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  1. To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. The true characteristics of a society can only be found in small towns and villages where heritage and traditions sill in extant. The most of urban cities are diversified by people from different societies who came and settled in for various reasons such as education and employment. Urban cities are developed mostly with benchmark of cities from western countries. In major cities of India like Chennai, Bombay and Bangalore, we can see the population of non-natives are more than natives, due to this the birds-view study of a major city will not produce an accurate result of its true characteristics. In contrast, small towns and villages, we can still see a vast number of people still holding their customs and traditions for generations- the traditional festivals, foods, Old Gods, martial arts etc can be seen celebrated there which were long forgotten by urban community. However, due the amorphous development of internet and media, the small towns even getting changed. As per saying “change is the only thing will never change” – the characteristics of the socity will also will not be constant. The one which is considered as rule may considered as taboo in future. Still, the results collected from the any one developed urban part of a vast nation will not reflect the character of the bucolic village next to it.
  2. Prompt: To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Response: To address this statement, we must first determine what are “the most important characteristics” of a society. Do those characteristics lie in the inherent values upon which that society has been founded? Or do they, in fact, represent the objective realities of that society today? In this essay, I will consider both of these aspects—that is, moral/ aspirational values vs. objective/ pragmatic realities— in order to argue that the city (or cities) cannot serve as a macrocosm by which to understand a larger society as those cities are but isolated and singular aspects of that society or country as a whole. In the case of America, let us first consider the city of New York. New York City is an anomoly with respect to demographics, wealth, and infrastructure. The people are diverse and divergent and dynamic; all hues and histories mingle and coexist. Wealth is disproportionately distributed and conditional, contingent upon legacy and access. And the city itself is paved with cement and punctuated by spires that pierce the sky and reflect the light of the sun with irridescent windows; those reflections blind the naked eye and demand that its urban inhabitants look down and away. Is that the reality of America? In San Francisco, the former bohemian vanguard, the people meander around their victorian abodes paying thousands of dollars to share an apartment with four other roommates—if they can afford it. Most often, now, they wear hoodies and belong to the burgeoning tech industry, and if they are not part of that growing majority, then they flee the city like refugees into the barely cheaper enclaves of Oakland and San Jose. Is that the reality of America? In Washington D.C., the nexus of freedom and American ideals, African Americans live in disenfranchised neighborhoods overshadowed by the towering building of whiteness, the White House. This city is the capital, but it is singular in its existence. It is the home of governement and the consolidation of power — it is the democratic ideal. Is that the reality of America? And outside of those cities, where are the people and what is the land? In the country, trees outnumber the metal spires of New York; the people are more concerned with their day-to-day jobs and responsibilities to their communities rather than the tech-focused innovations of San Francisco; and the idea of democracy and an active federal government is not so prevalent or felt or enforced as it is in Washington D.C. These three cities function here solely as examples of distinct personalities which do contribute to a composite American identity, but do not define it. The nebulous countryside is what fills in the gaps and spaces between these cities, and it is the country that reflects the original ideals of the American dream—that is, land and autonomy and equality through that self-reliance. American cities, rather, reflect the pragmatic reality of America as it is today, driven by a lust for business and wealth, bedazzled by the technical forces that exist beyond and without us, and overshadowed by a government that claims to act in the people’s interest but still remains focused only on certain people of interest. I would argue that the most important characteristics of America are freedom, ownership, and self-reliance, and through the burgeoning of these cities, those ideals have been eclipsed. If we were to look only at America’s major cities, we would see dreams unfulfilled, wealth concentrated in the 1%, and a veiled truth.
  3. Hello, I am currently studying for the GRE and seeing if there is anyone out there willing to read my practice essay and provide me with some feedback, and a realistic score I would likely receive on the GRE (0-6). I really appreciate anyone who takes their time to read it and provide me with valuable feedback. Thank you in advance!! This essay I wrote is for an Analyze the Issue response. My method of practice is to use Microsoft Note Pad since there is no spell check. I put the prompt on the same screen, and have a visual 30 minute timer going as well. Feel free to steer me in a better direction to execute my training if you think I can improve it. Also, I derive my prompts from ETS.ORG (https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/issue/pool) Below is the prompt, followed by my response essay. Writing prompt: It is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Although societies across the world have advanced greatly overtime and the standard of living for many has improved, the dire need for help and to be saved will always persist. Some would argue that society can not deem any living man or woman a hero. However, society dies in fact have a consisitnetn need for a hero and obligation to recognize one. Due to the timeless need and respect for heroic actions, soceity will always have the special title "hero" to commemenatre living men and women who act as savior in a time of need. The title "hero" is special coveted role, that socieites will always don to special men and women for eternity. No matter how advanced society may become, their will alway be a need for someone to help in moment of distress. Those who courageously and successfully respond to these situations are heroes. When performed on a large scales, these actions are recogized by society as a whole. The end result is the title hero for the man or woman who demonstrated great courage. For example, a man drving by a car on fire and notices children inside decides to pull over and get them to safety. He succsullfy gets them out of the car before the fire engulfs the vehicle in its entirey. A man who has perfroemd these actions is nothing short of a hero. Any society would recognize the actions of this men, and declare him nothing short of a hero. His status as living or deceased bears no weight on his legacy as a hero. In today's society, the term hero is far from being reserved for those who have past and actions resonate a leganrdary story of heroic deeds. As a whole, we have become a more individualistic society. It is more common place to see people in a society consumed with his or herself. Social media profiles, customized smart phones, and inidivual aciveiment have promoted a culture in which the individual can flourish. a selfless herioc act is rarer today in such a culture and when they do occur they most cetianly hold more weight. In our society we have numoerus heroes who break away from indiviual hedonism, and exectue selfless actcs of courage. Society is far from reserving the title hero to those who are no longer alive. The trait of being a hero is absolute in nature. It is not a reltive term, but a title that society unanimously agrees upon. Any man or woman alive today can find themselves in a situation in which they act heroically and society bestows upon them the title "hero". A hero commits an act the is inherently selfless and sacrifical to an extent. A living person is more than cpaable to earn the title hero from society. Although the title hero can be merrited by any living man or woman, it be tougher to earn as acts of courage and valiance have been remembered in history. When earning the title hero, one must considered those who have come before him and really qeustion if he is worhty of the title. It would be easy to infer that it is no longer possible to regard any living man or woman as a hero. Often it can become overly competive to earn the tite, and soceity may relucant to make the observation at times. While heroes exist amongst society today, they may be relcuantly observed. Any lving man or woman can earn the title hero while alive from society. It is not soley lmited to those of the past and of folklore. It may be more and more difficult to differtiaite a hero today, but the need for a hero in every society will always be there.
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