Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled The Importance of Reading Classics. You should write at least 150 words following the outline given below.
The Importance of Reading Classics
Reading classics plays a vital role in a person's growth. By reading classic works, either Chinese or foreign, one can learn a great deal about history, geography, politics, wars and customs. Besides, as these classics are the outstanding representatives human language, reading them can enormously improve our ability to read and write and to inherit cultural traditions.
However, a diminishing number of people would like to read classics now. A variety of factors may have contributed to this phenomenon, but the following are the critical one. In the first place, as the pace of life and work quickens, people can find little time to indulge themselves in thick and serious works. They would rather read light and easy magazines or surf the Internet and do online reading. In the second place, most classics depict things far away from our real life, which makes reading them seem irrelevant.
As college students, we should shoulder the burden of inheriting and developing cultural heritage. Therefore, it is essential that we should make plans to read classics regularly. Besides, we should try to influence people around us into reading them.
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