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Grade 7 English
5.8 2008 Essay Writing Contest - Level 2

  • Write an essay on the topic given below.
  • Use this sheet for writing down ideas and organizing your thoughts.
  • Write your essay on the attached ruled sheets of paper.
  • Limit your essay to three pages or less.
  • You have a total of 50 minutes to complete the essay.

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

People do their best when they are faced with difficulties. When life is easy, they become complacent and stop improving. A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude of the voyager.

Assignment: Do you think that a comfortable and easy life does not challenge us and that we need adversity to bring out the best in us? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.