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Florian K.
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Cast Away: If you were stranded on an island......
If you were stranded on an uninhabited lush island, which tool would you find most useful? A sharp knife, a fire stick, or 10 meters of rope. 

Hi guys, this is a TOEFL speaking question that I asked some of my students and their response is really interesting.

My male student said, “Teacher, I will choose the fire stick, if you have a fire stick, you can cook food and you can also use it to set up fire to keep you warm.”
 My female student answered the knife. “ Well teacher,I will choose the knife because if I have a knife, I can cut the fish, I don’t like my nails destroyed.”

 They both asked me what I will choose. I answered, well I will choose the fire stick because I am crazier when I am hungry and I do need to cook the fish. In emergency situations such as this, when you are given just these three options (knife, fire stick, rope), what would you bring and why?
May 10, 2020 10:28 AM
Comments · 19
The answer is the knife.
Because I am on a "lush island" .
A stick you could find or make by breaking down a branch from a tree or bush by hand., or find drift-wood.
Rope you could make from the lush vegetation, with or without the use of the knife.
Fire you could make the ancient way, by rubbing wood to get friction and heat,

With the knife and a stick you find or harvest from a tree or bush, you can make a spear or stabbing tool, or even a tool to hold something, with a knife you can make a bowl to eat from or even a wooden fork or spoon.
May 10, 2020
A knife to... Kill the time.
May 10, 2020
Of course fire stick. Didn't you see how much Tom Hanks was happy when he made fire 😅 you could use the trees branches to make a stick to hunt animals and cut ropes from them as well when needed
May 10, 2020
A rope would be nice you could build traps with it to catch animals and stuff and if the situation gets so grave you know what you can do with a rope to end it all...
May 10, 2020
Fire stick!
I can use it to avoid darkness and cold, cook my food , keep the wild animals away and I might even get creative to use fire to communicate! 😁
May 14, 2020
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Florian K.
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, Other
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), Finnish, Other