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SAT北美考区2017年5月写作真题“ Working Less Would Provide Much to Americans”
It worries the author that Americans work longer hours than do the Japanese and Europeans. The author later refutes the companies’ excuse that long hours of work are to boost productivity by suggesting that the fourfold increase since the 1950s is an already achievement, which should allow Americans to rest. Meanwhile, the stagnant or even declining purchasing power of Americas' salaries, a reality that contradicts the increased productivity, provokes the author’s suspicion that someone is taking advantage of American workers. Further, the author revisits the history of unions’ efforts in reducing work hours so as to indicate that the reduction has always been an issue, which was interrupted by World War II, and should resume. In Paragraph 7, the author responds to the suspicion in the preceding paragraph and names the suspect—the greedy corporates, attributing the recent economic troubles of the US to corporate greed, which is consuming the potential of the US economy. In the next paragraph, the figurative diction, “steroids”, “cannibalizing”, “this runaway train”, carries intense emotions and manifests the author’s strong repulse to the corporate culture and resolution in reversing the climate. The irony when the author says “kill ourselves at work just to make a living” is so sharp that Americans are warned of the danger of overworking.
「Reading Passage 2」SAT北美考区2016年12月写作真题“ It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave to Empower Working Women and Modernize the Workplace.”
In Paragraph 3, remarks of the then president – President Obama – are quoted to explain why the FAMILY Act is needed. The act is for gender equality, as it is deemed unfair that a woman has to “sacrifice her job” or when a mother has to “run into hardship” just because of her gender role. The act also aligns with the national policy proposed by Obama. Obama is quoted for an apparent reason that the words of the nation’s leader carry plenty of weight. Meanwhile, what is taken advantage is not only Obama’s status as POTUS but also his popularity as a charismatic individual. The author then, in the next paragraph, to dispel the concern that the Act may incur massive costs, specifically says that the weekly cost would be “less than the cost of a cup of coffee” to ease the nerves of American employers and government. The author also states that the benefit is traceable and cover all American workers. These two benefits add to the reason why the Act should be passed. Also, passing the Act is what the modern time requires, as is suggested in Paragraph 5, in which Obama is quoted again. The FAMILY Act is believed to be in line with a number of other propositions of modern workplace policies and to keep pace with the rest of the developed world, and since the US is not a pioneer nation that has taken the risks, the US should now already pass the Act. Apparently, in this chunk of paragraphs is an adequate range of convincing reasons.