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(CNN Student News) -- April 20, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What criteria would you use to determine whether a news story is appropriate for your peers? Explain.

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Toyota To Pay Fine

According to the report: Why was Toyota fined $16.4 million recently? How has the automaker responded to this fine?

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Why do you think that Toyota agreed to pay the fine rather than appeal it? What impact, if any, do you think that this action might have on Toyota? Explain.

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Do you think that the news media will continue to cover this story after Toyota pays the fine? Why or why not?

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Wall Street Reform

According to the program: What legislative proposal is at the center of controversy regarding financial reform? What statements have Senate Democrats and Republicans made regarding this proposal? With which of these statements, if either, do you agree? Explain.

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What factors typically influence your opinions about proposed legislation? What resources do you think that you could use to learn more about this proposal for Wall Street reform?

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Fighting Deflation

What is deflation? According to the report: How has chef Shouichi Fujimaki responded to deflation in Japan? How is this different than the strategy taken by the other ramen noodle restaurant mentioned in the report? What rationale is given in the report for each restaurant's economic strategy?

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In your opinion, what impact might lowering prices and raising prices each have on a struggling economy? Which strategy do you think works better during a recession? Explain your rationale.

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Would you want to order Fujimaki's soup? Why or why not?

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