Pageant Questions: “Who Is…?”, “What is…?”
As a pageant contestant, you should be prepared for “Who is…?” and “What is…?” interview questions. These types of questions are intended to determine how well informed you are about current event, politics and popular culture. Who is…? and “What is…?” questions give you an opportunity to show judges that you understand people and places in the news.
- What is America’s greatest quality?
- What is the most precious gift you have given someone?
- What is the most important thing in your life and why?
- What is the best advice you have ever been given?
- What is the quality or feature you would most like to change about yourself?
- What is a “lady”?
- What is “class”? Do you have it?
- What is the difference between a “woman” and a “lady”?
- What is the most important thing in your life?
- What magazine cover could you see yourself on?
- What do you value most in a relationship?
- What is more important…to be liked or to be respected?
- What is the Duke of Edinborough Award? (Applies to Miss America and MAOT programs)
- What is something you have done that you would never do again?
- What is “affirmative action”?
- What is euthanasia?
- Who is Bernie Sanders?
- Who is Nancy Pelosi?
- Who is Vladimir Putin? What Do you think of him?
- Who is Dr. Ben Carson?
- The Vice President of the United States?
Advanced “Who Is? and “What Is?” Questions
- Who is Janet Yellen?
- What is ISIS / ISIL / IS?
- What is Boku Haram?
- What is the Muslim Brotherhood?
- What is Hezbollah?
- What is a “dirty bomb”?
- What is “the Cloud”? or…”Where is “the Cloud”?
- Who is the Secretary of State?
- Who is the Attorney General?
- What is coke? (Careful: whether “soda” or “drug” comes to mind first shows where your mind goes.)
- Who is James Foley? (American journalist kidnapped and beheaded by ISIS)
- Who is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and why is he noteworthy?
- (If you are an education major) Who is the Secretary of Education?
- (If you have a major or career related to energy) Who is the Secretary of Energy?
- (If your platform or major involves the environment, air, water or land) Who is the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama?
- Who is the Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Obama?
- (If your major or platform relates to homeland security or terrorism) Who is the Secretary of Homeland Security?
- (If your major or platform involves construction, real estate, city housing or homelessness) Who is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?
- (If your major or platform involves worker’s rights, labor unions) Who is the Secretary of Labor?
- (If your major or platform involves natural resources or the environment) Who is the Secretary of the Interior?
- (If your major or platform involves national security or the military) Who is the Secretary of Defense?
- (If you come from a state known for farming) Who is the Secretary of Agriculture?
- (If you are a business major) Who is the Secretary of Commerce?
- If you are majoring in anything related to Math, Science, Engineering or Computers…What is “STEM”? (Acronym for important movement to increase girls’ interest in Science-Technology-Engineering-Math).
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