Published Argument Essay Prompts for the GRE

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On the Analyze an Argument essay, your job is to…

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1.

The following appeared in a memorandum from the owner of Movies Galore, a chain of movie-rental stores.

'Because of declining profits, we must reduce operating expenses at Movies Galore's ten movie-rental stores. Raising prices is not a good option, since we are famous for our low prices. Instead, we should reduce our operating hours. Last month our store in downtown Marston reduced its hours by closing at 6:00 p.m. rather than 9:00 p.m. and reduced its overall inventory by no longer stocking any DVD released more than five years ago. Since we have received very few customer complaints about these new policies, we should now adopt them at all other Movies Galore stores as our best strategies for improving profits.'

Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

Which of the following might you do to brainstorm for this essay?

A. Make a list of your favorite movies

B. Take a position on Movies Galore's cost-reduction plan, and brainstorm your reasons.

C. Make a list of pieces of evidence you would need to evaluate the argument.

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The following appeared in a memorandum from the owner of Movies Galore, a chain of movie-rental stores.

'Because of declining profits, we must reduce operating expenses at Movies Galore's ten movie-rental stores. Raising prices is not a good option, since we are famous for our low prices. Instead, we should reduce our operating hours. Last month our store in downtown Marston reduced its hours by closing at 6:00 p.m. rather than 9:00 p.m. and reduced its overall inventory by no longer stocking any DVD released more than five years ago. Since we have received very few customer complaints about these new policies, we should now adopt them at all other Movies Galore stores as our best strategies for improving profits.'

Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

Which of the following specific pieces of evidence might help you evaluate this argument?

A. The amount of money saved by the new policy at the store in downtown Marston.

B. The amount of traffic between 6:00 and 9:00 pm at the downtown Marston store compared to the other stores.

C. The names of all DVDs no longer carried by the store in downtown Marston.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The emphasis of this practice will be on topics like the Analyze an Argument essay portion of the GRE, brainstorming before an essay, and argument assumptions. These subjects will predominantly be asked about with example essay prompts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To put it expressly, you are going to be examined on your comprehension of:

  • What's expected of you on the Analyze an Argument essay portion
  • The best way to brainstorm for a given prompt
  • Identifying the most useful pieces of different arguments
  • Identifying the potential assumptions in an argument
  • What unwarranted information implies

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the GRE in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding argument analysis
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the GRE's expectations and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

For a better understanding of this section of the GRE, study our tutorial titled Published Argument Essay Prompts for the GRE. With this lesson you will be better versed in topics such as:

  • Potential prompts in this portion of the GRE
  • What you'll be scored on
  • Tips for writing well-thought-out responses
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