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50 GAMSAT Essay Titles

Below are 5 sets of ‘Task A’ essay titles, and 5 sets of ‘Task B’. Task A tend to relate more towards topical issues and encouraging an argumentative style of writing. Task B, you will notice, is more likely to contain interpersonal and intrapersonal issues, and often are more easily/effectively approached from a discursive, rather than argumentative perspective.

Instruction: Consider the following comments and develop a piece of writing in response to one or more of them. Your writing will be judged on the quality of your response to the theme, how well you organise and present your point of view and how effectively you express yourself. You will not be judged on the views or attitudes you express.

Hint: Practice as you intend to perform; handwrite your answers and restrict yourself to 30 minutes per essay. Then email finished essays to feedback@gamsatsamplequestions.co.uk if you would like them corrected (type or scan them in).

 

TASK A

A.01

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The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.” – Ulysses S. Grant

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” – Jeanette Rankin

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein

 

A.02

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One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard.

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” – Andrew Brown

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” – B.F Skinner

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.” – Clive James

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet have lightened the day’s toil of any human being.” – John Stuart Mill

 

Task A.03

It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.” – Douglas Adams

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” – George Burns

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.” – Kin Hubbard

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.” – Clarence Darrow

 

A.04

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A hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.” – Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.” – Willa Cather

If you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear.” – Various

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom. ” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

A.05

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The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.” – Edgar Allen Poe

It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” – Warsan Shire

Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.” – mary Wollstonecraft

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” – Leo Tolstoy

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.” – Oscar Wilde

 

TASK B

B.01

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – William Durant

It’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us.” – Batman

Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – George Crane

Be – don’t try to become” – Osho

The important thing is this to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”Charles Du Bos

 

B.02

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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” – C.S Lewis

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” – Aristotle

I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh.
“I wish I were there to be doing it, too.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ” – Haruki Murakami

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” – Charles Lamb

 

B.03

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“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” – Marcel Proust

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”
– James Joyce

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.” – John Whittier

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – That one girl on facebook

Yesterday’s just a memory. Tomorrow’s never what it’s supposed to be.” – Bob Dylan

 

B.04

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I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon

People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.” – Neil Gaiman

Some things have to be believed to be seen.” – Madeleine L’Engle

Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” – George Carlin

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” – Gerry Spence

B.05

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If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?” – Veronica Rossi

How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.” – Paolo Coelho

Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” – Dan Brown

I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.” – Veronica Roth

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

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