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Ten Questions: GM job cuts, Xbox 360 launch

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(CNN Student News) -- November 22, 2005

Answer the following questions about today's featured news stories. Write your answers in the space provided.

1. In an announcement Monday, approximately how many jobs did auto manufacturer General Motors (GM) say it planned to cut in North America? What do you think is the significance of this announcement?

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2. According to the report, what factors does GM blame for its financial problems?

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3. How does University of Maryland business professor Peter Morici counter GM's claims? What evidence does he use to support his argument?

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4. What kind of bacteria, which is sometimes found in turkeys, can lead to severe food poisoning if the meat is not properly handled?

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5. To avoid getting sick, how do experts recommend handling and cooking a turkey? According to the report, what color should poultry meat be before you eat it?

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6. How might you apply what you learned in this report to your own Thanksgiving meal?

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7. According to the report, how many consumer electronic gadgets does the average household have? What examples of these technologies are mentioned in the report? Which of these items, if any, do you use on a daily basis?

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8. What different types of digital media does the Xbox 360 reportedly integrate? What potential services could the Xbox 360 offer in the future?

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9. To what extent, if any, do you think that this Microsoft product responds to a societal need? Explain.

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10. Do you think that innovations in consumer electronics have led to a better quality of life? Why or why not?

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