Have you ever planned a surprise party for someone? Have you ever been surprised with one? Do you like surprises?
Joe thinks Mr. Brashof works too much and deserves a break. He thinks Mr. Brashof should treat himself. What do you do to treat yourself?
How are taxes collected in your country? Have you ever had to do your taxes in the US?
In the Culture Clip, the narrator explains that taxes are often for supporting those who can't support themselves. Do you think it is the government's job to take care of people like the elderly, the disabled, the poor, the sick and needy etc.? What about family, charities, religious organizations?
What if someone invited you to an event that you didn't really want to go? What would you say? What excuses would you give?
How do you connect with someone that you haven't talked to in a long time?
Pretend you are planning a surprise party for a friend or relative. How are you going to surprise them? How will you make sure they don't find out? Describe you plans.
Describe a time you got an unexpected gift. What was it? Why was it unexpected or special?