Task 2: Writing Based on Knowledge and Experience
Directions: For this task, you will write an essay in response to a question that asks you to state, explain, and support your opinion on an issue.
Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 300 words. Your essay will be judged on the quality of your writing. This includes the development of your ideas, the organization of your essay, and the quality and accuracy of the language you use to express your ideas.
You have 30 minutes to plan and complete your essay.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
It is impossible to be completely honest with your friends.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
I agree that it is impossible to be totally honest with your friends.
Friends make the good times even better, and keep the bad times from overwhelming us.
One trait of a lasting friendship is honesty, but how honest must one be?
I believe that it is impossible to remain totally honest with our friends all the time.
We must not only protect their feelings and interests, but also keep our own secrets.
3. 中间段落(Essay Body)的思路拓展
To begin with, truth can be like a sword that breaks people’s hearts instead of protecting them.
In other words, telling someone the truth may break their heart.
There are some situations that require us to adopt sensible silence because as a good friend, I feel obliged to support and always stand behind my friend.
→ 举例，以“假设+ 结论”的方式展开，更有说服力：
If your friend is not good-looking and there is nothing you can do to change that, maybe it’s better to just keep quiet and protect his or her feelings.
→ 继续举例，仍以“假设+ 结论”的方式展开：
Similarly, when our friends date someone we don’t like, if this person is not actually harmful to our friends, maybe we should let the relationship run its course.
Therefore, being totally honest is not possible because we must protect our friends and their feelings.
In addition to protecting our friends by withholding information, we must also be careful to protect our own secrets.