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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 29th-December 5th, 2011

1.  Should Herman Cain drop out of the GOP primary?
2.  How should Los Angeles deal with Occupy LA?
3.  Would a payroll tax cut extension help the economy?
4.  Was Black Friday a success for American retailers?
5.  How can America’s school districts deal with rising poverty rates?
6.  Will President Obama have to run a negative campaign if he wants to win re-election?
7.  How will Chapter 11 change American Airlines?
8.  Is Barney Frank’s retirement a blow to Congressional Democrats?
9.  Should child protective services have the power to take away children if they are obese?
10.  Which GOP presidential candidate is most likely to drop out after the Iowa caucuses?

As a side note, the National Points Race standings will be updated later this evening so competitors know where they stand heading into GMU.

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Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of November 28th-December 4th, 2011

Here are the answers to this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 29th-December 5th, 2011

1.  Without the euro, is the EU meaningless?
2.  How much power should Spain’s regions have?
3.  Would it be wise for China to invest in Western infrastructure?
4.  Will global economic unrest manifest itself at next year’s Summer Olympics?
5.  Did Lieberman lose political points by refusing to try to topple Netanyahu’s government for handing over $100 million in Palestinian tax money?
6.  Why is the Democratic Republic of the Congo facing charges that its recent presidential election was unfair?
7.  Is “Putin fatigue” wearing on Russia?
8.  Why are Arab regimes distancing themselves from Syria?
9.  Would Iran really attack NATO’s missile defense shield in Turkey if it came under attack from Israel?
10.  How many more times is the euro going to the point of collapse during 2012?

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of November 28th-December 4th, 2011 (Short Answer Version)

Here is your short answer version of the Extemp Central news quiz. Good luck!

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of November 28th-December 4th, 2011 (Multiple Choice Version)

Here is your multiple choice version of the Extemp Central news quiz. Pick well and good luck!

2011 Glenbrooks: McDonald Wins a Wild Glenbrooks; Des Moines Roosevelt Puts Two in Finals

The 2011 Glenbrooks might go down as one of the wildest in recent memory.  After the final round concluded, Bill McDonald of Brophy College Preparatory in Arizona, Nathan Leys of Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa, and John Cherian of Bellarmine College Prep in California ended up in a three way, unbreakable tie, with a cumulative score of seven.  The tournament broke the tie by counting all of the extempers ranks in elimination rounds.  This left McDonald and Leys in a tie with twenty-two ranks and the tournament then broke that tie by judges preference, where McDonald prevailed two judges to one.  McDonald’s victory will net him 100 points in this year’s National Points Race.  Aside from the top three competitors, the final round was littered with several notable national names.  Matt DeBari of Lake Highland Preparatory in Florida made another final round appearance as did Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt.  Sophomore Abhishek Bhargava of Jackson High School in Ohio, who made the semi-finals of International Extemp at last year’s NFL National Tournament, also made the final round.

The National Points Race will be updated by the end of the week to reflect the results of the Glenbrooks.  All of the extempers who made the elimination rounds earned a bid to this year’s 2012 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University.

Here are the results of the tournament (you can access the tab sheet by clicking here):

No Regular Content This Week Because of Thanksgiving Break

Since most teams will not be practicing across the country this week because of Thanksgiving Break, no news quizzes or questions will be provided this week.

However, when full results from the Glenbrooks become available (and if you have a link send it to me at [email protected]) we will update the National Points Race and if the opportunity presents itself, update the 2012 Extemp TOC qualification board.

Extemp Central hopes that everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving Break and that those who are attending George Mason spend the extra time to prepare for their venture to Fairfax, Virginia!

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 15th-21st, 2011

1.  Should the Palestinian Authority be dismantled?
2.  Would adopting a common currency be in the EAC’s best interest?
3.  Will the PRI regain the Mexican presidency next year?
4.  Is ASEAN being too hasty in making Myanmar the chair of regional meetings in 2014?
5.  What steps does Germany need to take to combat right-wing extremism?
6.  Will Assange be extradited to Sweden?
7.  Should Australia ditch it’s ban on uranium sales to India?
8.  Will major powers find a common voice on Iran at the IAEA?
9.  Can Mario Monti fix the Italian budget crisis?
10.  Will regional pressure force Assad to step down?

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Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of November 14th-20th, 2011

Here are the answers to this week’s multiple choice Extemp Central news quiz.

2011-2012 National Points Race Standings Have Been Updated to Reflect the Florida Blue Key

The new 2011-2012 Extemp Central National Points Race standings have been released. These standings reflect the results of the Florida Blue Key. Check out these standings by clicking on the National Points Race tab above or by clicking here.

Our calculations for Blue Key, based on the same system used for St. Mark’s, came out as follows:

1st: Lily Nellans (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa) (4 points)
2nd: Nathan Leys (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa) (6 points)
3rd: Joe Calder (Cary Academy, North Carolina) (20 points)
4th: Eryn Hughes (St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Florida) (30 points)
5th: Carolyn Evans (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa) (32 points)
T6th: Jason Singh (Green Valley High School, Nevada) (34 points)
T6th: Matt DeBari (Lake Highland Preparatory, Florida) (34 points)

As a result of being the top overall extemper at the Blue Key, Nellans will earn 40 National Points Race points. Singh and DeBari will equally split the ten points available for sixth place and will receive five National Points Race points each in the new standings.

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National Points Race Standings Will Be Updated Tomorrow to Reflect Florida Blue Key

Tomorrow, Extemp Central will post the latest standings following the Florida Blue Key tournament.  Our posting of them was initially delayed because of a delay of acquiring the tab sheet and have recently been delayed because of my work schedule.  However, they the National Points Race and National Team Points Race standings will be updated so that extempers know where they stand heading into the Glenbrooks this weekend.  I apologize for the delay and appreciate the community’s understanding of the issue.

Also, we will be updating the Extemp TOC qual board over Thanksgiving Break.

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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 15th-21st, 2011

1.  How will the Supreme Court rule this summer concerning President Obama’s healthcare reform law?
2.  Should the NCAA give Penn State’s football program the death penalty?
3.  How can the “Occupy” movement overcome bad PR reports?
4.  Will the GOP presidential primary be settled by January?
5.  What should America do with its nuclear waste?
6.  Does corporate welfare have a place in American society?
7.  Should the U.S. place more restrictions on foreign students that are enrolling in the nation’s universities?
8.  What decision will the deficit “super committee” render in ten days?
9.  Why did the “personhood amendment” fail in Mississippi?
10.  If Rick Perry were to drop out of 2012 Republican primary, who would his supporters flock to?

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of November 14th-20th, 2011 (Short Answer Version)

Here is this week’s short answer Extemp Central news quiz.  Good luck!

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of November 14th-20th, 2011 (Multiple Choice Version)

Here is this week’s multiple choice Extemp Central news quiz.  Pick well and good luck.

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 8th-14th, 2011

1.  Did Bank Transfer Day create hardship for major financial institutions?
2.  Should Election Day be a national holiday?
3.  Will the “Fast and Furious” investigation be the end of Eric Holder?
4.  How should Penn State handle its sexual abuse scandal?
5.  Should citizens traveling public highways have an expectation of privacy?
6.  Has President Obama’s Iran policy failed?
7.  Should U.S. presidents be allowed to serve three terms?
8.  What is behind Newt Gingrich’s rise in GOP presidential polls?
9.  How can Herman Cain get his presidential bid back on track?
10.  Did the 2011 elections go well for Democrats?

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