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Most-American Things / Вещи, символизирующие США
Read Вещи, символизирующие США The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, has decided to construct a new city administration building. The Mayor thinks it would be a good idea to follow tradition and place a time capsule inside the cornerstone. The time capsule, which will be opened 200 years from now, will give the people of the future an idea of life in the United States today.
As a member of the New Orleans Historical Commission, you have been given the job of selecting 8 items that will be placed in the box (3' x 3' x 3').

Consider
1. Remember that the articles in the box are to be representative only of present U.S. culture, not of world conditions.

2. Remember that size is a factor; you cannot choose something so large that it will not fit in the box.

3. The following is a list of possibilities. You must choose at least two items that are not on the list:

a quart of oil
an American English dictionary
a computer chip from the most sophisticated American computer a handgun
a ticket to Disneyland
an empty box of Kentucky Fried Chicken
a CD of the Number 1 TV show
a pillbox of tranquilizers
a pair of running shoes
a pornographic magazine
a test tube
a sample of water from the Mississippi River
a Bible
a bumper sticker reading: "Say No to Drugs"
the keys to a car
the new record by ____________
an advertisement page of a newspaper listing food prices
a pair of worn-out blue jeans
a football helmet
a book entitled ____________
a T-shirt with "Gay Rights" printed on it
a telephone directory of ____________
the most recent State of the Union message by the President
Decide and Write Item 1:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________

Item 2:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________

Item 3:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________

Item 4:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________

Item 5:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________

Item 6:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________

Item 7:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________

Item 8:
______________________________
Reason:
______________________________
Extend 1. People who come from very old countries, such as India and China, often say that the U.S. has no culture. What do you think? How would you describe American culture?

2. Considering the well-publicized problems of American society, why do so many people immigrate to the U.S.?

3. Why did you (or, would you like to) come to the United States to study?

4. Rate these in importance to Americans (1 = important, 5 = not important):

_____family, _____religion, _____money, _____happiness, _____education.

5. There are many countries that export products, but the U.S. is one of the few countries that export culture. What American ideas/products appeal to people in other countries?
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