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responsibility for the welfare of their country than
has been shown in the last two days.
Some time ago I asked each American to consider
what he would do for his country and I asked the
steel companies. In the last 24 hours we had their
answer. * Robert S. McNamara, secretary of defense from 1961 to 1968 © 2012 The College Board.
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-11- 2012 AP® ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS
(Suggested time—40 minutes. This question counts for one-third of the total essay section score.)
Consider the distinct perspectives expressed in the following statements.
If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get
yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain
William Lyon Phelps, American educator, journalist, and professor (1865–1943)
I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t
wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
Bertrand Russell, British author, mathematician, and philosopher (1872–1970)
In a well-organized essay, take a position on the relationship between certainty and doubt. Support your argument
with appropriate evidence and examples. STOP
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