If you are using the video, ask questions 1 and 2 before viewing.
1. Have you ever said, "that's unfair"? How do you know when something is unfair?
2. Has anybody ever tricked you or cheated you? How did you feel about it?
Questions to ask after showing Act I
3. Describe what happened in Act I.
4. Do you think Burna was being fair with Muggsy? If not, what did she do that was unfair?
- Was Burna being honest with Muggsy? What did she do that was dishonest?
- Was Burna treating Muggsy the way she would want Muggsy to treat her?
5. Do you think it was fair for Muggsy to accuse Burna of stealing his script? Why, or why not?
6. Burna gave a better audition than Muggsy. Is there any reason she shouldn't get the part?
7. Muggsy pleaded with Essie to give him more time to find his costume. Burna objected, saying that would be unfair. Whom do you agree with, Muggsy or Burna? Why?
8. How did Muggsy and Burna feel about each other at the end of Act I? Why?
9. What is Essie confused about? Why is she having trouble deciding what is fair?
10. What would you do if you were Essie? What are some of her options?
11. Can you predict what might happen next?
Questions to ask after showing Act II
12. Socrates said that the best way to solve a problem is by thinking. Do you agree?
- Why is thinking a good way to solve problems?
13. Socrates told Essie that if she doesn't know what fairness is, she should try asking what unfairness is. Did that help Essie?
- Did she have any trouble thinking of things that were unfair?
- What were the things Essie said were unfair? (Getting blamed for something she didn't do, not playing by the rules, not listening with an open mind, playing favorites, taking advantage of people.)
14. Were Burna and Muggsy guilty of any of these unfair things Essie mentioned? Which ones?
15. Socrates said, "without rules we are nothing but animals." What did he mean by that? Do you think he's right? Why, or why not?
- What does following rules have to do with fairness?
16. Socrates said to Essie that if she doesn't do any of the things she considers unfair, she'll probably be fair. What do you think of that idea? Is it useful?
- Did that completely solve Essie's problem? Why not? What was missing?
17. Essie comes away from the Thinking Place planning on having a trial. Can you predict what might happen when Essie brings her fighting friends together in a courtroom?
Questions to ask after showing Act III
18. Do you think EssieÕs idea of having a trial was a good one? What did this trial accomplish?
19. Essie gave Muggsy and Burna three rules they had to follow during the trial. What were they? (Take turns, listen to each other, tell the truth.) What do you think of these rules? Do they have anything to do with fairness? What?
20. Essie said "In order to be completely fair to both of you, I promise to keep an open mind and give you each an equal chance to make your argument." What do these things have to do with fairness?
21. Did Essie do a good job of running a fair trial? Explain your answer.
22. Did the trial help Muggsy and Burna understand the unfair things they had done to each other? How can you tell?
23. Do you think a trial like that might be a fair way for you and your friends to settle conflicts?
24. Was it a good idea to let Muggsy and Burna come up with their own solution?
25. What do you think of the solution Muggsy and Burna came up with? Was it fair? Can you think of a better solution?
26. What did you learn from this video?
General questions about fairness:
27. In every situation is it possible to be fair to everyone? Should you try? Why, or why not?
28. What does treating people fairly mean? Does fairness mean everyone gets the same amount, like an equal piece of a chocolate bar? Does fairness mean enforcing the rules for everyone, even if it means losing a game?
29. How should you treat people who are not fair with you?
30. How does fairness affect your relationships with other people - your friends, for example?