No. 6

  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the

  assignment below.

  We don’t really learn anything properly until there is a problem, until we make

  a mistake, until something fails to go as we had hoped. When everything is working

  well, with no problems or failure, what incentive do we have to try something new? We

  are only motivated to learn when we experience difficulties.

  Adapted from Alain de Botton, “How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a


  Assignment: Does true learning only occur when we experience difficulties?

  Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support

  your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies,

  experience, or observations.