北美考试院 托福写作组 吴卫逢
Keywords: convincing; strategy; regulations; rules; policy; negative or positive consequences; concern; ado
《真经6》20180106CN broches used for 圆柱石塔的用处
• deter attack （walls high）
• store food
• social purpose (high-ranking chieftains inhabit)
• lack windows: defense weak；can not shoot arrow, so 敌人靠近石塔时，他们可以放火或破门而入
• water tanks 会产生moisture，最终使食物grain rot；火炉的存在会导致谷物扬起的灰尘着火
《真经6》20170304CN Greek ceramic disks function
• Musical instruments: drums;
• 总论点：not convincing
• Pans and pots有使用痕迹，blackened/discolored 变黑或褪色，但没有marks痕迹
• Stretch animal skin over覆盖动物皮；strike ceramics不像鼓声，同时heavy and hard to use, wooden drum is better
Independent Writing Task
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Although science and technology will continue to improve, the most significant improvements of the quality of people's lives have already taken place.
Completing a day of strenuous work, you get on the subway to home, and then skim through hot news or order a take-out food using your cellphone. Waiting for you are the arrived food, entertainment program on the television and air conditioning when you get home. Can you imagine that picture of this random daily life happening a century ago? Definitely not. As far as I am concerned, Modern technology has witnessed tremendous advancement, and coincident with it has been the significant raise of individuals’ lives already.
First and foremost, the connection between people is closer today. “In the war time, a letter from home is worth ten thousand pieces of gold”, sighed Du Fu, an ancient poet in Chinese Tang dynasty, indicating the troublesome physical information exchange approach with long-distance mails at that time. Newly invented technology, mobile phones, cellular network, 4G (fourth generation network), just to name a few, has made it possible for us to send and receive messages with our loved ones instantly anytime and virtually anywhere. My experience in Japan is just a case in point. Years ago, in Nagoya, Japan an earthquake awakened me from the sleep. Never did I experience such an intensive and violent vibration of the house, I was totally terrified and petrified then. After the organized evacuation, I immediately made a video call to my parents. Until now, memory of that call with warmth and energy still comes to my mind every time I make a home call to my parents. As a result, it truly was this information age transforming our way of interacting with one another and strengthening our emotional bonds.
Conversely, some would argue that science and technology bring about new issues especially environmental contamination alongside convenience. Be it automobile on the road, airplane in the air, yacht in shoreline of resort, all of them pollute our fragile environment through burning fossil fuels, which can lead to haze, damage to ocean ecosystem and more. Consequently, we, everyone on this planet, will suffer. With all abovementioned problems facing us, nevertheless, there is no denying that these modern transportation tools enable us to ignore the physical distance, transporting us to anywhere worldwide within two days. Furthermore, the forthcoming electric vehicles and various other electricity-driven carriers will come out with the solution to environmental problems along with the continuous improvement of science and technology. Therefore, I do believe that the advantages of modern transportations tools to our lives outweigh their drawbacks.
In conclusion, despite the environmental problems they may cause, science and technology really can connect people more emotionally and transport citizens more efficiently, which marks a significant step forward for better living standard or life style. Had humans not pushed the boundary of imagination and reasoning thinking so far, we would have still led cave lives as our relatives as chimpanzee.