Purpose of small talk questions around the country
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MELISSA BLOCK, host:
Joe Wright recently found himself back at a university 1)
many years away from academic life. He was reminded that students 2)
more than just amass debt or study. They also 3)
a lot of socializing, and that means small
in three places in the last three years. 5) ___________
that I'm not proud of my alma mater.
9) ___________ UC Santa Cruz, I liked my
community of film students, I 10) ___________
that we didn't have grades and I liked taking 11)
kinds of classes, from anthropology to architecture to African 12)
I try to
remember that the people asking 18) ___________
where I did undergrad are mostly young. They've spent 19)
lives in school. Recently, someone I met asked me 20)
question. I answered politely, but pointedly did not return 21)
same question. I assumed he was playing some evil 22)
game. Afterwards, I complained about it to our mutual 23)
who said, "No, no. He's chill. He went
24) ___________ UMass,"
a school that isn't
anymore New York Times wedding pages than mine. I think he was really asking:
"Where have 25) ___________
been? What was your life like?" and to him, 26) ___________ meant school.
grew up in
true, my favorite small 52)
question was the anti-Midwestern question. It wasn't small
talk at 53)
At the beginning of the year, a classmate introduced 54)
After getting my name, she looked at me carefully, 55) ___________, then asked:
what's your story?"
BLOCK: In the fall, Joe Wright moves into a new apartment in the
Fenway neighborhood of
1. Why does Joe Wright hate the question, "Where did you do your undergrad?"?
a. because he didn't like his undergraduate school.
b. because it means where you went to school is important in knowing who you are.
c. because he liked that his school didn't have grades and he could take all kinds of classes.
2. What kind of question do they ask in San Francisco?
3. In Washington D.C. they first ask, "Where do you work?" In San Francisco, when would they ask this question?
4. According to Joe, why do mid-westerners ask questions about the weather, such as "Hot enough for you?"
5. Who asked him the question, "So, what's you're story?" Did he like it?