This page contains the Issue topics for the Analytical Writing section of the GRE? revised General Test. When you take the test, you will be presented with one Issue topic from this pool. Each Issue topic consists of an issue statement or statements followed by specific task instructions that tell you how to respond to the issue. The wording of some topics in the test might vary slightly from what is presented here. Also, because there may be multiple versions of some topics with similar or identical wording but with different task instructions, it is very important to read your test topic and its specific task directions carefully and respond to the wording as it appears in the actual test.
1 As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.
2 To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities.
3 Educational institutions have a responsibility to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed.
4 Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could.
5 Claim: Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive.
Reason: It is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated.
6 A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college.
7 Some people believe that government funding of the arts is necessary to ensure that the arts can flourish and be available to all people. Others believe that government funding of the arts threatens the integrity of the arts.
8 Claim: In any field—business, politics, education, government—those in power should step down after five years.
Reason: The surest path to success for any enterprise is revitalization through new leadership.
9 In any field of endeavor, it is impossible to make a significant contribution without first being strongly influenced by past achievements within that field.
10 Nations should pass laws to preserve any remaining wilderness areas in their natural state, even if these areas could be developed for economic gain.
11 People's behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making.