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Writing Sample Items The AAMC has released a listing of MCAT Writing Sample items (topic statements and instructions) for your information and  use in preparing for that section of the test.  Topics selected for use in MCAT exams will be similar or identical to those  in this list. Each Writing Sample item consists of a topic statement (printed boldly) followed by instructions for three writing tasks. Your  first task is to explain or interpret the topic statement. Because the first two sentences of the instructions are the same for all  items, they are stated once here rather than beneath each item. These instructions are: Write a unified essay in which you perform the following tasks. Explain what you think the above statement means. The instructions for the second and third writing tasks vary from item to item and are printed immediately beneath each topic  statement. When using this list for practice, you should be sure to follow the instructions for  all three tasks  in writing your  essay. The object of education should be to teach skills, not values.  Describe a specific situation in which the object of education might be teaching values rather than skills. Discuss what you  think determines when the object of education is to teach skills and when it is to teach values.  The nature of democracy requires that its citizens be dependent upon one another.   Describe a specific situation in which citizens in a democracy might justifiably not be dependent upon one another. Discuss  what you think determines when citizens in a democracy should be dependent upon one another.  Of all the forms of media, television has the strongest influence on public opinion.  Describe a specific situation in which television might not have the strongest influence on public opinion. Discuss what you  think determines whether or not television has the strongest influence on public opinion.  History is the record of humanity's wars.  Describe a specific situation in which history might be the record of something other than humanity's wars. Discuss what you  think determines when history should be the record of humanity's wars and when it should be something else.  To obey an unjust law is to approve of it.  Describe a specific situation in which obeying an unjust law might not necessarily mean approving of it. Discuss what you  think determines when disobeying a law is justified.  The personal privacy of citizens should be protected from government intrusion.  Describe a specific situation in which government might justifiably intrude upon a citizen's personal privacy. Discuss what 
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