Socratic Methods/questions to classify

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Read over this list of questions and classify each as being: 1) matters of fact, 2) matters of preference, or 3) matters of controversy, suitable for study using the Socratic Method.

  1. Are alien abductions real?
  2. Are bats mammals?
  3. Are corporations people?
  4. Are tomatoes fruits?
  5. Are we alone in the universe?
  6. Did Oswald act alone?
  7. Do copyright laws increase creativity?
  8. Do events happen in groups of three?
  9. Do patent laws increase innovation?
  10. Does contraception prevent abortion?
  11. Does vaccination improve public health?
  12. From what country does the US import most of its oil?
  13. Ginger or Marianne?
  14. How does a fact differ, if at all, from an opinion?
  15. How many days are in a week?
  16. How many died in automobile accidents last year in this country?
  17. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
  18. How many people were killed in shark attacks last year?
  19. How many people, worldwide, are Christians?
  20. How many pints are in a quart?
  21. How many seconds are in an hour?
  22. How many times does the word “Freedom” appear in the US constitution?
  23. How many units are in a dozen?
  24. How old is the earth?
  25. How old is the universe?
  26. In what year did the earth’s population reach seven billion people?
  27. In what year did the earth’s population reach six billion people?
  28. In what year did the world population first reach one billion people?
  29. Is astrology accurate?
  30. Is generosity a virtue?
  31. Is homeopathy effective?
  32. Is homosexuality a sinful choice?
  33. Is mercy a virtue?
  34. Is Santa Claus real?
  35. Is the Easter Bunny real?
  36. Is the government hiding information on UFOs?
  37. Is the number thirteen unlucky?
  38. Many years after an acorn is planted it grows to become a huge oak tree. Where does most of the dry mass of that tree come from?
  39. Shaken or stirred?
  40. What are the five most important issues facing the American people?
  41. What are the top five causes of death in the United States?
  42. What are the top five causes of death worldwide?
  43. What caused the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001?
  44. What city is the capital of France?
  45. What establishes the basis for private ownership of land?
  46. What fraction of the US federal budget is the defense budget?
  47. What is civility?
  48. What is compassion?
  49. What is courage?
  50. What is fairness?
  51. What is fidelity?
  52. What is generosity?
  53. What is justice?
  54. What is mercy?
  55. What is temperance?
  56. What is the best book ever?
  57. What is the best movie ever?
  58. What is the best song ever?
  59. What is the combat history of the F-22 Raptor?
  60. What is the cost of the F-22 Raptor program?
  61. What is the military role of the F-22 Raptor?
  62. What is virtue?
  63. What is wisdom?
  64. What is your favorite color?
  65. What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
  66. What, if anything, establishes a fact?
  67. What, if anything, happens after death?
  68. When did life begin on earth?
  69. When did the first humans begin life on earth?
  70. Where did the first humans begin life on earth?
  71. Where does the US education system rank among countries in the developing world?
  72. Which of the ten amendments in the bill of rights is the most important?
  73. Who is the best artist?
  74. Who is the best composer?
  75. Who is the best musician?
  76. Who is the one true prophet?
  77. Who is the wisest person who ever lived?
  78. Why is generosity a virtue?