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Cause and Effect Essay Topics

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Cause and effect essays explore how and why things happen. You could compare two events that seem distinct and separate to show a connection, or you could show the flow of events that occurred within one major event.

In other words, you could explore rising tension in the US that concluded with the Boston Tea Party, or you could start with the Boston Tea Party as a political eruption and compare this event to a major even that followed much later, like the American Civil War.

If you're looking for inspiration for your topic, you may find ideas from the following list.

  • The impact when a parent loses a job
  • The Revolutionary War and slavery
  • Food poisoning causes
  • Repercussions of cheating in school
  • The effects of exercising
  • How bullying affects victims
  • How severe acne affects teens
  • Effects of telling lies
  • The impact of technology on family time
  • The impact of technology on religion
  • The effects of smoking
  • Why friendships end
  • The effects of divorce
  • The effects of traveling abroad
  • What would happen if aliens landed in your town
  • What causes kids to try drugs for the first time
  • Why ships sink
  • The effects of poison ivy
  • Why weddings look the way they do
  • How Christmas trees became a part of American culture
  • Effects of eating too much junk food
  • The impact of winning the lottery
  • The effects of going without sleep
  • What causes natural disasters
  • The effects of strip mining
  • The effects of the moon missions
  • Effects of the Black Death in the Middle Ages
  • Early trade patterns
  • The effects of over-fishing
  • How procrastination affects grades
  • The events that led to the fall of Rome
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