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Is Tess in ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles' portrayed as being responsible for her own demise? [pdf 40 KB]

Yours is a beautifully clear essay. You write very well, and your prose is delightful to read. You've also done your research and it shows. There is a remarkable lack of vagary about society or feminism in your piece, and you've picked canny quotes from your secondary sources that elucidate and situate your arguments.

You've also located some wonderfully specific quotations from your primary source to support your argument that Hardy's narrator sympathises with Tess. Some of your close readings are wonderfully astute, as when you point out that Tess implores Angel, rather than commanding him. Slightly less persuasive is your assertion that Tess is the victim of Alec's eyes; I suspect you might have found better quotations, descriptions, or incidents denouncing Alec's gaze.

You are clearly very good at pursuing and proving an argument. I encourage you to be a bit more experimental in your next essay; perhaps choose a less straightforward topic and see where it takes you.

Please see penciled notes throughout on shortening sentences and watching for comma splices (please look this term up in a style manual if it is unfamiliar).

Writing Topics

Academic Topics for Timed Writing --
On the SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, test takers get 30 minutes to write an opinion essay, so practice with these 30+ opinion topics with a timer if you like

Academic Writing Topic 1  
If you could travel to 3 countries, where would you go and what would you do? (Opinion)  

Academic Writing Topic 2  
In order to have a successful marriage, what steps should a couple take before getting married? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 3  
Is book learning or experience more significant in a person’s life? Why? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 4  
Is luck or effort more important in one’s life? Why do you think so? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 5  
Should art be taught in public schools? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 6  
Should businesses that pay for healthcare require employees to exercise? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 7   
Should caps or limits be put on the salaries that professional athletes can earn? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 8  
Should everyone go to college? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 9  
Should grades in school be given? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 10  
What are 3 common fears and how can people overcome them? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 11  
What are 3 fun vacation places that most anyone would enjoy? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 12  
What are 3 good hobbies or sports? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 13  
What are 3 important cultural norms or traditions from your cultural background? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 14  
What are 3 of the most significant news stories this year? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 15  
What are advantages and disadvantages of cars? (Opinion)
Academic Writing Topic 16   
What are the 3 most important characteristics of a leader? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 17   
What are the 3 most important subjects that students should study in high school to prepare them for the future? Why? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 18   
What are the 3 most important subjects that students should study in college to prepare them for the future? Why? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 19   
Do movies stars have a responsibility to be good role models? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 20   
Do sports stars have a responsibility to be good role models? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 21  
What are the advantages and disadvantages of computers? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 22   
What are the benefits of gardening? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 23   
What are the benefits of knowing your family history? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 24   
What are the benefits of personal goal setting? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 25    
What are the benefits of space exploration? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 26    
What are the differences between long-time friends and new acquaintances? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 27   
What are the steps that can be taken to achieve world peace? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 28    
What are your top 3 to-dos on your life’s list? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 29   
What is independence and why have so many wars been fought over it? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 30   
What is the government’s role in providing assistance to survivors of natural disasters? (Opinion)