College and universities have long required applicants to write essays to evaluate their ability to reason and use the English language effectively.
However, what on earth would answers to any of these questions ever reveal on the reasoning side:
How do you feel about Wednesday? (University of Chicago, 2002)
Are we alone? (Tufts, 2009)
Make a bold prediction about something in the year 2010 that no one else has made a bold prediction about. (University of Virginia, 1999)