your definition of a gentleman or a lady? Explain. What is the value of recreation? Explain.
Should teenaged children of divorced parents have the right to decide which parent to live with? Discuss. Many American communities have only one newspaper. What negative effects could this absence of competition have? Explain.
P.T. Barnum said that "a sucker is born every minute." Explain how this idea relates to American advertising. Why are there more female than male public school teachers? Explain.
Should college physical education grades be included in the grade point average? Discuss why or why not. Do you favor or oppose a rule that would prohibit professional teams from recruiting college student athletes until their college sports eligibility is over? Why or why not?
Knowledge can be gained from books and scientific observation. What are some other important sources of knowledge, and why are they valuable? Whether we want them or not, many of us get tagged with one or more nicknames during our lives. Discuss the positive and/or negative aspects of the practice of nicknaming.
Whom would you identify as a truly wise person? What makes him or her seem wise to you? Archaeologists have learned much about the lives of first-century Romans from the excavations of houses buried by lava at Pompeii. Suppose that your home were preserved just as it is now. What con- clusions about life in the 1980's might this evidence lead future archaeologists to draw?
Discuss what people reveal about them- selves by the way they drive. What steps should be taken to improve the quality of education in our public schools? Discuss.
Discuss the following statement: "As we get older, our toys cost more." Name your favorite game or sport and explain why you find it enjoyable.
What should a college athlete consider in deciding whether to turn professional or to remain in college? Athletic programs at some colleges are big business. Discuss the advantages and/or disadvantages of this situation.
Discuss how student evaluations of faculty could be used by administrators, faculty, and/or students. Partners in marriage often write their own detailed marriage contracts, covering such matters as the number of children they wish to have and the management of mon- ey. Would you write such a contract? Explain why or why not.
Should financial aid be denied to those students who have not registered for the draft? Explain. In the development of a national budget, which should be more important -- fighting poverty at home or arming to fight an aggressor? Explain.
Should all students be required to take a course in computer science some time during their education? Explain why or why not. Which of the four seasons of the year appeals to you the most? Why?
Suicide among high school and college students is on the rise in this country. Discuss possible reasons why young people take their own lives. What is the best advice you ever got? Explain.
Discuss why people are fascinated by amusement parks such as Disney World and Six Flags. Explain why you do or do not hunt.
"The love of money is the root of all evil." Agree or disagree. Discuss some of the roles a college student plays.
How effective is television in disseminating news? Explain. What steps would you recommend be taken to make health care in America more available to everyone? Explain.
Is it better to know a little about many sub- jects than to know a lot about one subject? Discuss. Should an introduction to art, music, and drama be a part of every college student's education? Explain why or why not.
Do you believe young college students should postpone marrying until they graduate? Why or why not? Should cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/first aid courses be a required part of the college's curriculum? Discuss why or why not.
How do you expect your college education to change the rest of your life? Discuss. Should every college student take a course in public speaking? Discuss.
What are some possible reasons for the recent decline in the reading skills of high school students? Discuss. What could be done to make students more interested in learning about science? Discuss.
Should the law require automobile drivers and passengers to use safety belts? Discuss. Discuss some of the appeals used in automobile advertisements.
What steps should be taken to reduce the number of drunk drivers? Discuss. Is increased life expectancy a blessing or a curse? Discuss.
Every applicant for a Georgia driver's license must choose whether to be an organ donor. Would you choose to be a donor? Explain why or why not. Should the United States offer foreign aid only to those nations which support our policies? Discuss.
Do you support the nuclear freeze move- ment that has recently gained momentum in both Europe and the United States? Explain why or why not. What is your favorite piece of furniture? Explain.
Though a favorite sport of many, boxing is a dangerous sport that leaves many boxers suffering from eye and brain damage. Should it be outlawed? Are large stockpiles of sophisticated military weapons necessary to deter foreign aggression? Discuss.
Why do people still go to movie theaters despite the availability of television movies and video cassettes? Discuss. If you were forced to live without television, how would you spend the time you normally spend watching TV? Discuss.
How have your eating habits changed since you've been in college? Discuss. Do you think of yourself as a "goal- oriented" person? Explain.
Does a person have to be wealthy and powerful in order to be considered successful? Discuss. If you had the power to do one thing to improve the world, what would you do? Discuss.
Should citizens be permitted to defend themselves and their property through means of deadly force? Discuss. What do you think are the best methods of disciplining children? Explain.
If you could have a household robot, for what jobs would you want it programmed? Discuss. "A person may be fairly judged by what he finds amusing." Discuss.
Is it the responsibility of the United States to share its food supplies with the hungry people of the world? Explain. What is the value of foreign travel? Discuss.
About a decade ago Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock and The Third Wave, referred to contemporary society as the "throw away" generation. Is that term descriptive of your generation? Explain. The United States has never had a female president. To what do you attribute this? Discuss.
What is the difference between "good" and "bad" stress? Explain. If you could choose any culture or society, which one would you choose to live in? Discuss.
Why have the Sunbelt states been gaining population in the last two decades? Discuss. Discuss some of the advantages and/or disadvantages of having two or three generations of a family living together under the same roof.
Why do people play practical jokes? Explain. What does it mean to be fully alive? Explain.
If you were alone for a week, what books (or records) would you select to read (or listen to)? Discuss. Should teachers be required to pass competency tests? Discuss.
What type of music do you prefer? Why? Why is college football so popular? Discuss.
Which of your talents do you value most? Why? Do you feel that college professors show favoritism among students? Discuss.
Should the school year be extended to include longer hours and more days required to obtain a high school diploma? Discuss. If you were among the first colonizers of a new planet in the twenty-first century, what would you not want your fellow colonists to transport from the planet Earth? Explain.
Discuss some of the differences you have noticed between written and spoken language. Americans generally condemn day- dreaming as a waste of time. Do you agree with this view, or do you see some benefits of daydreaming? Discuss.
When you are approached for a charitable contribution, do you generally contribute? Why or why not? Publishers report that astrology columns are among the most widely read features in newspapers. Do you check your astrological forecast from time to time? Why or why not?
The evidence shows that for many reasons the family-owned and family-run small farm is a vanishing American insti- tution. Should this situation cause con- cern in American society? Why or why not? Do you suppose you would be happier if you lived more simply, eliminating the effort it takes to acquire an abundance of luxuries? Why or why not?
Do you read the newspaper every day? Why or why not? The "Living Will" directs a person's family and physicians not to keep that person alive by artificial means if that person were to suffer a totally incapacitating disease or illness. Would you consider signing such a document and giving it to your own family? Why or why not?
Is noise pollution becoming a serious threat to the welfare of Americans? Discuss. "Very few of us really know how to listen." Discuss why you agree or disagree with this statement.
Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Discuss. "Any teacher who can be replaced by a machine, should be." Discuss why you agree or disagree with this statement.
Do you favor or oppose the use of animal organs (such as hearts or kidneys) as transplants in humans when human organs are not available? Explain. The Supreme Court has recently ruled that public schools have the right to conduct searches of students' persons and property when there is reasonable cause to suspect the presence of weapons or drugs. Do you support or oppose such searches? Explain.
Would you be better off if you didn't own a television? Discuss. It is said that the United States has the highest crime rate of any country that keeps accurate records. What, in your opinion, are some of the reasons for the unusually high rate of crime in the U.S.? Discuss.
If you could participate in only one extra- curricular activity, which would you choose? Why? What measures might be effective in reducing drug traffic in Georgia? Discuss.
Should the government allow unlimited numbers of refugees from political oppression to enter the U.S.? Discuss. Should the government cut funds from educational, cultural, and welfare pro- grams to support a strong defense budget? Discuss.
Should the advertisement of alcoholic beverages be banned from television? Discuss. Should tax dollars be used to subsidize public television and radio broadcasts? Discuss.
If you were placed in a position to reduce the national debt, what area would you cut? Why? Many states have enacted laws banning all non-returnable drink containers. Should Georgia pass such a law? Why or why not?
Some think that divorces are too easy to obtain today. Do you agree or disagree? Explain. What steps can be taken to reduce the amount of litter found along highways and in the countryside? Discuss.
Should stricter laws be enacted banning billboards along our major highways? Why or why not? Presidential greatness is often debated by professional historians. Which U.S. president would you identify as the greatest? Justify your selection.
Several communities have recently passed laws making it illegal for bars to promote the consumption of alcohol through sales specials such as happy hours, two-for-one hours, and ladies' night. Do you agree or disagree that these laws are needed? Discuss. Who is the person in public life (govern- ment, entertainment, sports, etc.) whom you admire the least? Explain.
What is your favorite source of entertain- ment? Explain why. Would you want to survive a nuclear war? Discuss.
Is it better to have lived in one place all one's life than to have moved around? Discuss. What is your favorite holiday? Why?
Do Americans place too much emphasis on physical appearance? Discuss. Nearly all students have had classmates who they wished were anywhere else but in that particular class. What kinds of students do you find most annoying? Discuss.
Should the media show more respect for celebrities' desire for privacy? Discuss. "The best things in life are free." Discuss why you agree or disagree with this statement.
Is there anything that teachers can learn from students? Discuss. If you had to choose between a job that you loved that paid $15,000 a year and a job that you hated that paid $25,000 a year, which job would you take? Explain why.
Why do so many people like to have collections of something (antiques, coins, stamps, dolls)? Discuss. According to Vince Lombardi, "Winning is not the most important thing; it's the only thing." Explain why you agree or disagree with this view.
With the widespread availability of calcu- lators, is it necessary for students to learn arithmetic? Discuss. Should student evaluations of faculty members be made available to students? Discuss why or why not.
There is a shortage of mathematics teachers in the secondary schools. What specific actions should be taken to lessen this shortage? Discuss. Has the space program benefited the average American? Discuss.
With news readily available from the electronic media, why are newspapers still popular? Discuss. What are the advantages and/or dis- advantages of being single? Discuss.
Should parents encourage their teenage children to work even if the family does not need the money? Who is a sex symbol today? Explain.
Which advertisements do you find most appealing or offensive? Why? What do you do to cope with stress?
Do you think that the average person would rather conform (be like everyone else in his group) than stand out as an individual? Discuss. What problem in this contemporary world do you find most disturbing? Explain.
Has television brought members of the family together? Discuss. Are robots a blessing or a curse to the labor force? Discuss.
If you wanted to be one of the first civilians to fly in space, how would you sell yourself to NASA? What animal do you like (or dislike) the most? Why?
Should polygraph tests be used as a condition of employment? Discuss. If you could live in any city in the world, which would you choose and why?
What single experience do you believe every human being should have, one without which human life, in your opinion, would not be complete? Explain. Should children diagnosed as having AIDS be permitted to attend public schools? Discuss why or why not.
What is the greatest bargain you have ever got? Explain. Should college students be tested for AIDS? Discuss why or why not.
Discuss some of the pressures on college students. Should final examinations in college courses be comprehensive? Discuss.
Discuss the advantages and/or disadvantages of being a commuting student. If you were a fashion designer for college students on a budget, what wardrobe would you suggest that would be reason- ably priced and adaptable to various occasions?
Explain what motivates you to strive for good grades in college. Many college freshmen complain that they have never learned how to study. What pointers could you give to help people with poor study habits? Explain.
Is it an advantage or a disadvantage to have a job while attending college? Discuss. Should colleges make it optional for students to pay activities fees? Discuss why or why not.
What types of students do you like to have in your classes? Discuss. Should computer literacy be required of all college students? Discuss why or why not.
Should the government increase taxes to help improve the standard of living of poor people? Discuss why or why not. How do you think our future will be influenced by the great influx of foreign products into the United States? Explain.
In order to protect American industry, should the U.S. government impose heavy tariffs on foreign goods coming into this country? Discuss why or why not. Have you observed any significant dif- ferences between high school and college teachers? Explain.
What advice would you give to a student just beginning high school? Explain. How can we reduce the problem of illiteracy in our nation? Explain.
Do American students know far too little about their Russian counterparts? Discuss. Should high school students be required to wear uniforms? Discuss why or why not.
What can public schools do to lower the number of high school dropouts? Explain. Should schools establish dress codes? Discuss.
Is the preservation of all species of plant and animal life crucial to the continued existence of mankind? Discuss. Is concern for a clean environment a dead issue today? Discuss.
One suggested partial solution to the drug problem is to furnish drugs to certified addicts, thus removing the profit for drug dealers. What do you think of this idea? Should employers have the right to require their employees to take drug tests? Discuss why or why not.
Should a person tell his or her spouse about past love affairs? Discuss why or why not. What can be done to help prevent a marriage from ending in divorce? Explain.
Would you rather spend a weekend with your friends or your family? Explain. Of the sources of entertainment which are popular today, which do you find least appealing? Discuss.
What was the most important event of your life? Discuss why this event was so important. What types of movies do you prefer? Explain.
Which do you believe has been most influential in your life -- good luck (chance) or good decisions? Explain. Have recent reports on airline crashes and near collisions changed your attitude toward air travel? Discuss why or why not.
What impact has attending college had on your relationships with others? Explain. What types of reading materials do you prefer? Discuss.
If you could buy one very expensive thing, what would it be? Explain. How do you account for the popularity of your favorite entertainer?
What kind of research would you suggest doing before making a major purchase such as a car or stereo? How would your life change if you inherited a million dollars?
Name a person, place, or thing that is currently very popular but that, in your opinion, is overrated. Explain why it does not deserve its popularity. What career, other than the one for which you are preparing, do you find most appealing? Explain.
What situations are most stressful for you? Discuss. Discuss the importance that a relative (other than a parent) has had in your life.
Given the choice, would you rather live in the mountains or near the beach? Discuss. If you were to set up a personal museum of the most significant objects you own, what would you include and why?
Do you like surprises? Explain why or why not. Explain why you do or do not smoke.
Discuss a New Year's resolution that you actually kept (or wish you had). What region of the United States do you like the most? Why?
If for some reason you were prevented from attending college, what career would you pursue? Why? Explain why you do or do not like having picnics.
Is there one place on earth that means more to you than all others? Why? People dress to project an image or to follow trends or to be comfortable. Discuss why you dress the way you do.
What have you been promising to throw out for years that you just cannot seem to part with? Discuss. If you could relive one day in your life, which day would it be? Explain.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation? Explain. What are some characteristics of people you try to avoid when selecting friends? Explain.
What would be the ideal number of chil- dren for you to have in a family? Discuss. Name some of your family's traditions (perhaps concerning holidays, birthdays, vacations, or other activities) and discuss why they are important to you.
How are you different from your parents (or other adults significant in your up- bringing)? Explain. Explain why you would or would not recommend a movie you saw recently.
What advice would you give to a person about the process of ending a meaningful relationship? What influences from the past have helped shape the person you are today? Discuss.
If private ownership of automobiles were impossible, how would your life change? If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, masseuse, or personal secretary, which one, if any, would you choose? Why?
What foreign country would you like to visit, and why would you like to go there? What can be done to encourage more and better candidates to seek public office? Explain.
Has media scrutiny of public officials' private lives become excessive? Discuss. Should local governments pass a law restricting the ownership of dangerous pets such as pit bulldogs? Discuss why or why not.
What advice would you give to a young person just beginning to date? More and more people are seeking plastic surgery for purely cosmetic reasons. Why are so many people willing to accept the costs and risks of this kind of surgery?
Explain why you think so many people get the post-Christmas blues. Are people in the U.S. overly concerned about being thin? Discuss.
Americans are fast becoming the most overweight people in the world. To what do you attribute this trend? Explain. Should animals be used in medical research? Discuss.
What can be done to make the treatment of the elderly more humane? What can be done to make the public more aware of the dangers of drinking and driving?
What has been the most useless invention of the twentieth century? Explain. Do you think a person's looks affect his or her success in the job market? Discuss why or why not.
What should be done to reduce the problem of homelessness in the U.S.? How can Halloween be made safer for young people?
Some television series (such as M.A.S.H. and Leave It To Beaver) have enjoyed a long life both in production and in reruns. Explain why. What are the chief reasons for our youth's interest in music videos? Explain.
According to some observers, Americans are watching less network television. What do you think are the reasons for the decline in interest? Choose a character in a recent movie or television show whom you find especially appealing or unappealing. Explain your choice.
Why are television game shows so popular? Discuss. Why do many people prefer watching television news shows over reading newspapers? Discuss.
Do you like being in the presence of small children? Discuss why or why not. Should people accept it as their duty to take care of their aging parents? Discuss. Women today are waiting until they are older to marry for the first time. Why?
If you could take back any deed you have done and do it differently, what would it be? Why? Fill in the blank in the following statement and discuss: "They don't make ________ like they used to."
What commonly held ideas about the South seem to you most true or untrue? Explain. What is the dumbest thing you ever did? Explain why you did it.
What kind of injustice makes you "fighting mad"? Explain. How is the threat of AIDS changing dating habits? Explain.
Which qualities or characteristics of child- hood should we strive to preserve throughout our lives? Discuss. What can be done to reduce the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States? Explain.
How should students who turn in someone else's work as their own be punished? Discuss. Should high-school students go steady? Discuss why or why not.
Name the worst movie or television pro- gram you have ever seen, and explain why you dislike it. Is there ever a situation in which a person should hide his or her true feelings? Explain.
Name your favorite pastime and explain why you enjoy it. Name some place you would not like to go on a date and explain why you would choose not to go there.
Propose a model sex education program.

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