Debate Basics Quiz

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Are you ready to test your knowledge with this debate basics quiz that we have created especially for you to test and evaluate yourself? Debate is an essential part of learning and expanding your knowledge. However, the debate is not just about talking and listening. But there is so much more to it. Do you understand the basics of debate? Well, we are soon to find it out as you take this quiz. Let's go!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The definition of debate is:

    • A.

      An argument with your friends

    • B.

      An organized public argument on a specific topic

    • C.

      A public argument on many topics

    • D.

      Apple of my eye

    Correct Answer
    B. An organized public argument on a specific topic
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "an organized public argument on a specific topic." This definition accurately describes a debate as a formal and structured discussion where individuals present arguments and counterarguments on a particular subject. It emphasizes the public nature of the debate and the focus on a specific topic, distinguishing it from casual arguments with friends or broad discussions on multiple topics. The option "apple of my eye" is unrelated and does not fit the definition of debate.

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  • 2. 

    The debate is done in front of an audience.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because it states that the debate is done in front of an audience. This implies that there are people present to witness and participate in the debate. The presence of an audience is common in debates as it allows for a wider dissemination of information and opinions, and adds an element of accountability and pressure for the debaters.

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  • 3. 

    Debating is like a trial. (what lawyers do)

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Debating is often compared to a trial because both involve presenting arguments and evidence to support a particular position. In a trial, lawyers present their case to convince the judge or jury of their client's innocence or guilt. Similarly, in a debate, participants present their arguments and counterarguments to persuade the audience or judges of the validity of their viewpoint. Both activities require critical thinking, persuasive communication skills, and the ability to analyze and refute opposing arguments. Therefore, the statement that "Debating is like a trial" is true.

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  • 4. 

    A good debate topic only has one correct side.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A good debate topic does not have only one correct side. In a debate, multiple perspectives and arguments are presented in order to explore different viewpoints and reach a more comprehensive understanding of the topic. A good debate topic encourages critical thinking, analysis, and the exploration of various perspectives, allowing participants to consider different sides of the argument. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that a good debate topic only has one correct side.

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  • 5. 

    "Tables" is a good debate topic.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Tables is a good debate topic" is subjective and cannot be proven as true or false. The suitability of a debate topic varies from person to person, and what may be a good debate topic for one individual may not be the same for another. Therefore, the answer is false as it is not possible to universally determine whether "Tables" is a good debate topic or not.

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  • 6. 

    In the debate, which side uses evidence to support their argument?

    • A.

      The pro (yes) side

    • B.

      The con (no) side

    • C.

      Both sides use evidence.

    • D.

      Neither side uses evidence.

    Correct Answer
    C. Both sides use evidence.
    Explanation
    Both sides use evidence because in a debate, both the pro and con sides present arguments and try to convince the audience by providing evidence to support their claims. It is important for both sides to back up their arguments with facts, statistics, research, and examples to make their case stronger and more convincing. This allows for a well-rounded and informed discussion where each side can present their evidence and counter-arguments, leading to a more balanced and comprehensive understanding of the topic.

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  • 7. 

    The debate is a lot like "1 Minute Club" because you don't have time to prepare what you will say before you speak.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that in a debate, like in the "1 Minute Club," there is no time to prepare what you will say before speaking. However, this is not true. In a debate, participants are given time to prepare their arguments and gather evidence before presenting them. Unlike the "1 Minute Club," where participants have to speak spontaneously without any prior preparation, debates require careful planning and research. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 8. 

    A debate team usually has _______ students.

    • A.

      3-5

    • B.

      1

    • C.

      9

    • D.

      2

    Correct Answer
    A. 3-5
    Explanation
    A debate team usually has 3-5 students because this allows for a diverse range of perspectives and ensures that there are enough members to form opposing sides in a debate. With a team of 3-5 students, there is a balance between having enough members to participate in debates and not having too many members that it becomes difficult to manage and coordinate. This number also allows for effective teamwork and collaboration among team members.

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  • 9. 

    In the debate, it is ok to yell at the other team and make fun of them when they are speaking.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In a debate, it is not appropriate to yell at the other team or make fun of them when they are speaking. Debates are meant to be respectful and civil exchanges of ideas, where participants present logical arguments and evidence to support their position. Yelling or mocking the other team's arguments undermines the purpose of a debate, which is to promote understanding and critical thinking. It is important to maintain a respectful and professional tone during a debate to foster productive discussion and mutual respect among participants.

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  • 10. 

    The pro side of a debate argues.

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The pro side of a debate argues in favor of a particular position or viewpoint. They present arguments and evidence to support their stance and persuade others to agree with them. The answer "yes" indicates that the pro side is indeed involved in arguing their case and presenting their points.

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  • 11. 

    To be a great debater, it is important to __________

    • A.

      Speak clearly, loudly, and with good emphasis

    • B.

      Think about what the other team will say against your argument

    • C.

      Learn a lot about your topic by researching it

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    To be a great debater, it is important to speak clearly, loudly, and with good emphasis. This is necessary to effectively convey your arguments and engage the audience. Additionally, thinking about what the other team will say against your argument allows you to anticipate counterarguments and prepare stronger rebuttals. Lastly, learning a lot about your topic by researching it enables you to have a deep understanding of the subject matter, which enhances your credibility and strengthens your arguments. Therefore, all of the above options are crucial for becoming a great debater.

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