8806 General Paper November 2012 Paper 1 1. Is there any value in preserving minority languages in the world? 2. ‘People in the Arts, living or dead, receive far more recognition than those in the Sciences, though it is less deserved.’ Consider this claim. 3. Should people be allowed to have children by artificial means? 4. To what extent are the rights of animals protected in your society? 5. ‘The most influential individuals in history are those who have caused the most harm.’ How far would you agree with this view? 6. Is violence ever justified? 7. Consider the view that mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty. 8. In your society, how far is equality for all a reality? 9. Should everyone be expected to donate suitable organs after death? 10. Can humour ever be serious? 11. ‘The key criterion for good government is how well the economy is managed.’ Is this a fair assessment? 12. How far is it acceptable for technology to be used only for financial benefit?
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8806 General Paper November 2011 Paper 1 1. Can prejudice ever be eliminated? 2. ‘Taking risks is an essential part of life and should be encouraged.’ Discuss. 3. Consider the view that efficient government is more important than democracy. 4. To what extent is it acceptable for private companies to be involved in scientific research? 5. ‘Environmental concerns and economic growth cannot co-exist.’ Do you agree? 6. In the digital age do newspapers still have a role in your society? 7. Do awards and prizes serve any useful purpose? 8. How far should medical resources be used to extend life expectancy? 9. Can space research be justified nowadays? 10. ‘Only modern architecture and modern art have a place in today’s world.’ Is this true of your society? 11. How far should countries aim to be self-sufficient? 12. ‘Science is unreliable, being based as much on theory as on fact.’...
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