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Extended Essay    Sample Questions
Group 1Studies in Language and Literature
“How is the subject ofdeath treated in selectedpoems by Emily Brontë andEmily Dickinson?”
What is the literary functionof the dialogue betweenlanguage and nature in DavidMaloufs An Imaginary Life?
In what different ways doShaw and Anouilh presentJoan of Arc in their plays?
•   How far does the use of    rhetoric in Barack Obama’s    speeches increase their    effectiveness?
•   How does the use of startling visual    imagery in a public health campaign    (on smoking for example) function,    a...
Group 2Language Acquisition
•   “To what extent have    differences between formal    and informal usage    disappeared from the    language used in t...
•   “What is the nature of    MC Solaar’s rap critique of    modern French society?”
Group 3Individuals and Societies
•   Economics: “Will the    recent policy of cutting    bakery prices lead to    increased revenue for the    Safeway supe...
•   Economics: “Has the    Kenyan central bank’s    policy of interest rate cuts    led to a rise in new car    sales in N...
•   History: “To what extent    were Hitler’s educational    aims fulfilled in the Uhland    Gymnasium, 1937-1939?”
•   History: “How and why    have explanations of the    Cuban Missile Crisis    changed since 1962?”
•   Human Rights: “How    could the UN intervention    in the Rwandan genocide    be justified?”
•   Human Rights: “To what    extent can the limited    political rights of women    in Saudi Arabia be    justified?”
•   Politics: “Which social and    political values should a    modern British    Conservative party seek    to conserve?”
•   Politics: “Is it politically    possible for the US    government to win the    war on drugs?”
GrouP 4Experimental Sciences
•   Biology:“Are commercially    available antibacterial cleaning    agents effective in controlling    the growth of E. c...
•   Biology: “Can a program    of training at high altitude    have an impact on the    fitness of an athlete?”
•   ESS: “To what extent does the    length of time after an exotic    plant has been introduced to    an area, and the la...
•   ESS: “From major inputs    and outputs of the school    canteen, what overall    estimate of its    environmental impa...
•it takes to brew a cup of tea Chemistry: “Does the time using a specific commercial brand of tea leaves significantly alt...
•   Chemistry: “Do    strawberry jellies in    different countries contain    the same red dyes?”
•   Physics: “Do wine bottles    of different shapes behave    as Helmholtz resonators?”
•   Physics: “Is the efficiency    of electromagnetic    damping of a moving    glider a function of the    initial kineti...
Group 5Mathematics and Computer Science
•   Mathematics: “How many    square numbers are also    triangular numbers, where    are they, and what other    problems...
•   Mathematics: “What was    the role of mathematics,    and geometry in particular,    in navigation when we    relied o...
•   Information Technology in    a Global Society: “To what    extent is it likely that    natural language interfaces    ...
•   Information Technology in    a Global Society: “Does    the addition of e-learning    systems improve the    performan...
Group 6  The Arts
•   Visual Arts: “Picasso:    individual genius or    cultural thief?”
•   Visual Arts: “What is the    impact of transcultural    experience on the art of    Gu Xiong?”
World Studies   Sample Questions
• An interdisciplinary essay on an issue of  global importance• Example Topics: global food crisis, climate  change, terro...
•   What do members of 3    religions (Hindu, Muslim and    Christian) in my city …….    believe or know about the    caus...
•   How and why have two    Japanese graffiti artists used    American hip hop art for the    purposes of self-expression ...
•   What is the impact of non-    native aquatic plants on marine    and inland environments?
•   How does baby formula affect    the health of infants, and why is    it such a popular alternative to    mother’s milk...
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Sample Extended Essay Questions

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Sample Extended Essay Questions

  1. 1. Extended Essay Sample Questions
  2. 2. Group 1Studies in Language and Literature
  3. 3. “How is the subject ofdeath treated in selectedpoems by Emily Brontë andEmily Dickinson?”
  4. 4. What is the literary functionof the dialogue betweenlanguage and nature in DavidMaloufs An Imaginary Life?
  5. 5. In what different ways doShaw and Anouilh presentJoan of Arc in their plays?
  6. 6. • How far does the use of rhetoric in Barack Obama’s speeches increase their effectiveness?
  7. 7. • How does the use of startling visual imagery in a public health campaign (on smoking for example) function, and what does it reveal about existing cultural ideas of the body and health?
  8. 8. Group 2Language Acquisition
  9. 9. • “To what extent have differences between formal and informal usage disappeared from the language used in the Rio de la Plata region?”
  10. 10. • “What is the nature of MC Solaar’s rap critique of modern French society?”
  11. 11. Group 3Individuals and Societies
  12. 12. • Economics: “Will the recent policy of cutting bakery prices lead to increased revenue for the Safeway supermarket in Ryde, Sydney?”
  13. 13. • Economics: “Has the Kenyan central bank’s policy of interest rate cuts led to a rise in new car sales in Nairobi?”
  14. 14. • History: “To what extent were Hitler’s educational aims fulfilled in the Uhland Gymnasium, 1937-1939?”
  15. 15. • History: “How and why have explanations of the Cuban Missile Crisis changed since 1962?”
  16. 16. • Human Rights: “How could the UN intervention in the Rwandan genocide be justified?”
  17. 17. • Human Rights: “To what extent can the limited political rights of women in Saudi Arabia be justified?”
  18. 18. • Politics: “Which social and political values should a modern British Conservative party seek to conserve?”
  19. 19. • Politics: “Is it politically possible for the US government to win the war on drugs?”
  20. 20. GrouP 4Experimental Sciences
  21. 21. • Biology:“Are commercially available antibacterial cleaning agents effective in controlling the growth of E. coli on nutrient agar under laboratory conditions?”
  22. 22. • Biology: “Can a program of training at high altitude have an impact on the fitness of an athlete?”
  23. 23. • ESS: “To what extent does the length of time after an exotic plant has been introduced to an area, and the latitude from which it originates, affect the diversity of herbivores found feeding on it?”
  24. 24. • ESS: “From major inputs and outputs of the school canteen, what overall estimate of its environmental impact can be made in terms of an ecological footprint?”
  25. 25. •it takes to brew a cup of tea Chemistry: “Does the time using a specific commercial brand of tea leaves significantly alter the amount of caffeine that is dissolved in the drink?”
  26. 26. • Chemistry: “Do strawberry jellies in different countries contain the same red dyes?”
  27. 27. • Physics: “Do wine bottles of different shapes behave as Helmholtz resonators?”
  28. 28. • Physics: “Is the efficiency of electromagnetic damping of a moving glider a function of the initial kinetic energy of the glider?”
  29. 29. Group 5Mathematics and Computer Science
  30. 30. • Mathematics: “How many square numbers are also triangular numbers, where are they, and what other problems lead to Pell’s equation?”
  31. 31. • Mathematics: “What was the role of mathematics, and geometry in particular, in navigation when we relied on the stars?”
  32. 32. • Information Technology in a Global Society: “To what extent is it likely that natural language interfaces will replace the keyboard in the production of office documents?”
  33. 33. • Information Technology in a Global Society: “Does the addition of e-learning systems improve the performance of students in mathematics?”
  34. 34. Group 6 The Arts
  35. 35. • Visual Arts: “Picasso: individual genius or cultural thief?”
  36. 36. • Visual Arts: “What is the impact of transcultural experience on the art of Gu Xiong?”
  37. 37. World Studies Sample Questions
  38. 38. • An interdisciplinary essay on an issue of global importance• Example Topics: global food crisis, climate change, terrorism, energy security, migration, global health• An essay that draws on theories, findings and methods from 2 or more IBD subjects and then integrates them to produce a coherent and insightful analysis of the issue
  39. 39. • What do members of 3 religions (Hindu, Muslim and Christian) in my city ……. believe or know about the causes, transmission and cures of HIV-AIDS, and how do religious beliefs inform these views?
  40. 40. • How and why have two Japanese graffiti artists used American hip hop art for the purposes of self-expression and community organization in their country?
  41. 41. • What is the impact of non- native aquatic plants on marine and inland environments?
  42. 42. • How does baby formula affect the health of infants, and why is it such a popular alternative to mother’s milk in the Philippines and Canada?

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