GRE Practice General Test # 3

Analytical Writing Sample Essays
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GRE General[This footer should NOT be printed.] 5/3/2012LT18-PracTest3_SampleResp-rev_01 The Graduate Record Examinations® Practice General Test #3
Analytical Writing Sample Essays with Reader Commentaries
The Analytical Writing portion of the GRE® General Test consists
of two writing topics, an Issue topic and an Argument topic. This
document contains the writing topics for Practice Test #3, the
scoring guides for each section, and sample responses with
commentaries for each topic.
Note: Sample responses are reproduced exactly as written,
including misspellings, wrong choice of words, typographical
and grammatical errors, etc., if any.
Analyze an Issue
Sample Issue Topic Directions
You will be given a brief quotation that states or implies an issue of
general interest and specific instructions on how to respond to that
issue. Plan and compose a response in which you develop a position
on the issue according to the specific instructions. A response to
any other issue will receive a score of zero. Standard timing for an
issue topic is 30 minutes.-2GRE General[This footer should NOT be printed.] 9/12/2012LT18-PracTest3_SampleResp-rev_08 Make sure that you respond to the specific instructions and support
your position on the issue with reasons and examples drawn from
such areas as your reading, experience, observations, and/or
academic studies.
Trained GRE readers will read your response and evaluate its
overall quality according to how well you do each of the following:
? Respond to the specific instructions on the issue

shrek 2

hrek 2 ACT 1 Scene 1 There is a bed onstage behind a silky curtain, backlit. PRINCE CHARMING (os) Once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away, the king and queen were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. And throughout the land, everyone was happy… until the sun went down and they saw that their daughter was cursed with a frightful enchantment that took hold each and every night. Desperate, they sought the help of a fairy godmother who had them lock the young princess away in a tower, there to await the kiss… of the handsome Prince Charming. [enters gallantly onstage] It was he who would chance the perilous journey through blistering cold and scorching desert traveling for many days and nights, risking life and limb to reach the Dragon’s keep. For he was the bravest, and most handsome… in all the land. [looks at the audience] And it was destiny that his kiss would break the dreaded curse. He alone would climb to the highest room of the tallest tower to enter the princess’s chambers, cross the room to her sleeping silhouette, pull back the gossamer curtains to find her… [pulls back the curtain to reveal WOLF in the bed. Gasps] WOLF What? CHARMING Princess… Fiona? WOLF No! CHARMING [relieved] Thank heavens. Where is she? WOLF She’s on her honeymoon. CHARMING Honeymoon? With whom? 2 Scene 2 THE SWAMP SHREK It’s so good to be home! Just you and me and… DONKEY [offstage] One is the loneliest number that you ever do…[enters] Two can be as bad as one… SHREK Donkey? DONKEY Shrek! Fiona! Aren’t you two a sight for sore eyes! Give us a hug, Shrek, you old love machine. And look at you, Mrs. Shrek. How ’bout a side of sugar for the steed? SHREK Donkey, what are you doing here? DONKEY Taking care of your love nest for you. SHREK Oh, you mean like… sorting the mail and watering the plants? DONKEY Yeah, and feeding the fish! SHREK I don’t have any fish. DONKEY You did. [looks around for the fish] SHREK Look at the time. I guess you’d better be going. DONKEY…

The Future Financial Status of the Social Security Program

The Future Financial Status of the Social Security Program

The Future Financial Status of the Social Security Program
The concepts of solvency, sustainability, and budget impact are common in discussions of Social Security, but are not well understood. (Goss, 2010) As of March, 2016 it is well known by the Social Security Board of Trustees that only 75% of all benefits that will be paid out through the year 2035 will only be as a result of a higher tax paid into the retirement fund. Does this mean that we should start to worry? In order for our future generation of Americans, to be guaranteed the luxuries of having a Social Security monthly income check. Changes need to be made to the financial status of the program, though it will most likely be a very different kind of program.
Americans have very little knowledge on how our current benefits program even works. The younger generation needs to learn, understand and educated themselves. Millions of Americans still have the idea that our Social Security maintains a type of savings account. A large misconception being, this account is in each of their names, and generates common interest. It is also thought that, the more money you put into your SSI account, the more money you will actually receive, once you are retired. In addition, it is assumed that your interest bearing account is consistent with profits similar to what the banking rates hold on Wall Street. When in actuality the average interest rate is well below 1.5 percent. The reality is, the Social Security Fund is filled with trillions of dollars of IOUs. The actual fund and the way it has been set up will not be able to pay full benefits to any American born after 1974.
Social security is a big issue and a hot topic of debate with young Americans today. It appears that most young Americans have the consensus our financial system is in near collapse. Because of this the expectations of retiring at a…

Rich Dad Poor Dad Review

Rich Dad Poor Dad Analysis
After reading the novel Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki, I found key differences between Kiyosaki’s definition of accounting terms and the definitions I am aware and taught of in my accounting course. One example being the term asset, in the book an asset is something in which puts money in your pocket, while, the term I was taught is that an asset is a useful or valuable thing. Robert’s definition in the book doesn’t seem to make much sense to me, because I find his definition to sound more like the term revenue than it does of an asset. However, for the term liability he says it is something that takes money out of you pocket, which is similar to what I was taught with the idea of it being an expense. There is a benefit in his definitions, because it all comes down to the way we spend and save money that is actually available to be put towards that use. The mindset Robert Kiyosaki is setting with the terms is if you want to buy something, you must first generate enough cash flow from your assets to cover the expenses that way you are not dependent upon your paycheck. Kiyosaki’s main point is that the only way to become financially independent is to accumulate income generating assets which can pay for your expenses. However, many people rather buy a new car or an iPad (liabilities) instead of investing that money in stocks or real estate (assets).
As a result of reading Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, things that I will change and do differently in my life are, first I am going to change my mindset to understand that the luxuries in life can only be purchased when I have more assets than expenses, I do not want money to control me like it does to most people, so I will have to do things differently from the crowd and invest in the long run. I will aim for more assets instead of aiming for more income. Another aspect of my life that I will change, after reading Kiyosaki’s book is to start changing the way I…

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Distribution of Exceedances
Since Peaks over Threshold (POT) focuses on the realizations exceeding a given (high)
threshold and the threshold method uses data more efficiently, we concentrate on peak over
threshold approach.
The Pickands-Balkema-de Haan Theorem
Suppose that X 1 , X 2 ,…, X n are n independent realisations of a random variable X with a
distribution function F ( x ) . Let xF be the finite or infinite right endpoint of the distribution
F. The distribution function of the excesses over certain (high) threshold u is given by
Fu ( x ) = Pr { X ? u ? x X > u} =F ( x + u ) ? F (u )1 ? F (u )for 0 ? x < xF ? u.The Pickands-Balkema-de Haan theorem states that if the distribution function F ? DA ( H ? )
then there exists a positive measurable function ? (u ) such that
limu>x Fsup { F ( x) ? G?
, (u )u}( x) = 00 ? x < xF ? uand vice versa, where G? ,? (u ) ( x) denotes the Generalised Pareto distribution (see below).The above theorem states that as the threshold u becomes large, the distribution of the
excesses over the threshold tends to the Generalised Pareto distribution, provided the
underlying distribution F belongs to the domain of attraction of the Generalised Extreme
Value distribution.Generalized Pareto Distribution (GPD)The GPD is a two parameter distribution with distribution function1 ?1
?G? , ? ( x ) = ?1 ? exp ? x
()()where ? > 0, and where x ? 0 when ? ? 0 and 0 ? x ? ?
? ?0
? =0
? when ? 0 then ? , ? is a reparametrized version of the ordinary
Pareto distribution, which has a long history in actuarial mathematics as a model for large
losses; ? = 0 corresponds to the exponential distribution and ? < 0 is known as a Pareto type
II distribution.The first case is the most relevant for risk management purposes since the GPD is heavytailed when ? > 0. Whereas the normal distribution has moments…


Environment and Technology: Impact of Technology on Agriculture
Over the years, technological advancements have had a great impact on various sectors of the economy, such as communication, transportation, health, and agriculture. With an increasing number of technological innovations being experienced worldwide, a majority of tasks have become easy to handle such that more time can now be saved. In this regard, agriculture is among the sectors that are currently relying on technology to perform their roles in the society. In the United States, agricultural technology has supplemented the economy and enhanced people’s well-being because it has improved methods of cultivation as well as crop and animal husbandry. Hence, this paper evaluates the impact of technology on agriculture. Arguably, improvements in agricultural technology have played a pivotal role in simplifying the work of farmers and boosting crop and animal production.
Ostensibly, in the contemporary era, it has become easier for farmers to cultivate crops even in arid and semi-arid areas. For instance, modern technology has led to the creation of genetically engineered plants that can survive harsh weather conditions and certain pest infestations. Such plants yield healthy produce and grow fast; hence, they are beneficial to the farmer. Moreover, since genetically engineered plants are highly resistant to pests, farmers can reduce costs of using pesticides.
In addition, due to the discovery of new organic fertilizers, nutrient supplements, and new crop varieties, global agricultural output has increased, and agriculture has become the backbone of most countries’ economies (Berry 124). Correspondingly, more people are opting to take courses related to agriculture in higher learning institutions. Technology has also facilitated the development of new agricultural industries to accommodate the increasing rates of production.
Equally important, before the innovation of…

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Do you agree or disagree with the following statementAlways telling the truth is the most important consideration in any
relationship between people.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statementIt is more important to keep your old friends than it is to make new
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statementIn twenty years there will be fewer cars in use than there are today.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statementPeople today spend too much time on personal enjoyment-doing things
they like to do-rather than doing things they should do.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statementLife today is easier and more comfortable than it was when your
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statementTelevision advertising directed towards young children (aged two to five)
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value of bond

a. How is the value of a bond determined? What is the value of a 10-
Year, $1,000 par value bond with a 10 percent annual coupon if its required rate of return is 10 percent
b. What would be the value of the bond described in part a if, just
after it had been issued, the expected inflation rate rose by 3 percentage points, causing investors to require a 13 percent return? Would we now have a discount or a premium bond
c. What would be the value of the bond described in part a if, just
After it had been issued, the expected inflation rate rose by 3 percentage points, causing investors to require a 13 percent return? Would we now have a discount or a premium bond
d. What is the yield to maturity on a 10-year, 9 percent annual coupon,
$1,000 par value bond that sells for $887.00? That sells for $1,134.20? What does the fact that a bond sells at a discount or at a premium tell you about the relationship between kd and the bond’s coupon rate
e. What is interest rate (or price) risk? Which bond has more interest
rate risk, an annual payment 1-year bond or a 10-year bond? Why
f. What is reinvestment rate risk? Which has more reinvestment rate
risk, a 1-year bond or a 10-year bond
g.What is reinvestment rate risk? Which has more reinvestment rate
risk, a 1-year bond or a 10-year bond
h. Suppose you could buy, for $1,000, either a 10 percent, 10-year,
Annual payment bond or a 10 percent, 10-year, semiannual payment bond.
They are equally risky. Which would you prefer? If $1,000 is the
Proper price for the semiannual bond, what is the equilibrium price
For the annual payment bondi.Now assume the date is 10/25/2001. Assume further that our 12%,
10-year bond was issued on 7/1/2001, will mature on 7/1/2011,
pays interest semiannually (January 1 and July 1), and sells for $1,100.
Use your spreadsheet to find the bond’s yield to maturity .

Galt Contracting Case

Assignment: Group C, Case 8-2, “Galt Contracting” on p. 269
1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of paying tree planters on a piece-rate system? On a flat-rate systemPIECE RATE SYSTEM
Creates friendly competition among workers to see who can be the most productive.
Pays based more so on effort – low production equals low earnings
Reduces socializing during work hours
Increases the amount of potential earnings for each employee
Helps in recruitment / retention of employees – good earning potential is key to a university student who has limited time to earn money for the next school year.DISADVANTAGES
Creates a system where quality if forsaken for quantity
Not always fair based on tree spacing requirements, or type of terrain being covered
Could potentially cost Galt Contracting their business as this system may lead to a bad name within the industry.
Could lead to HR violations as employees are rewarded for skipping all types of breaks / working very long hours in the name of getting a higher plant count.
Higher incidents of poor planting requires more attention from Donald who much consistently check on their work for the sake of his company’s good name
Could cost Galt Contracting a lot of money as they are paying for the supplies and labor only to have the planted tree not live.FLAT RATE SYSTEM
May reward quality of work over quantity planted among employees
Would be “fairer” in very difficult terrain, or in situations where the planting spread is larger (a 4.1 for example)
Allows employees to have a better idea what they will earn for a given period
Potentially could lower the companies wages
Could be instrumental in helping the company keep and develop a good name with lumber companies with quality of work
Could improve employee working conditions – coffee breaks, lunch breaks etc.DISADVANTAGES
Decreased productivity from planters
Potential recruitment / retention problems as…

Basic principles

Using what you have read in this introduction to TESOL and your own knowledge, what do you consider to be the blocks which may prevent language learning
The main idea of learning a language is getting the result or pleasure from the process. Our aim as a teacher is to help our students to get what they aim at. The feeling of success comes when students reach their goals, feel the result and are happy about that. It is sometimes problematic for the student to feel progress and the teacher plays a key role in guiding the student.“We need our students to be happy” is a crucial idea presented in the course.Having analysed the ideas in the introduction to TESOL, I would outline the following blocks which may prevent language learning.Bad relationship will never allow students to feel at ease with the teacher. What do we imply when we speak about “bad relationship”? If we do not try to feel or welcome students, if we avoid relaxing the student at the lesson or showing the student’s progress, if we never praise the student or show interest in the student’s personality, we will never be able to build a good rapport with the student. At the same time, if the teacher feels stressed at the lesson, it will hardly contribute to creating a good atmosphere.Teaching strictly to a book without adapting or personalising the material to the student’s needs or using artificially created content demotivates learners.
Manuals are unified and stable, and this is the teacher’s task to adjust it to a certain situation, the type and the mood of the student.Monotonous lessons, as well as boring ones, make students indifferent to lessons and studying in general.
Very quickly the student can lose any hope to learn a language because the tempo or the topic are not suitable, or the types of exercises are the same through the whole lesson (a set of lessons, the whole course). Excessive use of TTT steals time from the student, leading to the lack…