Past Year A Level Questions

GP GCE ‘A’ Level Paper 1 Questions

2006

1. Is there still a place for charity in today’s world?

2. ‘A picture is always more powerful than mere words.’ What is your view?

3. Does modern technology always improve the quality of people’s lives?

4. ‘National boundaries make little geographical or economic sense nowadays.’ Discuss.

5. Should crimes that were committed many years ago simply be forgotten?

6. How far is your country prepared for future crises?

7. ‘The world would be a better place if everyone spoke the same language.’ Discuss.

8. To what extent do young people in your society take an interest in politics?

9. ‘Entrepreneurship is just another name for personal greed.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

10. Do myths and legends still have a role to play in Singapore?

11. ‘Women will never enjoy the same rights are men.’ Do you agree?

12. To what extent do the newspapers and magazines that you read deal with what is trivial, rather than what is important?


2007

1. ‘The view of the majority is always right.’ Do you agree?

2. Can a belief in the supernatural be sustained in our modern world?

3. ‘The arts cannot change the world, but they make it more beautiful.’ Discuss this view with reference to one of the following: painting, sculpture or music.

4. How far should a state have a right to monitor the actions of people within its borders?

5. ‘Mass production inevitably means a loss of craftsmanship and quality.’ Is this true in your society?

6. How important is a sense of history in shaping the future of Singapore’s society?

7. Should poorer countries develop their tourist industry when the basic needs of their own people are not being met?

8. ‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’ Can written language really be so powerful?

9. ‘Advertisements are often entertaining, but they rarely affect consumer choice.’ Is this your experience?

10. Is it possible to protect the environment when countries require increasing amounts of energy to progress?

11. Should research into expensive medical treatments be allowed when only a few can afford them?

12. ‘The word failure should never be used in education.’ Discuss.


2008

1. Does the presence of a foreign power ever help a country with problems?

2. How important are dreams?

3. ‘The more science advances, the more religion will decline.’ To what extent do you agree?

4. How far do physical features, such as size and location, determine a country’s progress?

5. ‘Nowadays, the pleasures of reading can never compete with the pleasures of visual entertainment.’ To what extent do you agree?

6. To what extent does the migration of people have a positive effect?

7. ‘Air travel should be discouraged, not promoted.’ To what extent do you agree?

8. Many developed countries are paying increasing attention to the needs of the disadvantaged. How far is this true in Singapore?

9. Discuss the view that too much faith is placed in statistics.

10. ‘Contemporary music has no artistic value.’ Is this a fair comment?

11. How far is it possible to ensure that all producers of food and goods are fairly rewarded?

12. To what extent is design important in your society?

2009
1. Is the elimination of global poverty a realistic aim?

2. ‘Only educated people should have the right to vote in elections.’ What is your view?

3. Are certain types of writing superior to others?

4. Should a love of one’s country still be encouraged?

5. To what extent has technology had an impact on both privacy and security in your country?

6. ‘History records male acts, written by males, and holds little interests for females as a result.’ Is this a fair comment?

7. How far should religion influence political decisions?

8. Should every country have the right to carry out unlimited scientific research?

9. Assess the impact of foreign films or foreign TV programmes on the culture of your society.

10. Can the transport of food over vast distances be justified?

11. ‘Fashion is as much as good thing as a bad thing.’ To what extent do you agree?

12. As long as people in the public eye do their job well, does it matter what they do in private?

2010
1. Consider the view that most work these days could, and should, be done from home.

2. How far can an individual be held responsible for crimes against humanity?

3. Would it matter if all the performing arts venues in your society, such as concert halls and theatres, were closed down?

4. ‘The person who dies rich dies disgraced.’ Discuss.

5. ‘The book has no place in modern society.’ Discuss.

6. To what extent has technology had a negative impact on the skill levels of people?

7. Does sport merit the vast sums of money that are spent on it?

8. How effective are international efforts to ease the problem of global hunger?

9. ‘No politician’s reputation can survive the judgment of time.’ How true is this?

10. How important is it for people in your society to retain a sense of tradition?

11. ‘The key to good health is lifestyle rather than medicine.’ How far do you agree?

12. Can mathematics be seen as anything more than a useful tool in everyday life?


2011

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 financing 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.’ How true is this 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.’ Is this a far comment?

2012
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, even 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 accept 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?

2013

1. ‘The world would be a better place if more political leaders were women.’ What is your view?

2. ‘Unlike the Arts, such as writing or music, Mathematics lacks the capacity for creativity.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

3. Is there any point in trying to predict future trends?

4. To what extent is it possible ‘to make the punishment fit the crime’?

5. Discuss the claim that in the modern world people should care more about international than national issues.

6. How important is it to save plant and animal species which are in danger of extinction?

7. ‘Scientific research into health and diet is unreliable as it so often contradicts itself.’ Is this a fair comment?

8. How far is increased prosperity for all a realistic goal in your society?

9. Consider the view that spoken language is more important than written form.

10. Why should we be concerned with current affairs when most of them will soon be forgotten?

11. ‘Education should only be concerned with what is useful in life.’ Discuss.

12. How far, in your society, should unpopular views be open to discussion?

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