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SAT Practice ESSAY

 
Directions: You will have 25 minutes to plan and write the following essay.
Think carefully about the issue presented in the following quotations and the assignment below:
While secrecy can be destructive, some of it is indispensable to human life. Some control over secrecy and openness is needed in order to protect identity. Such control may be needed to guard privacy, intimacy, and friendship.

Adapted from Sissela Bok, "The Need for Secrecy"
Secrecy and a free, democratic government, President Harry Truman once said, don’t mix. An open exchange of information is vital to the kind of informed citizenry essential to healthy democracy.
Editorial, "Overzealous Secrecy Threatens Democracy"

Assignment: Do people need to keep secrecy, or is secrecy harmful? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.