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(CNN Student News) -- March 24, 2009

1. How would you define an asset? According to the report: How does an asset become toxic? What are the potential consequences for a financial institution that holds large amounts of toxic assets?

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2. According to the program: What action is the U.S. Treasury Department planning to take to help struggling banks? What does the Treasury Department hope to accomplish by taking this action? What criticisms have been made of the government's plan?

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3. What is your opinion of the government's plan to help struggling banks? Do you think that the potential benefits of the plan outweigh the concerns raised by some lawmakers? Explain your rationale.

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4. What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average? How did the Dow fare yesterday? According to some analysts, what might have caused the jump in the Dow?

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5. What volcano erupted in Alaska recently? When did it last erupt? What concerns have officials expressed regarding this eruption?

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6. What natural disaster are some residents of North Dakota facing? What preparations are being made in light of this potential disaster?

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7. What are some of the iconic American corporations mentioned in the program? According to the segment, how are these companies faring during the current U.S. recession?

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8. Can you think of other companies not mentioned in the report that might be considered American icons? If so, how are they faring during this recession? In your opinion, what factors might play a role in an iconic company's ability to weather tough economic times?

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9. According to the segment: What announcement has the Indian Premier League made regarding this year's cricket season? What reason has been given for this decision?

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10. What sporting events do you enjoy attending, if any? Would you still watch or attend these types of events if they were not held locally? Why or why not?

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