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2013“外研社杯”全国英语写作大赛决赛赛题

Task 1  Narrative Writing
 
Read the story starter and continue the story. Complete the story in 600-800 words.
 
 
 
The Most Beautiful Flower
 
The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree, disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, for the world was intent on dragging me down.
 
And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play. He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great excitement, “Look what I found!” In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight, with its petals all worn—not enough rain or light. Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play, I faked a small smile and then shifted away. But instead of retreating he sat next to my side and placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise, “It sure smells pretty and it’s beautiful, too. That’s why I picked it; here, it’s for you.”
 
The flower before me was dying or dead. Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red. But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave. So I reached for the flower, and replied, “Just what I need.” But instead of him placing the flower in my hand, he held it mid-air without reason or plan. It was then that I noticed for the very first time that weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind. 
 
 
 
​Task 2  Argumentative Writing
 
Read the following two paragraphs which have contradicting views, and write a passage on the issue. You should clearly state your opinion and explain the reasons. You should write about 800 words.
 
 
 
Some people believe that imitation is more valuable than innovation. Copying others’ ideas is good business, and sometimes, even great business. While examining the leading players in many sectors, you will be surprised to find that it is not the pioneers but the able and creative imitators that often have the edge. McDonald’s imitated a system pioneered by White Castle, an American regional fast food restaurant chain. Visa, MasterCard and American Express all borrowed from the efforts of Diners Club to introduce the credit card to a then skeptical audience of consumers and merchants. The founder of Wal-Mart admitted that it had borrowed most of its practices from its predecessors but then improved on them and combined them into a winning formula. Today’s lions are the descendants of copycats.
 
Others, however, despise copying, especially when China is developing from a manufacturing hub to an innovation economy. “The act of stealing and pirating from other brands is intolerable worldwide. Developing home innovated brands is the only way to make Chinese brands respected worldwide,” states Feng Jun, CEO of the Chinese consumer electronics giant, Aigo. The acceptance of copying is possible to cause confusion between what is right and wrong. Plagiarism, piracy, parody, slander, and other actions originally seen as illegal or, at least, vulgar will be given a reason to exist and gradually acquire respectability in society. The consequential moral bankruptcy will have a negative impact on the country.