Exercise A is a writing exercise. You are to submit a text that you have authored; the text should be 300–500 words in length. The subject of the text is up to you. You can decide whether you want to deal with an issue or an emotion, a factual condition in the “real” world or a fictional construct in an imagined world.
You may choose to pose a question or assert a position, be an arbiter among contending ideas or become an advocate of a particular idea. Choosing what to write about is as important as the writing itself. While we want your writing to be clear, thoughtful and grammatically correct, it is important for you to recognize that this is not an examination in English proficiency but rather a creative writing exercise. Through this exercise, we are looking for insight into your ability to think about the world around you, reflect upon personal and human conditions, recognize issues of importance, form opinions, take positions, and express them in an imaginative yet clear and reasoned way through prose.