CAD Impromptu Topics

 

SET 1 

  1. If someone gave you a million dollars to write and publish a book, what would it be about.
     

  2. A movie theater chain is expected to begin demand-based pricing by raising ticket prices for hit movies and lowering them for flops. Explain why you agree or disagree with this approach.
     

  3. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

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  1. If you could pay someone to do any task for you that you dislike, what task would it be and why?

 

  1. A cell phone is always the 3rd person in the room in any relationship. What do you think this means, and why is it significant?

 

  1. Robots are being created to do all sorts of things. What role do you think robots will serve in the future?

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  1. There are over 450 retouching apps, where users can retouch the way that they look.  Why do you think there are so many of these apps, and do you think the younger generation is obsessed with them?  Explain.

 

  1. If you had the ability to take a year off and volunteer anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

 

  1. We need to care less about whether children are academically gifted, and more about whether they sit with the lonely kid in the cafeteria. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

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  1. Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

 

  1. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Give an example of a time you made a choice you knew in your heart to be right.

 

  1. The average U.S. person is exposed to between 500 to 1,000 advertisements in a single day. How do you think our exposure to so many advertisements shape our behaviors and actions?

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  1. Choose three colors that describe you best. Explain why these colors represent you.

 

  1. Educators who work with children are questioning whether a child should really have a best friend. Explain why a child should have a one-on-one friendship or a big group of friends.

 

  1. Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years old, is the oldest person ever to have lived. What do you think is the key to living longer?

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  1. Name three things in nature you find the most beautiful. Explain why.

 

  1. What is the last book that you read for pleasure and what was it about?  What inspired you about the story?

 

  1. “Rent-a-Mom” is a service where a mom offers her advice and encouragement for $50/hour. If you were to create a new rental business called “Rent-a- _________,” what would this be?

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  1. What lines of poetry or song lyrics most speak to you?  Explain why.

 

  1. “Mistakes are sometimes the best memories.” Explain how you can relate to this quote from your own experiences.

 

  1. Many people want to keep the penny because they feared they would end up paying more for products. Do you think the U.S. should get rid of the penny? Explain why or why not.

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  1. Robots are becoming more commonplace in the world, as we have robots who can mow the lawn, vacuum, and even tell jokes. If you could have a robot provide a function in your life, what would it be and why?

 

  1. Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

 

  1. If you won the lottery, what would you spend your winnings on and why?

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  1. Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Discuss one of your best habits and explain how it helps make a positive difference in your life today.

 

  1. Many employers allow employees 1-3 personal days off of work. Do you think high schools should give students a mental health day option when they need it?  Explain your position.

 

  1. If you could eliminate one issue that teens face today, which one would you choose and why?

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  1. Unless we are willing to encourage children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it. Do you think kids/teens are disconnected from nature? Explain your position.

 

  1. Continual learning and service are two components that are fundamental to enjoying life and feeling good about yourself. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

 

  1. Music is the emotional life of most people.  Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

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  1. Do you think  academic achievement should be a primary consideration for college admission?  Explain your position.

 

  1. Describe a situation when you felt empowered as a citizen. Explain what you did and how it empowered you.

 

  1. They say half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.  Would you prefer to live within 50 miles of your birthplace in the future? Explain your position.

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  1. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily. What do you use to motivate yourself daily and why?

 

  1. A parent took his children’s non-winning participation awards away because they feel they need to “Earn a real award.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this position.

 

  1. “When health is absent, Wisdom cannot reveal itself, Art cannot manifest, Strength cannot fight, Wealth becomes useless, and Intelligence cannot be applied.” What do you do to stay physically and mentally healthy in your life?

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  1. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

 

  1. It makes no sense to wake teenagers up in very early hours when they are still predisposed to being asleep. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

 

  1. Some elementary schools in the U.S. have stopped giving students traditional homework so that kids can spend more time with their families. Explain why or why you don’t believe in this idea.

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  1. “Don’t worry about knowing people; just make yourself worth knowing.” How do you make yourself worth knowing around your school or neighborhood community?

 

  1. If you could be a fly on a wall for a day, whose wall would you choose and why?

 

  1. If you had the ability to add one cool function/capability to cell phones what it be? Explain.

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  1. “Smart is not something you are, it is something you get.” Do you think people can “get” smart if they try hard enough? Explain your position.

 

  1. Do you think it makes a difference if high school students protest the election outcome? Explain your position.

 

  1. Describe the best museum you have ever visited.

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  1. In your lifetime, who do you feel has influenced the course of history the most?  Explain your choice with details.

 

  1. What is the difference, if any, between “independence” in 1776 and “independence” in 2021?

 

  1. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” How would you answer this question in your life today?

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  1. A student was in the news for starting college at age 11, earned a B.S. Degree at age 14. Do you think young students should be able to skip grades and graduate early?  Explain your position.

 

  1. “You’re elevated by others who believe in you.” Describe the someone in your life that most elevates you and explain how.

 

  1. If you had to choose two components that are fundamental to enjoying your life and feeling good about yourself, which would you choose?  Explain why.

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  1. If you had the ability to clone yourself, would you do it? Why or why not?

 

  1. The U.S. has the highest prison rates in the world, with 724 people per 100,000 incarcerated. Why do you think this is the case and what should be done about it, if anything? Explain your position.

 

  1. If you could change one thing about being a teenager right now, what would it be and why?

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  1. There is nothing to fear, except fear itself. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

 

  1. If you could require everyone to do just one thing to help the environment, what one thing would you choose?  Explain why.

 

  1. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads only lives one. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

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  1. Describe the most impressive thing you know how to do.

 

  1. It was reported that only 5% of adolescents in the U.S. are meeting the national recommendations for sleep and exercise.  Discuss your thoughts on this report and explain what you think teens and their parents could do to improve this statistic.

 

  1. We are in the Age of Authenticity, where “be yourself” is the defining advice in life, love and career. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

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  1. There should be a total 10 minutes of homework per grade level, per night. So, a 10th grader should have no more than 100 minutes of homework per night. Explain why you agree or disagree with this recommendation.

 

  1. If you were invited to make a how-to video that is less than two minutes long, what would you choose to teach? Explain why.

 

  1. If you could build the world’s grandest playground, what would be in it? Explain with details.

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  1. If you could eliminate or shorten one month of the calendar year, which one would you choose? Explain why.

 

  1. The first American flag design was adopted by Congress over 225 years ago and has been updated 27 times since. If you were asked to update the American flag today, what changes would you make and why?

 

  1. If you could bring back one clothing style from a different era and make it fashionable again, which style would it be and why?

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  1. What is your most valued, prized material possession? Under what circumstances would you gladly give it away?

 

  1. A study found that students perform better when laptops and tablets are banned from the classroom.  Explain why you think technology is helpful or harmful to the learning environment.

 

  1. If you could choose one person to be the next President of the United States, who would you choose and why?

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  1. If you could move to any other country in the world, where would you move to and why?

 

  1. What mythical creature would you choose for a pet and why?

 

  1. A 90 year old celebrated their birthday by going sky diving. What is the one adventurous thing you would like to do to celebrate one of your milestone birthdays?

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  1. You have the ability to sculpt a beautiful statue.  Who would be your subject and where would the finished product be displayed?

 

  1. If all social media were to disappear completely, what do you think the repercussions would be?  Explain how this would affect your relationships?

 

  1. History is a vast early warning system. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

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  1. “Sit With Us” is an app where students can designate themselves as ambassadors and post an “open lunch” event at school.  Anyone can look on the app and join the table for lunch, without fear of rejection. What do you think of this app? Explain your position.

 

  1. If you could always win at everything, would you choose it or do you think there is something to be learned from losing?

 

  1. What is the closest thing to a good-luck charm that you have had in your life? Explain why this is significant to you.

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  1. What is your favorite part of your home? Explain why.

 

  1. If you oversaw the budget, what would your priority be: underwater research or space research? Explain your position.

 

  1. Describe a piece of art on your bedroom wall.

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  1. If you could choose one celebrity to be the next President of the United States, who would you choose and why?

 

  1. If you could move to any other country in the world, where would you move to and why?

 

  1. We are in the Age of Authenticity, where “be yourself” is the defining advice in life, love and career. What does this advice “be yourself” mean to you?  Explain your position.

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  1. According to TopHat.com, 59% of students report being bored in class. Explain your thoughts on this statistic and discuss what teachers can do to make the classroom more exciting.

 

  1. In August 2018, Aaron Rodgers became the highest paid quarterback in the world earning him $103 million through 2023. What do you think about professional athletes’ salaries? Explain your position.

 

  1. If Mars became habitable and you had a chance to live there, would you? Explain your position.

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  1. What does the word “empathy” mean to you?   Describe a personal situation you have experienced with empathy.

 

  1. If you had the ability to control how you were graded in school, would you change anything? If no, why not? If yes, what would the new grading look like?

 

  1. Describe a time when you tried to grow something.

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  1. “Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them. Your smile, your hope and your courage.” Describe the most important thing that a good friend helped you find in your life.

 

  1. Describe three things you want the world to know about what it is like to be a teenager during the pandemic.

 

  1. In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. If you had to sum up what you learned in three words, what would you say? Explain why.

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  1. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure—which is: Try to please everybody. Describe a personal situation when you could relate to this statement.

 

  1. If you could be someone’s shadow for a day, who would you choose?  Explain why.

 

  1. If you were to take a “flight to nowhere,” which city would you want to virtually tour? Explain why.

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  1. The best way to get even is to forget. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  Explain your opinion.

 

  1. Share a moment in your life you wish you could freeze and preserve.

 

  1. Many articles tout the benefits of attending a community college before going to a 4-year university, yet so many students still choose to go directly from high school to a 4-year school. Why do you think this is? Do you think community college is a valid option? Why or why not?

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  1. Do you think there is a difference between reading a digital textbook and a paper one? Explain which you prefer and explain why.

 

  1. Hormel is giving away bacon-scented face masks.  If you were to create a scented face mask, what scent would you add to your product?  Explain why.

 

  1. A psychologist once said, “Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that is the one that is going to help you grow.” What is a choice you have made in your life that scared you, but made you grow as a person?

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  1. Which subject do you think prepares you most for life after high school? Why?

 

  1. Describe what you think friendship looks like for teenagers in 2021.

 

  1. We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity. How do you think this applies to our current leaders in the U.S.?

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  1. What professional sports team were you most excited about in the past year?  Explain why.

 

  1. I do not know how to explain to you that you should care for other people. Do you think Americans in general care for other people or care more for themselves? Why or why not?

 

  1. A day without laughter is a day wasted. How would you complete this statement below? Explain why.  A day without ____________is a day wasted.

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  1. Describe an object you own that has been passed through the generations in your family. Explain why this is important to you.

 

  1. Musician BB King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”  Explain what this quote means to you with a personal example.

 

  1. If someone gave you a million dollars to write and publish a book, what would it be about?