Is it ever acceptable to write an essay in which both favor/oppose examples are discussed and the conclusion is neutral? It would be easier to come up with examples for both sides of the argument, yet most essay guides always tell you to take one side and defend it solidly and never digress from your argument. Why is this so? I see a lot of CB/prep book essays that are neutral, so can I write a 2-sided essay too as long as I develop an "insightful POV" and exhibit "exemplary critical thinking"? I promise to also use effective examples, stay focused, and be largely free of S&G errors(LOL).
You know those 'one personal example' example essays? HOW ARE THEY ASSIGNED 6's? If I wrote the same thing, I would not receive a 6 OR a 12, if halving the 2-reader score makes a difference. Maybe with one reader, you only need half the examples for an excellent essay? Haha.