一橋大学の自由英作文テーマ一覧【1999~2019】

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前期

2000年度(初年度)

Which subject do you think is the most useful for your future, literature, history or philosophy? Choose one and write an essay of at least 100 English words.

2001年度

Choose one of the following topics and write at least 100 words of English about it.

  1. How would you feel if you had another person’s organ inside you as a result of an organ transplant?
  2. The death penalty should never be used.
  3. People live longer now, so the normal retirement age should be raised to 70.

2002年度

Choose one of the following topics and write at least 100 words of English about it. Indicate the number of the topic you are going to write about.

  1. Old people should live with their families.
  2. Who is the person you admire most (living or dead)?

2003年度

Choose one of the following topics and write at least 100 words of English about it. Indicate the number of the topic you are going to write about.

  1. Nuclear war is winnable.
  2. Divorce should never be accepted to end a marriage.
  3. Experience is more valuable in life than education.

2004年度

Choose one of the following topics and write at least 100 words of English about it. Indicate the number of the topic you are going to write about.

  1. It is better to marry late rather than early.
  2. Men and women should have equal roles in the home and in the workplace.
  3. Modern society should value tradition more.

2005年度

Choose one of the following topics and write at least 100 words of English about it. Indicate the number of the topic you are going to write about.

  1. Being respected is not important to me.
  2. Multiculturalism is important in today’s world.
  3. A woman should be chosen as the next prime minister of Japan.

2006年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. What would you do with 100,000,000 yen?
  2. Japan should open its doors to foreign workers.
  3. The age of adulthood in Japan should be 18, as in many other countries.

2007年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Japan is not a democratic society.
  2. Christmas should not be celebrated in Japan.
  3. The school year in Japan should start in September.

2008年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Japanese people need longer vacations.
  2. The low birth rate is not really a problem for Japan.
  3. The power of words.

2009年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. A sense of humour is one of the most important things in life.
  2. Japan is a rich country.
  3. How do you picture yourself in ten years?

2010年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. What ecological contributions can you make to society?
  2. Describe one thing that you would like to acquire at Hitotsubashi University if you are accepted.
  3. Starting foreign language education at a very early age is a good idea.

2011年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. What three items would you take with you if you had to go and live on an uninhabited island?
  2. How do you think Japanese animations influence the image of Japan in the eyes of the rest of the world?
  3. Describe one historical person that you admire, explaining the reasons for your admiration.

2012年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Tokyo is not representative of Japanese culture. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. Is technology making human beings more intelligent or less intelligent?
  3. Explain how you think the world will be in the year 3000.

2013年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English on one of the statements below. Indicate the number of the statement you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Governments must protect and promote so-called “endangered” languages that are disappearing quickly today. Explain why this is true.
  2. Abraham Lincoln once said, “It has been my experience that people who have no vices have very few virtues.” Explain why this is true.
  3. Recently, many governments around the world are legalizing marriage between two people of the same sex. Legalizing same-sex marriage is a good idea in Japan. Explain why this is true.

2014年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English on one of the opinions below. Indicate the number of the opinion you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Many lawmakers believe it is a good idea to ban all smoking in public in Japan. Explain why you agree or disagree with this opinion.
  2. Relatively few people have voted in recent Japanese national elections, so many experts believe that younger generations do not care about the future of their country. Explain why you agree or disagree with this opinion.
  3. Speaking about violence and war, Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this opinion.

2015年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English on one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. “An education changes your mirrors into windows.” Explain what this quote means.
  2. TV news programs and newspaper articles should only state the facts and avoid expressing political viewpoints. Explain why you agree or disagree with this opinion.
  3. Write a description of this picture.
    ※著作権保護のため画像は掲載しません。

2016年度

Choose one picture. Write 100 to 130 words of English about this picture. Indicate the number of the picture that you have chosen. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

※著作権保護のため画像は掲載しません。

2017年度

Choose one of the situations below. In English, write an appropriate letter for that situation. The length of your answer should be 100-130 words. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of your answer.
*解答の中に,あなたの本名や住所などの個人情報は絶対に書かないで下さい

  1. You have been dating your partner for three years. Last week was your birthday, and your partner completely forgot about it. He/she did not buy you a present, telephone you, or even say, “Happy birthday.” Write a letter to your partner explaining how disappointed you feel.
  2. You traveled by airplane to New York during the summer, but there were many problems with the flight that ruined your vacation. Write a letter to the airline company president complaining about what happened.
  3. Your friend always stays at home alone, watching television or playing games. She/he never goes outside to do anything or meet anyone, so you are worried about her/him. Write your friend a letter advising her/him about what she/he should do.

2018年度

Choose one of the news headlines below. Create an original news story for the headline that you chose. Your news story should be between 100 to 130 words long. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of your answer.

  1. Strange new insect species discovered in Amazon rainforest
  2. Man arrested for biting dog
  3. Ministry of Health expects major birth rate increase

2019年度

Choose one of the news headlines below. Create an original news story for the headline that you chose. Your news story should be between 100 to 130 words long. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of your answer.

※著作権保護のため画像は掲載しません。

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後期

1999年度(初年度)

Choose two of the following feelings and write about occasions when you experienced them (one occasion for one feeling). Each answer should be at least 50 words of English.

  1. Anger
  2. Boredom
  3. Fear
  4. Hatred
  5. Jealousy
  6. Pride

2000年度

Choose one of the following topics and write an argument either FOR or AGAINST it in about 100 words of English.

  1. Cigarette advertising should be completely prohibited.
  2. Ordinary people should no longer own cars today.

2001年度

Choose one topic below and write an essay of at least 100 words of English about the topic.

  1. How can learning another language help you in the future?
  2. Should Japan become a nuclear power?
  3. If you became famous, what would you do with your fame?

2002年度

Choose one topic below and write an essay of at least 100 words of English about the topic.

  1. If a doctor said you had one year to live, what would you do?
  2. What contribution would you like to make to society in the future?
  3. If your life were a movie, what would the title be and why?

2003年度

Choose one topic below and write an essay of at least 100 words of English about the topic. Indicate the number of the topic you are going to write about.

  1. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Explain how and why.
  2. English should be made an official language in Japan.
  3. It is time for society to accept euthanasia*.

(注  euthanasia: 安楽死)

2004年度

Choose one question below and write an essay of at least 100 words of English which gives an explanation of the cultural problem. Indicate the number of the question you are going to write about.

Question One:
  At a party in California, John met a new Japanese student, Tadashi. They talked about their families, trips they had taken, and their life as college students. John figured out that Tadashi’s family was quite well-to-do: according to Tadashi, each of his four brothers and sisters had gone to an American or European college for a year or so; Tadashi also said he was living in an apartment that John knew was in the most exclusive part of town. Tadashi sounded like an interesting person, and John wanted to become friends with him. John was uncertain, however, because he suspected that Tadashi was lying about his family and his life since Tadashi never looked into John’s eyes as he talked.
  Is John’s suspicion correct?

Question Two:
  Becky is a student at a Japanese university. She always tries to be friendly and courteous. She is also very careful about her language usage: when she talks to older people or strangers, she uses “formal” style speech; she uses the “informal” style when she talks to other college students and to her host family members. However, her closest Japanese friend keeps telling her that she should use the formal style when addressing senpai of the club she belongs to, too. Becky doesn’t understand why ― they are only one or two years older than she is. They are students too, and some of them are her friends! Becky is beginning to wonder if she can trust her best friend’s advice.
  What do you think Becky should do?

2005年度

Choose one of the following topics and write not more than 150 words of English about it. Indicate the number of the topic you are going to write about.

  1. Humankind should return to nature.
  2. High school education should be more practical.

2006年度

Write 130 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Being feared is more important than being respected.
  2. Religion has no place in modern society.
  3. University education is useless in today’s world.

2007年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. The concept of world peace is totally unrealistic.
  2. The effects of mobile technology on my life now and in the future.
  3. The place I most want to visit.

2008年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. The exploration of space is a waste of money.
  2. What would you do if you were the Prime Minister?
  3. The main purpose of education is to get a job.

2009年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Power should always come with responsibility.
  2. The Olympics encourage nationalism rather than international friendship.
  3. Wisdom is more precious than money.

2010年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. What is your favorite book of all time?
  2. Which is more important for children: knowledge or creativity?
  3. It is important to learn a second foreign language, in addition to English.

 2011年度 震災の影響で実施されず

2012年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. To what extent should the government be responsible for the well-being of the citizens?
  2. If you could travel in time, which point in history would you like to visit?
  3. What preparations do you and your family make for a natural disaster?

2013年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Henry Ford once said, “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” Explain why this is true.
  2. Some people believe that there are no minorities living in Japan. Explain why this statement is false.
  3. Let’s imagine that we have discovered life on Mars that is more intelligent than human beings. Explain why this could be dangerous to us.

2014年度

Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Also, indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Aristotle writes, “Without friends, no one would want to live, even if that person had all other goods.” Explain why this is true.
  2. It is more important for college students to acquire critical reading and thinking skills than mere technical skills and professional knowledge. Explain why this is true.
  3. Many people believe that the food that you eat affects your personality. Explain why this is true.

2015年度

   Write 120 to 150 words of English about one of the topics below. Indicate the number of the topic you have chosen. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

  1. Over fifty million people in Japan use social networks to share their personal experiences online. Explain why sharing too much on social networks is not a good idea.
  2. Popular artist Andy Warhol once said, “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Explain why you will be famous and what you will do for your fifteen minutes of fame.
  3. Foreign language education in Japan should not simply promote English but encourage students to be fluent in more than one foreign language. Explain why you agree with this opinion.

2016年度

Choose one picture. Write 100 to 130 words of English about this picture. Indicate the number of the picture that you have chosen. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

※著作権保護のため画像は掲載しません。

2017年度

Choose one of the situations below. In English, write an appropriate letter for that situation. The length of your answer should be 100-130 words. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of your answer.
*解答の中に,あなたの本名や住所などの個人情報は絶対に書かないでください

  1. Your hobby is reading books. This summer you want to start a part-time job. There is a large bookstore close to your house. Write a letter to the manager of the bookstore requesting a job interview.
  2. Last night you saw an amateur play in a local theatre. Because the play was an amateur production, you expected it to be terrible. Instead, the story and acting were wonderful. Write a letter to the theatre director, complimenting the play.
  3. You are the owner of a small factory. Currently, the economy is in a recession. If the recession continues, you will have to lay off 33% of your employees. Write a letter to all of your employees warning them of this possibility.

2018年度

Choose one of the news headlines below. Create an original news story for the headline that you chose. Your news story should be between 100 to 130 words long. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of your answer.

  1. NASA to send astronauts back to Moon in 2025
  2. Japan announces 10% GDP increase
  3. Japan to include animal rights in new constitution

2019年度

Choose one picture. Indicate the number of the picture that you have chosen. In English, write 100 to 130 words about the picture. Correctly indicate the number of words you have written at the end of the composition.

※著作権保護のため画像は掲載しません。

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