The GRE, one big philosophy exam?

While studying for the GRE the day before I take it (great idea, right?) I notice that it’s basically one big, ol’ philosophy exam. And I give you exhibit A:

This page contains the Argument topics for the analytical writing section of the GRE General Test. When you take the test, you will be presented with one Argument topic from this pool.

The wording of some topics in the test might vary slightly from what is presented here. Therefore, read your test topic carefully and respond to the wording as it appears in the actual test.

Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument.

A recent study shows that people living on the continent of North America suffer 9 times more chronic fatigue and 31 times more chronic depression than do people living on the continent of Asia. Interestingly, Asians, on average, eat 20 grams of soy per day, whereas North Americans eat virtually none. It turns out that soy contains phytochemicals called isoflavones, which have been found to possess disease–preventing properties. Thus, North Americans should consider eating soy on a regular basis as a way of preventing fatigue and depression.

And exhibit B:

Present your perspective on the issue below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your views. Here are questions that may  be on the test:

“Important truths begin as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable, attacks upon the accepted wisdom of the time.

“Originality does not mean thinking something that was never thought before; it means putting old ideas together in new ways.”

“Laws should not be rigid or fixed. Instead, they should be flexible enough to take account of various circumstances, times, and places.”

“The function of science is to reassure; the purpose of art is to upset. Therein lies the value of each.”

Thank you every philosophy class I ever took for giving me the tools to get at least a 550 on my verbal practice exam without even studying.*

*too bad a 550 means rejection letters.


3 Responses

  1. Ya it is. I’ve taken it twice and the entire thing is logic to one end or another.

    The essays are all logical arguing. The verbal is just annoying. And the math is logic stuff as well.

    I want to know where they get half those words for the verbal, they were insane

  2. too bad I did poorly in my logic class… and math is not my strong suite.

  3. The math is rational stuff mostly, figuring out what they are asking and how to get it.

    The arguments stuff aren’t bad.

    I liked logic class though, watching other people get confused was amusing

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