Some of these topics can be altered slightly. Remember the topic restrictions I have given you before altering any of these questions, and be sure you are arguing a position, not merely informing your audience about a problem or solution.
1.Discuss the influence that advertising has had on your life or the lives of your friends. 2.If you were asked to make a fair evaluation of your teachers, what criteria would you use for the evaluation? Discuss. 3.What influence should students have in the determination of college policies? Explain. 4.Do college students benefit from participation in extracurricular activities? Explain. 5.Is too much emphasis placed on grades in our educational system? Explain. 6.Each year, many teenagers run away from home. What do you think are the chief causes? 7.Should every able-bodied citizen be required to serve for a certain period of time in some branch of the military service? Why or why not? 8.Has the automobile been harmful to our society? Discuss. 9."Television has made America a nation of watchers, not doers." Agree or disagree. 10.Do you think that you receive your money's worth for your student activity fees? Why or why not? 11.Are spectator sports overemphasized in this country today? Discuss. 12.Discuss the most important characteristics an elected official should have. 13.Was giving eighteen-year-old the right to vote a mistake? Discuss. 14.Discuss some practical ways in which each of us can help to conserve natural resources. 15.What steps need to be taken in order to reduce crime? Explain. 16.Do you believe that violence in television programs leads to violence in our society? Explain. 17.How has the women's movement affected relationships between men and women? Discuss. 18.Which do you think has a greater effect on a person -- heredity or environment? Explain. 19.Discuss what could be done to increase the public's respect for police officers. 20.In your opinion, what invention or discovery has brought about the most far-reaching and lasting changes in our civilization? Explain. 21.Should government-owned wilderness areas be preserved? Discuss why or why not. 22.Is it beneficial for a high school graduate to work full-time for a year before entering college? Why or why not? 23.Should the U.S. government subsidize our Olympic teams? Why or why not? 24.Should court proceedings be televised? Explain why or why not. 25.Should government employees such as police officers and fire fighters have the right to strike? Discuss. 26.Should prostitution be legalized? Discuss.
27.How should public high schools deal with students considered to be constant troublemakers? Discuss. 28.Some states now permit single men and women to adopt children. Do you favor such a policy? Explain why or why not. 29.Should college students be required to attend classes? Discuss. 30.Recent elections have been characterized by small turnouts of eligible voters. Some democracies -- Australia, for example -- require their citizens to vote. Explain why such a policy should or should not be adopted in the United States. 31.Should women in the military services be assigned combat duties? Discuss. 32.Attack or defend the practice of advertising by doctors and lawyers. 33.We now have more people over 65 than at any other time. What are the major effects of this increased proportion of older people? Discuss. 34.Should victims of crime be compensated? Explain.
35.Do you favor decreased spending for ________? Why or why not? (fill in the blank with a specific topic such as national defense, NASA, developmental money sent to other countries, etc) 36.Should the United States severely restrict the import of foreign cars for sale in the United States? Discuss. 37."In spite of advances in scientific knowledge, people are still superstitious." Agree or disagree. 38.People complain about the poor quality of TV shows in...