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SOME PERSUASIVE ESSAY PROMPTS

TWA Prompt: C1
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt.
Everyone has taken a risk at some time in his or her life. Write about a risk you have taken.
Discuss why you took this risk and whether it was worth taking.

TWA Prompt: C2
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Think of a book you have read at some point in your academic career that had a significant impact on you. In what ways did it influence your life?

TWA Prompt: C3
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Reflect back on an incident in your life or in the life of someone you know that required a courageous action? Describe the incident and explain how it involved courage.

TWA Prompt: C4
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If you had the opportunity to meet a person (living or dead) from any point in history, who would it be and why would you choose him/her?

TWA Prompt: C5
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We have all walked away from situations in our lives--work, school, family matters--that we have regretted. Have you ever walked away from a situation under less than ideal circumstances then later regretted your actions? Discuss the situation, and then explain how you could have
handled things differently.

TWA Prompt: C6
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Many of the lessons we learn in life are the result of unforeseen circumstances. Describe something you learned quite unexpectedly, and discuss its importance in your life.

TWA Prompt: C7
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Mistakes can often become valuable opportunities. Have there been any mistakes in your life that you have turned into valuable experiences? Describe one mistake you have made recently. Explain how you changed it into a valuable experience and discuss what you learned.

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TWA Prompt: A1
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt.
“Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Cite an incident that explains your point of view.

TWA Prompt: A2
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“You don’t just luck into things as much as you think. In reality, luck is generated step by step, whether it involves friendships, opportunities, or personal growth.” Do you agree or disagree with this quote? Explain your point of view using examples from history, literature, the media or your own experience.

TWA Prompt: A3
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt. Some have suggested that the legal drinking age in California be lowered to 18 years of age. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

TWA Prompt: A4
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt.
Some experts say that legalizing drugs will end most drug addictions and will allow more terminally ill patients to use them to ease their pain. Others think legalizing drugs would simply increase drug addiction. Should the United States legalize drugs? Why?

TWA Prompt: A5
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt.
Recently, parent groups have argued that certain books should be banned from school libraries because of their potentially harmful effect on children. What do you think? Should certain books be banned, or should children have the right to read what they want?

TWA Prompt: A6
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A famous football coach once said, “Winning isn’t everything . . . it’s the only thing.” Consider this quote in light of your circumstances (e.g., school challenges, personal struggles, the over all sentiment in today’s society, etc.). Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your
point of view.

TWA Prompt: A7
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt.
Some students believe that the level of education is better at a small college/university than a large college/university. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

TWA Prompt: A8
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“Loneliness is the anxiety that you do not matter at all.” Do you agree or disagree with this quote? Explain your point of view using examples from history, literature, the media, or your own personal experience.

TWA Prompt: A9
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Gun control is a continuing controversy in the United States. Many argue that it is their right to own guns for protection of life, liberty and property, while others feel that guns in the hands of Americans lead to more violence. Which of these viewpoints do you agree with and why?

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Write a letter to your future grandchildren. Choose a major event that has occurred during your lifetime that you believe would be important enough to pass along to your grandchildren and explain its importance.

TWA Prompt: A11
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Do you remember a song from the past that still has a significant impact on you? Or can you recall a more recent song that generates some response? What kind of memories does this song remind you of and why?

TWA Prompt: A12
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Do you agree or disagree? Cite an example from history, the media, or personal experience.

TWA Prompt: A13
Directions: Write an essay that responds to the following prompt.
Some parents and college-aged students are firm believers in the single sex college as more conducive to focused study. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your stance.