GP essay questions

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GP Essay Questions

‘Foreign aid does not solve long term problems.’ To what extent is this a fair viewpoint?

To what extent is sporting achievement given adequate recognition in your society?

Should small countries be allowed to take the lead in global affairs?

Is humility still desirable today?

Given that human beings are inherently different, is there any point in trying to eradicate inequalities?

‘The golden age is before us.’ How applicable is this to the elderly today?

To what extent is the pursuit of continuous economic growth a desirable goal?

In an increasingly connected world, international issues should take precedence over local ones.” To what extent do you agree?

How far is achieving equality for all a realistic goal in your society?

To what extent is modern technology responsible for our environmental problems?

Is pressure a motivating force or a cause for unhappiness?

Does privacy still have a place in today’s world?

Should university education be free of charge?

‘No risk, no reward.’ Is this good advice for young people in your society today?

Do handicrafts still have value when machine-produced goods are so readily available?

Is the right to eat more important than the right to vote?

Are machines making humans obsolete?

Is regulation of the press desirable?

In an age of rapid technological advancement, is a single career for life realistic?

To what extent can sport be used to improve relations among countries?

‘Science is the new religion.’ To what extent do you agree?

How important is it to preserve our traditional cultures in today’s rapidly changing world?

‘There is no such thing as bad publicity.’ To what extent is this true?

How far is failure an essential part of success?

Can the use of animals for scientific research ever be justified?

‘The quality of written language is being destroyed by social media.’ What is your view?

‘Works of art which have been removed from their country of origin should be returned.’ Discuss.

Consider the view that what is posted online is all talk and no action.

Is competition always desirable?

To what extent does education prepare the young for a world that is constantly changing?

Discuss the claim that social media has been the ruination of the younger generation.

‘Democracy is essential for a country to become a developed nation.’ Do you agree?

‘The modern man is a lonely man.’ Discuss.

‘There is greater value in reading fiction than keeping updated with current affairs.’ Do you agree?

Should we be extremely excited or very disturbed by the possibility of creating genetically modified human beings?

‘Education is not a tool to change the world – it is a weapon employed to ensure it stays the same.’ Discuss.

Consider the view that we do not take enough responsibility for our own well-being.

Assess the view that reading books is, by far, the most wondrous of all


‘The past is not dead; it is not even past.’ Discuss.

‘Global warming is inevitable; instead of trying to stop it, we need to start adapting to it as best we can.’ Is this a reasonable position to adopt?

Should governments restrict the opinions of people given that it is increasingly difficult to do so?

Considering the money involved, should developing countries be allowed to host major sporting events?

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” (Socrates) What are your views?

How far is it possible for one country to forgive another for its past actions?

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant.” (John Simon) To what extent is this reflective of your country?

Consider the view that the poor are more likely to commit crimes than the rich.

How far is science fiction becoming fact?

In today’s world, power is determined by economic success, not military might.” Discuss.

Consider the view that we have not done enough to address the problem of human exploitation.

‘In the global village we inhabit, there is no justification for national boundaries.’ How far do you agree?

Consider the view that economic growth can lead to a more equitable society.

‘Religion serves no practical purpose but to give us hope.’ Comment.

‘Technology has imprisoned us, rather than liberated us.’ Is this a fair comment?

Has the government of your country got its priorities right both in terms of its present policies and future plans?

Discuss the view that too much faith is placed in scientific progress.

‘The world would be a better place if more political leaders were women.’ What is your view?

In your society, to what extent is it acceptable for public money to be used for the acquisition of works of art?

‘History holds us back rather than spurs us forward.’ To what extent is this true?

‘People today do not work as hard as they did in the past.’ How true is this of your society?

‘Eating has never been more dangerous.’ Discuss.

‘No cause is ever worth dying for.’ Discuss.

Comment on the view that traditional businesses have no future in your society.

How far should firms be allowed to limit their workers’ rights when profits are at stake?

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.” (Honore de Balzac) What are your views?

The pursuit of wealth brings more suffering than joy.’ Is this a fair comment?

Democracy has failed.” Do you agree?

Capitalism has failed.” Do you agree?

Examine the role of music in establishing a national identity in your society.

The social media make friendship meaningless’. To what extent do you agree?

‘Countries experiencing conflict should be left to sort out their own problems.’ How far do you agree?

‘It is better to be an entertainment celebrity than a politician today.’ What are your views?

How effectively is public health promoted and managed in your society?

To what extent is science a threat to humanity?

Consider the argument that the main purpose of television should be to educate rather than simply to entertain.

Living in a multicultural, multi-religious and multiracial society brings more problems than benefits.’ What are your views?

Inequality is a fact of life.’ To what extent do you accept this?

Consider the view that some careers are better suited to one gender than the other.

To what extent are people judged more by their physical appearance than by their abilities?

Nowadays, anybody who works hard can get a degree but only the educated person can be of value to society.’ Comment.

In your society, how well are the demands of the economy and the environment balanced?

‘Rehabilitation, not punishment, should be the purpose of the justice system.’ Discuss.

To what extent has your society achieved inclusiveness?

‘Truth is more dangerous than lies.’ Discuss.

Reality TV does not reflect reality.’ Comment.

‘The advancement of a country is defined by its commitment to the Arts.’ Is this a fair comment?

‘Parents have no right to impose their own values and beliefs on their children.’ Discuss.

‘A nation’s might lies in its people, not its natural resources.’ How true is this?

How successful is the education system of your country in instilling a sense of curiosity in students?

‘For the majority of people, the Arts are irrelevant to their daily lives.’ How true is this of your society?

The great power of the media should be balanced with an equally great sense of responsibility.’ Discuss.

‘Books serve little purpose in education as technological developments become more sophisticated.’ How far do you agree?

‘Unless governments have the courage to make extremely unpopular decisions today, we will all suffer tomorrow.’ To what extent does this apply to your own country?

‘Revolution, not evolution.’ Is this what your country needs to continue to thrive in the 21st century?

‘All news is fiction’. Comment.

‘Human need, rather than profit, should always be the main concern of scientific research.’ Discuss.

‘Technology has usurped the rights of the individual.’ Is this true?

All talk and no action.” To what extent is this a fair description of man’s efforts to protect the environment?

To what extent should the arts in your society focus on local rather than foreign talent?

‘Gambling on sport undermines its spirit and should be banned.’ How realistic is this position?

‘Unlike the Arts, such as writing or music, Mathematics lacks the capacity for creativity.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

The best solution to the world’s problems is for people to live a simpler life.” Discuss.

Technological advancement worsens poverty.” Do you agree?

‘Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone’s opinion is of equal value.’ What is your view?

‘Traditional marriage is an outdated concept.’ To what extent is this true of your society?

Consider the view that imposing international sanctions on a country is usually ineffective.

Is there any value in preserving minority languages in the world?

‘Art is a process, not a product.’ What do you think?

‘People in the Arts, living or dead, receive far more recognition than those in the Sciences, though it is less deserved.’ Consider this claim.

Should people be allowed to have children by artificial means?

‘Any adaptation of a novel for film, television or the theatre is never as effective as the original.’ Discuss.

To what extent are the rights of animals protected in your society?

When a government’s finances for social welfare are limited, should they be directed towards the young or the old?

‘The most influential individuals in history are those who have caused the most harm.’ How far would you accept this view?

Is violence ever justified?

Consider the view that mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.

In your society, how far is equality for all a reality?

Should everyone be expected to donate suitable organs after death?

Can humour ever be serious?

Is it possible accurately to portray the beauty of a piece of music in words?

Is there any point in trying to predict future trends?

‘Human actions should be based on scientific fact, not religious faith.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

‘The affluent world should be ashamed that poverty still exists.’ Is this a fair comment?

‘The key criterion for good government is how well the economy is managed.’ Is this a fair assessment?

How far is it acceptable for technology to be used only for financial benefit?

Is the Internet the greatest force humanity has ever known?

‘The more technology advances, the more schools lose their relevance.’ Is this a fair comment?

Photography is not an art form.’ Discuss.

Considering current trends, do you think your country will be a better or worse place to live 10 years from now?

Mankind’s uncontrollable sense of curiosity is more of a curse than a blessing.’ Discuss.

Victory by any means, at any cost.’ Is this an acceptable position to adopt in time of war?

‘Democracy is essential for a country to become a developed nation.’ Do you agree?

People get the government they deserve.’ Discuss.

Is there anything wrong with wanting to live forever?

In order to truly advance as a species, we need to radically re-assess and redefine our current definition of progress.’ Discuss.

Is your country prepared for the future?

‘Scientific progress always comes with a price society has to pay.’ Do you agree?

Religion divides more than unites.’ Discuss.

How far do you agree that the poor only have themselves to blame for their plight?

To what extent is the large amount of money being spent in the field of genetic engineering justifiable?

The idea of gender roles is no longer valid.’ Do you agree?

Assess the view that most natural disasters are the result of human activity.

Do films offer anything more than an escape from reality?

‘Longer life expectancy creates more problems than benefits.’ Discuss.

Tourism comes at a high price.’ How true is this?

Older people are wiser; the young should listen to them.’ To what extent do you agree?

Life is meaningless if there is no death.’ Comment.

To what extent is it possible ‘to make the punishment fit the crime’?

Rich in things and poor in spirit.’ Is this true of your society today?

‘There is no place for ethics in business.’ Discuss.

Work-life balance is unachievable in today’s society.’ Do you agree?

“A country should be run like a business.” Discuss this with reference to your country.

Victims of discrimination deserve special consideration.’ Do you agree?

Disconnect the computer, disconnect my life.’ How far is this true of modern society?

Should parents be blamed for the mistakes of their children?

No complaint, no change.’ How true is this of Singapore society?

Greed is the greatest cause of poverty.’ Do you agree?

‘Getting what one wants in life is what matters.’ Discuss.

There should be no retirement age.’ Discuss.

Which is more important for the well-being of today’s world – the arts or the sciences?

Is too much control being exercised on the new media in your country – or too little?

To what extent can be regulation of scientific or technological developments be justified?

Should people spend so much time and effort on sport when the chances of success are slim?

Discuss the claim that in the modern world people should care more about international than national issues.

How important is it for firms to be socially responsible in today’s world?

Are we placing too much emphasis on innovation in today’s society?

Pop culture is all about appearance.’ Is this a fair comment?

To what extent is the commercialisation of sport a positive trend?

Examine the extent to which expenditure on arms and the armed forces is justifiable in the modern world.

Would you agree that modern technology addresses our human desires more than our needs?

‘A stable society depends on the preservation of the traditional family.’ Comment.

Has your country paid too high a price in its pursuit of economic growth?

Education in modern society focuses too much on the sciences.’ Discuss.

Discuss the idea that greed is good.

Can prejudice ever be eliminated?

Taking risks is an essential part of life and should be encouraged.’ Discuss.

Consider the view that efficient government is more important than democracy.

To what extent is it acceptable for private companies to be involved in financing scientific research?

To what extent can technology be a solutiont to social problems?

Environmental concerns and economic growth cannot co-exist.’ Do you agree?

Do newspapers still have a place in your society?

Do awards and prizes serve any useful purpose?

How far should medical resources be used to extend life expectancy?

Can space research be justified nowadays?

Only modern architecture and modern art have a place in today’s world.’ How true is this of your society?

How far should countries aim to be self-sufficient?

Science is unreliable, being based as much on theory as on fact.’ Is this a fair comment?

Globalisation divides people more than it unites.’ Do you agree?

Why bother to read the daily newspaper? Discuss.

“Science has the ability to prolong life but not better it.” Comment.

“War is but a necessary evil.” Comment.

How far do you agree that health is the responsibility of the State, not of the individual?

Entrepreneurship is just another name for personal greed.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

“A little science estranges a man from God. A lot of science brings him back.” (Francis Bacon) Discuss.

When we give to others, we should always do so without expecting anything in return.” Do you agree?

The view of the majority is always right.” Do you agree?

To strive towards gender equality is to act against nature.” To what extent do you agree?

‘Scientific research into health and diet is unreliable as it so often contradicts itself.’ Is this a fair comment?

Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” (G. Carter) Is this true?

Examine the claim that the world is too dependent on oil.

Idealism brings disillusionment; realism brings results.’ Discuss.

Do you agree that eradicating poverty is a lost cause?

‘Your character is your destiny’. Comment

Is science necessarily the key to the advancement of mankind?

“In the global race to thrive, it is ultimately science and technology that will determine the winners and losers of globalisation.” Discuss.

Does being a pragmatist take the joy out of living?

Does modern technology always improve the quality of people’s lives?

Work keeps us alive but play keeps us young.” Is there a healthy balance between work and leisure in your country?

“Every man is the architect of his own good fortune.” Do you agree that man is the master of his own destiny?

The pen is mightier than the sword.” Can written language really be so powerful?

How far is increased prosperity for all a realistic goal in your society?

Should the wealthy and middle-class feel guilty that there is poverty in the world?

“There is no place for nationalism in a globalised world.” To what extent do you agree?

Is a policy of non-interference an ethical position for a country to take in foreign affairs?

Do you believe that all countries should give their citizens a high degree of freedom of speech as well as assembly?

To hate people is always wrong.’ Argue a case for or against this view.

“Freedom of the press is no different from any of our so-called freedoms; it must be curtailed.” How far do you agree with this statement?

Computers and mobile phones have made us all worse at talking to one another, not better!” What do you think?

The modern woman has paid too high a price in her quest for equality.” Do you agree?

Do you believe that getting good grades in school is the key to success in the modern world?

It is a sad fact that in order to maintain a civilised society, we need to inflict barbaric punishments.” Discuss.

“The role of the arts should not be to shock but to humanise our world.” Discuss.

Consider the view that spoken language is more important than the written form.

History is just a set of lies.’ Discuss.

Does education always make one wise?

Just do it.” Is this advice sound?

Morality has taken a backseat in today’s world.” Do you agree?

“The youth of today are less prepared for future challenges than their parents’ generation.” Do you agree? (The Arena)

Man’s greatest enemy is himself.” Discuss.

Is it wrong for society to give more recognition to pop stars than to Nobel Prize winners?

‘Myths have no place in the modern world.’ Do you agree?

Harmony seldom makes headlines.” Discuss in relation to the mass media today.

Education is no longer about learning but about economic survival.” To what extent do you agree with this view?

Is science more important to mankind than art?

Music today is just packaged noise.” Discuss.

Discuss the view that, with an increasing global need for energy, every possible source should be exploited to the full.

The secret of a happy life is moderation in all things.” Discuss.

Power to the people.” To what extent is this a good political philosophy?

Have Man’s actions already doomed his descendants?

It is inevitable that the aged will be a liability.” How far is this an accurate reflection of your country?

Why should we be concerned with current affairs when most of them will soon be forgotten?

In your opinion, is the goal of avoiding ecological disaster hopeless?

We have bred a generation of little emperors and empresses.” Is this a fair comment on today’s children?

What is the most serious problem in the world today?

Is a preoccupation with the past merely an escape from the present?

Should men and women still maintain separate and differentiated roles in today’s society?

Is it true that the old must now learn from the young?

Modern communications technology has made us all worse at talking to one another, not better!’ What do you think?

The salvation of the world lies in international cooperation.” Do you agree?

Many developed countries are paying increasing attention to the needs of the disadvantaged. How far is this true in your country?

Discuss the view that too much faith is placed in statistics.

Contemporary music has no artistic value.’ Is this a fair comment?

Beware the machines – they are taking control of the human race.” Discuss.

Art brings only emotional satisfaction and entertainment; it cannot solve the major problems of the world.” Discuss.

Man’s greatest enemy is himself.” Discuss.

Is it true that environmentalism is a luxury few can afford?

‘Education should only be concerned with what is useful is life.’ Discuss.

Has increased interaction between nations amplified world problems?

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” (Mao Tse-Tung) To what extent do you agree?

A sportsman should not be paid more than a doctor.” What are your views?

Television is chewing-gum for the eyes.” How far do you agree with this critical view of television?

Should we impose a legal limit on how much a person can earn?

‘Sport divides people more than it unites them.’ Discuss.

Should richer countries give aid abroad while people at home suffer?

Nowadays, the pleasures of reading can never compete with the pleasures of visual entertainment.’ To what extent do you agree?

How likely is it that we will experience a Third World War?

The really idle man gets nowhere; the perpetually busy does not get much further.’ (H. Ogilvie) Do you agree?

How far can the needs of minorities be met in modern Singapore?

Is the idea of having one partner for life still a realistic one?

How far is it possible to ensure that all producers of food and goods are fairly rewarded?

The fight for rights has created a selfish generation.” How true is this of modern society?

Is History anything more than the study of warfare?

In efforts to save the environment, the developed world should take the lead and make the sacrifices. How far do you agree?

Is Singapore truly a developed country?

Does the presence of a foreign power ever help a country with problems?

To what extent is design important in your society?

How should we measure a person’s success in life?

The arts are only for those with money and time to spare.” Do you agree?

Ignorance is bliss.” Discuss.

To what extent does the migration of people have a positive effect?

‘People who do the most worthwhile jobs rarely receive the best financial rewards.’ To what extent is this true of your society?

Air travel should be discouraged, not promoted.’ To what extent do you agree?

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies but let wasps and hornets break through.’ (Jonathan Swift) Discuss.

How far do physical features, such as size and location, determine a country’s progress?

Is it possible for human beings to solve the problem of corruption?

Evaluate the claim that equality of opportunity for females is a desirable, but unrealistic, goal.

The world in a hundred years’ time – will it be a better or worse place?

I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.’ To what extent has the pursuit of wealth become the modern goal?

Punishment or rehabilitation – which is more important in society’s fight against crime?

Mankind needs to fear diseases more than wars.’ What are your views?

Do you think the world will be a better place if we all “share and share alike”?

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.’ (Nelson Mandela, 2005) Is this possible for your generation?

Discuss the extent to which the mass media plays an important role in shaping the opinions of young people today.

Only governments can put an end to environmental problems.’ How far do you agree?

In the world today, it is more difficult to be a man than a woman.’ Discuss.

The family today no longer plays a large role in raising the teenager.’ How far is this true in your country?

City life is millions of people being lonesome together.’ (Henry David Thoreau) To what extent do you agree?

Do you agree that old age is no longer something to be feared?

To what extent is an interest in the arts an important part of a young person’s life?

Consider the importance of having balance.

To what extent is the media responsible for the perception of truth in the world today?

Is your country losing its identity as it embraces globalisation?

Does a study of history make you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the human race?

Complete equality between the sexes is neither a realistic nor desirable aim.” Discuss.

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Discuss.

True democracy means much more than having the right to vote.” What do you think?

Is knowledge really power?

Is man the master or slave of modern technology?

Consider the view that man is more knowledgeable, but not necessarily wiser.

Literature, drama and art all amount to making something out of nothing.’ Is this a fair assessment of the arts?

To what extent do the new media promote democratic ideals?

Environmental conservation is far more likely to be effective when it is not motivated by selflessness.’ Discuss.

Should a government concern itself only with pragmatic issues and not strive to be a moral compass?

Hosting major sporting events creates more problems than benefits.’ Do you agree?

Medical science has been so successful that people now expect too much of it.’ Discuss.

Instead of speeding up the pace of life, we should be slowing it down.’ What do you think?

Business should have no place in politics.’ Do you agree?

The tourist does not see the country the inhabitants know.’ How far is this true of your country?

Too much attention is given to criminals; not enough to their victims.’ Is this true?

To what extent are alternative lifestyles acceptable in your society today?

Is your country heading in the right direction?

Are we too dependent on technology?

Patience is the key element of success.” Discuss.

Is an ageing population necessarily a bad thing?

History records male acts, is written by males, and therefore is of no interest to females.” How far do you agree?

To what extent are the modern mass media creating a truly informed world?

Only those who risk going too far can ever know how far they can go.” To what extent do you agree?

Solving the problem of climate change should be the top priority of all governments.” Discuss.

The economy should always be the top priority for any government.” Discuss.

It is how we listen, not how we speak, that makes the greatest impact on people.” Discuss.

In this high-tech world, we have lost our ability to listen.” To what extent do you agree?

Follow your heart.” Is this good advice?

Does the presence of a foreign power ever help a country with problems?

How important are dreams?

The more science advances, the more religion will decline.’ To what extent do you agree?

How far do physical features, such as size and location, determine a country’s progress?

Nowadays, the pleasures of reading can never compete with the pleasures of visual entertainment.’ To what extent do you agree?

To what extent does the migration of people have a positive effect?

Air travel should be discouraged, not promoted.’ To what extent do you agree?

Discuss the view that too much faith is placed in statistics.

Contemporary music has no artistic value.’ Is this a fair comment?

How far is it possible to ensure that all producers of food and goods are fairly rewarded?

To what extent is design important in your society?

Is the elimination of global poverty a realistic aim?

How far is it important for people to be aware of current events in countries other than their own?

Only educated people should have the right to vote in elections.’ What is your view?

Are certain types of writing superior to others?

Should a love of one’s country still be encouraged?

To what extent had technology had an impact on both privacy and security in your country?

History records male acts, written by males, and holds little interest for females as a result.’ Is this a fair comment?

How far should religion influence political decisions?

Should every country have the right to carry out unlimited scientific research?

Assess the impact of foreign films or foreign TV programmes on the culture of your society.

Can the transport of food over vast distances be justified?

Fashion is as much a good thing as a bad thing.’ To what extent do you agree?

As long as people in the public eye do their job well, does it matter what they do in private?

Man does not have the will to solve his environmental woes.’ Do you agree?

Should smoking be completely banned?

Good governance is the main reason for Singapore’s success.’ Do you agree?

Violence begets violence.’ Does violence solve any problems at all?

Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.’ Do you agree?

Should developing countries be responsible for the plight of developing ones?

National pride is an outdated notion.’ Discuss.

The age of media freedom has arrived.’ Discuss.

Do you think it is better to be young or old?

Discuss the view that all countries have an equal responsibility to counter terrorism.

Singapore’s future depends on her ability to reinvent herself.’ Comment.

The key to changing the world lies in changing oneself.’ Discuss.

Discuss the value of a vibrant arts scene to a world-class city.

How far are our lives affected by the past?

Blue is the new gold.’ Assess the validity of this claim about water in our world today.

To what extent can education improve the lives of people?

Economic prosperity is the most important criterion in measuring the success of a country.” Do you agree?

Has the lure of commercial profits corrupted the fundamental purpose of science and technology?

Should experiments involving animals be permitted?

To what extent has the traditional male role changed in your country?

Professional sports today is more about money than anything else.” Is this a fair assessment?

Is an arts education becoming irrelevant in your society?

Is the information revolution brought about by the Internet a boon or a bane?

Advancements in technology have led to a moral decline in the human race.” Comment.

Human beings are rational creatures.” To what extent do you agree?

Science is the key to solving our environmental problems.” Discuss.

Democracy is just a fancy word for partisan bickering and gridlocked government.” To what extent do you agree?

Is the Internet a force for good or ill in society?

Is it possible to solve the problem of corruption?

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.” To what extent is this an inevitable fact of life?

Globalisation has been good for sports.” Discuss.

The more one chases happiness, the less happy one will be.’ To what extent do you agree?

A life spent primarily on the pursuit of material things is a wasted life.’ To what extent do you agree?

Do you agree that today the Arts are more about form than function?

Yes we can.” (Barack Obama) Is such optimism too idealistic in today’s world?

How far has modern technology made it unnecessary for individuals to possess mathematical skills?

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.’ Assess the validity of this statement in light of modern-day history.

Far too much attention is given to young people and not enough to the elderly.’ To what extent is this statement reflective of the situation in your society?

Politics should stay out of the world of sports.’ Is that possible?

How far, in your society, should unpopular views be open to discussion?

What is more important in the modern world – logic or imagination?

How far, in your society, are children a good investment?

Our generation is better educated than that of our parents, but theirs is wiser than ours.’ Discuss.

Technology will increasingly allow people to work from home. Is this desirable?

Consider the view that the study of another language is not necessary when English is so widely used today.

Is a world without nuclear weapons an impossible dream?

Is there any value in popular culture?

Consider the view that most work these days could and should be done from home.

How far can an individual be held responsible for crimes against humanity?

Would it matter if all the performing arts venues in your society such as concert halls and theatres were closed down?

The person who dies rich dies disgraced.’ Discuss.

The book has no place in modern society.’ Discuss.

To what extent has technology had a negative impact on the skill levels of people?

Does sport merit the vast sums that are spent on it?

How effective are international efforts to ease the problem of hunger?

No politician’s reputation can survive the judgement of time.’ How true is this?

How important is it for people in your society to retain a sense of tradition?

Assess the view that attempts to control climate change can never be truly effective.

The key to good health is lifestyle rather than medicine.’ How far do you agree?

Can mathematics be seen as anything more than a useful tool in everyday life?

Should meritocracy be rejected?

The culture of convenience created by technology is more a blessing than a curse.’ What are your views?

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” (Thomas Jefferson) To what extent do you agree?

It is the duty of parents. not schools, to teach values to young people.’ How far do you agree?

Economic growth measures everything except what lends fullness to our lives.’ What are your views?

Consider the view that celebrities could, and should, tackle global issues.

Politicians care more about their own interests than those of their people.’ Is this a fair comment?

With technology, we will achieve equality.’ Discuss.

Examine the claim that sport has lost its meaning in today’s world.

Which is more important – competition or cooperation?

Regrettably, the sole purpose of education today is to get our young people to make a living.’ Discuss.

In times of economic hardship, should a country still be expected to provide financial or material aid to others?

‘Science creates more problems than it solves.’ Comment.

Assess the view that traditional buildings have no future in your society.

To what extent does your society encourage diversity?

Have we gone too far with animal rights?

Do events, rather than politicians, shape the future?

‘Practical ability is just as important as intellectual skills.’ How far is this true in your society?

The world today values appearance over substance.’ Is this a fair comment?

7 Responses to GP essay questions

  1. itsalwaysbread says:

    Very interesting questions, thanks for the post

  2. Zhang Yueying says:

    Very good questions for practices for my O level this year

  3. Amish Gurung says:

    Hellow sir..!!
    please comment on my essay below… and if possible suggest me and also mark my essay out of 50. 🙂 i am looking forward to getting a favorable response from you. 🙂

    Is it fair to claim that United Nation has achieved little in solving the problem of the world.??

    The United Nation came into being in the quest of global peace and harmony after the terrible world war owing the failure of League of the Nation. This organization was planned at a Conference of Nations held at Dumbarton Oaks, U.S.A., and at anothr held a few months later at San Francisco and was inaugurated on October 24, 1945. It is the largest international organization of the independent and sovereign countries. There are nearly 185 member countries across the globe. The UNO in short, from its very beginning has been trying to maintain global peace and harmony, fratenity and brotherhood.

    The United Nation has been making its best endeavour to line up to the noble ideas and objectives stated in the preamble of its charter. It emphasizes the need of a greater spread of culture and education for the good of humanity. However, some points and efforts of the United Nation are under critisim. The critics opine that the United Nation is dominated by the American bloc. So, it fails to work out quite independently and impartially. The atomic war race is out of its control and so it lacks the strength to check the agressor. Besides, to this date, the UN still does not have a clear defination of terrorism, and they have no plans to pursue one. Similarly, the failure of the non-proliferation treaty details the ineffectiveness of the United Nations, and their inability to enforce crucial rules and regulations on offending nations.

    Many nations plead for support from the United Nations in times of desperation and war. To the oppressed, the blue helmets of UN peacekeepers represent stability and safety. Unfortunately, this was not the case in numerous countries in the 1990s. Reports from Bosnia, Kosovo, Cambodia, Haiti, and Mozambique revealed a shocking trend; areas with peacekeeping forces saw a rapid rise in child prostitution. Often, soldiers would reward the children with candy or small sums of money, so they could claim the sexual relationship was prostitution rather than rape. Senior officials in the United Nations refused to condemn the peacekeepers, as they feared this public shaming would discourage nations from joining peacekeeping forces. Similary, during 1993 A.D, despite the UN peacekeeping force present, Sebian soldiers entered the camp, raping Bosiak women and murdering freely while the Dutch peacekeepers did nothing. By July 18th, 7800 Bosniaks were dead, due to largely to an ill-equipped and unprepared UN force.

    Beside its gloomy aspect, we can find many sound and successful activites of the United Nation. The Organization works in matters relating to threat to security and peace through a Council of fifteen members, in which the sponsoring nations i.e, USA ,USSR ,UK, France and China, have permanent seats. the others ae non-permanent and elected for two years. The primary object of this organization is to maintain international peace, to develop friendly relations among nations, to solve economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems, to promote respect for human rights and freedom. As war is caused mainly by the jealousies and rivalries among the bigger powers, its rules require unanimity among these powers in carrying out the policy.This means that any of the five permanent members of the Security Council may veto (i.e. cancel) any step, if it disapproves it. Apart from its political aims, the Organisation has an ambitious plan for promoting the welfare of peoples, and for this it has several subsidiary bodies, among which the more important are the International Monetary Fund (INF), the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organization (ILO), Et Cetera. These all agencies are working for the well being of the people of the world.

    With the intergration and co-operation of all the agencies of the United Nation; they had backuped for the promotion of friendly realationship and co-operation among the nations. Similarly, the are working for the promotion of the human rights and fundamental freedoms and most importantly; they are solving duo disputes and problems by paceful means. A 2005 RAND Corporation study found the UN to be successful in two out of three peacekeeping efforts. It portrayed United Nation ,nation-building efforts to those of the United States. Also in 2005, the Human Security Report documented a decline in the number of wars, genocides and human rights abuses since the end of the Cold War, and presented evidence, albeit circumstantial, that international activism – mostly spearheaded by the UN – has been the main cause of the decline in armed conflict since the end of the Cold War or due to the fact the US and USSR were no longer pumping up oppressive governments after the Cold war ended.
    To sum up, United Nation has done huge effort to tackle the problem of the world. Yes, it has failed in many instences. However, it has alsoe extipated the problem and disputes of the world. Throughout the cold era, it prevented the breaking out of a major war. It has improved the standing of the individuals throughout the world by forming a comprehensive framework in the form of the “Declaration of the Human Right.” Hence, it is unfair to say that it has done little in solving the problem of the world. Clearly, the world we live is much better than that of 1939 A.D. The dream of achieveing peace is being possible due to United Nation.Similarly due to this,we are able to peep the panorama of the world and hug the peace that backups the pace of development in a country.

  4. Akemi says:

    I’m confused on this question . Could you please help me?
    “Can the transplantation of animal organ into human beings ever be justified ?”
    Thank you

  5. NIZEYIMANA Bonaventure says:

    I’m a teacher of G.P at Cyabingo secondary in Rwanda thunks for those topics

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