Writing Samples: Task2

TASK 2 Question - June 2018
Government and Society
"Agree/ Disagree" Questions

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic.

Traffic and housing problems could be solved by moving large companies, factories and their employees to the countryside. Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words.

Model Essay

Increased traffic and lack of housing supply are major concerns in many places. By relocating large businesses, including their factories and employees, to rural areas, these issues can be properly addressed. I personally find this Idea justifiable; however, at the same time, some other initiatives should be implemented if we expect to solve traffic and housing problems effectively.

Moving businesses and their facilities to the countryside will cause urban population to shrink substantially as successful companies, such as Apple, provide work for thousands of people. This, as a result, will relieve pressure on urban housing supply systems. Another apparent advantage of a decreased population is lower volumes of traffic which help reduce traffic congestion. In Hanoi for example, most people travel to work by private vehicles, and this leads to overcrowded roads during the rush hour. If big companies are based in a rural area and offer accommodation to their employees near their workplaces, this will no longer be the case.

Nonetheless, I think the mentioned problems are rather complicated and can only be solved completely by the  introduction of some other measures. One example involves the development of road systems because narrow roads largely contribute to traffic jams in major cities. Building wider roads and motorways will allow a greater number of vehicles, both private and public, and therefore reduce traffic congestion. Also, residential areas with small living spaces that can accommodate a growing population should be established in urban centers.

In conclusion, I agree that relocating businesses to the countryside is one way to deal with traffic and housing problems. I also believe that we need a combination of this approach and a number of other actions, as listed above, to tackle these problems in a more comprehensive manner. (291 words)


• Cause urban population to shrink
• Relieve pressure on urban housing supply systems
• Reduce traffic congestion
• Overcrowded roads during the rush hour
• The development of road systems
• Traffic jams
• Residential areas
• Accommodate a growing population

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