Essay Practice: Embedded context

25 09 2011

Recap: Dealing with embedded context

Practice:

1. Is it possible to protect the environment when many countries require increasing amounts of energy to progress? (2007)

2. Should poor countries develop their tourist industry when the basic needs of their own people are not being met?

3. Should research into expensive medical treatments be allowed when only a few can afford them? (2007)

If you’re stuck on the first question, read the first comment below for hints on how to tackle this question. However, it is advisable that you attempt to plan this yourself first, and only refer to the hints to check whether you were on the right track.


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25 09 2011
Adrienne de Souza

HINT

Consider the following questions:

1. WHY do countries need increasing amounts of energy to progress? Give three main reasons, backed up by examples and statistics. Include examples of named countries that need increasing amounts of energy to progress.

2. In light of your answers to Question 1 above, why does this make it difficult for the country to protect the environment? Copy your response to Question 1, and add in links to show why their need for increasing amounts of energy to progress compromises the environment. Use another colour/font to highlight these links that you’ve added.

3. Despite the key reasons that make environmental protection appear incompatible with needing more energy for progress (response to Q2 above), why is it that the two ideas can actually be compatible? Give three main reasons backed by examples.

4. Now considering your response to Questions 2 and 3 above, how would you structure your essay, while ensuring that your response to Q2 and Q3 are included in your essay?

29 07 2012
Jun Yang

Does the embedded context limit the scope of my essay?

29 07 2012
Adrienne de Souza

I’m not sure I understand your question – can you give an example of what you mean?

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4 08 2012
Jun Yang

Hi, thanks for taking the time to listen to my question mdm.

So for example:

2. Should poor countries develop their tourist industry when the basic needs of their own people are not being met?

Does the phrase “basic needs of their own people not being met” indicate that the essay has to be largely written to address the requirement of ‘basic needs of people’?. Umm… Does this supposed hint from Cambridge limit the breadth of my essay.

12 08 2012
Adrienne de Souza

I can see why you might think that.

The simple answer is that yes, it does limit your essay to that context. However (and here I’m assuming that this is your concern), it doesn’t in any way mean that you can’t have (or that it’s more difficult to achieve) breath, because the expectations for what counts as “breath” will differ depending on a question.

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