The question on the classmates' debate sucks. I wouldn't think the prof. would be allowed to ask a question like that since it definitely gave those involved an advantage over other students. I mean, yeah, everyone is supposed to be paying attention to what is going on in class but how many people actually take notes on a discussion like that between students, or think of something like that when preparing for a final. It was nice you got to choose between different essay questions though. I wish our torts final allowed that.