Cross examinations, also known as questioning periods, occur after each constructive speech. The person on the other team who does not speak next asks the questions.
C-X of 1AC – Done by 2NC, 1NC uses time to prepare speech
C-X of 1NC – Done by 1AC, 2AC uses time to prepare speech
C-X of 2AC – Done by 1NC, 2NC uses time to prepares speech
C-X of 2NC – Done by 2AC, 1AR uses time to prepare speech
Types of Questions to Ask
There are a few basic types of questions that can be asked.
Clarification. Clarification questions ask the speaker to explain arguments that were just made. Generally, you want to avoid these type of questions because they just give the speaker more time to explain his or her arguments, but since it is impossible to answer an argument you do not understand, you should ask your opponent to explain an argument if you don’t understand it. Similarly, if you miss an argument during a speech (y ou hear an argument but you don’t get it written down), you should use your time to ask what the argument was.
Attack. Attack-style questions work to expose weaknesses in the arguments made by the other side. You may, for example, attack the link to a disadvantage, the strength of evidence used to support a claim (a common line of questioning), and the consistency of arguments. It is important that once you identify weaknesses in arguments in the C-X that you or your partner