Telling lies for a better world?
Lies have a bad reputation. Telling the truth is normally considered to be a good thing. One conventional view of lying is that it is bad in itself and should be avoided at all costs. Another conventional view is that the consequences of lying are often bad, so lying should be avoided except in extreme circumstances. In the past two decades, though, a number of authors have challenged conventional wisdom, arguing that lying is not as bad as normally thought and that a number of other beliefs about lying are misunderstood. A well-known study even shows that an ordinary person tells three lies every ten minutes.
So what is your opinion of telling lies? How is your relationship with them? What do you do when being lied to? And more importantly, when and how do you choose to lie?
Please write your view on the topic with about 300 words. You can add a title by yourself.
Recently, a book named “THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE” became one of the best-sellers in book stores. It aims to present some powerful lessons in personal change to people in contemporary society.
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize（统合综效）
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw（不断更新）
What do you think of the role of effectiveness in your life and study? Have you ever benefited from one of the habits mentioned in the book in your daily life? You are invited to write a composition in about 300 words concerning the topic above. Your composition should be given a title and it should contain your personal experiences. Marks will be graded for content, organization, language and appropriateness.
Directions: Are you a person who is always delivering positive energy to the people around you or sending negative messages or emotions to your friends? Or what kind of people do you expect to have around you?
Please write an article within no less than 300 words to present your opinion on the topic. You can add a title by yourself.
A01.Tell me about your favorite singer.
Cues: Who is the singer? Why do you like the singer? Do you remember the first you met the singer?
A02.Tell me about the most unforgettable thing that happened in your life.
Cues: When and where did it take place? What made it unforgettable? What did you get from it?
A03.Tell me about your hometown.
Cues: Where is your hometown? What is the distinguishing feature of your hometown? What is the biggest problem of your hometown?
A04.Tell me about your ways to release stress.
Cues: What makes you feel stressful? How do you release it? What is the effect?
A05.Tell me about your ideal work.
Cues: What is your ideal work? What constitutes its specific charm? How do you think you can get such an ideal work?
A06.Tell me about something you did that made your parents angry.
Cues: Give a brief account. How did you feel about it? What have you learned from it?
A07.Tell me about a strict person you ever met.
Cues: Who is the strict person? In what sense is he strict? Is it good to be a strict person?
A08.Tell me about your opinions about the generation gap.
Cues: What is the generation gap between you and your parents? Give an example to illustrate the gap. What are the causes for the gap?
A09.Tell me about your opinions on pocket money.
Cues: Do you think parents should give children pocket money? Elaborate on the supporting reasons for your opinion. If your answer is yes, what should parents do about the money to avoid spoiling the children?
A10.Tell me about a pet you keep or you want to keep.
Cues: What is the pet you keep or you want to keep? Why do you keep or want to keep it？ What do you do/will you do to keep it well?
B01.Tell me about the difference between formal and informal party.
Cues: What is a formal party like? What is an informal party like? Which do you prefer to attend? Why?
B02.Tell me about your favorite food.
Cues: What is your favorite food? Why do you like it most? Do you remember the first time when you had it?
B03.Tell me about your opinion about mistakes.
Cues: What mistakes have you made? How did you do with them? What have you learned from them?
B04.Tell me about your opinion on wealth.
Cues: What role does wealth play in life? Do you agree with the saying that everyone lives for pursuing wealth? Do you think wealth brings happiness?
B05.Tell me about your understandings of the qualities of good parents.
Cues: What are the essential characters of good parents? Do your parents have such characters? Give examples to illustrate your parents’ good qualities.
B06.Tell me about your opinion on celebrity.
Cues: Which do you prefer, an ordinary person or a celebrity? Why? Do you know a celebrity who dreams of becoming an ordinary person?
B07.Tell me about your ways to resist temptation when shopping.
Cues: Have you had an experience of struggling against temptation in shopping? Give an account of such an experience. What did you to do to resist it?
B08.Tell me about your comment on the claim that honesty is out of style.
Cues: Do you agree with the claim? Why? In what situations do you feel we can tell white lies?
B09.Tell me about your favorite holiday.
Cues: What is your favorite holiday? Why do you like it? How do you celebrate it?
B10.Tell me about your opinion on punctuality (i.e. being on time).
Cues: Do you think punctuality is very important? Have you had an experience of being late? What did you feel at that moment? What was the consequence?
C01.Tell me about an advertisement which talked you into buying.
Cues: What advertisement is it? What product did you buy? How did this advertisement talk you into buying?
C02.Tell me about one thing you have done/you can do to protect our environment.
Cues: What have you done/ can you do to protect the environment? Why do you want to do it? How beneficial is it to the environment?
C03.Tell me about a mischievous deed you did when you were a child.
Cues: What did you do and why did you it? How did your parents feel about what you did? Explain the results of what you did.
C04.Tell me about a toy that you enjoyed playing with in your childhood.
Cues: What did it look like and how did you get this toy? What did you do with this toy? Why did you enjoy playing with this toy?
C05.Tell me about your idea of online shopping.
Cues: What is online shopping? Are you fond of online shopping? Why do young people prefer online shopping?
C06.Tell me about a useful skill you recently learned.
Cues: What is the skill? How did you learn it? Why do you think this skill is useful?
C07.Tell me about the importance of the cultural heritage protection.
Cues: What is the cultural heritage? Why should we protect the cultural heritage? How can we do to protect them?
C08.Tell me about the differences between British English and American English.
Cues: What are the features of British English? What are the features of American English? What are the differences between them?
C09.Tell me about your way to become close friend with parents.
Cues: What’s your relationship with your parents？ What do you think the essential to become friends with parents? What parents should do to improve their parenting?
C10.Tell me about some differences between American and Chinese customs.
Cues: What American customs do you know? What are the Chinese customs different from them? How can we improve our communicative skills in dealing with Americans?