Extemp Central News Quiz

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of May 6-12, 2024

Here is this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.

Extemp Hot Topics

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 6-12, 2024

1. Should Ukraine lower its mobilization age further?
2. Is “lawfare” having a detrimental impact on Spain’s politics?
3. Has the Scottish nationalist movement collapsed?
4. Should the Japanese government stop defending the yen?
5. Is an anti-Iran alliance emerging in the Middle East?
6. How will Colombia’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Israel affect its economy?
7. What is the biggest challenge that will face the next Mexican president?
8. How would a non-junta government in Myanmar affect its neighbors?
9. Has Venezuela scrapped plans to invade Guyana?
10. Does Japan need to reform its immigration policies?

US Extemp Hot Topics

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 6-12, 2024

1. Is the “American dream” disappearing?
2. Should marijuana be removed from the controlled-substances list?
3. Will the Supreme Court find South Carolina’s congressional redistricting plan unconstitutional?
4. How would a major terror attack in the United States affect the dynamics of the 2024 presidential election?
5. Have university presidents poorly reacted to growing pro-Palestinian protests?
6. How can the U.S. prevent the growth of artificial intelligence systems from becoming a major threat to national security?
7. Are climate risks in the home insurance market becoming a threat to U.S. economic health?
8. How can the U.S. build a reliable rare-earths supply chain?
9. Are campus protests a preview of what could happen after a close result in the 2024 presidential election?
10. Will the strength of fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party grow after 2024?

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 29-May 5, 2024

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

National Points Race

2023-2024 Extemp Central National Points Race: New Standings After the UK TOC Are Posted!

Updated standings for the 2023-2024 Extemp Central National Points Race have been released.  Check them out by clicking here or the “Natl Points Race” tab above.

The new standings reflect the result of last weekend’s University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (TOC).  Charlotte Reitman of NSU University School (FL) was the winner of that competition and earned 100 points.

This weekend features the other prominent Tournament of Champions (TOC) event on the calendar when Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois hosts its annual TOC of Extemporaneous Speaking.  The season’s second major is another third tier event and the winner will receive 100 points.  All competitors who reach the quarter-final round will also receive points.

US Extemp Hot Topics

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 29-May 5, 2024

1. If Donald Trump is convicted of a felony before the Republican National Convention, should the GOP nominate a different candidate?
2. Are growing campus protests over Israel’s war in Gaza becoming a major headache for President Biden’s re-election effort?
3. How can Elon Musk reverse the decline of Tesla’s stock price?
4. Does President Biden have a problem with Hispanic voters?
5. Will the Supreme Court crack down on ghost guns in Garland v. VanDerStok?
6. Has the Affordable Care Act failed to make healthcare more affordable?
7. Should colleges reclassify athletes as employees of their respective institutions?
8. How should the Supreme Court rule on former President Donald Trump’s immunity claims?
9. Should the Federal Reserve increase its inflation target to 3%?
10. Is the U.S. stock market in a precarious position?

Extemp Hot Topics

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 29-May 5, 2024

1. Could anger over Israeli operations in Gaza produce a new “Arab Spring”?
2. What is the biggest obstacle for India becoming a great power?
3. Can a pro-Russian electoral bloc in Moldova keep the country out of the European Union?
4. Could the Philippines, instead of Taiwan, serve as the starting point for a military clash between China and the United States in the Pacific?
5. Will favorable views of Russia and China in the Sahel last?
6. Is anything working when it comes to global climate policy?
7. Should the “Global South” reject the current international system?
8. Is the British NHS falling apart?
9. Should the level of France’s public debt be a cause of concern?
10. What should be the first priority of Haiti’s transitional council?

University of Kentucky TOC

2024 University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions: Reitman Wins Second National Points Event of the Year; Haider Takes Second

The national circuit resumed after taking a two-month pause for state championship competitions. 89 competitors attended this year’s University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (TOC), kicking off the post-season phase of the National Points Race.

#17 Charlotte Reitman of NSU University School (FL) won her second National Points Race tournament of the season, winning the final round over #4 Waleed Haider of Hendrickson High School (TX) by two ranks. Nick Pienkos of Marquette University School (WI) finished third, one rank behind Haider and three back of Reitman.

Reitman is the first Florida extemper to win the UK TOC since Justin Graham of Trinity Preparatory School, who won in 2016.

The final round was close as five extempers each received a first place rank. What clinched the title for Reitman was receiving two second place ranks while other competitors received a worse mixture of ranks from the panel.

#15 Tyler Crivella of Seven Lakes High School (TX) finished fourth and #19 Ellie Sohn of Flintidge Preparatory School (CA) took fifth. Crivella was appearing in his third National Points Race final round of the year while Sohn was appearing in her fourth.

Arya Goyal of Scarsdale High School (NY) finished sixth.

Several other extempers in the top 25 made the trip to Lexington for last weekend’s event. #9 Abhijay Rana of Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA) dropped in semi-finals while #2 Brandon Cheng of Flintridge Preparatory, #12 Taylor Burris of the Potomac School (VA), and #16 Austin Bauman of Bellarmine College Preparatory made it to the quarter-final round.

Since the UK TOC was a third tier event, Reitman will receive 100 points for winning and all competitors who reached elimination rounds will earn National Points Race points. The next National Points Race competition will take place next weekend in Evanston, Illinois when Northwestern University hosts the Tournament of Champions of Extemporaneous Speaking, the season’s second major championship.

Here are the results of the 2024 University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (Click here for tab sheet):

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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 22-28, 2024

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

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 22-28, 2024

1. Would a Maduro victory create a larger refugee crisis for Venezuela’s neighbors?
2. Did Iran’s recent attack on Israel backfire?
3. Is deflation the biggest threat facing China’s economy?
4. Should Germany liberalize its abortion laws?
5. Have international organizations lost their moral authority?
6. Should Palestine be given membership in the United Nations?
7. How will farmers protests affect European parliamentary elections this summer?
8. Should NATO admit Argentina as a global partner?
9. Will the new American aid package for Ukraine have an immediate impact on the battlefield?
10. Is Ethiopia’s conflict with Tigray heating back up?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 22-28, 2024

1. Should U.S. aid to Ukraine come with more oversight?
2. Will Robert Kennedy, Jr. get ballot access in all 50 states?
3. Should Donald Trump’s attendance be required at his New York criminal trial?
4. Is America’s domestic electric car industry in trouble?
5. What should be America’s current foreign policy priority?
6. How should the Supreme Court rule in Grants Pass v. Johnson?
7. What direction would the Republican Party take were Donald Trump to lose this November?
8. Should the Trump tax cuts become permanent?
9. Was the passage of the Ukrainian aid bill a significant defeat for MAGA Republicans?
10. Should the U.S. expand existing sanctions on Israeli settler groups?

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 15-21, 2024

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

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 15-21, 2024

1. Should Democrats save Johnson’s speakership if it is threatened with a motion to vacate?
2. Are the Crumbley convictions an important precedent for preventing future school shootings?
3. Is the Biden administration taking too long to finalize its Title IX updates?
4. Can the U.S. drive a wedge between Russia and China?
5. Is the Arizona Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights in the state a significant blow to Republican efforts to win its presidential and Senate votes this November?
6. Do growing geopolitical problems make Biden’s chances of re-election better or worse?
7. Should there be a federal right-to-repair law for automobile owners?
8. Will there be a lot of swing voters in the 2024 presidential election?
9. Are higher rates of inflation the new normal for the U.S. economy?
10. Will growing bird flu in the United States make inflation worse?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 15-21, 2024

1. Will Ecuador’s diplomat spat with Mexico provide a political boost to Daniel Noboa?
2. Is Ethiopia the biggest threat to regional security in East Africa?
3. How will the European Court of Human Rights ruling on climate change affect future climate-change litigation in Europe?
4. Is Xi Jinping adopting the wrong cure for China’s economic woes?
5. Should humanitarian obligations or national interests play a larger role in rendering a final decision on the EU’s Aslyum and Migration Pact?
6. What do the results of the South Korean parliamentary elections mean for the future of President Yook Suk Yeol’s political agenda?
7. Why have voters in democratic countries become more skeptical about the fairness of elections?
8. How would a large war between Israel and Iran affect the stability of other Middle Eastern monarchies?
9. What should a transitional government for Haiti look like?
10. How can European nations prevent fentanyl from becoming a major problem?

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 8-12, 2024

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

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