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Conversation Questions
Would you ever...?

  • Would you ever adopt a child? Would you ever give your child up for adoption?

  • Would you ever cheat on your husband/wife?

  • Would you ever consider being a criminal?

  • Would you ever consider being a farmer?

  • Would you ever consider getting plastic surgery?

  • Would you ever consider going bungee jumping? Would you ever consider going skydiving?

  • Would you ever defy your boss if he/she asked you to do something you didn't agree with?

  • Would you ever donate a kidney or another vital organ?

  • Would you ever donate blood?

  • Would you ever drive a car if you had forgotten your license at home?

  • Would you ever drive at night with only one headlight?

  • Would you ever drive your car with a flat tire?

  • Would you ever eat rat meat?

  • Would you ever eat rice with sugar?

  • Would you ever feed the animals at the zoo?

  • Would you ever get hair implants?

  • Would you ever give money to a charity?

  • Would you ever give money to a panhandler? (a beggar)

  • Would you ever go skinny dipping? (swim naked)

  • Would you ever lie to your children? ... to your husband/wife? ... your boyfriend/girlfriend?

  • Would you ever lie to help a friend?

  • Would you ever marry someone your parents didn't approve of?

  • Would you ever paint your living room black?

  • Would you ever pick up a hitchhiker?

  • Would you ever slap someone for something they said?

  • Would you ever smoke in a no smoking area?

  • Would you ever spank your child?

  • Would you ever steal from your family or friends?

  • Would you ever "take a bullet" for someone else?

  • Would you ever walk downtown without any shoes on your feet?

  • Would you ever walk home alone at night? ... in this country? ... in your own country?

  • Would you eat a live cricket for $500? If not, how much would it take?

  • Would you ever consider killing yourself?

  • Would you ever eat human flesh?

  • Would you ever resort to cannibalism if it were the only option left to stay alive?

  • Would you divorce your husband/wife if your favorite celebrity wanted to marry you?

  • Would you name your children after favorite characters in movies or books? Would you do so if the names were strange, as in science fiction movies or books?

  • Would you ever pull over and help someone on the side of the road? Do you think this could be dangerous to do?

  • Would you ever say yes to someone even if you meant no?

  • Would you ever donate an organ in order to save other person's life?

  • Would you ever consider plastic surgery if a friend suggested it to you?

  • Would you ever consider writing your own book?

  • Would you ever try staying in the jungle for a month?

  • Would you ever consider surrogacy?

  • Would you ever consider being a surrogate mother yourself?

  • Would you ever consider egg or sperm donation?

  • Would you ever pretend to be someone (like a policeman, or a teacher, or a survey taker) just to get something that you wanted?

Accidents at Home

What is the most dangerous thing in your home? How can it be made less dangerous?

  • What is the most dangerous thing in your home for a child? How can it be made less dangerous?

  • What is the most dangerous thing in your home for an elderly person? How can it be made less dangerous?

  • What dangers can be found in the kitchen that can cause accidents?

  • What can be done to prevent kitchen accidents?

  • What can a parent do to childproof a kitchen?

  • What dangers can be found in bathrooms that can cause accidents?

  • What can be done to prevent bathroom accidents?

  • What can a parent do to childproof a bathroom?

  • What dangers can be found outside the home in the yard that can cause accidents?

  • What can be done to prevent yard accidents?

  • What can a parent do to childproof the yard?

  • What other dangers can be found in a home in bedrooms, laundry rooms, garages, and living areas?

  • What can be done throughout the house to prevent accidents?

  • What can a parent do to childproof the different rooms of the home?

  • Where at home would you put your first aid kit? What would you have in it?

  • Where are these items found in a house, why could they be dangerous, to whom could they be dangerous, and what could someone do to lessen the danger they present?

    • hot pan/pot hot curling iron knife window fireplace

    • iron medicines gasoline pool cellar /attic

    • insecticides natural gas balcony toilets staircase

    • bathtub stove/oven stool/ladder yard tools bad dog

    • tall pieces of furniture swing set / playground very clean glass sliding door

    • electronic equipment cleaning supplies lake/retention pond

    • loose carpet on slippery tile floor glass table or sharp edged table hairdryer

    • bric-a-brac

  • What do you need to do if...

    • you cut your finger preparing food? you fall down and can not move a limb?

    • your child drinks a poisonous liquid? (discuss syrup of ipecac) the toilet is flooding the bathroom?

    • a pan on the stove is on fire? a neighborneighbor's dog is growling at you?

    • our child falls off a chair and is bleeding?


  • What is adoption?

  • Do you know anyone who was adopted as a child?

  • Do you know anyone who has adopted a child?

  • What are some of the reasons people choose to adopt?

  • What is the difference between domestic and international adoption?

  • What are the views of adoption in your country?

  • How would someone interested in adopting a child go about doing so?

  • Where do children available for adoption come from?

  • What happens to children that are not adopted?

  • How do you go about adopting a child?

  • Would you want to adopt a boy or a girl? Why?

  • Do you think brothers and sisters should be separated in adoptions?

  • Are adoptions common in your country?

  • What are some organizations that help with adoptions?

  • Should you tell the child that he or she was adopted? If so at what age? Or when?

  • Should adopted children have the right to know their biological parents?

  • Should families with birth children also adopt?

  • Is the real parent the birth parent or the adoptive parent?

  • Should adoptions be between children and families of the same race and or culture?

  • How or should the adoptive parents maintain the adopted child's cultural identify?

  • In your country are the legal rights of an adoptive child different from that of a birth child?

  • What are the legal consequences of adopting a child from a different race or country?

  • Why don't more people adopt a child?

  • What makes a family, genetics or environment?

  • Do you support an open adoption policy where the birth parents can choose to be involved in the child's life?

  • Do you believe there is discrimination within the adoption organizations?

  • Do you think a person should be able to adopt a child of a different race?

  • Should a gay or lesbian couple be allowed to adopt a child?

  • Should there be an age restriction for the adoptive parents?

  • Should a single man or woman be able to adopt a child?

  • If you were to find out that you were adopted and not really from the country where you are a citizen, which nationality would you hope would be your true mother country? Why?

  • When is the right time for a child to be told that he/she was adopted?

  • Do you think it is preferable to adopt or to use artificial reproduction technology?

  • Would you agree to an open adoption or closed adoption? Why?

  • What is an open adoption?

Age: Youth & Old Age

  • Are young people generally more selfish than their parents and grandparents? Does age make you more aware of and caring for others?

  • Should adults try to teach young people lessons, such as the dangers of drinking too much, taking drugs or catch the AIDS virus, or should they leave them alone to find out about these things themselves? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches?

  • What do you think is the best age to be? Explain your opinion.

  • Most countries give young people rights as they reach a certain age. For example, British people can legally make love or fight for their country at the age of 16; they can drink, vote and drive a car when they are 18. Does China have similar laws? Do you think that any of the age limits need changing?

  • Some people think you should give something to society before you have the right to join it. Should young people have to do some form of military or community service by law?

  • Should people of between 50 and 55 be forced to retire from their jobs in order to make way for younger workers?

  • If people are still able to (and want to) work, should they have to retire when the reach a certain age? Explain your opinion.

  • In most countries the legal retirement age for men is 5 years older than for women, even though women live longer than men on average. Why do you think this is? Is this fair, or should it be changed?

  • Are there many things that the old can teach the young or are they hopelessly out of touch by the time they reach a certain age? What things were you taught by your older family members? How have they been useful to you in your life?

  • In most countries, compulsory education is targeted at 5 - 16 year olds. Would it be better to offer it to pensioners who want to learn rather than young people who prefer not to be in school? Explain your opinion.

  • In Russia, China and many other countries, there is a tradition of choosing leaders who are quite advanced in years. Do you think that older people make better leaders? Explain your opinion.

  • One of Britain's best-ever leaders was William Pitt the younger, who became Prime Minister when he was 24 and remained in power for 18 years. Could this ever happen in China? Why/why not?

  • Many elderly people have disabilities which limit their mobility. Do buses, shops and public buildings in your country provide easy access for the disabled or are your towns and cities designed mainly for the young and able-bodied? Why is this?

  • Should the elderly be expected to pay for residential care out of their own savings or should appropriate accommodation and nursing be provided by the tax payer? Explain your opinion.

  • Some people say that men age better than women, and remain attractive longer – do you agree? Explain your opinion.

  • Some people say that men never grow up, they just get bigger – do you agree? Explain your opinion.

  • Some people say that young women are usually 2 to 3 years more mature than young men – do you agree? Explain your opinion.

  • In most countries women live an average of 5 to 6 years longer than men. Why do you think this is?

  • In some countries having children is considered a way of "investing in the future", and young people are expected to give money to their parents when they get a job, and then to care for them when they retire. What are the good points and what are the bad points about this system?

  • Many countries are facing the problem of an "aging population", i.e. there will soon be more old people than young people. What problems will this cause? What can be done to prepare for them?

  • What do you think is the ideal age for each of these stages of your life: (Explain your opinion.)

    • Starting School Starting Dating Leaving School/starting work

    • Leaving your parents' home Getting Married Having a Child Retiring

  • Are you afraid of getting old?

  • What is your ideal old age to live to?

  • Do you prefer to live in the retirement home or live with young people?

  • Should parents continue to finance their children after the children are 18?
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