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minutes. This question counts for one-third of the total essay section score.)
The following prompt is based
the accompanying six sources.This question requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, well-written essay. When yousynthesize sources, you refer to them to develop your position and cite them accurately.
Your argument should becentral; the sou.rces should support your argument. Avoid merely summarizing the sources.
Remember to attribute both direct and indirect references.
Much attention has been given lately
the ubiquitous presence
information technologies. Our daily lives seem tobe saturated with television, computers, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and MP3 players, to namejust a few of the most common technologies.Many people extol the ability
provide easy access to information and facilitate research andlearning. At the same time, however, some critics worry that the widespread use
information technologies forcesour lives to move too quickly.
encounter images and information from the Internet and other sources faster thanwe can process or evaluate them, and even though electronic communication has been enhanced, both the qualityand quantity
face-to-face interaction is changing.
Read the following sources (including the introductory information) carefully.
Then, in an essay
the sources for support, evaluate the most
a school should considerbefore using
You may refer to the sources by their titles (Source A, Source B, etc.)
by the descriptions in parentheses.Source A (Rotstein)Source B (Delaney)Source C (Dyson)Source D (Johnson)Source E (Gelemter)Source F (cartoon)
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Lindsay Lastinger Synthesis Essay-Boxing AP Language and Composition Coach Allen March 14, 2010 Boxing: Why it should be banned Boxing, both on the professional and amateur level, should be banned for countless reasons: It is a promoter of hostility and violence, it has caused hundreds of mortalities since it first began, it turns respected athletes into mere money-making devices, and it blatantly debases the true meaning of “sport” as unlike other sports, it promotes the purposeful destruction of a man’s physicality and dignity. There is only one way to rid humanity of the negative qualities that correlate with boxing, and that is to ban it for good. Since the origination of boxing, thousands of men, and sometimes women, have subjected themselves to its unforgiving violence and hostility. Patrick Bird writes, “…The repeated blows to the head that a fighter must endure can damage his head…little can be done to protect the athlete from injury…” There are endless injuries that are regularly associated with boxing. Among them are cuts, bruises, broken ribs, broken noses, internal bleeding, brain damage, and so on. Boxers are forced to endure these types of injuries each time they enter the ring. Many boxers are aware that these injuries, if sustained, can ultimately claim their lives, and for this reason boxers enter the ring knowing that each match could be their last. Joyce Carol writes, “…In the boxing ring…death is always a possibility…” Over the past one hundred years, boxing has claimed the lives of five hundred young, talented men, including such greats as U.S. boxer Levander Johnson, British boxer Steve Watt, and Beethoven Scotland. These five hundred