If you are using the video, ask the first question before viewing.
1. Have you ever let somebody else take the blame for something you did? What happened? How did the other person feel about it?
Questions to ask after showing Act I
2. What happened in the video so far?
3. Who had the main responsibility for taking care of Renaldo the lizard? (Burna)
4. Why did Burna give Renaldo to Muggsy?
5. How did Burna get Muggsy to take Renaldo?
6. Do you think Muggsy wanted to take care of Renaldo for Burna? Why did he agree to it?
7. Was that fair to Muggsy? Was it right for Burna to do that? Was she acting responsibly? Was she being a good friend? Why not?
8. When Groark tells Muggsy that he didn't bring the bat, his excuse is "I forgot." Do you think that forgetting something is always a good excuse. Is it irresponsible? Why, or why not?
9. When Groark accidentally let Renaldo escape, he tried to cover it up by telling Muggsy that Renaldo was hiding in the cage. Was that a responsible thing to do? Why, or why not?
10. Why did Groark let Muggsy think he (Muggsy) was at fault, when it was actually Groark's fault that the lizard escaped?
11. Was Groark being fair? Was he being honest? Was he being responsible? Was he doing the right thing? Was he being a good friend? Why, or why not?
12. Groark has two choices. He can speak up and take responsibility for losing Renaldo, or he can keep quiet and let Muggsy take the blame. Do you think he knows which is the right thing to do? If so, why doesn't he do it?
13. What do you think Groark will do? What do you think he should do? Why?
Questions to ask after showing Act II
14. Why is this place called The Thinking Place?
15. Socrates said that a good imagination is a powerful tool for solving problems. How can your imagination help you solve problems?
16. Socrates asked Groark to imagine that he went to a circus instead of working on a class project, like he had agreed to.
- Was Groark able to imagine that?
- What were the consequences of choosing to go to the circus?
- In Groark's imagination, how did his friends react to him not helping them on the project?
- How did that make Groark feel?
- Was Groark glad he had chosen to go to the circus? Why not?
17. Diotima asked Groark to imagine that his good friend made a serious mistake and then let Groark take the responsibility.
- Was Groark able to imagine that?
- How did Groark feel about what his friend did?
- Did this help Groark think more clearly about what he had done to Muggsy?
18. Do you think these imaginary situations will help Groark do the right thing, now and in the future?
19. Have you ever used your imagination to solve a problem, or to predict what might happen if you did something? Do you think it's a good idea? How did that help you (or, how could that help you)?
20. What did Groark's learn from his visit to The Thinking Place?
||Questions to ask after showing Act III
General questions about responsibility:
21. How can acting irresponsibly hurt people's friendships? How can being responsible make you a better friend?
22. What does it mean when someone is described as being a "responsible" person?
23. Do you consider yourself to be a responsible person? Why? In what ways?
24. Does it matter to you whether or not people think of you as responsible? Why, or why not?
25. How do you feel about people who are irresponsible?
- How do you feel about people who are responsible?
- What difference does it make to you whether or not your friends are responsible people?
26. What is good about being a responsible person?