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October Practice Extemp Topics

Informative Speaking

1. Why has the United States’ presence in Syria been significant?

2. What are schools doing to address mental health in teens?

3. Why was Hong Kong activist Joshua Wang barred from running in the upcoming District Council elections?

4. In light of the administration’s fourth Secretary of Homeland Security departing, how does the Trump administration plan to move forward on immigration?

5. Where and why are renewable energy jobs booming in the U.S.?

6. What makes the Chicago Teacher Strike different from others?

7. What is causing the violence in Burkina Faso?

8. If Donald Trump were to replace Mike Pence as his running mate on the 2020 ticket, who would he likely pick?

9. What is the state of the trade war between the U.S. and China?

10. From red to blue: What changes would have to occur for Texas to become a “blue” state?

11. How will Americans benefit from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

12. Why does e-cigarette maker Juul continue to be under fire?

13. Why did Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri resign?

14. What is the legacy of Congressman Elijah Cummings?

15. What impacted the outcome of Argentina’s recent general elections?

16.What steps are being taken to address homelessness in urban areas of Texas?

17.How are Chilean government officials responding to massive protests in the capital city?

18.Why is Hong Kong’s economy in a recession?

19. What will an early election date in December mean for Brexit?

20. What will it take to stop the opioid crisis in the U.S.?

Persuasive Speaking

1. Should the NCAA have voted to allow college athletes to make money from their fame?

2. Is legalizing marijuana a good thing for Mexico?

3. Should the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump move forward?

4. How concerned should the U.S. be over Russia’s significant investments in Africa?

5. Is climate change the culprit for the ongoing wildfires in California?

6. What should Texas lawmakers do to increase affordability and accessibility of higher education in the state?

7. Are Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi's days in power numbered?

8. Is the United States no longer the worldwide leader on refugees?

9. Should there be stronger restrictions on former government officials working for large corporations?

10. Do double standards remain on Capitol Hill?

11. Have national security interests of the United States been undermined by recent foreign policy decisions made by the Trump administration?

12. Is there justification to indict Rudi Guiliani?

13. Should sanctions be levied against Turkey for its military operation in Syria?

14. Do we need criminal justice reform in America?

15. If Democrats regain control of Congress is 2021, can they succeed in passing a assault weapons ban?

16. Will Boeing survive?

17. Is an armed conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia inevitable?

18. Will Hunter Biden’s Ukraine controversy negatively affect Joe Biden’s government Ethic’s Plan?

19. Are unions making a comeback in the United States labor force?

20. Is the United States on its way to a recession in the near future?