上一讲，我们说到GRE写作中Analyze an Issue是类似于托福the Independent Writing Task的写作分项。
但是，比起托福独立写作任务，GRE写作的Analyze an Issue任务的要求更多也更高。
并且，我们看到了最常见的一种指令：Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
The surest indicator of a great nation is represented not by the achievements of its rulers, artists, or scientists, but by the general welfare of its people.
The statement is true as it rebuts the misconception that the greatness of a nation is determined by the achievements of its elite class and points out the truth that it is because its people enjoy good general welfare that a nation is great.
The statement sees the greater picture as it focuses on the overwhelming majority of a nation and disregards the tiny portion. It is certainly wrong to generalize from a country’s elitists, which are a rather small group of people and thus hardly representative of all, to the entire nation. On the contrary, it is apparent that average people, who are the predominant part of a nation, are definitely decisive.
Underlying the statement is the idea of fairness. When we put emphasis on the welfare that covers the overall population and on people who are ordinary, there would be less risk of having disproportional distribution of wealth.
History has proved what the statement says.
In light of the above, the statement is true in a minimum of three dimensions. A nation’s rulers, artists, or scientists may achievement great accomplishments; however, none of those achievements are comparable with the general welfare of the nation’s average people.