The CATW Student Handbook -- The official student guide to the CATW, provided by CUNY's Testing office.
You may click on a link to a page at the right or below to see the prompt, and/or click on a .doc attachment below to download the prompts in Word format.
CATW Practice Exam #1 -- "Race Pride" -- Zora Neale Hurston takes the controversial position that pride in one's race is misguided, since "Races have never done anything."
CATW Practice Exam #2 -- "Eugenics" -- Michael Sandel attempts to connect genetic engineering to eugenics and all of the concomitant problems thereof, as evidenced most definitively by the Nazis.
CATW Practice Exam #3 -- "Cosmetic Surgery" -- Rebecca Ganzak argues that the number of teenagers opting for cosmetic surgery bespeaks of a great problem: of parenting.
CATW Practice Exam #4 -- "Lotteries" -- William Pride takes on state-sponsored lotteries, asking whether the state should be in the business to subsidizing its income through gambling -- a system that generates a disproportionate amount of income from the poor.
CATW Practice Exam #5 -- "Internet Dating" -- Laurence Berkley immerses us in the two worlds of internet dating -- the virtual, leading to the actual -- and documents the inevitable disappointment that must ensue when a profile becomes a living, breathing person.
CATW Practice Exam #6 -- "Thinking" -- Henry Ford discusses the nature of thinking, positing that few people actually think, but that those who do are "well-equipped for life."
CATW Practice Exam #7 -- "Nonviolence" -- Dolores Huerta argues that the manner in which farmworkers are treated is tantamount to a type of slavery that is permissible in today's society. She argues for an expanded definition of "violence" to include anything "in society that makes people suffer – like racism, like homelessness, like poverty, like sexism."
CATW Practice Exam #8 -- "The Male Shift" -- Hanna Rosin asserts that the era of patriarchy is almost at and end, and that "in the long view, the modern economy is becoming a place where women hold the cards."
CATW Practice Exam #9 -- "Class Conflict" -- Robert Lapides summarizes Malcolm X's realization that racism is not a biologically inherent trait, but rather has is roots in class conflict, whereby the rich "re-direct [workers'] resentment onto other working people who are also taken advantage of by big business."