To help prospective students get an early start in the application process, we have decided to release our 2015-16 essay prompts early!
Extended Essay Prompts (2015-2016)
(Required; Choose one)
Essay Option 1.
Originally conceived by Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière, the rôti sans pareil,
or “roast without equal,” is a dish consisting of a garden warbler stuffed into
a ortolan bunting stuffed into a lark stuffed into a thrush stuffed into a
quail stuffed into a lapwing stuffed into a plover stuffed into a partridge
stuffed into a woodcock stuffed into a teal stuffed into a guinea fowl stuffed
into a duck stuffed into a chicken stuffed into a pheasant stuffed into a goose
stuffed into a turkey stuffed into a bustard. Create your own variety of a food
within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a
food within a food within a food a food within a food within a food within a
food within a food within a food within a food within a food, and then analyze
the social and cultural implications of your cuisine.
—Inspired by Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa
Dame Judi Dench. Neil Armstrong.
Donald Trump. Eleanor Roosevelt. Shaquille O’Neal. Charlemagne. Maya Angelou.
The Beatles. L. Ron Hubbard. Helen of Troy. These are our suggestions – now
it’s your turn. Which notable figure, past or present, should replace Zayn
Malik in One Direction?
—Inspired by Jeremy Watkins, The X Factor Distinguished
Service Professor at the University of Chicago
Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real
work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is,
through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and
assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate
conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to
participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as
citizen to play).” –Michel Foucault
why 1% milk is superior to 2%—or even whole—milk.
by Michel Foucault
The mitochondrion is the __________
of the cell.
of the above
a and b
—Inspired by the endoplasmic reticulum,
the highway of the cell
the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose a question of your own. If your prompt
is original and thoughtful, then you should have little trouble writing a great
essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social
critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of
Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.