Hardcore Questions for Know-it-alls

Challenge your CPE students by asking them the following questions:

  1. How do you deal with people who have got a belligerent attitude?
  2. Do you agree with judicial, school or home corporal punishment?
  3. Would you say that you have an insatiable appetite and if not, do you know a person who does?
  4. Is there anything in people’s current behaviour that could lead to pernicious effects?
  5. Do you know of anyone who has gained a pecuniary advantage by deception?
  6. Has anyone you know done something unacceptable, but in the light of extenuating circumstances was given a second chance and had their deed justified?
  7. Have you ever had a recurring dream?
  8. When would you say that something was a “close call“?
  9. ” The only saving grace of the present is that it’s too damned stupid to question the past very closely.” – H.P. Lovecraft Do you agree?
  10. Have you ever employed a shrinking violet, and managed to turn them into dynamic people ready to speak up for themselves?

Perhaps it would be a good idea to preteach the target vocabulary before asking the questions above.

a belligerent /bəˈlɪdʒ(ə)r(ə)nt/ attitude

very unfriendly and wanting to argue or fight

corporal punishment

​the physical punishment of people, especially by hitting them

an insatiable /ɪnˈseɪʃəb(ə)l/ appetite

always wanting more and never feeling satisfied

pernicious /pəˈnɪʃəs/ effects

very harmful or evil, often in a way that you do not notice easily

a recurring dream a dream that repeats itself over and over again

a pecuniary /pɪˈkjuːnɪəri/ advantage

relating to or connected with money

saving grace

a redeeming quality or characteristic
a close call a narrow escape from danger or disaster

a shrinking violet

an exaggeratedly shy person