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The Extemper’s Briefing: Inflation

Over the past year, inflation in the United States has significantly increased. What is it, why does it matter, and what can governments do to address it? Those are just a few of the questions Ananth Veluvali explores in this briefing.

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Weekly Quiz: November 27th-December 3rd

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Our Podcast is Back!

After reflecting this summer, we’ve got some exciting updates about our podcast! Read more to find out.

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Weekly Questions: November 22nd – November 28th

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Weekly Quiz: November 20th-November 27th

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Practicing Before Big Tournaments

In this article, Ananth Veluvali provides a strategy for practicing before big tournaments.

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National Points Race October Update: Paltzik Champions Bronx, Kind Takes Blue Key

While October only had two tier four tournaments that were in the National Points Race, we saw two familiar faces from last month at the top of both tournaments. The New York City Invitational (Bronx) was held from October 15th through the 17th. In first place was Yale champion McKinley Paltzik of Phoenix Country Day […]

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Weekly Questions: November 15th – November 21st

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Reading Done Right: How to Keep Up With the News

In this article, Ananth Veluvali explores how extempers can read the news efficiently and comprehensively.

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A Collection of Quotes (Part 2)

Few things spice up a speech like a timely quote. In this article, we’ll go over some quotes that can be used in any extemporaneous speech and go over how to use them.

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Starting an Extemp Team: Practices

In this article, Ananth Veluvali breaks down how you, as a captain, can run practices for your extemp team. This will be Part 2 in a longer series about starting, managing, and leading your team.

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Weekly Quiz:November 8th-November 15th

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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

We apologize for the delay in posting questions. Happy practicing!

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The Extemper’s Bible is Looking for Help!

Interested in helping us? Keep reading for more!

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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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The Extemper’s Briefing:Demographic Structure, Explained

This article explains how a society’s demographic structure affects its economic and political systems and how that is relevant to extempers.

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Weekly Quiz: August 30th – September 5th

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with this weeks ten question quiz!

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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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Recruiting an Extemp Team

In this article, Ananth Veluvali breaks down how you, as a captain, can recruit people for your extemp team. This will be Part 1 in a longer series about starting, managing, and leading your team.

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What’s Ahead for 2021-2022

After a well-enjoyed summer break, the Extemper’s Bible is back! Keep reading to find out more about exciting updates to the site and what you can expect from us.

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Weekly Quiz: August 23th – August 29th

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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 Quiz: August 16th – August 22th

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with this weeks ten question quiz!

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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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The Extemper’s Bible is Starting a Book Club!

The Extemper’s Bible is beginning a virtual book club for extempers.

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Weekly Quiz: August 2nd – August 9th

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with our weekly quiz! 10 questions, once per week

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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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We’re Running a Free Seminar on Delivery!

Read this article for some exciting updates from the Extemper’s Bible! Plus, a free presentation on introductions linked below!

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Weekly Quiz: July 26th – August 2nd

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with our weekly quiz! 10 questions, once per week — it’s back!

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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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We’re Running a Free Seminar!

Read this article for some exciting updates from the Extemper’s Bible! Plus, a free economics presentation linked below!

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Economics 101

Economics is one of the more difficult subjects that extemp covers. In this article, Ananth Veluvali breaks down interest rates and modern monetary theory.

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5 Reasons to Join Speech and Debate

The speech and debate season is coming up in less than two months, which means it’s time for recruitment! Hopefully, this ‘sales pitch’ for joining the speech and debate team helps! This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

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5 Steps to Improve Over the Summer

While summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and the sweet feeling of freedom that comes with having no homework, it’s also a great time to improve your extemp skills. In this article, Ananth Veluvali delves into some tips and tricks for becoming a better extemper over the summer.

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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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2020-21 National Points Race, Nationals Update: Rollins, Dharmapurikar, Veluvali, Pattathunaduvil and Holley Each Claim a Title

Welcome to the final monthly update on the standings and tournament results for the 2020-21 National Points Race! This edition features the results from the end-of-season “national” tournaments: the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions, the Northwestern University Extemp Tournament of Champions, the National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals, and the National Speech and Debate Association […]

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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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Free Extemp Session with Christopher Maximos!

Work closely with three-time national finalist Christopher Maximos at 6 PM CST tomorrow as he delves into what makes an effective introduction. Interested in signing up for our full camp and working one-on-one with Maximos? Check out extempinstitute.com! The link to the meeting can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81140285031. The Meeting ID is 811 4028 5031 […]

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Weekly Questions: May 31st – June 6th

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Weekly Questions: May 24th – 30th

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Book Summaries Part 5

Citing a book is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books you may want to cite in your next speech.

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Weekly Questions: May 17th – May 23rd

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Podcasts for Extemp

Sometimes, you want to get your extemp information without having to pore over news articles and think tank reports. That’s where podcasts enter into play: you can stay up-to-date with the latest events and relax a bit! Keep reading to discover some enjoyable podcast sources. This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

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Weekly Questions: May 10th – May 16th

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Weekly Questions: May 3rd – May 9th

Happy practicing and remember to check out our camp at https://www.extempinstitute.com/!

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Fighting Impostor Syndrome

The following is a reposted article from October of 2020. With big tournaments like the ETOC, NCFLs, and NSDA Nationals coming up, we hope it strikes a chord with you all.

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The Extemper’s Bible is Running Its Own Camp!

After months of careful planning and coordination with nationally-renowned extempers and extemp coaches, we have finally got our camp up-and-running! Read more to find out some details.

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Book Summaries Part 4

Citing a book is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books you may want to cite in your next speech. 

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Weekly Questions: April 19th – 25th

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Cross-Examination in Extemp

In important rounds, you may have to cross-examine your opponents. In this article, we’ll delve into what cross-examination is and how to effectively do it. This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

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6 Tips for Navigating Online Tournaments

With important tournaments like the TOC and Nationals coming up and tournaments likely online through December of 2021 (if not longer), we thought we’d revisit one of our favorite articles. Below is a list of different tips & tricks for navigating online tournaments that will help maximize your speaking appeal.

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Weekly Questions: April 12th – April 18th

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Charts & Graphs

In this article, we go over a few handy charts and graphs to help any extemper

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Last Day to Register for our Tournament!

We’ve decided to extend the deadline to register for our tournament until 7 PM CST today! You can sign up using this tabroom link: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=20022.

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Effectively Outlining Your Extemp Speech

Effectively outlining your introductions and points can be a daunting task. Fortunately, with a little practice, you can nail your outlines every single time! This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

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Weekly Questions: April 5th – April 11th

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Extemp Drill List

Looking for a list of drills to practice? Look no further!

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Interview with USX National Runner Up Adam Hamdan

Written by Dev Ahuja and Vikram Sundaram.
Adam Hamdan, runner-up in USX at Nats 2020, sits down for an interview about his extemp career and greatest tips.

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Weekly Questions: March 29th – April 5th

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Interview with Brian Zheng

In May of 2020, I interviewed Brian Zheng, the runner-up at the 2019 ETOC and the NCFL National Champion. The shortened version of that interview can be found below. The full version can be found on our podcast, the Extemper’s Bible!

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Book Summaries: Part 3

Citing a book is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books you may want to cite in your […]

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The Extemper’s Bible is Running Its Own Tournament!

With the extemp season winding down, we wanted to provide extempers with a high-quality tournament to help prepare for state tournaments, the TOC and ETOC, NCFLs, and NSDA Nationals. Our judges are nationally- acclaimed extempers, and the tournament is open to anyone in high school and middle school. The link to register is below — […]

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Weekly Questions: March 22nd – 28th

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

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The Case for Layered Analysis

Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with three distinct points to answer a question. In this article, Ananth Veluvali lays out a potential solution: utilizing layered analysis.  

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How to Deal with Burnout

Many extempers will experience burnout at some point in there careers. In this article, Anne Smith give some tips for avoiding and solving burnout.

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Central America, Explained

One of the most influential overlooked regions in US and international policy, Central America can seem hard to understand. That is why in this article we guide you through the main issues that the region is facing.

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National Points Race 2020-21, February Update: Kind Champions Harvard, Jin Takes Cal, Yacoub and Letterer Split Stanford.

February marked a month of national circuit competition prior to months with the final tournaments in the national points race. The month started out with the Stanford Invitational on the sixth, with two tournaments the very next week. The twelfth marked the start of the Harvard National Forensics Tournament, traditionally the largest tournament in the […]

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Weekly Questions: March 15th – 21st

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The Extemper’s Handbook

After months of careful deliberation and thoughtful editing, nationally-acclaimed extempers Sam Padmanabhan, Kevin Bi, and Alex Yang wrote a handbook for extempers of all skill that we’ve published in this article. Enjoy!

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Weekly Questions: March 8th – March 15th

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

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A Four-Step Practice Strategy for Spring Break

In this article, Ananth Veluvali lays out a four-step practice routine that novice and varsity speakers alike can follow during Spring Break to become a better speaker.

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Intro to Intros

In this article, Katelyn Cai and Peter Alisky run through everything you need to know about the introduction to an extemp speech.

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Weekly Questions: March 1st – March 7th

Here are our weekly questions for March 1st – March 7th. Happy practicing!

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Five Big Changes and Updates!

February has been an exciting month for the Extemper’s Bible. As you may have noticed, we made some big changes to our website. We’ve also been planning some awesome things under the hood. Read below to find out more!

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The Extemper’s Briefing: Types of Power in International Relations

Extemp questions commonly deal with international issues that are greatly influenced by the power of the countries involved. This article will explore the types of power countries can posses and their effects on the issues extemper’s are commonly asked about.

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The Statement of Significance: An Underutilized Tool

The statement of significance is an important, albeit underutilized tool in extemporaneous speaking. In a single 10 second statement, your judge will either feel connected or distanced from your topic. Thus, nailing this part of the speech is critical to being a successful speaker. In this article, learn some tips about how to utilize statements […]

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Interview with René Otero

In April of 2020, I was fortunate enough to interview René Otero, the 2019 IX NSDA National Champion. The paraphrased version of that interview can be found below. The full version can be found on our podcast, the Extemper’s Bible! This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

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Nonverbal Communication in Speech

In this article, we take a look at how good gestures, posture, eye contact, and facial expressions can really improve a performance in Extemp while discussing ways to improve them.

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The Extemper’s Briefing: Putin, Navalny, and the Complicated Mess That is Russian Politics

As Vladimir Putin once again arrests one of his main opponents and silences his followers, let’s take a look at the complex political situation in Russia and what’s really going on at the Kremlin.

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Book Summaries: Part 2

Citing a book (or books!) is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books (with their summaries) you may […]

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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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The Ultimate Novice Guide to Extemp

The following is the ultimate guide for novices on how to succeed in extemporaneous speaking. Covered are the following sections: what is extemp, what goes into a speech, the art of substructure, confidence in this activity, free extemp resources, and concluding commentary. Since this is an ongoing project, we will be continually updating this resource. […]

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The Extemper’s Briefing: Israel and Palestine – Explained

As Israeli encroachments on the West Bank persevere despite international pressure, join us in exploring the complex narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, impending Israeli elections, and foreign influence in the region.

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Weekly Questions: February 1st – February 7th

Written by Steve Asthana and James (Jimmy) Gao.

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5 Tips for Filing

In extemp, effective filing is of paramount importance. In this article, Anne Smith highlights five tips to become better at filing.

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The Extemper’s Briefing: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

In this article, written by Anne Smith, we’ll take a deep dive into the history, controversy, geopolitical significance, costs, and benefits of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Enjoy!

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Why Extemp isn’t the Best Event

In this article, Mukta Dharmapurikar lays out the benefits of diversifying your Speech and Debate experiences in order to better your own extemp and our community.

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A Collection of Quotes

Few things spice up a speech like a timely quote. In this article, we’ll go over some quotes that can be used in any extemporaneous speech and go over how to use them.

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Practice Strategies for Extemp

Figuring out an effective practice schedule for extemp can be a challenging task. In this article, Katelyn Cai takes a deep dive into a few practice strategies that will make you a more effective extemper.

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2020-21 National Points Race, December Update: Wang and Pattathunaduvil Split UT Titles, Sanaka Wins GMU, Jiang Takes Princeton

Welcome to the fourth of nine monthly updates on the standings and tournament results for the 2020-21 National Points Race! This edition features the results from UT, GMU, and Princeton.

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Weekly Questions: January 3rd – January 9th

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2020 in Review and a Preview of 2021

Check out our year in review, which highlights our proudest accomplishments from this year! Then, keep reading this article, so you know all of the exciting updates we’re planning for 2021!

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Weekly Questions: December 27th – January 2nd

Happy early new year! Stay tuned for some exciting updates from the Extemper’s Bible in the new few days. In the meantime, happy practicing! We tried something new this time, adding one additional novice question for both USX and IX.

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How to “Dress Up” an Underprepared Speech

In this article, Will Ford divulges some tips on how to maximize your extemp ethos, even if you have a speech you don’t feel fully confident about.

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Weekly Questions: December 21st – 27th

Happy Holidays everyone! We’ll still be posting articles over the holiday season, so keep your eyes peeled for future posts, and happy practicing!

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National Points Race 2020-21 Update: Additional Round Robins and UT Longhorn Classic Points Reallocation

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The Extemper’s Briefing: The 46th President’s Foreign Policy, Explained

With Joe Biden set to be the next president of the United States, questions over how he will conduct his foreign policy have emerged, especially given the current problems the global community faces. Written by Arjun Raman, the following article examines Biden’s potential foreign policy agenda and defines some key vocabulary along the way.

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MBA Invite List Released!

The Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) Round Robin is a 16 person, invite-only tournament, widely recognized as the most prestigious in the nation. The tournament will take place virtually from January 2nd to January 4th. Extempers will compete in 10 rounds, with 4 rooms in total and 4 competitors to a room. Check out the invite […]

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Weekly Questions: December 7th – December 13th

Written by Ananth Veluvali. Happy practicing!

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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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The Extemper’s Briefing: American Political Polarization, Explained

The following article is part of a new series by the Extemper’s Bible where we’ll take a deep dive into relevant domestic and global subjects. For this post, we’ll examine political polarization in the US, including its causes, implications, and potential solutions. As a nation where political agreement is needed for unified action, the US […]

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Filling Up Some Positions

Happy belated Thanksgiving! We’re looking to grow our website, but that will mean getting more help! If one or more of the following positions interests you or if you have any questions, please let us know by contacting ananth@extempers.org or outreach@extempers.org! 

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Book Summaries: Part 1

Citing a book (or books!) is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books (with their summaries) you may […]

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The Art of AGDs

Introduction The attention-getting device, better known by its moniker the AGD, is one of the most important parts of an extemp speech. Despite this, most extempers recycle the same 2-3 AGDs for an entire tournament, often resulting in strenuous ties between their opener and the topic. Fortunately, it requires little effort to produce stronger attention […]

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Weekly Questions: November 17th – November 23rd

Written by Ananth Veluvali.

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The Extemper’s Briefing: Ethiopia’s Conflict in Tigray Explained

The following is a new series by the Extemper’s Bible where we’ll take a deep dive into relevant domestic and global subjects. For our very first article, we’ll examine the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. As the second largest country in Africa, if this conflict goes unresolved, the violence in Ethiopia risks […]

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2020-21 National Points Race October Update: Rollins Wins New York City Invitational To Claim Lead, Hu Takes Blue Key

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An Interview with Gary Arndt: A Nationally-Renowned Extemp Coach and Award-Winning Travel Blogger

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to interview Gary Arndt, a nationally-acclaimed former extemp coach. While coaching several state champions and national finalists is certainly an accomplishment in itself, it’s Gary’s other exploits that make him a truly interesting interviewee. From traveling to over 130 countries to running his own successful podcast (Everything Everywhere), […]

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Extemp Sources

Need some sources to file? Look no further!

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Weekly Quiz: October 19th – October 25th

How much have you kept up with this past week’s news? Take this short, 10-question quiz to find out! Answers, as well as corresponding news articles, are provided at the very bottom of this article. The questions may take a few seconds to load!

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6 Tips and Tricks for Online Tournaments

With most tournaments through February already online, it’s clear this extemp season will be different than the past. Accordingly, your speaking strategy might have to change. Below are a list of different tips & tricks for navigating online tournaments to maximize your speaking appeal.

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Weekly Quiz: October 6th – October 11th

How much have you kept up with this past week’s news? Take this short, 10-question quiz to find out! Answers, as well as corresponding news articles, are provided at the very bottom of this article. The questions may take a few seconds to load!

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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 Quiz: September 29th – October 5th

How much have you kept up with this past week’s news? Take this short, 10-question quiz to find out! Answers are provided at the very bottom of this article.

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Fighting Impostor Syndrome in Extemp

Walking into my first Varsity final round sophomore year, I had no idea what to expect. After a year and a half of watching finals with older, more “distinguished” speakers, I was still shocked to see myself in the midst of such talented individuals. Although I was extremely nervous, I was still committed to trying […]

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Weekly Quiz: September 14th – September 20th

How much have you kept up with this past week’s news? Take this short, 10-question quiz to find out! Answers are provided at the very bottom of this article.

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Weekly Quiz: September 7th – 13th

How much have you kept up with this past week’s news? Take the quiz to find out! Answers are provided at the very bottom of this article.

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Interview with the MBA & NSDA Impromptu Champion Mo Marks

Mo Marks competed for Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated in 2020. Throughout her extemper career, Mo has finaled at Glenbrooks, Blue Key, Yale, and Harvard. She’s also won Sunvite, her state tournament, the prestigious MBA Round Robin, and nationals in impromptu. Marks is currently a rising freshman at Simpson College, and […]

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Conquering the Crowd

In this article, Peter Alisky gives viewers some tips for how to perform in high-stakes rounds. He divulges some of his own secrets when it comes to settling nerves and gives easy-to-read advice on how to conquer the crowd.

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Weekly Quiz: August 31st – September 6th

Do you want to put your news reading skills to the test? Find out how much you know about this past week’s news by taking the weekly quiz below! Happy practicing and good luck!

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Weekly Questions: August 31st – September 6th

Written by Shreya Joshi and Steve Asthana. Happy practicing!

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Extemp and Speech in a Small Community: the Struggles and How to Overcome Them

In this article, Cailin Friary takes a deep dive into the realities of speech and debate in small communities without strong debate infrastructures and ways to get involved and improve whether you are a small or big school competitor.

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How to Talk About Elections (Responsibly)

Bradley Wascher is a professional elections analyst and an alum of extemp speaking, where he competed for 6 years. He was gracious enough to lend his time & write up an article for the Extemper’s Bible, where he combines his unique political insights and years of experience in extemp to provide stellar electoral analysis.

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How to Answer “How” Questions

Questions calling for extempers to prescribe a feasible solution to one of the world’s many problems are unavoidable for the average speaker. While the difficulty of these questions vary, Daniel Kind helps outline some easy-to-follow guidelines for how you can best approach and answer these questions.

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Weekly Quiz: August 17th – August August 23rd

How much have you kept up with this past week’s news? Take the quiz to find out! Answers are provided at the very bottom of this article. Apologies if the questions may take a few seconds to load!

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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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Interview with the USX NSDA National Champion Jimmy Gao

Jimmy Gao competed for Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and graduated in 2020. Alongside winning several national circuit tournaments like Yale & UPenn this past year, Jimmy is also the 2020 NSDA USX national champion & President’s Bowl winner. Gao is currently a rising freshman at Duke University, and graciously agreed to […]

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A Thank You

Just a thank you to everyone who has made this website possible.