750 Word Essay Topics

Sample essays

Sample essay questions and suggested reading

Here are a few sample essay questions for you to think about. Remember that you get 40 minutes to write a maximum of 750 words – ideally about 500-600 words.  We also have sample answers to some of these questions. See download links at bottom of this page.

  • How should judges be appointed?
  • Make the best case you can for public funding of the arts. Answer
  • Does it matter if some animal and plant species die out? Answer
  • ‘It is right that students should contribute to the cost of their degrees.’ Do you agree?
  • What disciplinary sanctions should teachers be allowed to use?
  • ‘We must be prepared to sacrifice traditional liberties to defeat terrorism.’ Discuss.
  • Should the law require people to vote in general elections?
  • Should private cars be rationed? If so, how?
  • What is ‘political correctness’ and why does it matter? Answer
  • There are more essay topics on our practice tests.

As part of your preparation you may also like to look at some materials on critical thinking. Here is a selection. Some of them include exercises that can help you develop your LNAT skills.

A. Fisher, Critical Thinking: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press 2001) ISBN 0521009847

R. van den Brink-Budgen, Critical Thinking for Students (How to Books 2000) ISBN 1857036344

N. Warburton, Thinking From A to Z (Routledge 2000) ISBN 0415222818

P. Gardner, New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking(Cambridge University Press 2006) ISBN 0521541727 (mainly for those who have English as a second language)

Essay Topics & Rubrics

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”     Albert Einstein

1101: A to Z (Small Essay 1)     New Rubric Checklist

1101:  Narrative (Essay 2)    750 words     Narrative Rubric  

1101:  Descriptive (Essay 3) 850 words Descriptive Checklist (details about essay & essay examples in book!) TOPIC

1101:  Illustration (Small Essay 4) 1.5 pages or 500 words or more 

1101:  FINAL: Narrative Revision (will look at this as a new 750 word essay with +333 words)                

NOTE: will add Description Essay Topics & Rubric later. will add Illustration Essay Topics & Rubric later



*Sites to Avoid for Finding Quotes *            




Sample Student Essays   

Narrative: (Click here for more online narrative essays )

Lost Worms in a Golden Apple ('A')

Standing on the Sidelines (A)

Don't Pen This On Me ('A-')

A Country Peach in the Big Apple   ('B+') 

Hot Dog Stand (A-)

Musical Spotlight  ('A/B+')

web essay #1: “El Chapereke” (‘A’)

web essays #2: “Josie’s Triumph” (‘B-’)

web essay #3: “8 Cow bracelet” (‘A’) 


A to Z Small Essays: Requirement -- 4 Types of Description & Sentence Variation List

A Ritual

Another Day in the Life of an Assassin

The Precise Puzzle

Old Man at the Diner

Harvest Moon Delirium

more student examples found in text


Descriptive Essay

Student examples found in text


Illustration Essay

Student examples found in text



Reader Response 1-4 (1-2 pages) and Rubric Checklist

#2: Broken Vietnamese Blossom

#3: Noi Fan Club

#3: Newton's Dirty Secret (Work Cited Missing)

#4: Sonny and Jane (Work Cited Missing - this is from the text and not the best essay - why?)



Samples from Western TC  

French Fried: The Fried Potato Bombs - good example (negation in red, thesis underlined but where def.?)

The Bar of Sugary Death - ok example (negation in red, thesis underlined and def. is in green) but what about quotes from quote source? These support nothing.

Twinkies: Yellow Death - good example (negation in red, thesis underlined but where def.?)

Human Flourishing (Happiness -- can you find the 4 parts of the INTRO?)



Lit Analysis (900-1350 words) and Rubric   
Guide to Before Beginning to Write Literary Analysis & Guide to Writing Literary Analysis

- not a book report!!!

Absolute Truth in Life {Bierce & Orwell} (A) 

Lethal Housewives {Glaspell & Dahl} (A-)

 Cost of Death {Obrien & Tan} (B/B+)

Rude Awakening {Carver & Updike} (C+ only because missing summary paragraph, secondary sources, and required length; otherwise would be 'A')

The Different Views of Home {Capote & Didion} (B+/A- because of thesis and sources)

Death Reveals a Beauty in Life {Tan & O'Brien} (B+/A-)

Carpe Diem {Didion & White} (A-)



Research paper and Rubric Checklist

 Sample Annotated Bibliography(more formal)

Scaffold for Topic Proposal & for Annotated Bibliography

Example 1 on conscription: (hook?)

Example 2 on cell phones (found online)

Example 3 on wolves (commnet - a good grammar website)

Example 4 on UN Sanctions (missing hook)





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