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1.     What is debate?
     Debate is an exchange of opposing viewpoints, and it is often conducted informally.
2.     What is formal debate?
     Formal debate is a staged event. Two matched sides take part in the regulated discussion of a proposition.
3.     What must a debater be prepared to anticipate?
     arguments that will be presented by the opponent
4.     What must a debater devise?
     strategies that will effectively crush the opponent's arguments
5.     What can a person develop through participation in debate?
     intellectual curiosity/ critical thinking capabilities/ research skills/ teamwork skills/ public speaking skills
6.     The debate "topic" may also be called the "____________________________" or the "________________________________."
     resolution/ proposition
7.     How is the debate topic determined?
     through nation-wide balloting
8.     What are the three kinds of debate topics?
     topic of fact/ topic of value/ topic of policy
9.     Which kind of topic states that something is true or false?
     a topic of fact
10.     Which kind of topic declares that something is good or bad?
     a topic of value
11.     Which kind of topic states that a specific action should be taken?
     a topic of policy
12.     What are the two common debate formats?
     Lincoln-Douglas and Cross-Examination
13.     How many people are on each side in cross-examination debate?
     two
14.     How many people are on each side in Lincoln-Douglas debate?
     one
15.     In cross-examination debate, a resolution is proposed to change the __________________________ of a policy.
     status quo
16.     What are the two cross-examination debate teams called?
     the affirmative team and the negative team
17.     What are the stock issues that must be addressed by the affirmative team?
     significance/ harms/ inherency/ solvency/ topicality
18.     What happens if the affirmative team does not successfully address the issues named in #17?
     the negative team wins the debate
19.     What must the negative team prove?
     that the policy being advanced by the affirmative team should not be adopted
20.     If the negative team wins, what is maintained?
     the status quo
21.     What should the debater do after collecting pertinent evidence?
     He or she should organize materials so that they can be found easily.
22.     In cross-examination debate, each member of both teams will deliver _____________ speech(es).
     two
23.     What happens during constructive speeches?
     Team members present the initial positions that they intend to defend in later speeches.
24.     What happens during rebuttal speeches?
     The opposing team responds to the constructive speech.
25.     What can questions raised during the cross-examination period accomplish?
     They can clarify issues, reveal inconsistencies, or uncover the assumptions of a speaker.
26.     During rebuttal speeches, debaters may address only ______________________________________.
     positions that have been raised earlier in the debate
27.     What four steps can help a debater to deliver a successful rebuttal speech?
     State the argument to be refuted./ Clearly state a response to the opponent's argument./ Provide support for the rebuttal argument./ Explain why the rebuttal argument is critical.
28.     What are "flows"?
     extensive notes taken during the course of the debate
29.     Of what is a "flow" usually comprised?
     two sets of paper
30.     What was the focus of the original Lincoln-Douglas debates?
     slavery
31.     Lincoln-Douglas debate involves what kind of topic?
     a topic of value
32.     Lincoln-Douglas debate relies on ________________________ judgment.
     subjective
33.     In cross-examination debate, judgment is based on ______________________.
     facts
34.     What things are stressed in Lincoln-Douglas debate?
     persuasion, logical analysis, speaking skills
35.     How should someone prepare to engage in a Lincoln-Douglas debate?
     by reading the works of great philosophers and thinkers
36.     What steps should be followed in order to construct a good, affirmative case?
     Provide an introduction./ State the resolution./ Define the key terms. /State the affirmative value./ State the affirmative criterion./ Provide contentions with analysis and evidence.
37.     Which side has the "burden of proof" in a debate?
     the affirmative side
38.     In debate, "evidence" is _______________________________________________________.
     support for an argument
39.     What steps should be followed by the negative side?
     Provide an introduction./ State the negative position with respect to the resolutions./Re-define terms or accept affirmative definitions./ State the negative value./ State the negative criterion./ Provide contentions with analysis and evidence./ Argue the weakness of the affirmative case.
40.     What is the "affirmative's" obligation?
     to support the resolution with value(s) and to clash with the negative position
41.     What is it important that a debater exhibit at the end of any debate?
     good sportsmanship
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