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Conversation Questions

Gossip and Rumors

  • Do you like to gossip?
  • Do your friends often gossip about you?
  • Why do you think people like to listen to gossip ?
  • Why do people like to gossip about the rich and famous?
  • What are the most common themes for gossip?
  • What are some of the things you like to gossip about?
  • What are some ways which gossip can be harmful?
  • Do you think gossip can be used for something good?
  • Why is it considered that women gossip more then men?
  • Where are some places where people like to gossip?
  • Which newspapers can be called gossip newspapers?
    • Do you like to read gossip newspapers?
  • What is your attitude to gossip newspapers?
  • Have you ever told a rumor that got someone in trouble?
  • Has someone ever spread a rumor about you?
  • Has spreading rumors ever got you in trouble?
  • Do you think that a friend who gossips or starts rumors will ever gossip or start a rumor about you?
  • How would you try to resolve the problem, if you had got into trouble through gossiping?
  • Has answering these questions changed your attitude towards gossip?
  • If you discovered that someone had been gossiping about you, would you confront them?
  • If no-one at your high school had ever gossiped, how would it have been different?
  • If you heard some harmful gossip about someone you knew, what would you do?
  • Who gossips more men or women?
  • Would you say that people who like gossiping do it because their lives are empty or because it is just a way of entertainment?
  • Have you ever had problems because of gossip?
  • What would you do if someone gossips about you?
  • Have you ever told a rumor that got someone into trouble?
  • Has someone ever spread a rumor about you?
  • Has discussing gossip and changed your attitude towards gossip?
  • If no one at your high school had ever gossiped, how would your school be different?