Thank goodness. The topics now are boring, I'd like them to change them up, and get rid of topic of your choice (Really, how often are topics of the students choice good?).
If a student can't write a good response to one of the topics and show their personality and voice, then they can't write very well. I just had a master class with some really cool jazz musicians from NYC. They said, and I paraphrase, "Jamming is cool and all, but your creativity flows from when you give yourself restraints." Basically, creativity is being able to make art from parameters.