“Secondly, I can learn a lot about past European societies by listening to classical music. Since classical music is no longer the dominant genre
on the planet now, it is in some ways very antiquated. Most of the pieces played by orchestras today were composed at least over two centuries
ago. One of the things I learned from classical music was that all of the instruments were created by Europeans. The Europeans created the piano,
the lute, and many other instruments played in traditional, classical music, but the Americans, including John Phillip Sousa, created the first marching
band. I think this is a very fascinating part of musical history.
Lastly, classical music helps me to study. One of my worst subjects is math; sometimes, it will take me hours just to solve one problem.
However, if I stop for a moment and play some classical music, it will almost instantly help guide me to the problem. There was also a study done
in the U.S. on the effects of classical music while studying. They found that middle school students who listened to classical music before studying
had higher test scores. This is just one of the many benefits of listening to classical music.
Because it is so relaxing and helps me to study, classical music is one of my favorite musical genres to listen to. Classical music not only helps
me to learn more about subjects I currently study in school, for example, math, English, and history, but it also forces me to learn more about
European musical instruments and the different waves of music. For these reasons, I will always cherish classical music.
C. Useful Expressions
1. While these are all good, I have to say that none of them are my favorite genre.
2. Instead, my favorite musical genre has to be classical music without a doubt.
3. While rock, pop, and electronic music are usually very loud and stimulating, classical music beats are very soothing.
4. The melodies of many famous composers can be upbeat while still tranquil.
5. This is very true of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. I listen to it every time I am feeling stressed from school or angry at somebody.
6. It gets me out of my head for a little while so I can think about a situation more clearly.
7. Since classical music is no longer the dominant genre on the planet now, it is in some ways very antiquated.
8. Since classical music is no longer the dominant genre on the planet now, it is in some ways very antiquated.
9. It will almost instantly help guide me to the problem.
10. This is just one of the many benefits of listening to classical music.
Q209. What expectations do you have of your parents?
A. Essay Outline
Argument: I expect my parents to support me in many different ways.
Support 1: I expect my parents to give me money until I am out of school and have a job.
Support 2: I expect my parents to support me when I am feeling sad.
Support 3: I expect my parents to tend to me when I am sick.
Thesis: Because parents are supposed to help their children, I expect my parents to support me when I need their help.
B. Model Essay
Some people have too great of expectations of their parents. They expect their parents to do their homework or help them cheat in school.
Others have even more unreasonable expectations, perhaps even demanding their parents give them anything they want almost instantaneously.
However, I am more reasonable; I simply expect my parents to help me while I cannot help myself. I need them to support me financially while I
don’t have a job, to cheer me up when I am sad, and to take care of me when I am sick.
First off, I expect my parents to support me when I am still in school. Because my parents brought me into life, I expect them to clothe and
feed me, especially as I am still a child. There are many times when I cannot pay for things because they are too expensive even on my allowance.
This includes regular meals or sometimes movies. Although I do not expect my parents to pay for all of my entertainment, I would definitely
appreciate the gesture. More importantly, though, while I do not have a job, I need food, shelter, and clothing and I believe I am entitled to this at
the very least.”