Resources

General links

The CATW Student Handbook -- The official student guide to the CATW, provided by CUNY's Testing office.

Readings

The following readings are provided to you in order to help your students prepare for the CATW exam. Each is approximately 300-500 words and addresses a social issue.

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."


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