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Sample Essay: ‘Foreign aid does not solve long-term problems.’ To what extent is this a fair viewpoint? (A levels, 2018)

*We have provided an outline and analysis on this question earlier here: https://generalpaper.sg/2019/02/12/foreign-aid-does-not-solve-long-term-problems-to-what-extent-is-this-a-fair-viewpoint-a-levels-2018/ As the saying goes, “If you can solve a problem with money, it’s not really a problem.” According to Economics scholar William Easterly, the West had spent a staggering $2.3 trillion on foreign aid in the past five decades, and yet, many Read more about Sample Essay: ‘Foreign aid does not solve long-term problems.’ To what extent is this a fair viewpoint? (A levels, 2018)[…]

Review: 2018 A Levels General Paper (GP) Essay Questions

The 2018 H1 GP Paper 1 should offer little surprise for most of the J1s entering into J2s this year. The question phrasing and topics covered are nothing out of the norm. In fact, I have told my J1s that they should be able to answer 8 out of the 12 questions given (first 2 Read more about Review: 2018 A Levels General Paper (GP) Essay Questions[…]

2018 A Levels General Paper (GP) Essay Questions

These are the essay questions for this year’s GP exam. Stay tuned for our analysis!   1. How far is failure an essential part of success?   2. To what extent is the pursuit of continuous economic growth a desirable goal?   3. In an age of rapid technological advancement, is a single career for Read more about 2018 A Levels General Paper (GP) Essay Questions[…]

Essay: In today’s globalised world, should we seek to retain our unique cultural identity?

  There is arguably nowhere in the world today that is left untainted by American footprints. More often than not, we happy to consume American products without batting an eyelid. Our unconscious desire to own an Abercrombie T-shirt, buy the latest Nike shoes or sip on a cup of Starbucks as we go about our Read more about Essay: In today’s globalised world, should we seek to retain our unique cultural identity?[…]

2017 ‘A’ Levels GP Essay: How far is science fiction becoming fact?

Fans around the world were waiting with bated breath, in eager expectation of the release of the latest Star Wars movie premiering earlier this week. The franchise had come a long way since George Lucas released the first installation of the film. Commanding a massive cult following worldwide, Star Wars has firmly established and cemented Read more about 2017 ‘A’ Levels GP Essay: How far is science fiction becoming fact?[…]

“Developments in technology has made the world a more dangerous place than ever before.” Do you agree?

Key words “dangerous”: greater risk of armed conflict and increased cybercrime “ever before”: compare past and present Stand Agree to a large extent Arguments Development of nuclear technology → Threat of nuclear war and nuclear accidents Greater ease of movement across borders → Rise of terrorism Increasing reliance on cyber platforms for many areas of Read more about “Developments in technology has made the world a more dangerous place than ever before.” Do you agree?[…]

“Is freedom of speech always desirable?”

(Follow-up from our Facebook post on the Amos Yee saga.) Approach 1. Identify key words: “always” The modifier “always” makes the premise a narrower and stricter one. Premise: “Freedom of speech is desirable in all circumstances.” The focus of the discussion should be on whether the claim is true “in all circumstances”, not merely whether it is true. The Read more about “Is freedom of speech always desirable?”[…]

“Developed nations should play a greater role in fighting climate change.” Do you agree?

(Follow-up from our Facebook post on Obama’s Clean Power Plan.) Approach 1. Identify key words: “should”, “greater” The broad issue is the role of developed nations in fighting climate change. However, a hasty treatment of the question can sometimes cause students to treat the question as though it says, “What is the role of developed nations Read more about “Developed nations should play a greater role in fighting climate change.” Do you agree?[…]