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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 29th-June 4th, 2012

1. Will the price of Facebook’s stock continue to erode?
2. Should drones be used for survelliance purposes within American borders?
3. Can President Obama politically afford to get the U.S. involved militarily in Syria?
4. Is it wise for Romney campaign with Donald Trump?
5. What can states do to crack down on bath salts?
6. Can Rahm Emanuel’s crime-fighting plan cure the street violence in Chicago?
7. Why did the U.S. fail to meet NCLB proficiency goals?
8. Did Bob Dylan deserve the presidential Medal of Freedom?
9. Should President Obama worry about the outcome of the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries?
10. Is Portman a good vice-presidential choice for Romney?

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Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of May 28th-June 3rd, 2012

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

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 29th-June 4th, 2012

1. How will a revision of the Brazilian Forest Code impact Dilma Roussef’s political standing?
2. To Israel does Turkey matter?
3. How will the arrest of Lindsay Sandiford impact British-Indonesian relations?
4. Should Nepal create states based on ethnicity?
5. Why have international talks concerning Iran’s nuclear program failed?
6. Are protests against China spreading in Tibet?
7. Is India’s outreach to Myanmar a challenge to China?
8. How damaging is the Vatileaks scandal to the Roman Catholic Church?
9. Will the Houla massacre lead to international intervention in Syria?
10. Who will win the Egyptian presidential run-off?

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of May 28th-June 3rd, 2012 (Short Answer Version)

Here is this week’s short answer version of the Extemp Central news quiz.  Good luck and have a great Memorial Day!

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of May 28th-June 3rd, 2012 (Multiple Choice Version)

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

2012 CFL Nationals: Nellans Wins the Third Leg of the Extemp Grand Slam; Rambachan Takes Second

Over Memorial Day weekend, over 200 extempers gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the 2012 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament. In the final round, National Points Race leader Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt High School continued her winning streak at major tournaments on the national level and notched her third consecutive Grand Slam victory. It is also Nellans third major extemp championship, all of which she has won this year and it is her fifth victory in a National Points Race tournament this season. Nellans entered the final round trailing the runner-up, Ashesh Rambachan of Eastview High School in Minnesota, who was the runner-up to Dylan Slinger at last year’s NFL National Tournament in International Extemp, but rallied by taking four of the five available first place ranks. Nellans becomes the first sophomore to win the CFL Grand National championship and the first sophomore to win a national championship since Kevin Troy accomplished that feat ten years ago in Atlanta, Georgia at the 2003 NFL National Tournament in United States Extemp.  Nellans becomes the first female extemper to win CFL Nationals since 2004, when Courtney Otto of Kentucky Country Day School in Kentucky won the tournament.  Isabelle Taft of Henry W. Grady High School in Georgia, who was this year’s George Mason winner and who finished behind Nellans at the Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin, placed third.  Allison McKibban of El Dorado High School in Kansas also deserves an honorable mention for making the final round, as she also made the finals of the Extemp TOC two weeks ago.

All of the extempers that made elimination rounds at this year’s CFL have automatically qualified for the 2013 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University. All of the extempers that made the quarter-final round and beyond will earn National Points Race points.

Here are the full results of the 2012 NCFL Grand National Tournament (the tab sheet can be accessed by clicking here):

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 22nd-28th, 2012

1. Does the idea of national borders still mean something in the 21st century?
2. How can the world prevent a major war between Thailand and Cambodia concerning the Preah Vihear temple?
3. What impact has the border dispute between Sudan and South Sudan had on their respective economies?
4. Were concerns by the Netherlands and the United States over the publication of a study on human-to-human transmission of the bird flu overblown?
5. Does Thein Sein deserve the next Nobel Peace Prize?
6. Has David Cameron handled the phone hacking controversy effectively?
7. How can the Castros ensure that communism remains a force in Cuba after their death?
8. Are anti-poverty programs an effective way to end drug wars across Latin America?
9. What would be the international impact of a free trade agreement between Japan, South Korea, and China?
10. How long will Hollande’s honeymoon period last?

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Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of May 21st-27th, 2012

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

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 22nd-28th, 2012

1. If the Democrats were to regain control of the House in the 2012 elections, should they return Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker’s chair?
2. Will Europe heed President Obama’s economic advice?
3. Does the government need to design a new way to measure unemployment?
4. Were concerns by the Netherlands and the United States over the publication of a study on human-to-human transmission of the bird flu overblown?
5. What is the appropriate role of technology in American schools?
6. Was Dharun Ravi’s sentence too light?
7. What would be a “responsible” way to end the Afghan war?
8. Will looming tax hikes on the rich at the end of 2012 impair economic growth?
9. Is the birther movement strengthening or weakening President Obama’s candidacy?
10. Can the Republicans win Wisconsin in the 2012 presidential race?

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2011-2012 Extemp Central National Points Race: Standings Are Updated to Reflect the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC)

The 2011-2012 National Points Race standings have been updated to reflect the results of the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.  The National Points Race has a new leader, so check it out the new standings by clicking on the National Points Race tab above or by clicking here.

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of May 21st-27th, 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 May 21st-27th, 2012 (Multiple Choice Version)

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

2012 Extemp TOC: Nellans Wins Her Second Consecutive Grand Slam Tournament and Fourth National Points Race Tournament; Harrison Takes Second

Last week, the tenth edition of the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) was held at Northwestern University. Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa won the second consecutive leg of the extemporaneous speaking Grand Slam by defeating Chase Harrison of Millburn High School, this year’s Yale champion, in the final round. For Nellans to complete the Grand Slam, which has not been done since Kevin Troy of Eagan High School in Minnesota accomplished the feat in 2005, she will need to win CFL and NFL Nationals. Nellans won the MBA Extemp Round Robin earlier this year and her victory will give her 100 points in the Extemp Central National Points Race. Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa continued its impressive streak of showings on the national level this year by having two the top three extempers in the tournament. Carolyn Evans of Des Moines Roosevelt placed third behind Nellans and Harrison.

All of the elimination round participants per TOC qualification rules have already locked up a spot in next year’s Extemp TOC.

Here are the full results of the tournament (tab sheet can be found by clicking here)

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 16th-22nd, 2012

1. What does the future hold for Yahoo!?
2. Do laws against texting while walking go too far?
3. Should President Obama veto the rewritten Violence Against Women Act?
4. What reforms need to be made to the TSA?
5. Will California voters approve Jerry Brown’s tax plan?
6. What impact could Ron Paul have on the Republican National Convention?
7. Would it be wise for the House GOP leadership to challenge President Obama on the debt ceiling before the 2012 elections?
8. Should the FBI charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime?
9. What impact will JPMorgan’s $2 billion loss have on federal regulation of financial markets?
10. Should the DNC move the Democratic National Convention out of North Carolina?

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Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of May 14th-20th, 2012

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

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