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Danger and risk[edit]

  • What is the most dangerous/brave/foolhardy thing you have ever done? That you have seen other people do?
  • Would you ever make a parachute jump? Why/why not?
  • Do you know anyone who has done this?
  • How would you describe the difference(s) between being brave and being foolhardy?
  • What is the most dangerous area of your neighbourhood? What makes it dangerous?


  • What countries are involved in armed conflicts at the moment?
  • Do you think the whole country is dangerous or just urban/rural areas?
  • Would you consider visiting/working in one of these countries?

Money and employment[edit]

  • Would you buy shares using only your own judgement? Do you have any experience with shares?
  • Do you like to gamble? What things do you gamble on?
  • Do you buy lottery tickets?
  • Would you give up your existing job without having another already arranged?
  • Do you think it is easier to find a job if you are employed or unemployed?
  • How would you feel about taking a job in a research laboratory which was doing research into dangerous diseases?
  • Would you buy a house near a nuclear power station?
  • What is your opinion of the danger of nuclear power?
  • How would you feel about working as a
    • Police officer
    • Fire fighter
    • Soldier
    • Bodyguard


  • Would you take part in a séance /ˈseɪɒns/?
  • Have you ever taken part in a séance or used an ouija /ˈwiːdʒə/ board? What happened?
  • How would you feel about spending a night in a house which was said to be haunted?
  • What is your reaction to graveyards at night? Would you be able to walk past one? Through one? Sit down for a while?
  • If you could buy a house by a graveyard and it was very cheap, would you do that? Why or why not?
  • Would you be comfortable keeping the remains of a dead family member in your house?
  • What do you think about horror movies?
  • Do you like horror stories? Do you have a favorite horror story?

Animals and nature[edit]

  • What dangers can you face if you want to enjoy nature?
  • What is more dangerous, the forest, the mountains or the desert? Why?
  • What dangerous animals do you have in your country?
  • Would you (could you) hold a snake in your bare hands?
  • What do you think a snake feels like?
  • A lot of people are afraid of spiders. Why do you think this is?
  • Have you ever been scuba diving? Would you like to go?
  • Would you like to go scuba diving to look at sharks?
  • Would you like to visit the Amazon? Why/why not?
  • Do you know anyone who owns a pitbull or other "dangerous" dog?
  • Why do you think people want to have such animals which are regarded as dangerous?
  • Do you think the dogs considered dangerous are really dangerous - or that they are the victims of urban myths or bad owners?
  • Have you (or anyone you know) been the victim of a dog attack? What happened?
  • In your country what happens to a dog if it attacks somebody?


  • What sort of driver do you think you are? Do you drive quickly or slowly?
  • How would you define a good driver?
  • How safe would you feel if you were a passenger in a car under the following circumstances:
    • a) With someone who drives fast but gives the impression he/she knows what they are doing?
    • b) With someone who drives slowly but talks all the time to the passengers?
  • What sort of driver do your friends think you are?
  • How important do you think that wearing a seatbelt is?
  • How do you react if passengers in the back don't put on their seatbelts when you are driving?
  • Do you think that speed limits and other laws are for your protection or simply exist to inconvenience you?
  • What laws would you pass to make driving safer?
  • Do you use your mobile phone whilst driving? How safe do you think this is?
  • How do you react if you're a passenger in a car and the driver answers his/her mobile while driving?


  • If someone offered you some food and you didn't know what it was, would you be able to eat it and ask what it was afterwards?
  • What is the strangest thing you have eaten?
  • Have you ever picked up a hitch-hiker? If so, talk about it.
  • Have you ever hitch-hiked? When and why?
  • Are you afraid of needles or injections?
  • Are you worried about eating genetically engineered food? Why/why not?
  • Put these activities in order from the most to the least risky:
    • Skiing every winter.
    • Always overtaking recklessly.
    • Mountain climbing.
    • Getting out of the bath.
    • Smoking 10 cigarettes a day.
    • Using a zebra crossing every day.
    • A piercing in the tongue.

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