Sample Admission Essay Paper on Something from the Sixties

Question 1

The author of the story uses description in various passages in the essay. The first passage where description is used is where the author describes the situation or experience when his son bursts into a room. The author says that “… and when he bursts into a room, glassware rattles, and the cat on your lap grabs on to your knees and leaps from the starting block.” The impact of this description is that it gives the reader an exact impression of the situation when the author’s son bursts into a room. With the description, the reader is likely to have a view of how rough or abrupt the son bursts into a room such that everything in the room is destabilized. The second passage where description is used is where the author describes the vest he hauled out of one of the boxes. The author describes the piece of cloth as “A thigh-length vest covered with fringe and studded with silver…” The effect of this description is that it gives the reader an exact view of the fashion or style of the 1960s.

Question 2

Agreeably, the author must have chosen to write the story from the first-person point of view as it ensures that the story is told directly through the thoughts and eyes of the author and because it gives the targeted audience the opportunity of being inside the author’s head. In most cases, a story from the first person point of view creates a direct link between the author and the targeted audience.

Question 3

A passage that serves as an example of an idea is where the son tells the author of the sort of stuff he wants to wear to the sixties party. The concept of idea is evident in the passage “I don’t know. Whatever they wore then.” This passage in one way or the other saw the son give a thought or suggestion regarding the situation at hand, and as such, it exemplifies the “idea” concept.

Question 4

Despite not having an explicitly stated thesis, the essay has a strong and clear message. The message is that people should not throw away old stuff instead they should keep them safely and carefully on the principle of them being useful and interesting someday. In this case, the thigh-length leather vest worn by the author in the 1960s is found to be useful to his son when he wants to attend a sixties party. In fact, it is pleasing that the thigh-length leather vest, despite the old age, was a big hit at the son’s party and that all his friends had tried it on.

Question 5

With the message of the essay being that people should not throw away old stuff and instead they should keep them safely and carefully on the principle of them being useful and interesting someday, the audience targeted by the essay is people who throw away old stuff once they are done with them or once they feel that they are no longer of benefit to them.

Question 6

One of the techniques used in the essay is dialogue. For instance, there is dialogue between the author and the son, where the son asks “Who wore this?” and the author replies that he did. Another technique used in the essay is imagery, which is evident where the author says that the son bursts in a way that, done by an older fellow, would mean that angels had descended into the front yard and they were eating apples off the tree.

PART B

Question 1
Road trip across Canada

Every member of the family was excited because of the trip. We had done enough preparations including availing dad’s SUV that would take us around the major cities of Canada. Besides, we had made bookings in one of Toronto’s finest hotels, and this was to be our new home for around two weeks. The first day of the road trip was hampered by foggy and snowy conditions that made the roads invisible. This was worsened by the fact that I was forced to sit at the back of the vehicle with mom’s friends, and this meant that I had no one to talk to throughout the trip. In some parts of Toronto, the roads were horrible, and my efforts to sleep were jeopardized by sudden jerking of our vehicle, an attribute of myriads of potholes on the roads.

Question 3
  1. Homework in elementary school: good or bad idea?

Thesis statement: Homework in elementary school is a good idea.

  1. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use

Thesis statement: Marijuana should be legalized for recreational use.

  1. Returning to high school for an extra year of study

Thesis statement: Students should return to high school for an extra year of study before joining institutions of higher learning.

  1. All-day kindergarten for four-year-old children

Thesis statement: Four-year-old children should attend all-day kindergartens.

  1. Delaying body contact in hockey until players are sixteen years old

Thesis statement: Body contact in hockey should be delayed until players are sixteen years old.