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Tong USH Debate

What is a resolution? A statement beginning with “Resolved” that gives the specific topic of the debate
What is the Affirmative? The side of the debate that supports or upholds the resolution
What is the Negative? The side of the debate that opposed the resolution
What is a constructive? A speech of statements (with evidence and reasoning) that supports the speaker's side
What is a cross-examination? A short questioning period where one side can question the other on the constructive speech
What is a rebuttal? Final speech in a debate where the speaker restates the position and summarizes the arguments
What is a policy debate? A research-based debate on government practice and protocol, usually on a international or domestic policy
What is a Lincoln-Douglas debate? A debate over values
What is a SpAr debate? A debate over “easy” topics to practice debate speeches and skills
Which phrases are the worst way to begin a cross-examination? “Isn’t it true that...” and “Wouldn’t you agree that…”
In a negative rebuttal, what must the speaker do? Restate BOTH the affirmative and negative side, summarize the arguments of both sides, and persuade the judges to the negative point of view.
Created by: mrscindytong