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Topics: Love, Dear Mr. President Pages: 23 (6710 words) Published: December 10, 2012
Write an essay of 160 - 200 words based on the following drawing. In your essay, you should: 1) describe the drawing briefly,
2) explain its intended meaning, and then
3) give your comments
You should write neatly on ANSWER SHEET 2.

Recently the issue of celebrities endorsing shoddy products has become the focus of public concern. As can be seen in the cartoon, a star is touting inferior products like a hand puppet. Behind the curtain is hiding an unethical manufacturer who is manipulating the puppet.

This phenomenon has exerted a pernicious influence on the society. First, it has led to a huge waste of money. Celebrities try to endorse every product from clothing, make-up, fitness equipment to tonic medicine. Faithful fans often end up buying many items they do not really need. What’s worse, some celebrities would peddle anything as long they are handsomely paid. Many products they endorse endanger people’s health or even lives. A poignant example here is that several celebrities had endorsed the melamine-tainted Sanlu milk powder, which caused six babies dead and nearly 300,000 others sick in 2008.

It is unrealistic to expect all celebrities and manufacturers to behave themselves. To shield the public from the mercenary endorsers, the government should enact stricter laws to punish those who advertise substandard products. (175 words)

For a Better Understanding between Parents and Children
Parents and teenagers often disagree about the amount of freedom and responsibility the young people are to have. It is not unusual to hear some parents complaining about their children’s rebellious behavior while some children, on the other hand, say that their parents are old-fashioned.

There are three possible reasons for this situation. First and foremost, the two generations, having grown up in different times, have different likes and dislikes and therefore have little in common. What interests young people seldom appeals to their parents, which discourages them from engaging in constructive communication with each other. Compounding this problem is the misunderstanding between the two generations. The young generation tends to think their parents are too protective, while the parents think the teenage kids are intractable. Also responsible for this situation is their busy lifestyle. Nowadays both parents and children are too busy to sit together and exchange ideas, even if they find it necessary to do so. As a result, the generation gap is growing wider and wider.

To bridge the gap, children should take the initiative to communicate with their parents. Parents, on the other hand, should care for the emotional needs of their children. If both parties adopt a positive attitude, it won’t be long before the arrival of a better understanding between parents and children. (219 words)

Recent years have witnessed a craze for worshipping stars. As shown in the first photo, a young man so admires Beckham that he has the football star’s name written on his face. In the second photo, another young man spends as much as 300 yuan for a hairstyle modeled on that of Beckham.

There is no harm in following stars, but star obsession is harmful or even disastrous. Consider Yang Lijuan, a 30-year-old girl from Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu in Northwest China. She was a devoted fan of Andy Lau, the most famous actor in the Hong Kong entertainment industry. The girl always wished to meet Andy despite her family living in poverty. Her father sold their farm and house to fulfill her wish. After meeting Andy Lau in a fan club meeting, she wanted to have dinner with him. Her father wrote to Andy and begged him to meet his daughter; otherwise, he would commit suicide. When Andy Lau rejected his request, the father, true to his word, threw himself into the sea.

Tragic as the event, the general public wasn’t sympathetic towards the Yangs. It is blind...
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