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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 28th-March 5th, 2012

1.  What steps does Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi need to take to fix Yemen?
2.  Can the Chinese government continue its crackdown on the Internet without suffering major reprecussions?
3.  What does Serbia bring to the EU?
4.  Why was Julia Gillard able to fend off Kevin Rudd’s challenge for leadership of the Australian Labor Party?
5.  Is the Gulf of Guinea the next major international piracy point?
6.  How can the international community stop freign fighters from appearing in conflict zones?
7.  Is the FARC less powerful than it was a decade ago?
8.  Can the UN Security Council solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
9.  Will Irish voters reject the eurozone’s fiscal pact?
10.  Are EU concerns about Google justified?

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Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of February 27th-March 4th, 2012

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

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 28th-March 5th, 2012

1. Will Michigan signal the end of the GOP primary?
2. Does the recent school shooting in Ohio provide more credence to the need for more anti-bullying tactics?
3. Can Bob Kerrey save the Democratic Senate majority?
4. Should parents be allowed to access their kids text messages without a court order?
5. Are America’s education dollars well spent?
6. Will Colorado voters legalize the recreational use of marijuana this November?
7. What impact will the increase in gas prices have on the U.S. economy?
8. Should America speed up its withdrawal from Afghanistan?
9. Can American afford new investment in space?
10. Should the U.S. intervene in Syria without a UN resolution?

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of February 27th-March 4th, 2012 (Short Answer Version)

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

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of February 27th-March 4th, 2012 (Multiple Choice Version)

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

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 21st-27th, 2012

1.  If California goes bankrupt, how should the federal government react?
2.  If the economy improves, do the Republicans have an issue they can defeat President Obama with in 2012?
3.  If Mitt Romney is the eventual GOP nominee, who should he choose as his vice-president?
4.  Should the Federal Reserve settle on zero for the new interest rate?
5.  Could the U.S. economy benefit by restoring Clinton-era tax levels?
6.  Can Newt Gingrich rise a second time?
7.  Will Gary Johnson’s decision to run as a Libertarian Party candidate for president hurt the GOP?
8.  How can Ron Paul effectively sell his foreign policy ideas to the GOP base?
9.  How can Congress balance the federal budget within the next five years?
10.  Will Israel dictate America’s next foreign policy moves toward Iran?

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2012 California Invitational: Cherian Triumphs; Bellarmine College Prep Takes Top Two

This year’s California Invitational attracted 178 extempers to the University of California at Berkeley’s campus and Bellarmine College Prep’s John Cherian, who is ranked in the top five of the National Points Race, came out on top. Cherian will earn 70 points for this victory in this year’s National Points Race. Cherian’s teammate James Thomas placed second.  Wake Forest winner Jason Singh of Green Valley High School in Nevada placed fourth.

All of the finalists and semi-finalists at this year’s California Invitational will earn National Points Race points. All of the extempers who made the octofinal round and beyond have earned a qualification leg to this year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University.

Here are the full results of the 2012 California Invitational (Click here to access the tab sheet)

2012 Harvard University National High School Invitational Tournament: McDonald Captures Second Title of the Season in a Packed Final Round

At this year’s Harvard University National High School Invitational, Bill McDonald of Brophy College Prep completed a unique achievement by emerging from a field of nearly 200 extempers to take the title. McDonald’s championship goes with his Glenbrooks title earlier in the season, giving him victories in two of the largest open invitational tournaments of the year. Since Harvard is a second tier tournament, McDonald will earn 150 National Points Race points for his victory.

The final round also featured several highly ranked competitor in the National Points Race. Barkley Forum Champion Ben Constine took second in the tournament and Isabelle Taft, the winner of the George Mason University Patriot Games Tournament this season, took third. MBA Extemp Round Robin Champion Lily Nellans finished fourth.

All of the extempers who made the octofinal round will receive National Points Race points and have also received a qualification leg to the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC).

Here are the full results of the 2012 Harvard University National High School Invitational Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 21st-27th, 2012

1.  Will the Bank of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas succeed?
2.  Will the world economy grow stronger in 2012?
3.  Will recent moves taken by the Spanish government to curtail its unemployment rate succeed?
4.  Does the ACTA treaty on online piracy threaten intellectual property rights?
5.  How can African states use their resource wealth more effectively?
6.  How would the fall of the Syrian government impact Hezbollah's operations in Lebanon?
7.  Should Niger return Al-Saadi Gadhafi to Libya?
8.  Why is the international community doing little about Ethiopia's authoritarian government?
9.  Is the recently powersharing agreement between Fatah and Hamas counterproductive to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
10.  If left to its own devices, will Afghanistan gravitate towards Pakistan or India in foreign policy?
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No News Quiz This Week

Due to outside circumstances, there will be no Extemp Central news quiz this week.  However, there will be United States and International Extemp questions posted on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We will also be posting the results of Harvard and the California Invitational and updating the National Points Race.  If you have resulted of either tournament, send them to me at [email protected].

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 14th-20th, 2012

1.  Can Henrique Capriles beat Hugo Chavez?
2.  How can Russia solve its demographic deficit?
3.  Is it only a matter of time before Tibet explodes into violence?
4.  Will Abu Qatada soon be a free man?
5.  Is the UN General Assembly’s upcoming vote on a resolution concerning Syria merely symbolic?
6.  Are Iran and Israel already at war?
7.  Should publication of new H5N1 research be restricted?
8.  Will Egypt follow through with its threat to change the Camp David Accords if the U.S. cuts off its foreign aid?
9.  Does Canada’s cyber monitoring bill significantly threaten privacy rights?
10.  Is it time for the EU to give up on Greece?

Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of February 13th-19th, 2012

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

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 14th-20th, 2012

1.  Are the recent abuses cases in Miramonte just the tip of the iceberg?
2.  How will waivers granted to No Child Left Behind change the American educational system?
3.  Is Washington’s legalization of gay marriage a significant victory for gay rights advocates?
4.  How important was Mitt Romney’s victory in the Maine caucus?
5.  Can Rick Santorum defeat Mitt Romney in Michigan?
6.  Is climate change still a significant national issue?
7.  Should Proposition 209 be found unconstitutional?
8.  Will President Obama’s new budget create strong economic growth?
9.  Should the Catholic Church accept President Obama’s tweak on contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act?
10.  Will Super Tuesday knock Newt Gingrich out of the GOP presidential contest?

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of February 13th-19th, 2012 (Short Answer Version)

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

Extemp Central Weekly News Quiz for the Week of February 13th-19th, 2012 (Multiple Choice Version)

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

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