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i learned this one as a french student in france. great for closed question formation/practice . give students this scenario: there is a dead man in the middle of the desert with no clothes on. between the mans fingers there is a piece of a match stick. what happened? tell students they can only ask yes/no questions. the mystery/ answer= 3 or 4 men were traveling in a hot air balloon. the balloon was too heavy. they threw everything they owned out, including there clothes. the balloon was still too heavy, so they had to draw straws to see who would have to jump. the dead man got the short straw( the match stick) i loved this exercise as a student and my students seem to really enjoy it. you can also get creative and think up your own scenerios. good luck russ wagner, san antonio college, texas

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