First, laminate the following cards so that you don't have to do them for each class; OR print enough for all the classes you teach. Cut them apart and hand them one to each student as a test of their knowledge of life today based on history of yesteryear. There is everything from Governor to State Senator to U.S. Representative to Judge to Sheriff to Aldermen and more.
Have students write a ONE PARAGRAPH (5-8 sentences, in ink) answer to the card they are given. Tell them that there is no right answer so you are only grading on the fact that they can and did explain an answer to the question posed to the best of their ability and why.
Over the years I have told my students that history is full of How About Now/Today questions and no one will have the real right answers. But I love these types of questions because it makes my students 'THINK' when, who, which, what, why, and how - which is just what I love about teaching.
I have also included a set of four blank cards if you need them for your on "How About Now?"