June 2016 Asia ACT writing essay prompt

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June 2016 Asia ACT writing essay prompt


For most people, advertisements are nearly impossible to avoid. Whether watching TV, surfing a web, playing a video game or even reading an e-book, we are subjected to a near-constant wave of advertisements. Some advertisements, such as commercials on TV or the radio, are direct and overt. Other types of advertising more subtle, such as product placement, where the company pays to have its product featured prominently in TV or a video game. Given advertising's many forms and its consistent presence in outlive, it is worthwhile considering the influence of advertisements on the individual.

Read and carefully consider these perspectives. Each suggests a particular way of thinking about the influence of advertisements on the individual.

Perspective one

Without ads, it would be difficult for us to make informed purchasing decisions: Ads not only tell us what products exist; it helps us choose the products that best suit our needs.

Perspective two

The presence of advertisements is the reflection of our own values. If we were not materialistic, commercials will not be effective.

Perspective three

Ads distort our sense of what is valuable and desirable. They create within us a false need and convince us that the way to fulfill that need is to buy the advertised products.

Essay task

Write a unified, coherent essay in which you evaluate multiple perspectives on animal testing. In your essay, be sure to:

- analyze and evaluate the perspectives given

- state and develop your own perspective on the issue

- explain the relationship between your perspective and those given

Your perspective may be in full agreement with any of the others, in partial agreement, or wholly different. Whatever the case, support your ideas with logical reasoning and detailed, persuasive examples.

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