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(CNN Student News) -- February 24, 2009

1. How much did the Dow Jones Industrial Average drop yesterday? When was the last time that the Dow was at that level? To what do some experts attribute the Dow's drop?

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2. How will the first funds from the U.S. economic stimulus package be used? According to President Barack Obama, how will these funds benefit some Americans?

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3. Why are some governors planning to refuse some of the federal stimulus money? If you were advising President Obama, how would you suggest that he respond to these governors?

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4. What is Mardi Gras?

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5. According to the report, approximately how many people turned out for Mardi Gras season in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hit the city? What opinions are expressed in the report about this year's expected turnout?

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6. Do you or your family take part in any traditional celebrations like Mardi Gras? If so, do you think that economic concerns might impact your participation in the event? Why or why not?

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7. Who were some of the African-Americans who spied for the North during the Civil War, as discussed in the segment?

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8. According to the report, what were some of the factors that allowed slaves to be successful as spies?

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9. What do you think might have been some of the reasons that some African-Americans spied for the North during the Civil War? What do you think might have been some of the risks and challenges that these individuals faced?

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10. Can you think of other groups of African-American who contributed to U.S. history? If so, what were their accomplishments?

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