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(CNN Student News) -- November 5, 2008

1. What was the outcome of yesterday's U.S. presidential election?

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2. What are your thoughts about this year's election? How do you think that the outcome of this election might affect your community, the country and the world during the next four years?

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3. Why was the 2008 presidential race historically significant? Do you think that the events of this year's election will affect future elections? If so, how? If not, why not?

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4. What challenges do you think may lie ahead for the new president when he assumes office on January 20, 2009?

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5. What two chambers comprise the U.S. Congress? Why is the political composition of the House and the Senate significant? How many House and Senate seats were up for grabs in yesterday's election? What information is known about the results of these contests?

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6. What do you think that the term "balance of power" means? What do you think might be some of the pros and cons of the same political party controlling the U.S. presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives?

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7. If you are old enough, did you vote in yesterday's election? Why or why not? What factors influenced your decisions?

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8. Based on your experience at the polls or from what you've gleaned from media reports, what are your observations of the voting process? Do you think that it is fair? Why or why not?

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9. Did you watch any political coverage last night? If so, what were your impressions of Election Day and the media's coverage of it?

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10. What were the results of the political races in your district and state? Were there local measures being considered in your state? If so, what were they and how did they fare? What impact, if any, do you think that the results of these political races and local measures might have on you and your community? State your rationale.

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