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Here’s a sample of Essay Paper (Paper 1) shared by our ex – JJC GP tuition pupil who attended our online classes for GP:
1. “Anxiety is the price we pay for modern life.” Discuss.
2. “Knowledge is power.” (Francis Bacon) Discuss the modern relevance of this old observation to your country.
3. “True democracy is not just about having the vote.” What is it about?
4. “No more heroes, just fallen idols; no more ideals, just shattered illusions.” To what extent is this an accurate description of sport today?
5. “With the coming of television, people predicted the end of reading for pleasure. With the coming of the Internet, they forecast the end of the printed book.” Why does the reading of books remain so popular?
6. “Advertising exerts too great an influence on our daily lives.” Do you agree with this statement?
7. “Reward and punishment are the only effective means of regulating human conduct.” Do you agree?
8. “Think global but stay local.’ In what ways should your country and its people follow this advice?
9. Music can change the world because it can change people.” (Bono) To what extent do you agree with this view?
10. Should diversity always be encouraged?
11. “Global peace is and always will be an impossible dream.” Discuss.
12.In your view, what are the necessary ingredients of a vibrant and harmonious multicultural society?
Bonus Essay Question for tuition students from Jurong JC GP group re the Topic of Global, Politics & Economic Issues
Q13: “The energy crisis will be man’s greatest challenge in this century.” How far do you agree?
JJC General Paper Tuition – Sample Model GP Essay Answer
Here is a full length sample answer to the following GP essay question:
Q11. “Global peace is and always will be an impossible dream.” Discuss.
To a large extent, it is virtually impossible to achieve global peace, a state at which there are no major conflicts between countries, and each country recognises the right of others to exist. With the end of the world wars, there was a growing sense that the world is small, and hence, global peace is important. There was, in fact, some at tempts at creating global peace, which to some extent, succeeded, but the fact remains that even today, with the end of the Cold War, conflicts are still rife, and the “New World Order” could almost be termed “New World Dis order”. It seems that the end of a major source of conflict only heralds the rise of others.
The reasons for the conflicts are complex and difficult to understand. Each conflict is different in at least some nuance or shade, but broadly speaking, they can be divided into four categories – religious, ethnic, territorial and ideological clashes. Even then, these reasons overlap and the personalities of the world leaders complicate matters.
Religious tension is very common, especially in sensitive and volatile areas like the Middle East. Arab nations are still suspicious of Israel, a Jewish nation, and violence and bloodshed has tainted the history of the Middle East. Despite attempts at peace, for example, the PLO-Israeli peace treaty signed in Washington during President Clinton’s administration, there are still unresolved areas of dispute and violence is common. Clashes between the Israelis and Arabs are only too common. Religious conflicts have actually existed since time immemorial, and the conflicts between the Muslims and Christians since the twelfth century have not stopped. Many nations which are heterogeneous try to be neutral, but very often, conflicts sill break out, and it seems that religion would be a perennial source of tension and dispute.
Territorial conflicts are only too common, especially border disputes and over areas which are jointly claimed by several nations, eg, the Spratly Islands, which are claimed by countries including China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan, raising tension in Asia. There are also border clashes between China and Vietnam, Russia and China, and Myanmar and Thailand, just to name a few. On the question of territorial disputes, the most important war recently that comes to my mind is the Gulf War, during which Iraq invaded Kuwait, and even at the end of it, Iraq still asserted its territorial claim over Ku wait. Territorial disputes can be mitigated through dialogue and negotiations: for example Singapore and Malaysia negotiated over their territorial dispute and did not come to blows. However, territorial tension is still difficult to ease, and would still be a threat to world peace.
During this century, the most important ideological clash would be that of democracy and communism, which led to the Cold War, which had lasted for decades. During the Cold War, the world faced the threat of nuclear annihilation several times, eg, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the world became polarised, with the United States and the Soviet Union on opposing sides of the Iron Curtain. Peace, to an extent, is possible, as seen during detente, but even today, at the end of the Cold War, communism still exists in pockets all over the world and while the threat of communism has largely diminished, it is still existent. There are also other ideological conflicts involving human rights and the environment, though admittedly, these are not so important in real politik.
Ethnic conflicts are also a very major threat to world peace. The end of the Cold War has spawn numerous ethnic conflicts, which had lain latent during the period. The most obvious and horrifying example would be that of the Balkan states, whose absolute brutality of the Serbs against the Muslims, in their “ethnic cleansing” shocked the world, and made it feel important, as world leaders mostly watched helplessly. Even as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) started air strikes against the aggressors, one can only wonder when all the ethnic conflicts would end. The Rwandans and Somalians are similarly suffering.
The personalities of the world leaders can also threaten world peace. During the Reagan administration, the world faced a second Cold War and the threat of a nuclear holocaust as the president, who was dubbed the “nuclear cow boy” had his finger on the trigger. He thought he could win a “limited nuclear war” against the Soviet Union in Europe. Even now Boris Yeltsin looks as if he is unable to control Russia, and the instability of Russia could affect the balance of power.
While there are attempts to achieve world peace, it is quite impossible to attain it. The United Nations, which was set up to see to the order of the world, is beset by bureaucratic and financial problems. The vision of a world government is far from coming true. Although there is now a shift towards dialogue instead of clashes, negotiation instead of war, and there is perhaps a growing sense of responsibility, world peace is far from possible. It has been speculated that the next world war would be over water or other raw materials as the fresh water supplies and natural resources of the world dwindle rapidly in the face of industrialization and of rapid population growth.
The end of one major conflict only heralds the beginning of new conflicts, or awakens those that had lain la tent. When the Cold War ended, and the Berlin Wall fell, people popped champagne in jubilation, celebrating the “Brave New World”. Disappointingly, the “New World Order” is replaced by the “New World Disorder”, and global peace will always be an impossible dream.
JJC GP Tuition teacher’s Comments: Your examples are both varied and refreshing. Keep up with your insightful piece!
Bonus Essay Question on the Topic of Global, Politics & Economic Issues
Q13: “The energy crisis will be man’s greatest challenge in this century.” How far do you agree?
A ‘challenge’ can be defined loosely as a situation encountered in which overcoming it can be considered an intractable task. Man has always been posed with many such situations throughout the course of history, with the tussle to prevent global warming from exacerbating and the fight for Human Rights being some notable examples With these in mind, sceptics have claimed that the energy crisis would be man’s greatest challenge this century. However, I disagree. Personally. I believe that while the energy crisis is indeed of paramount concern, it should not be classified as the greatest challenge of this century.
Sceptics claim that the energy crisis will pose the greatest challenge to man this century as we continue to exploit resources indefinitely. Resources in this context can be referred to natural resources with coal being a particular example. Evidently, we have over-relied on coal to provide us with fuel energy so as to power our various modes of transportation, industrial machines, and even for our basic use such as the cooking of a meal. This has resulted in the rate of coal depletion that far surpasses that of its natural rate of replacement thus giving rise to such an energy crisis. If such trend should persist into the near future, we will be running into the danger of what some might call ‘ultimate depletion a condition in which such a resource no longer exists for man’s exploitation. This issue has been of great concern to many, governments and environmentalists alike, worldwide. This is a great challenge as it is difficult to balance the amount of usage of such a resource with its replacement level.
However, I feel that this should not be termed the greatest challenge of this century. Granted, it is no small feat to try and prevent such a resource from being over-exploited but are we forgetting that man has managed to tap into alternative sources of energy? This can be demonstrated with the many other sources of power man has turned to such as that of hydroelectricity, the wind and solar energy. A case in point would be that of the city of Arizona using solar energy to generate up to 70% of its electricity. The question thus arises as to what is energy crisis really about? A more appropriate term could then be the ‘depletion of coal or oil’ crisis. Having found alternative methods to generate energy and power, man can still carry on with their daily lives as normal. Hence, I disagree that the energy crisis would be man’s greatest challenge this century.
Personally, I believe that the greatest challenge of this century should be that of maintaining world peace. With the advent of globalisation heralding a format new era, the world has become one inter-connected, inter-reliant global village. It is precisely this increased interdependency that complicates human interaction and interpersonal relations. To achieve and maintain world peace is resolve all present international disputes and ensure that they do not occur in the future. One may then question: why is ensuring world peace of part particular importance that it should be classified as man’s greatest challenge of the century? Indeed, international disputes have occurred throughout history. I however believe that tit is this century’s greatest and toughest challenge to man because apart from being difficult to especially when both parties remain adamant re weighed down by self-interest, there are cataclysmic consequences that might affect the entire to world due such phenomenon to a It concerns global stability and security. An example of such an international dispute being exceptionally difficult to resolve can be exemplified by the long going tussle between India and Pakistan. With Indian and Pakistani troops firing at each other along their common border of Kashmir, tensions have escalated in the region where these neighbours have waged war thrice since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Till today, the situation persists and it is affecting not just the economy of these countries since investors’ confidence in these countries are at a minimal, the growth of the region as a whole is adversely affected. Violent a Soul (globalisation) being accentuated and more solution to rectify.
A similar case is observed between Israel and Palestine, with both claiming Jerusalem as their rightful capital. Such a scenario has had detrimental effects on several parties in the past, but it is precisely because the world is becoming one inter related hub its effects have been magnified to affect many more parties including those who are not directly involved in such disagreements. Hence, I feel that ensuring world peace should be the greatest challenge of man this century.
In a nutshell, I feel that such challenges are endless and will continue to plague man. What is of paramount importance is the attitude man adopts when it comes to tackling and overcoming them. Only then can we be one step closer to the utopia which we have always striven for.
Comment by JJC GP Tuition Specialist: Good focus overall. Clear argument. Well done! Good script with a sustained argument. By no means comprehensive though.
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