The Bucket List

syssymone October 18, 2017


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Listen, make questions, answer questions and discuss.
Students ask and answer questions about their personal experiences in life.
Scene summary:
When Carter and Edward are talking on top of the pyramid, Carter tells Edward, “The ancient
Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls reached the entrance to heaven, the
gods would ask them two questions. Their answers determined if they were admitted or not.”
The two questions are quite simple. The first is “Have you found joy in your life?” The second is
“Has your life brought joy to others?”
Video length: 4 minutes 51 seconds
Video genre: Film scene (animated or live-action with human-actors)
Lesson type: Vocabulary booster
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives License
First published: 2017-10-18, 18:35:16 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Did you know that the only dog ever struck by lightning was right here in Egypt?

  • I have no idea.
  • Yes, I knew it.
  • No, I don't believe in it.

2) What is lightning?

  • Bright light in the sky
  • Thunder
  • Heavy rain

3) "I wish I’d met you before we were dead.", Edward Cole statement means:

  • He'd like to be clever as Carter Chambers
  • He could never go to see the Pyramids without Carter
  • He'd like to spend more time with Carter.

4) What items can they cross off from the list?

  • See the pyramids and witness something majestic
  • Hunt the big cat and visit the Taj Mahal
  • Witness something majestic and climb the Mount Everest

5) What is the first question?

  • Have you found joy in your life?
  • Do you have joy in your life?
  • Do you like to have joy in your life?

6) What is the second question?

  • Have you had joy?
  • Has your life brought joy to others?
  • Do you know what joy is?

7) How Carter describe his son-in-law?

  • Good looking, shy, smart
  • Good looking, driven, smart
  • Good looking and smart

8) Do you think this must hurt someone's life?

  • Yes
  • No

9) What did he do?

  • Hit him back.
  • Killed him.
  • Got someone to deal with it.

10) How did she react?

  • She said he was dead to her.
  • She was relieved.
  • She was engaged.

Discussion questions

1. "Did you know that the only dog ever struck by lightening was right here in Egypt?"

2. "I wish I’d met you before we were dead."

3. "This is about as majestic as it gets."

4. "Still. This ain’t half bad."

5. "You know the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the gods asked them 2 questions; their answers determined whether they were admitted or not."

6. Ok. I’ll bite.

7. "Fine, fine, let me put it to you this way ."

8. "after the break up and the ensuing fleecing of the dad, Emily went to live with her mother."

9. "You know, you try to stay close, but it gets down to holidays, phone calls, birthday cards, you know."

10. Anyway, Emily goes to college and joins one of her “save the poor people”, “the animals”,

11. But there was something about him.

12. So, when she said they were engaged I told her I was against it.

13. But, being my daughter, naturally, she went ahead and married him anyway.

14. Needless to say, I wasn’t invited to the wedding.

15. First time he hit her, she came to me. I wanted to bash his brains in. She wouldn’t let me. Said she loved him; said it wasn’t his fault he had had a few drinks, she was the one who picked the fight.

16. Next time it happened she didn’t come to me, the ex told me. Nice to hear her voice again. I took care of it. I called a guy, who called a guy who handles these kinds of things. Don’t know what he said, don’t know what he did. All I know is he didn’t kill him, and my daughter never heard from him again. (She) called me names you wouldn’t believe and worse. Said I was dead to her.

17. I am not proud of everything I did, but I’m pretty sure I’d do it all again.

18. So, if they don’t let me into Egyptian heaven because my daughter hates me, well then I guess that’s just the way it goes.

Vocabulary list

  • Lightning: A flash of bright light in the sky that is produced by electricity moving between clouds or from clouds to the ground
  • cross off: to remove someone or something, such as a name, from a list by drawing a line through it
  • Witness: a person who sees an event happening, especially a crime or an accident
  • Ancient: of or from a long time ago, having lasted for a very long time
  • I’ll bite: we say this when someone has made a statement that begs someone to ask for more information; it is referencing a fish “biting” bait
  • Joy: great happiness
  • Gauge: to calculate an amount, especially by using a measuring device
  • put it to you: explain
  • break up: If a marriage breaks up or two people in a romantic relationship break up, their marriage or their relationship ends
  • ensuing: consequence
  • fleeccing: to take someone's money dishonestly, by charging too much money or by cheating them
  • get down: to start to direct your efforts and attention towards something
  • driven: Someone who is driven is so determined to achieve something or be successful that all of their behaviour is directed towards this aim
  • bash: informal to hit hard:
  • picked the fight: to intentionally start a fight:
  • took care of: to protect someone or something and provide the things that that person or thing needs:

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