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Essay writing is a one of the Major section of GRE Exam.  You have to write essay on any of the given section like Society, Education, Government / nation’s responsibility, Leadership & politics, Research, Art/ history/ culture, Views/ ideas/ imagination, Science & technology, Personal philosophy. Here the list of Essay topics will ask you in GRE Exam.

SOCIETY

  1. To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities.
  1. Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could.
  2. The well-being of a society is enhanced when many of its people question authority.
  3. Claim: The best way to understand the character of a society is to examine the character of the men and women that the society chooses as its heroes or its role models. Reason: Heroes and role models reveal a society’s highest ideals.
  1. Society should make efforts to save endangered species only if the potential extinction of those species is the result of human activities.
  1. Society should identify those children who have special talents and provide training for them at an early age to develop their talents.
  2. It is primarily through our identification with social groups that we define ourselves.
  3. Claim: It is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero. Reason: The reputation of anyone who is subjected to media scrutiny will eventually be diminished.
  1. There is little justification for society to make extraordinary efforts—especially at a great cost in money and jobs—to save endangered animal or plant species.
  2. Every individual in a society has a responsibility to obey just laws and to disobey and resist unjust laws.
  3. People who are the most deeply committed to an idea or policy are also the most critical of it.
  4. In this age of intensive media coverage, it is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero.
  5. People’s attitudes are determined more by their immediate situation or surroundings than by society as a whole.
  6. It is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero.
  7. Some people believe that in order to thrive, a society must put its own overall success before the well-being of its individual citizens. Others believe that the well-being of a society can only be measured by the general welfare of all its people.
  8. Claim: Many problems of modern society cannot be solved by laws and the legal system. Reason: Laws cannot change what is in people’s hearts or minds.
  1. Unfortunately, in contemporary society, creating an appealing image has become more important than the reality or truth behind that image.
  2. Some people believe that corporations have a responsibility to promote the well-being of the societies and environments in which they operate. Others believe that the only responsibility of corporations, provided they operate within the law, is to make as much money as possible.

EDUCATION

  1. Educational institutions have a responsibility to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed.
  2. Educational institutions have a responsibility to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed.
  1. Universities should require every student to take a variety of courses outside the student’s field of study.
  2. Educational institutions should actively encourage their students to choose fields of study that will prepare them for lucrative careers.
  3. Formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free.
  4. Some people believe that college students should consider only their own talents and interests when choosing a field of study. Others believe that college students should base their choice of a field of study on the availability of jobs in that field.
  5. The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones.
  1. Teachers’ salaries should be based on their students’ academic performance.
  2. College students should base their choice of a field of study on the availability of jobs in that field.
  3. Claim: When planning courses, educators should take into account the interests and suggestions of their students. Reason: Students are more motivated to learn when they are interested in what they are studying.
  1. Students should always question what they are taught instead of accepting it passively.
  2. Competition for high grades seriously limits the quality of learning at all levels of education.
  3. Educators should teach facts only after their students have studied the ideas, trends, and concepts that help explain those facts.
  1. Young people should be encouraged to pursue long-term, realistic goals rather than seek immediate fame and recognition.
  2. In order to become well-rounded individuals, all college students should be required to take courses in which they read poetry, novels, mythology, and other types of imaginative literature.
  1. Learning is primarily a matter of personal discipline; students cannot be motivated by school or college alone.
  2. Young people should be encouraged to pursue long-term, realistic goals rather than seek immediate fame and recognition.
  3. Colleges and universities should require all faculties to spend time working outside the academic world in professions relevant to the courses they teach.
  4. All parents should be required to volunteer time to their children’s schools.
  5. Colleges and universities should require their students to spend at least one semester studying in a foreign country.
  6. Educators should base their assessment of students’ learning not on students’ grasp of facts but on the ability to explain the ideas, trends, and concepts that those facts illustrate.
  7. Colleges and universities should require their students to spend at least one semester studying in a foreign country.
  8. Although innovations such as video, computers, and the Internet seem to offer schools improved methods for instructing students, these technologies all too often distract from real learning.

GOVERNMENT / NATION’S RESPONSIBILITY

  1. Claim: Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. Reason: It is primarily in cities that a nation’s cultural traditions are preserved and generated.
  1. Some people believe that government funding of the arts is necessary to ensure that the arts can flourish and be available to all people. Others believe that government funding of the arts threatens the integrity of the arts.
  2. Nations should pass laws to preserve any remaining wilderness areas in their natural state, even if these areas could be developed for economic gain.
  3. Governments should offer a free university education to any student who has been admitted to a university but who cannot afford the tuition.
  4. Governments should focus on solving the immediate problems of today rather than on trying to solve the anticipated problems of the future.
  5. Laws should be flexible enough to take account of various circumstances, times, and places.
  6. Governments should place few, if any, restrictions on scientific research and development.
  7. Governments should offer college and university education free of charge to all students.
  1. The surest indicator of a great nation is represented not by the achievements of its rulers, artists, or scientists, but by the general welfare of its people.
  2. Governments should not fund any scientific research whose consequences are unclear.
  3. Government officials should rely on their own judgment rather than unquestioningly carry out the will of the people they serve.
  4. Nations should suspend government funding for the arts when significant numbers of their citizens are hungry or unemployed.
  5. Some people believe that government officials must carry out the will of the people they serve. Others believe that officials should base their decisions on their own judgment.
  6. Claim: Nations should suspend government funding for the arts when significant numbers of their citizens are hungry or unemployed. Reason: It is inappropriate—and, perhaps, even cruel—to use public resources to fund the arts when people’s basic needs are not being met.

LEADERSHIP & POLITICS

  1. Claim: In any field—business, politics, education, government—those in power should step down after five years. Reason: The surest path to success for any enterprise is revitalization through new leadership.
  1. Some people believe that in order to be effective, political leaders must yield to public opinion and abandon principle for the sake of compromise. Others believe that the most essential quality of an effective leader is the ability to remain consistently committed to particular principles and objectives.
  1. Politicians should pursue common ground and reasonable consensus rather than elusive ideals.
  2. Leaders are created by the demands that are placed on them.
  3. There is little justification for society to make extraordinary efforts—especially at a great cost in money and jobs—to save endangered animal or plant species.
  4. The effectiveness of a country’s leaders is best measured by examining the well-being of that country’s citizens.
  5. To be an effective leader, a public official must maintain the highest ethical and moral standards.
  6. Any leader who is quickly and easily influenced by shifts in popular opinion will accomplish little.
  7. Claim: Major policy decisions should always be left to politicians and other government experts. Reason: Politicians and other government experts are more informed and thus have better judgment and perspective than do members of the general public.

RESEARCH

  1. In any field of endeavor, it is impossible to make a significant contribution without first being strongly influenced by past achievements within that field.
  1. In any field of inquiry, the beginner is more likely than the expert to make important contributions.
  2. As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more complex and mysterious.
  3. In any situation, progress requires discussion among people who have contrasting points of view.
  4. Claim: We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from those whose views contradict our own. Reason: Disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning.
  1. Many important discoveries or creations are accidental: it is usually while seeking the answer to one question that we come across the answer to another.
  2. Scientists and other researchers should focus their research on areas that are likely to benefit the greatest number of people.
  3. The best ideas arise from a passionate interest in commonplace things.
  4. Some people believe that scientific discoveries have given us a much better understanding of the world around us. Others believe that science has revealed to us that the world is infinitely more complex than we ever realized.
  5. Claim: Researchers should not limit their investigations to only those areas in which they expect to discover something that has an immediate, practical application. Reason: It is impossible to predict the outcome of a line of research with any certainty.

ART/ HISTORY/ CULTURE

  1. In order for any work of art—for example, a film, a novel, a poem, or a song—to have merit, it must be understandable to most people.
  2. The main benefit of the study of history is to dispel the illusion that people living now are significantly different from people who lived in earlier times.
  3. Knowing about the past cannot help people to make important decisions today.
  4. The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth.
  5. Critical judgment of work in any given field has little value unless it comes from someone who is an expert in that field.
  6. When old buildings stand on ground that modern planners feel could be better used for modern purposes, modern development should be given precedence over the preservation of historic buildings.

VIEWS/ IDEAS/ IMAGINATION

  1. We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from people whose views contradict our own.
  2. Claim: The best test of an argument is its ability to convince someone with an opposing viewpoint. Reason: Only by being forced to defend an idea against the doubts and contrasting views of others does one really discover the value of that idea
  1. Claim: Imagination is a more valuable asset than experience. Reason: People who lack experience are free to imagine what is possible without the constraints of established habits and attitudes.
  1. In most professions and academic fields, imagination is more important than knowledge.
  2. In most professions and academic fields, imagination is more important than knowledge.
  3. In any situation, progress requires discussion among people who have contrasting points of view.
  4. People who are the most deeply committed to an idea or policy are also the most critical of it.
  5. We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from people whose views contradict our own.
  6. The best test of an argument is the argument’s ability to convince someone with an opposing viewpoint.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  1. As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.
  1. The luxuries and conveniences of contemporary life prevent people from developing into truly strong and independent individuals.
  1. The human mind will always be superior to machines because machines are only tools of human minds.
  2. The primary goal of technological advancement should be to increase people’s efficiency so that they have more leisure time.
  3. Some people believe that our ever-increasing use of technology significantly reduces our opportunities for human interaction. Other people believe that technology provides us with new and better ways to communicate and connect with one another.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

  1. People’s behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making.
  2. The greatness of individuals can be decided only by those who live after them, not by their contemporaries.
  1. The increasingly rapid pace of life today causes more problems than it solves.
  2. If a goal is worthy, then any means taken to attain it are justifiable.
  1. People should undertake risky action only after they have carefully considered its consequences.
  2. Claim: Any piece of information referred to as a fact should be mistrusted, since it may well be proven false in the future. Reason: Much of the information that people assume is factual actually turns out to be inaccurate.
  1. It is more harmful to compromise one’s own beliefs than to adhere to them.
  2. True success can be measured primarily in terms of the goals one sets for oneself.