Mock Test 16 | Writing Task 2


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. 

Write about the following topic:


Some people think that museums should be enjoyable places to attract and entertain young people. Others think that the purpose of museums is to educate, not to entertain.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.



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    Museums are buildings in which artistic, cultural, historical objects are displayed and stored. [Crack IELTS with Rob] People are attracted to museums for various reasons ranging from historical interest to killing time. People differ greatly as to which should be the chief function of museums to educate visitors or to simply serve the function of entertainment. Personally speaking, both sides make sense to some extent.


    Indeed, appreciating museums should be a good way to instruct and enlighten the visitors. First, a museum of natural history or an anthropological museum could not only enlarge one’s scope of knowledge but also broaden one’s view of life. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Further, some museums could incorporate the role of educators because they vividly display the mystery of historical events via the storage of historic legacies. To illustrate, a visit to military museums about the Second World War will educate the younger generation to be more knowledgeable and inspire them to be more diligent. Meanwhile, visitors can reflect on the past and thus learn from historical lessons so that one can avoid committing similar mistakes.


    Nonetheless, I still remain suspicious of the sole educational function of the museums. It is still advisable for museums to entertain visitors. [Crack IELTS with Rob] First, as for those young visitors, the aim of pursuing their own pastime is mainly for enjoyment not for getting educated, a museum will be less attractive if it lacks some humorous or relaxing elements. Also, a museum is, to some extent, a tourist attraction, hence, entertaining elements could help it generate immense economic value and enhance its reputation. To open a theater in the museum might be a commendable suggestion.


    In closing, it is my stand that both entertainment and education are indispensable to modern museums, and they are not mutually exclusive but should complement each other. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Actually, the most attractive museum is where we can acquire valuable knowledge and enjoy ourselves.


    Collocations and Idioms:

    1. artistic, cultural, historical objects are displayed and stored: such things are made to the public to see

    2. instruct and enlighten: teach and make them understand

    3. enlarge one’s scope of knowledge: give people more knowledge

    4. vividly display the mystery of historical events: make historical events clearer [Crack IELTS with Rob]

    5. avoid committing similar mistakes: make the same mistakes

    6. pursuing their own pastime: do what they like to do in their free time

    7. generate immense economic value: bring more money

    8. commendable suggestion: a thing that people should do


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