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Weekly Questions: November 22nd – November 28th

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Weekly Questions: November 15th – November 21st

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Weekly Questions: November 8th – November 14th

USX What do recent referendums on police reforms signal about the future of the Defund the Police movement? What lessons do the Democratic Party need to take away from the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections? Is paid family leave a winning issue for Democrats? Is admitting more immigrants the best response for America’s labor […]

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Weekly Questions: November 1st – November 6th

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Weekly Question: October 25th – October 31st

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Weekly Questions: October 18th – 24th

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Weekly Questions: October 11th-17th

USX Will Congressional Democrats be able to pass price reductions on prescription medication? Have we seen the last wave of COVID cases in the U.S.? Would breaking up Facebook be a good policy decision? How long will America’s widespread supply shortages last? Is the “Defund the Police” movement dead for good? IX How can the […]

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2021-22 National Points Race, September Update: Kind Wins Season Opener and Duke, Paltzik Repeats at Yale

Welcome to the first monthly update for the 2021-22 National Points Race! In this edition, we cover the results from the UK Season Opener, the Yale Invitational, and the Duke Invitational. The new extemp season has started, and some familiar faces are already showing their growth from last year at the first tournaments of the […]

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Weekly Questions: October 4th – October 10th

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Weekly Questions: September 27th – October 3rd

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Weekly Questions: September 20th – September 26th

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Weekly Questions: September 13th – September 19th

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The 2021-22 National Points Race is Live! + Methodology Changes

After a successful launch last year, the Extemper’s Bible will once again host a Nationals Points Race in order to determine the country’s most consistent competitor across a series of nationally-recognized events. Following the model of the Extemp Central National Points Race, we will be using different tiers to determine the comparative difficulty of tournaments […]

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Weekly Questions: September 6th – September 12th

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Weekly Questions: August 29th – September 4th

USX Is a carbon border adjustment tax a good policy idea? What steps can the Biden administration take to prevent mass housing insecurity after the Supreme Court’s ruling against the eviction moratorium? Who will win the Democrats’ internal struggle between progressives and moderates? Should the Biden administration have authorized booster shots? Should Jerome Powell be […]

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Weekly Questions: August 23rd – August 30th (Movies, TV, and Theater)

Normal, current affairs-focused questions will be back next week. We hope you enjoyed your summer! Movies 1. What lessons can be learned from movies’ simultaneous box office and streaming service launches in 2021? 2. Has Marvel Studios successfully refound themselves after Avengers: Endgame? 3. Will the Oscars truly able to shed their non-diverse reputation? 4. […]

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Weekly Questions: August 16th – August 23rd (Movies, Video Games, and TikTok)

We apologize for the slight delay! Music Has Lil Was X successfully reshaped the conversation around queerness in the hip-hop industry? Should Jack Antonoff’s rise to producer stardom be celebrated or looked down upon? Should more artists move away from record labels?Video Games How will the arrival of the Steam Deck affect the gaming industry? […]

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Weekly Questions: August 9th – August 15th (The Tokyo Olympics)

Is Caeleb Dressel the new Michael Phelps? What lessons can the world of gymnastics learn from Simone Biles’ event withdrawals at the Tokyo Olympics? How should U.S. Olympics drug policy be changed after the Tokyo Olympics, if at all? What sport, if any, should the Olympics add for the 2024 Games? Will USA Basketball – […]

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Weekly Questions: August 3rd – August 10th (Football and Hockey)

Football What can NFL front offices learn from the resolution of Aaron Rodgers’ feud with the Packers? Which rookie quarterback will exceed expectations the most? Does vaccine skepticism among NFL players pose a serious problem to the league? Are the Buffalo Bills ready to make the “next step” in the 2021-22 season? Should the NFL […]

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Weekly Questions: July 26th – August 2nd (Basketball and Baseball)

Basketball Who are the favorites to win the 2021-2022 NBA Championship? Is it time for the Portland Trail Blazers to blow it up? What’s the best move for the Philadelphia 76ers this off-season? Would the NBA benefit from adding a mid-season tournament? Will more young prospects turn to the G-League instead of attending college?Baseball Are […]

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Weekly Questions will be Culture-Focused for the Summer!

We hope everyone is having a great summer! For the next five weeks, the Extemper’s Bible will be releasing modified versions of our usual weekly questions, with eight questions each week focusing on elements of modern culture. We’re writing the questions about your hobbies, interests, and guilty pleasures that you wish you’d gotten in tournament, […]

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Congratulations to our 2020-21 National Points Race Champion and Top Placers!

The 2020-2021 season has come to a close, which means the Extemper’s Bible can crown its first-ever National Points Race champion! Congratulations to Mukta Dharmapurikar of Durham Academy, North Carolina, for winning the NPR with 8775 points! She began the year strong with a win at the UK Season Opener and had a consistent string […]

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Weekly Questions: June 14th – June 21st

Happy practicing! This is our final set of questions for the 2020-2021 season.

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Weekly Questions: June 7th – June 13th

Happy practicing! This will be the penultimate weekly questions release for the 2020-21 season.

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Weekly Questions: May 31st – June 6th

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Weekly Questions: May 17th – May 23rd

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Weekly Questions: April 12th – April 18th

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Weekly Questions: April 5th – April 11th

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Weekly Questions: March 22nd – 28th

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Weekly Questions: March 15th – 21st

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Weekly Questions: March 8th – March 15th

Written by Steve Asthana, James (Jimmy) Gao and Shreya Joshi.

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Weekly Questions: February 23rd – March 1st

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Weekly Questions: February 15th – February 22nd

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Weekly Questions: February 8th – February 14th

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2020-21 National Points Race, January Update: Rollins, Dharmapurikar, Cai, Morganstein, Kind, Hering Emerge As Victors From Crowded Month

Welcome to the fifth monthly updates on the standings and tournament results for the 2020-21 National Points Race! This edition features the results from the Montgomery Bell Academy Southern Bell Forum, the Sunvitational, the James Logan MLK Invitational, the Cavalier Invitational, the Cavalier Challenge, the Barkley Forum, and the Marshall Speech Spectacular.

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Weekly Questions: February 1st – February 7th

Written by Steve Asthana and James (Jimmy) Gao.

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Weekly Questions: January 25th – February 1st

Written by Shreya Joshi and James (Jimmy) Gao. Happy practicing!

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Weekly Questions: December 14th – December 21st

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2020-21 National Points Race, November Update: Cai and Pattathunaduvil Split Glenbrooks Titles, Wang Wins Villiger, GMU Points Reallocation

Welcome to the third of nine monthly updates on the standings and tournament results for the 2020-21 National Points Race! This edition features the results from the Glenbrooks and Villiger, as well explaining our rationale for changing our valuation of the George Mason University Patriot Games for 2020.

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Weekly Questions: November 30th – December 6th

Written by James (Jimmy) Gao and Shreya Joshi. Happy practicing!

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Weekly Questions: November 24th – November 30th

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Weekly Questions: November 9th – November 16th

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Weekly Questions: November 3rd – November 10th

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Weekly Questions: October 19th – October 25th

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Weekly Questions: October 12th – October 19th

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2020-21 National Points Race, September Update: Paltzik Claims Yale Championship, Dharmapurikar Wins Season Opener, Tjan Takes Duke

Welcome to the first of nine monthly updates on the standings and tournament results for the 2020-21 National Points Race! This edition features the results from the UK Season Opener, the Duke Invitational, and the Yale Invitational.

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Weekly Questions: September 29th – October 5th (Duke Invitational, Part 2)

Written by Shreya Joshi and James (Jimmy) Gao for the Duke Invitational. Features questions from Round 4, Semifinals, and Finals. Happy practicing!

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Weekly Questions: September 21st – September 28th (Duke Invitational, Part 1)

Written by Shreya Joshi and James (Jimmy) Gao for the 2020 Duke Invitational. Features questions from Rounds 1, 2, and 3.

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Weekly Questions: September 14th – September 20th

Written by James (Jimmy) Gao and Steve Asthana. Happy practicing!

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Weekly Questions: September 7th – September 13th

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Weekly Questions: August 31st – September 6th

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Weekly Questions: August 24th – August 30th

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Weekly Questions: August 17th – August 23rd

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The National Points Race is Live! + Methodology

This article explains the format and methodology behind the 2020-21 National Points Race, hosted by the Extemper’s Bible.

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Reflections on Extemp

Goodbye, Extemp: some parting critiques of the event I love James Gao is a recent graduate of Ridge High School who competed on the circuit for four years. Here, he offers his thoughts on ways that extempers can improve their event insofar as it relates to advocacy and societal reform.