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(CNN Student News) -- May 26, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Why do you think that ceremonies involving heads of state are often broadcast?

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Gulf Oil Spill

What U.S. federal department oversees oil drilling? According to the program, what actions were reportedly taken by members of that department? How has the Interior secretary reacted to this situation?

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How do you think that these actions will be perceived by the public in light of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? How do you think that the federal government should react to these findings?

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What is the "top kill" process? According to the report, what are some of the challenges facing BP in using the top kill? What do you think are the implications for BP if the top kill either does or does not work? Explain.

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Queen's Speech

What ceremony did Queen Elizabeth II participate in yesterday? What are some of the traditions surrounding this ceremony?

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What do you think is the purpose of the traditions seen in the report? Why do you think that these traditions have survived for hundreds of years?

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Why do you think that the Queen's Speech is written by the government, but given by Britain's monarch?

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Value Over Prestige?

What are some of Liam Coffey's accomplishments, as mentioned in the segment? What are some of the colleges and universities that he applied to? Which one did he decide to attend?

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According to Coffey, why did he choose The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)? What comparison does he make between TCNJ's tuition and Boston College's?

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What criteria would you use to select a college or university? What role might financial considerations play in your decision, if any?

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