Community Level 3 – Comfortable


Materials: None

How To Play: The leader picks three to five students to become
the “Great Brain.” Facing away from the group, the selected students
practice turning slowly in unison to face the group. Meanwhile, the
group comes up with an open-ended question for the Great Brain to
answer. The group leader then summons the Great Brain by saying
something theatrical and over-the-top, such as, “Oh, Great Brain, we
have an incredibly deep (philosophical, metaphysical, ontological, etc.)
question for you. It’s one we’ve not been able to answer; in fact,
humanity has been grappling with this conundrum for millennia!” On that
cue, all the members of the Grain Brain turn around in unison. The
question is then posed and the Great Brain answers by having each member
add one word to the sentence in sequence (left to right or right to
left). The answer continues until one member of the Great Brain
completes the answer.

EXAMPLES
Topic: Weather
Why is the sky blue?
Why does it rain?
Why do we have seasons?

Topic: Current novel
How would you change the ending to our book?
Who is your favorite character and why?
What is the most exciting part of the book?

General philosophical questions:
If a tree falls in a forest and there’s no one nearby to hear it, does it make any noise?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Is television still worth watching?
Which side of a piece of toast should one butter first?

Plan for Success:
If the leader fields questions for the great brain from the audience,
she should screen the questions first, or review what constitutes an
appropriate question prior to playing.

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