Argumentative Paper Questions

1. Is global climate change man-made?
2. Is the death penalty effective?
3. Is our election process fair?
4. Do colleges put too much stock in standardized test scores?
5. Is torture ever acceptable?
6. Should men get paternity leave from work?
7. Is a lottery a good idea?
8. Do we have a fair taxation system?
9. Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?
10. Is cheating out of control?
11. Are we too dependent on computers?
12. Are parents clueless about child predators on the Internet?
13. Should animals be used for research?
14. Should cigarette smoking be banned?
15. Are cell phones dangerous?
16. Are law enforcement cameras an invasion of privacy?
17. Are test scores a good indication of a school’s competency?
18. Do we have a throw-away society?
19. Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?
20. Should companies market to children?
21. Should the government have a say in our diets?
22. Does access to condoms prevent teen pregnancy?
23. Does access to condoms irresponsible, dangerous, or bad behavior?
24. Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?
25. Are CEO’s paid too much?
26. Do violent video games cause behavior problems?
27. Should creationism be taught in public schools?
28. Are beauty pageants exploitive?
29. Should English be the official language in the United States?
30. Should the racing industry be forced to use biofuels?
31. When should parents let teens make their own decisions?
33. Should the military be allowed to recruit at high schools?
34. Should the alcoholic drinking age be increased or decreased?
35. Does age matter in relationships?
36. What age is appropriate for dating?
37. Should gay couples be able to marry?
38. Are there benefits to attending a single-sex school?
39. Does boredom lead to trouble?
40. Does participation in sports keep teens out of trouble?
41. Is competition good?
42. Does religion cause war?
43. Should the government provide health care?
44. Should girls ask boys out?
45. Is fashion important?
46. Are girls too mean to each other?
47. Is homework harmful or helpful?
48. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?
49. Is the cost of college too high?
50. Is college admission too competitive?
1. Should pornography be restricted by law?
2. What is the impact of automation on American culture and lifestyles?
3. Should newspaper reporters be required to reveal their sources?
4. Should law or custom regarding American funeral practices be revised?
5. Should parents and other interested citizens censor textbooks and other literature for children in schools?
6. Where and how, if at all, should sex education be conducted?
7. Should the United States have mandatory military conscription? For whom?
8. Should laws regarding minimum wage (or the forty-hour work week) be revised?
9. Should mandatory (or voluntary) prayer be permitted in public schools?
10. Should the government provide child day care centers for working parents?
11. Should donors or their families be compensated for organ donations? How should people be selected to receive donor organs?
12. Should homosexuals be permitted to serve in the armed forces?
13. Should genetic engineering be controlled by law?
14. What impact on the family (or the workplace) have changes in gender roles had?
15. Have the large salaries of professional athletes had a negative impact on the athletes or the sports?
16. How should colleges manage their athletic programs in relation to their academic goals?
17. Do certain children's toys create social or emotional or other problems?
18. Should public servants (like school teachers, hospital workers, trash collectors) have the right to strike?
19. Should imports of foreign cars or other foreign products be limited or restricted by law?
20. Should academic freedom for teachers and students be limited by law?
21. Does society have an obligation to protect privacy as a basic individual right?
22. Should sex and violence on television or in the movies be restricted?
23. To what extent does the private life and private morality of a public figure affect his or her ability to serve the public interest?
24. Should divorce laws be changed in ways that will be more equitable or just for all the parties?
25. What restrictions should be placed on polygraph testing (or drug testing or personality testing such as Meyers-Brigg Type Indicator) either for the criminal justice system or for the workplace?
26. What place should "creationism" have in the public education system?
27. Should controversial speakers (on whatever subject) be allowed on college campuses?
28. What types of regulations of smoking in public places should the legal system impose?
29. Do "beauty" contests (Mr. America, Miss America, etc.) serve any purpose in society?
30. Should "victimless crimes" such as prostitution and other sexual activity between consenting adults be free from governmental interference?
31. Are American Indians being treated fairly in the 1990s?
32. What prevention techniques and/or penalties should be applied to child molestation and child abuse?
33. Does the American system of justice need reform to ensure that criminals are properly punished?
34. To what extent should individuals have the protection of the law and the assistance of the medical establishment in terminating their own lives?
35. What should be done to protect the rights of minorities (of all kinds) in America in the 1990s?
36. What techniques should the public schools use to strengthen literacy at all grade levels?
37. Should children be required to attend school past the age of sixteen?
38. Should a rating system be required for song lyrics?
39. To what extent should advertising aimed at children be regulated by law?
40. Should the courts require that contracts and other legal documents be written in nontechnical language so that clients can understand the documents?
41. Should English be declared the official language of the United States?
42. To what extent should bilingual education be offered in public schools?
43. What role should the federal government take in dealing with the problem of AIDS, homelessness, or other widespread social, medical, and economical problems (pick only one problem for a focus)?
44. Should surrogate motherhood be either banned or regulated be law?
45. Should adoption records be open rather than sealed?
46. Should unapproved drugs be made available as a last resort to patients with conditions for which conventional treatments are known to be ineffective?
47. Should tobacco companies be held responsible for smoking-related illnesses and deaths?
48. Should bartenders be held responsible for the behavior of their patrons?
49. Is rehabilitation of felony offenders possible? Desirable?
50. Should the federal government provide health care for all citizens who cannot afford their own?
51. Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?

Good Thesis Statements for Argumentative Papers
Adopted children should have access to birth records
Aggressive driving (road rage) could be reduced by anger management
Air bag restraint systems reduce traffic fatalities
Alcohol advertising promotes underage drinking
Alien labor and high technology job opportunities
Animal rights movement can prevent scientific advancement
Athletes are good role models
Bilingual education deserves support
Binge drinking and college students
Body decoration is not a health risk
Bullying causes school violence
Carrying concealed weapons prevents crime
Censoring the internet violates free speech
Charter schools should receive tax support
Children's Internet Protection Act is unconstitutional
Cloning is necessary for medical research
College athletes and professional sports recruitment
College students - alcohol use
Community notification laws violate sex offenders' rights ( Megan’s law)
Companion animals enhance the lives of disabled individuals
Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects intellectual property on the net
Domestic violence against men is a serious problem
Earth Liberation Front and ecoterroism should be stopped
Eating disorders are a widespread problem
Ecstasy (Drug) see MDMA (Drug)
Faith based initiatives should be funded by the government
Herbal medicine is a viable alternative to traditional medical treatment
Gender equity in sports is essential for female athletic programs to succeed
Genetic discrimination is necessary to keep corporate health costs down
Genetically altered food should have warning labels
Good Samaritan laws are necessary to protect citizens
Internet 2 (Internet product enhancements)
Iranian women are challenging Islamic fundamentalism
Irradiation can prevent food borne diseases
Israeli government sponsored aggression intensifies conflict
Juvenile boot camps are safe and effective
Juvenile criminals should be treated as adults
Legalizing drugs would increase addiction
Libraries should not regulate internet access
Mandatory sentencing is unfair and should be abolished
Medical marijuana should be decriminalized
NBA should recruit high school athletes
Palestinian terrorism intensifies conflict
Parental violence in youth sports should be controlled
Patients should be allowed to sue HMO's
Physicians should be legally permitted to assist in suicide
Prayer in the public schools should be encouraged
Prescription drugs cost too much
Race-based admissions in higher education are necessary
Racial profiling and police traffic stops is not a serious problem
Recycling sewage sludge into compost is a health hazard
Same-sex marriage should be legalized
Single sex education is beneficial to female students
Smart guns and gun locks will not decrease handgun violence
Stem cell research should be funded by the government
Student athletes should be tested for drugs
Suburban sprawl threatens America's wildlife
Taliban reforms are good for Afghanistan
Television violence causes societal violence
Therapeutic use of pets can help elderly patients
Tobacco advertising should be regulated
V-chip will not protect children from television violence
Vaccines are safe and effective
Violence in mass media increases negative behavior in children
Violence in motion pictures does not affect society
Violence in sports is a serious social problem
Women face discrimination in the workplace
Zero tolerance policies are effective in preventing school violence