Essay Act Prompts


Almost since human beings first began sharing ideas, the issue of censorship (officially suppressing ideas or writing) has been debated. Proponents of censorship argue, for example, that offensive material might morally corrupt children or that governments have the right to protect their national secrets. Opponents argue that censorship infringes on individual freedom and hinders progress. Censorship has long been an issue regarding books and papers; now, it has become a critical issue concerning the seemingly infinite amount of information on the Internet. Given the continued impact of censorship on various aspects of our lives, it is an issue worth examining.

Read and carefully consider these perspectives. Each suggests a particular way of thinking about the impact of censorship.

Perspective One

Selective censorship prevents children from being exposed to offensive material. It allows parents and caretakers to determine what material children are ready for and when, based on their maturity level, they are ready for such material.

Perspective Two

Censorship intrudes upon freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Individuals have the right to learn about their world, both its positive and negative aspects, and to express their ideas on it.

Perspective Three

Censorship should not be condoned because it places too much power in the hands of a few: no government or leadership system should be allowed to decide what information should reach the public.

Essay Task

Write a unified, coherent essay in which you evaluate multiple perspectives on the impact of censorship on society. In your essay, be sure to:

  • analyze and evaluate the perspectives given
  • state and develop your own perspective on the issue
  • explain the relationship between your perspective and those given

Your perspective may be in full agreement with any of the others, in partial agreement, or wholly different. Whatever the case, support your ideas with logical reasoning and detailed, persuasive examples. 

Find sample writing tests for the ACT in this article. Each sample has three options for you to choose from.

The ACT® writing test gives you several options when making a decision about your writing, so we've put together this list of prompts.

Created especially for you, these writing essay prompts are a great way to practice for the ACT writing test. Each has three perspectives for you to choose from when making your choice.

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Net Neutrality

Should the internet be regulated or should ISPs be allowed to prioritize? These are just two of the three prompts you'll find in this essay sample.

School Start Times

Three writing prompts are given here, ranging from an earlier to a later school start time to gradually later. Your essay should reflect one of these three perspectives.

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