Previous Verbal Challenges

Who lives here, and why?
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2021, a Dog Odyssey
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You will have 1 minute to think and discuss the challenge and 5 minutes to respond.

Your challenge is to tell a story about the character in the picture.

 

One team member will start the story off by saying something, then a different team member will add on to the story with another response.

The story ends after each team member has given 5 responses as part of the whole story

You will receive 1, 3, or 5 points for each response.

Responses will be judged on creativity and how well they add to the story.

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No Phone, Oh No!

Imagine that you have moved somewhere where phones are not allowed.

Say how life would be different without your phone.

Each team member has 5 cards marked with different scoring values.

5 or 10, 4 or 8, 3 or 6, 2 or 4, 1 or 2. The lower value is for a common response, the higher value is for a creative answer.

Team members will take turns in order.

Before giving a response, you will hold up the card you’ve chosen and show it to the judges.

You should use your best five responses. If you believe your response is very creative, you

should choose a card with a higher value. If you think your response is less creative, you should choose a card with a lower value. After responding you will put the card in a container. Each card may only be used once.

 

You have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

Each team member has paper and pencil. During think time you are allowed to write down your ideas. You are not allowed to share your ideas.

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It's for You!

Your problem is to imagine that you have a cell phone and can call a famous person or character and ask them any question you want.

Another team member will answer that question.

You will have 1 minute to think and 3 minutes to respond.

You may ask questions during your think time: however, time continues. No other talking is allowed.

Your team is to take turns in pairs by placing two index cards in the center of the table when the two team members are ready to give their responses.

Once time begins, it will not be stopped. If the judge asks you to repeat a response, or to clarify it, or to give a more appropriate response, it counts against your time. Speak loudly and clearly.

You will each have 6 cards.

Each round, two team members will place one of their cards in the center of the table.

One team member will place a call to a famous person or character and ask a question.

The other team member will answer that question, as the famous person or character.

 

For example, the first team member may ask “Hello Batman, where did you go in your Batmobile?”. The second may reply “I went to stop the Joker Robin the bank.”

 

You will receive 1 point for each common response.

Highly creative or humorous responses will receive 5 points.

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Trail Travail

You are about to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest trail in the world which is 2,200 miles long and takes over 200 days to walk from Maine to Georgia, but you forgot your backpack.

 

There are many dangers on the trail, wild animals, getting lost, falling ill, dangerous weather, raging rivers ... however you are in luck, and immediately you find 1 item on the trail

 

Your problem is to say what find and what how it will help you on your hike?

You will have 3 minutes to think and write answers on a sheet of paper and 5 minutes to respond.

You may ask questions during your think time: however, time continues. No other talking is allowed.

 

Scoring:

Common answers will receive one point

Creative or humorous answers will receive 3 points.

Once time begins, it will not be stopped. If the judge asks you to repeat a response, or to clarify it, or to give a more appropriate response, it counts against your time. Speak loudly and clearly.

For example, you may say “I found a PowerBar, I can power up the trail, barring any mishaps"

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The History of the World – according to Facebook.

Your challenge is to give a Facebook status update for a historical character.

For example, you might say: "Christopher Columbus's status says he just discovered the new world."

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before each response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any sequence. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Scoring:

Common answers will receive 1 point.

Creative answers will receive 3 points.

Highly creative or humorous answers will receive 5 points.

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Oops Boss!

Imagine that you are the driver of this ice cream truck.

 

You parked your truck, stepped away for a moment ... and came back to find the scene in this photo.

 

Your challenge is to say how you will explain this to your boss.

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before each response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any sequence. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Scoring:

Common answers will receive 1 point.

Creative answers will receive 3 points.

Highly creative or humorous answers will receive 5 points.

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Tree Dog

Your challenge is to say something about the picture or describe what the animal might be thinking.

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before each response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any sequence. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Scoring:

Common answers will receive 1 point.

Creative answers will receive 3 points.

Highly creative or humorous answers will receive 5 points.

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Dear me!

Your challenge is to give a sentence that contains as many words that rhyme with "dear" as possible

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before each response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any sequence. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Scoring:

Common answers will receive 1 point.

Creative answers will receive 3 points.

Highly creative or humorous answers will receive 5 points.

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As light as a feather

Your challenge is to give a series of responses that increase in weight.

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

Each of you has a piece of paper and pencil. During think time, you may write down as many words as you like, but you may not speak to each other. 

The team is to give responses in any order that represent items that are increasingly heavy, starting with a light item.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. After starting with an initial response, before each subsequent response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

Once the team feels they have finished a sequence of responses, the team can start with another (light) item.

 

You can respond in any order. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Merely saying a multiple of the previous response e.g. A pencil, 2 pencils will only be allowed once in each sequence of responses, and will be deemed a common response.

Scoring:

You will receive one point for each response that represents an item that is heavier than the previous response.

If your response is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive an additional three points. 

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Freaky feet

Your challenge is to say something about the feet, or what one or both feet would say.

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

Each of you has a piece of paper and pencil. During think time, you may write down your responses, but you may not speak to each other. 

Your challenge is to give responses in any order about the feet, or what one or both feet would say.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before making a response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any order. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Scoring:

You will receive one point for each common response.

If your response is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive an additional three points. 

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Help, my teacher is a Vampire!

Your challenge is to say what would be better or worse, at school, if your teacher was a vampire.

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

Each of you has a piece of paper and pencil. During think time, you may write down your responses, but you may not speak to each other. 

Your challenge is to say what would be better or worse, at school, if your teacher was a vampire

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before making a response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any order. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Scoring:

You will receive one point for each common response.

If your response is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive an additional three points. 

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The Odd Couple

Your challenge is to say something about this picture, or what one animal would say to the other.

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

Each of you has a piece of paper and pencil. During think time, you may write down your responses, but you may not speak to each other. 

Your challenge is to say something about this picture, or what one animal would say to the other.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before making a response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any order. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.

Scoring:

You will receive one point for each common response.

If your response is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive three points. 

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Happy to Start or Happy to Finish?

Your challenge is to name a situation in which someone would be happy that it started, or happy it had finished.

You have 1 minute to think and 4 minutes to respond. You can ask the judges questions; however, time will continue. 

Each of you has a piece of paper and pencil. During think time, you may write down your responses, but you may not speak to each other. 

Your challenge is to name a situation in which someone would be happy it is started, or happy that it had finished.

For example, you might say, “My teacher's happy when summer vacation starts” or “I’m happy when the dentist stops drilling”.

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before making a response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any order. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Scoring:

You will receive one point for each common response.

If your response is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive five points. 

Make more difficult:

Have team members alternate giving start or finish answers

Give a situation that would make some people happy that it had started, but other people sad, and say who was happy and who was sad.

Give a situation that would make some people happy that it had finished, but other people sad, and say who was happy and who was sad.

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Changes

Your challenge is to  name things that change or are changed. You may include how something is changed.

You have 1 minute to think and 4 minutes to respond. You can ask the judges questions; however, time will continue. You cannot talk to each other at any time.

Your challenge is to name things that change or are changed. You may include how something is changed.

 

For example, you might say, “Parents change their baby’s diapers.” or, “Acorns change to trees.”

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before making a response, you will place a token in the container on the table.

 

You can respond in any order. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.

Scoring:

You will receive one point for each common response.

If your response is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive five points.