Practicing Presidents

At some point in Presidents preparation, actual tournament questions in 6-4-2 point format should be used to give players an idea of how the competition will proceed. However, each question can take several minutes to complete in this format. You can review more information in less time by stating a range, giving several facts about a president, and asking for an answer, either written by each player or called out by someone in the group. This is a particularly good approach in the last practice before the tournament.

When you read three-clue questions, as in a tournament, comment on each question after the answer is revealed. For example, point out that the 6-point clue might have allowed some elimination of presidents in the range. Or that one of the facts might have pointed toward a Republican (or a Democrat). Or that the mention of a certain invention should have narrowed their thinking to the earlier part of the range.

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