Could you write a short essay on the topic, "What Makes America Special?" Recognizing that very few of us actually have detailed knowledge of what it is like to live in another country, I still don't think it would be unreasonable to expect any well-informed American to write a short essay on the topic. (NOTE: I use "ROW" to mean, the rest of the world). My personal essay (maybe I'll post it later) includes sections on: Educational opportunity (anyone with sufficient intelligence and perseverance can go as far as they want educationally); Economic opportunity (many, many fortunes are made all the time by people who start out with next to nothing, mainly through entrepreneurship and/or investment); Technology (The US is in the forefront of technology in virtually every major field of endeavor); Entertainment I (TV, Film, Music, gaming, electronic entertainment); Entertainment II (Spectator sports and events: US has unparallelled variety and quality. ROW has...soccer...wake me up when it's over); Entertainment III (Participant sports: golf tennis, bowling, cycling, skiing, etc., etc., etc., and most are much cheaper here than in ROW due to America's size); Communications (we lead the world - for better or worse); Freedoms (communication, artistic, behavioral, political) Medicine (access to the best the world has to offer, though we might have to pay for it) NOW, it is my experience, especially on the Internet, that when some people write about what makes America "special," the first things they think of are substandard infant mortality rates, math scores, and negative things like that. But if you would like to think of yourself as a patriotic American then this assignment should be relative easy. What makes America great?