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How lazy are you? Question 3


3. Your other half has asked you to take out the large rug from your home and beat it with a carpet beater to get all the dust out (normal vacuum cleaners are not powerful enough to remove all the dust). You know that it takes half an hour or more of solid beating to get the dust out. What will you do?

a) Try and persuade your other half to postpone the beating to another day

b) Ask your other half to help you beat the rug
c) You beat the rug with lots of enthusiasm
d) Try and get someone else to do it (e.g. the kids)
e) Try and persuade the other half to hire a professional carpet cleaner to do the job


TEACHER'S NOTES: Your other half is a neutral colloquailism to mean the person you live with and have a personal relationship. In many cultures, particularly in central Europe, it is not uncommon to take out a large rug to some special railings outside and to beat the carpet with a special carpet beater in order to get out dust that a normal vacuum cleaner cannot do.

If you had such rugs, how often would you beat them and for how long? Do you see it as a necessary task? Do you perhaps see the duty as an extra incentive to get fit? Would beating a rug help to get out many of the frustrations you might sometimes feel as a result of stress?

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