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(2) Write an essay of 160-200 words based on the following drawing. In your essay, you should:
1) describe the drawing briefly,
2) explain its intended meaning, and then
3) state your point of view.
You should write on ANSWER SHEET 2.
The picture depicts a typical Chinese scholar who keeps working late at night, while the presence of his wife and child behind clearly indicates the man’s pressure of supporting a whole family. What is strikingly noticeable is the scholar’s exceptional skinniness, but it can be easily explained by the simple food, bottles of medicine, and poor working environment shown in the picture.
The discernable unhealthiness of this hard-working scholar discloses a prevalent phenomenon that has long existed in China’s academia. Intellectuals are not highly respected and they enjoy unsatisfactory material benefits with particularly unattractive salaries due to low social position. In addition, family, social, and academic stresses are so immensely exerted on intellectuals that they are forced to work diligently and ceaselessly. As a result, the integration of poor living conditions and work pressure leads naturally to their poor health and short life-span, just as the picture shows us.
The situation is rather depressing because intellectuals in fact contribute greatly to our country’s development, and it is largely owing to their painstaking efforts that pave the way for advancement and prosperity. To solve this problem, I think there should be a thriving social trend of showing respect to knowledge and intellects, and those who endeavor to explore new knowledge should be rewarded with good living and working conditions.
exceptional: adj. 例外的，特别的
skinniness: n. 消瘦
discernable: adj. 可观察到的，可辨别的
disclose: v. 揭露，透露
prevalent: n. 普遍的，流行的
academia: n. 学术界
immensely: adv. 非常，广大的，巨大的
diligently: adv 勤勉地
life-span: n. 寿命
painstaking: adj. 努力的
pave the way to: 为……铺平道路，为……做好准备
endeavor: v. 努力，尽力
The picture depicts…
What is strikingly noticeable is…
The situation is rather depressing because…
To solve the problem, I think there should be…
… it is largely owing to…