Written May 3, 2008


A List of 'Compare Questions' that are on this Website


Part 3 Questions, Page 2


When I wrote the questions shown on this page, back in 2006, I began most of them with the word, "Compare". However, sometime in 2007 I began fewer of these questions that way because I realized that good examiners would be trying to encourage discussion in Part 3, and beginning questions with the word, "Compare" does not sound like a discussion-style question it sounds more like a Part 1 question than a Part 3 question. In other words, most of the Part 3 questions do not really begin with the word, "Compare". but the meaning of the question is as shown.


Part 2 Topic Number

Part 3 Topic


 46 News media
  • How has the (news) media changed in China in the past few years? (e.g., 10, 20 or even 60 years)
  • (As above) Compare the media today with traditional media in China.
 46 News
  • Are young people and older people interested in the same news content?
  • Are women and men interested in the same news content?
 48 Shopping
  • Are there any differences between shopping in rural areas and shopping in urban areas?
  • (As above) Are there any differences between the way people in rural areas and people in urban areas spend money? (Compare the income and consumption levels of urban and rural people.)
  • In China, how have people's shopping habits changed, compared to years ago?
 48 Saving
  • Is saving money in the city and in rural areas the same or different?
  • How is the way people save today different to the way people used to save, years ago?
 49 Cross-cultural, cross-linguistic and international communication
  • How do people communicate with those who are living in other countries? 
  • How has this situation changed, compared to years ago? 
 51 Office equipment
  • Compare office equipment today with office equipment of years ago.
 52 Libraries
  • Do people in China prefer to read in a library or at home?
  • (As above) Compare reading at home with reading in a library.
  • Compare looking up material in a library with using the internet for this purpose.
 53 Animals
  • Compare the importance of domesticated animals today in China to the situation of many years ago.
 54 Gift-giving
  • Do you think people should wait for a special occasion to give gifts or should they give gifts whenever they feel like it? (Compare the value of each.)
  • Do people give the same kinds of gifts to both boys and girls?
  • (As above) Compare the kinds of gifts that boys like with those that girls like.
  • Compare the kinds of gifts that well-educated people like with those that less educated people like.
  • How are gifts that people give each other today different to gifts when you were a child?
  • Do men and women have the same attitudes towards gift giving? (Or: Do men and women usually give the same kinds of gift?)
 54 Children's gifts/toys
  • How are toys today different to toys of the past? (How have toys changed?)
 55 Family life
  • How has family life (or, families) changed in China in the recent past, for example, in the past 20 or 50 years?
  • Have these been changes for the better or for the worse?
  • (Similar to above) Has the influence of family on people changed, compared to many years ago?
 57 Outdoor activities
  • Compare outdoor sports and indoor sports. 
  • Do boys and girls like to do the same kinds of things outdoors?
  • Do old people and young people like doing the same kinds of things outdoors?
 57 Working outdoors
  • What do you think are some of the differences between (advantages and disadvantages of) working outdoors, compared to say, working in an office?
 59 The 'Helping Professions'
  • Compare the advice that you could get from a professional who doesn't know you, and the advice from family or friends.
 62 Learning English
  • Compare studying English in China to studying English in an English-speaking country.
 64 Watching sports events
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to see a live sports event, such as a football match, compared to watching the event at home on TV?
  • Compare TV sports broadcasts with TV news programs or other TV programs.
  • Do people have the same feeling when they see a sports match on TV and when they see it live?
 64 Sports in general
  • Compare the sports that were popular to watch before to the sports that people like watching today.
  • Compare playing a sport (e.g., a game of badminton) just for fun with playing a sport in a serious competition.
  • Do males (boys) and females (girls) both play the same kind of sports?
  • Do you think that everybody has the same opportunities to participate in sport?
  • Do young people and old people participate in the same sports or the same kinds of physical exercise?
 65 The influence of advertisements
  • Do young people and old people have the same attitudes towards advertisements?
 66 Accommodation when traveling
  • How have hotels changed (improved) in recent years (or, compared to the past)?
 67 Buying clothes
  • Compare the materials and fashions of today's clothing with those of the past.
  • Do men and women have the same buying habits when they buy clothes?
  • (Similar to above) Do men and women have the same attitudes towards clothes? (Compare the differences)

 67 Fashions & Brand names
  • Compare brand-name clothes and non-brand-name clothes. Besides the price, is there much difference between the two?
  • How much do overseas fashion trends influence fashion styles in China? 
  • (Similar to above) Compare traditional Chinese clothing with modern (western) clothes.
  • Do people in China and western people wear different kinds of (styles of) clothes?

 69 Different places to buy things
  • Do people prefer to buy electronic items such as cell-phones in a street market or in a shop? 
  • Compare open-air markets and shops (especially modern shopping malls and supermarkets).
  • Is the customer service in street-markets and open-air markets the same as in (big) shops such as supermarkets?
  • Is it better to have many small market stalls all together in one place selling the same things or to have them in separate locations?

 69 Buying habits
  • Compare young people's and older people's spending habits.  [The question probably is not just about 'old people' e.g., over 60 years old, but more a contrast between young people (15 to 25) and 'older people' (over 35 or 40).]
  • Compare the spending habits of people today and people many years ago. (E.g., 10 to 50 years ago.)
 70 Interpersonal Relations/Living with Others
  • Do old people relate to others the same way that young people do?
 71 Tall buildings
  • Compare the good and bad points of (very) tall buildings.
 71 Residential & Commercial (office) buildings
  • Compare residential and commercial buildings.
 71 Historical buildings
  • Compare modern and old buildings. 
 72 Books and other media
  • Besides textbooks, what other materials (or teaching media) are used in schools in China? 
  • (Similar) Have you learned things from places other than books?
  • (Similar) What's the best way to learn something: from a book, from TV or from the internet? (Compare these three)
  • Compare books and (popular) movies as media for showing (teaching) history.

 72 Life-long learning
  • People at different ages are suited to learning different things. Can you give some examples of this?
 73 Entertainment facilities in cities
  • Compare watching a sports event such as a basketball game on TV and watching it at the sports stadium.
  • Compare celebrating an event in a public place such as the town square with celebrating an event at home.

 74 Memory
  • Do children and adults have the same memorization abilities? (I.e., Who can remember or learn new things better, children or adults?)
 75 Celebrating life events
  • Compare how children celebrate these events with how adults celebrate them?
 75 The legal age of adulthood
  • Do children today have the same sense of responsibility that kids had previously? (For example, helping with housework or even helping bring in income to the family.)
 76 Handmade & machine-made products
  • Compare handmade and machine-made products.
  • Compare the things that are handmade today with what used to be handmade many years ago.
 78 Travel & tourism
  • Compare travel and tourism today in China with the situation 20 or 30 years ago.
 79 Local businesses in your neighbourhood
  • Which do you prefer, small or big shops? (Why?)

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