IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic:
1) Some people think that museums and art galleries should concentrate on the
history and art of their own country rather than the works of art of other parts of the
world. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Museums and art galleries offer a versatile dimension to knowledge acquisition by the
onlookers. Where a group of onlookers opines that the focus of such places must be
primarily the local art and history, others advocate an amalgamation of such unique
abstracts from all over the world. However, I strongly disagree with the opinion, since I
feel that a conglomeration of various international excerpts of art and history benefits
The cultural heritage can be better understood by visiting museums and art galleries.
The local history or art would offer a limitation to the onlookers and their knowledge
would be restricted only to the local level. On the contrary, if the galleries and art
museums exhibit art and history from all across the globe, that would portray
multicultural existence. This will enable people to comprehend diverse ethnicities,
histories, and cultures, ultimately contributing towards globalization. For example, the
Louvre museum in Paris exhibits works from several European artists, making this city in
the world to be an epitome of conveying the cultural finery and its importance of
several prominent nations.
Further, international history and cultural works allow every individual to procure
insights on sensitive issues that many countries experience simultaneously. Several
museums prefer to have instructive international exhibitions of significant political and
social issues, that are sometimes more informative than the media. For instance, the
Melbourne Art Gallery has collections from across the globe for the purpose of
portraying views on poverty, war, and trade. In a survey, 88% of visitors declared that they
felt more up-to-date about such issues from the museum than from the news.
To conclude, I disagree with the certainty that museums and art galleries should focus
on the history and art of their own country rather than international works. As with the
latter, these museums and galleries open up an arena for globalization and
2) Some say you should always marry for love; others say that in an uncertain world it
is wiser to marry for money. Discuss both points of view and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own
knowledge and experience.
In today’s world, money is one of the elements of utmost importance in our lives.
Therefore, a lot of people find it appropriate to get married for the sake of money and
not for love. Money definitely plays a significant role in our lives. Today, a partner
without money is generally not accepted, the partner must at least own a job to
safeguard his future and family. Therefore, the term ‘marry for money’ is quite
applicable to a certain extent. According to me, a marriage must be a combination of
both love and money.
Undoubtedly, love must be the basis of any marriage. Firstly, because love is definitely a
strong tie between two individuals, who even after owning their own identities, yet
remain united. They share each other’s moments of grief and happiness, overcome
every challenge in their day-to-day lives. Love not only strengthens the bond but even
nurtures both individuals to be mature. As in a marriage, each individual undertakes
additional responsibility for their partners along with their own. These are two of the
many crucial purposes for encouraging adults to marry for love.
In my view, both love and money are equally essential. Any marriage relying merely on
material aspects like money may swiftly crumble due to a scarcity of it. In the same
manner, if a marriage relies only on love that may have a possible end if the married
couple does not earn adequately to even manage daily expenses or get food. Therefore,
love and money both must be prioritized in a marriage, striving for equal stakes. There
may be instances where the stakes of money and love may be unequal in certain
To conclude, it may be opined that any marriage deprived of either money or love may
not be successful. Due to this reason, I would like to reiterate that they both money and
love together are a dynamic influence on the formation of a successful marriage and a
3) Some people prefer to directly help or support people who need it in the local
community, however, others prefer to give money to the national or international
charities. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
In today’s world poverty is spreading all across the world, right from the glittering and
vivacious boulevards of Los Angeles to the less trendy locales of Mumbai. Help is readily
available when it comes to the fight against poverty. But, a disagreement prevails
regarding the direct support that can be given to the down-trodden or donations must
be made via charity. In the following paragraphs, both the views will be presented.
Fundraising committees help the poor themselves, mainly due to two reasons. Firstly,
help can be sought immediately due to the absence of paperwork, or absence of regular
collection delivery tasks. But there can also be a possibility of the money being absorbed
by the corrupt government officials. Secondly, many recipients of the aid programs
spend the receipt on their children’s education or healthcare, rather than intoxicants or
the promotion of those. Therefore, expansions can be effortlessly endorsed.
However, the impression of offering direct cash to the poor is also looked upon with
disbelief by many. These people are of the opinion that money or any other avenues of
donation must be offered to the organizations of charity. They are of the opinion that
people living below the poverty lines do not have the exact acumen to manage finances,
as they have not even experienced the usage of basic material properties. There have
been instances where those people had been aided with finances to begin business and
mismanagement or lack of knowledge has led to an evident bankruptcy. Due to these
reasons, charities that can dispense accurate funds in a better manner, demonstrate their
distinct roles in refining the existing standards of the disadvantaged.
To conclude, I would like to state that offering money to the charities is a preferable
way to terminate poverty. These organizations transact with deeper sources of the
matter in the long run.
4) In today’s world of advanced science and technology, we still greatly value our
artists such as musicians, painters, and writers. What can arts tell us about life that
science and technology cannot?
Today, in this epoch of modernization where scientific and technological advancement is
progressing in leaps and bounds, connoisseurs of performing arts have retained their
due respect all across the globe. Arts instill within us a number of unique feelings that
science or technology cannot fulfill. Arts enable us to encounter the beauty of life which
otherwise would seem to be mundane.
Aspects of art, particularly literature, enables us to communicate our exact feelings,
while we appreciate life and its beauty. Innumerable literary tasks portray melancholy,
calamity, and grief. As they continue to exist in different corners of the world, every
write-up conveys the readers appreciate the gift of peace that is present in our lives. For
example, " Memoirs of a Geisha" vividly resonates a heart-touching story about the
Geisha culture of Japan before the world – war. It portrays the inner turmoil of a young
geisha girl, caught in between her ambitions to have a successful career and the desire
to lead a normal life by being with the person she loves, like any other Japanese woman.
The novel portrays the competition that existed among rivals back then, the natural ties
amongst siblings, the destiny of the intense Japanese history and tradition. No amount
of technological advancement can truly portray emotions, as it has been portrayed in
writing in the novel. Every written paragraph, brings forth a vivid image of the ongoing
sequence, virtually, in the minds of the readers.
Paintings, drawings, sculptures etc. instructs us to treasure the exquisiteness of every
culture in such a manner that they turn to ignite and propel our spiritual lives indirectly.
This is particularly significant in a world where science and technology compel our
thinking to be practical and very much related to the real-time happenings. In fact, too
much of modernization in terms of scientific development may even attempt to dwindle
our credence in the enormity of ethos in our daily life. The association between arts and
culture is a permanent correlation, where we can see that traditional melodies and
prehistoric images remind us of our existence and evolution. Therefore, in other words,
we can say that ethnic individuality is conserved via different art- forms.
To conclude, I would like to state that science and technology definitely fuels our
acceptance towards modern easy-to-use gadgets that improve our lives. But, the presence
of arts can intrigue us to a much profound magnitude. They assist us in valuing what we
already possess, retelling us of the importance of our values and culture.
5) Parents often give children everything they ask for and do what they like. Is it good
for children? What are the consequences when they grow up?
The approach of parents, these days in the up-bringing of their children has a significant
role in their development. There are instances where children are very often raised with
tremendous lenience. In my opinion, this is one of the approaches which can be a major
deterrent to the children’s individual growth and further affect their adulthood.
Love towards one’s children is the basic nature of human nature. But over-indulgence is
not a preferable method of up-bringing. It is essential that children make mistakes or
errors and learn by the means of admonishments administered for committing them.
That means children must be punished for their wrong doings and must be rewarded
when they deserve to be. Penalties like the removal of freedom, at times even physical in
nature are essential t times to educate children. If they are allowed the freedom to do
things as per their free will, they may go astray. As a result, the children may not be able
to comprehend the difference between the correct and the wrong, which in turn may
lead them to be oblivious, inconsiderate personalities.
Complying with minors’ demands and longings, will lead them to be individuals who
would not value the assets that they possess. For example, a child continuously annoys
parents to procure new toys, in spite of having a number of them, only out of greed.
This can have a tremendous adverse effect on the child’s character as he grows up, if
this tendency is not checked early during childhood.
Parental love for children must never be intermingled with indulgence. Excessive
indulgence will make the children indigent and dependent on their parents. Ultimately
these children will be unable to fend for themselves. In some societies, parents tend to
help their children after they reach adulthood by buying their clothes, even preparing
their meals etc. In those societies, children do not have to do anything. Therefore, this is
one of the many reasons why many of them are unable to live away from their parents
and or stay independently even when they have crossed thirty.
To conclude, I would like to state that parental indulgence must be the disciplinarian in
nature. Over-indulgence may negatively affect children’s behaviours and confine their
capability in decision-making or even in beginning an independent life in the future.
6) In recent years, the family structure and the role of its members are gradually
changing. What kinds of changes can occur? Do you think these changes are positive
In today’s world the structure of family has substantially changed. The tasks of both
males and females within the family have started getting aligned. There are numerous
new kinds of family configuration, and according to me, these expansions are not
Earlier, in the nuclear families, parents and children had lived together in the same
house. Nevertheless, in the race for modernization the statistics of single-parents are on
a rise, due to increasing rates of divorce cases. We also find that cohabiting couple
families and step-families as a result of cohabitation and remarriage are turning to be
much more suitable. Additionally, the number of single-mothers have increased, as a lot
of women prefer to have children out of the wed-lock. We also see parental roles being
exchanged in a family. Over the recent years, there is a steep increase in the number of
stay-at-home fathers, as women too, follow their aspirations and careers. This is a
complete disparity between the times now and the times of just about half a decade
ago, when men were the sole bread earners and women homemakers.
According to me, the transformations mentioned can have both constructive and
damaging causes. Due to the dearth of emotional bonding and legal obligations, non-
traditional families like step-families and cohabiting parents are more inclined to
infringement. As a consequence, the children of these families are on a higher possibility
of being rebellious as their parents may suffer from feelings of seclusion and anxiety. On
the contrary, role-reversals amongst family members are seen to have an advancement.
This occurs due to the fact that women do not have to detriment their careers to take
care of their children or household tasks.
To conclude, I would like to state that the role- reversal of the family members and
the transformation of the family structures have both positive and negative effects.
7)Studies have suggested that nowadays children watch much more television than
they did in the past and spend less time on active or creative things. What are the
reasons and what measures should be taken to encourage children to spend more
time on active or creative things?
It is a matter of grave concern today that children watch the television for a large
amount of time. They do not pursue much of sports or creative activities. This
inclination occurs due to a lot of reasons and must be addressed appropriately for the
There may be various reasons for this inclination. One of the possible reasons is that
television programmes that telecasts shows for children are broadcasted throughout
the day. These have addictive contents, eye-catching and colourful computer graphics.
Channels like ‘Cartoon Network’, ‘Pogo’, ‘Disney’ are shown throughout the day.
Another obvious reason is that parents do not have time to focus on their children, due
to their busy work schedules. Therefore, they tend to keep their children focussed on
some activity that will not require much of their attention and watching television is one
of such. Majorly these are the two reasons that tend to keep children away from
pursuing any physical activity or creative pursuit.
Different measures can be taken to solve this increasing issue. The first one may be by
setting a time frame for watching television. This can be done by altering the settings in
the television set. For example, the Television may be setup with timing to get switched
off after a certain time. Secondly, parents must spend enough time with their children.
They must get together to participate in any form of sports or creative task. Like, the
parents could have a family sports on a weekly basis, this would involve the children
more than television.
To conclude I would like to reiterate that, there are noticeable ins and outs regarding
the children being addicted to the television leaving no time for sports or creative tasks.
This downward trend can be handled by quite a number of solutions, like the parents
being personally involved in the upbringing of the children.
8) Organized tour to remote community and other countries is increasingly popular. Is
it a positive or negative development for the local people and the environment?
In the recent years, organised tours to secluded areas of the world have increased
incessantly. According to me, this activity has both advantageous and disadvantageous
consequences on the environment and natives.
The inherent demands of customised travels to the remote areas bids certain benefits.
The natives can have the advantage of upgrading their lifestyle. To increase the influx of
tourists and satisfying their growing demands, these destinations will have to improve
their facilities in terms of hospitality and infrastructure. The available amenities must be
upgraded to suit the requirements of the tourists. Travel must be made hassle free by
upgrading the modes of communication. This will help in the inflow of more tourists to
those areas. Tourists generally prefer lavish and luxuriant locations, when they wish to
holiday in the countryside or that far away departures can offer. Therefore,
afforestation must be encouraged for the ample availability of fresh air.
But, there can arise certain disadvantages as well in this drift. Firstly, the expansion of
this tourism type may offer a threat to the degradation of the environmental. The tour
operators generally bring a large number of tourists to these untouched isolated and
hitherto unspoilt zones. This gives rise to both water and air pollution, also depleting the
hygiene factors. Secondly, tourists cause huge disturbances to the lives of natives.
Interested by the striking livelihood that the tourists do not ever come across regularly,
some tourists at times actually interfere with lives of the local residents. Like visiting
their house frequently only to explore or enquiring too much about their private lives.
To conclude we can infer that there are both useful and harmful effects on natives due
to promotion of tourism in remote locations. The environment pollution can also be
seen as a resultant effect due to the increase of such journeys to the distant provinces.
9) In today’s world of advanced science and technology, we still greatly value our
artists such as musicians, painters and writers. What can arts tell us about life that
science and technology cannot?
It cannot be unaccepted that technical and scientific advancements have benefited
individuals’ life enormously, in numerous ways. Nevertheless, artistic pursuits continue
to instil within us profound insights and ideals that technology has not been successful
Undeniably science and technology has impacted profoundly on our lives in every facet.
Time and again, science has presented humankind with continuous trailblazing findings
and creations. These discoveries and inventions are an essential means of knowledge
transfer in today’s world. Be it in any field of science, beginning from physics, chemistry,
and biology to astronomy. But science does not give the impression to satiate the
masses unlimited inquisitiveness around the other fields like social, cultural or even
traditional ideals. Here we find Humanities or Arts making an attempt to quench the
desire to understand those philosophies successfully.
Arts portray and intimate us regarding the cultural and traditional qualities of a
particular province. ‘The Tibetan book of Living and Dying’, written bySogyal
Rinpoche in 1992, is a presentation of the teachings ofTibetan Buddhism. The book
explores: the message of impermanence; evolution,karma andrebirth; the nature of
mind and how to train the mind throughmeditation; how to follow a spiritual path in
this day and age; the practice ofcompassion; how to care for and show love to the
dying, and spiritual practices for the moment of death. These aspects can hardly be
debated within the boundaries of science.
Additionally, artworks like paintings, crafts, handwork etc. can be evidenced to impart
lessons of history. With the aid of paintings, artists can bring forth a scene from an
important historical era. These can create major historical events and offer the desired
impressions about those events in the minds of the viewers. For example, ‘The Last
Supper’, that was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, portrays an era prior to and the
beginning of Christianity.
To conclude I would like to reiterate that, art has a wonderful implication in educating
people and broadening their perspectives on different topics. This is an area which
science or technology fail to intervene.
10) When designing a building, the most important factor is intended use of the
building rather than its outward appearance. To what extent do you agree or
Certain individuals believe that the functionality of a building must be the most vital
aspect while designing a building rather than its external look. This point of view may be
agreed upon even though a building of an awe-inspiring architecture magnifies the very
outlook of its environment. But if the same building does not fulfil its elementary
purpose, it becomes impractical.
A building with an attractive outlook may encourage visitors to visit it, owing it as a basis
of embellishment that can serve as an enticement for tourism, holiday or even business.
For example, ‘The Petronas’ of Malaysia is the popular globally for being an epitome of
remarkable architecture promoting the tourism in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. In
the similar manner, beautiful academic buildings and office campuses get popular for
pursuing education or alluring work-environment among the younger generation.
In spite of the architectural beauty a building’s functionality is of utmost importance. A
building must cater to the requirements of its proprietors, inhabitants and investors.
The most important factor is the safety. The building must be well-made and sturdy. But
in today’s world to ensure that the building is eye-catching enough, the building designs
are negotiated over their durability and safety. For example, in Nepal, several
architectural structures had been popular for its unique styles but collapsed to earth,
due to recurring earthquakes that occurred over the recent years. Therefore, we find
that not only the resources used for constructing the was an absolute wastage, but even
claimed several lives in an attempt to beautify the exteriors of those buildings. On the
contrary, Japan which experiences frequent earthquakes has hardly ever had any
incident of building collapse. There, the basic functionality of buildings has always been
priority over external adornments and this results in the depletion of the nation’s
In sum up, I agree to the fact that a building’s primary functions must be in place before
offering importance to the external designing. A building must not be built exhausting
the valuable resources and increasing its risk factors.
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