1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television, newspapers, magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous people such as public figures and celebrities.
2. Some people believe that the Earth is being harmed (damaged) by human activity. Others feel that human activity makes the Earth a better place to live. What is your opinion?
3. Some people spend their entire lives in one place. Others move a number of times throughout their lives, looking for a better job, house, community, or even climate. Which do you prefer: staying in one place or moving in search of another place?
4. Is it better to enjoy your money when you earn it or is it better to save your money for some time in the future? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
5. You have received a gift of money. The money is enough to buy either a piece of jewelry you like or tickets to a concert you want to attend. Which would you buy?
6. Businesses should hire employees for their entire lives. Do you agree or disagree?
7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Attending a live performance (for example, a play, concert, or sporting event) is more enjoyable than watching the same event on television.
8. Choose one of the following transportation vehicles and explain why you think it has changed people’s lives. (1) automobiles (2) bicycles (3) airplanes
9. Do you agree or disagree that progress is always good?
10. Learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present. Do you agree or disagree?
11. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? With the help of technology, students nowadays can learn more information and learn it more quickly.
12. The expression “never, never give up” means to keep trying and never stop working for your goals. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
13. Some people think that human needs for farmland, housing, and industry are more important than saving land for endangered animals. Do you agree or disagree with this point of view? Why or why not?
14. What is a very important skill a person should learn in order to be successful in the world today? Choose one skill and use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
15. Why do you think some people are attracted to dangerous sports or other dangerous activities?
16. Some people like to travel with a companion. Other people prefer to travel alone. Which do you prefer?
17. Some people prefer to get up early in the morning and start the day’s work. Others prefer to get up later in the day and work until late at night. Which do you prefer?
18. What are the important qualities of a good son or daughter? Have these qualities changed or remained the same over time in your culture?
19. Some people prefer to work for a large company. Others prefer to work for a small company. Which would you prefer? Use specific reasons and details to support your choice.
20. People work because they need money to live. What are some other reasons that people work? Discuss one or more of these reasons.
21. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Face-to-face communication is better than other types of communication, such as letters, email, or telephone calls.
22. Some people like to do only what they already do well. Other people prefer to try new things and take risks. Which do you prefer?
23. Some people believe that success in life comes from taking risks or chances. Others believe that success results from careful planning. In your opinion, what does success come from?
24. What change would make your hometown more appealing to people your age?
25. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The most important aspect of a job is the money a person earns.
26. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? One should never judge a person by external appearances.
27. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A person should never make an important decision alone.
28. A company is going to give some money either to support the arts or to protect the environment. Which do you think the company should choose?
29. Some movies are serious, designed to make the audience think. Other movies are designed primarily to amuse and entertain. Which type of movie do you prefer?
30. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Businesses should do anything they can to make a profit.
31. Some people are always in a hurry to go places and get things done. Other people prefer to take their time and live life at a slower pace. Which do you prefer?
32. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Games are as important for adults as they are for children.
33. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents or other adult relatives should make important decisions for their older (15 to 18 year-old) teenage children.
34. What do you want most in a friend ?someone who is intelligent, or someone who has a sense of humor, or someone who is reliable?
35. Which one of these characteristics is most important to you?
36. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Most experiences in our lives that seemed difficult at the time become valuable lessons for the future.
37. Some people prefer to work for themselves or own a business. Others prefer to work for an employer. Would you rather be self-employed, work for someone else, or own a business?
38. Should a city try to preserve its old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings?
39. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Classmates are a more important influence than parents on a child’s success in school.
40. If you were an employer, which kind of worker would you prefer to hire: an inexperienced worker at a lower salary or an experienced worker at a higher salary?
41. Many teachers assign homework to students every day. Do you think that daily homework is necessary for students?
42. If you could study a subject that you have never had the opportunity to study, what would you choose?
43. Some people think that the automobile has improved modern life. Others think that the automobile has caused serious problems. What is your opinion?
44. Which would you choose: a high-paying job with long hours that would give you little time with family and friends or a lower-paying job with shorter hours that would give you more time with family and friends?
45. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Grades (marks) encourage students to learn.