Scenario Q&A

1. Do you think that John and Emily are deceiving themselves about being able to do well in their English class?

They are very confident in themselves. If they get good grades, they are the result of their efforts, but if they don’t get tested, the football team and the ball want to be their excuse.

2. What do you think might be the result of the schedule they are following?

They may miss or not getting good grades in English test, and they may be not can be the king and the queen for than dance.

3. If they don’t do well on their English work, will they blame others or themselves?

They may recall their mistakes when they get the results, but they may also attribute this to the school football team and the dance practice as an excuse for their poor test scores.

4. What, if anything, might you do differently if you were in their place?

I would not go dancing and study for my English Test.


  1. How is the American Dream characteristic of American ideals and philosophy? What are the differences between the materialistic and the idealistic values associated with the American Dream?

Idealistic values associated with the American Dream are the belief that reality is in our minds. This means that beliefs, ideals, principles, and values are far more important than objects such as money.

Materialistic values associated with the American Dream are the belief that all thought and actions are solely caused by objects. The only thing that matters in the world is objects. An example would be money because many people care more about the materialistic things of this world than beliefs, principles, or values.

The difference between the two is that materialistic values are only there for a short amount of time but beliefs and principles, like idealistic values, will always be there no matter what happens because materialism is limited in a way that you can’t be happy living your life based on having the most money. Money doesn’t buy happiness. But idealistic values will always keep you happy because knowing that your family is safe and sound and to reach a goal is better than having only money.

2. What was happening economically and socially in the United States in 1949? Was it fairly easy or difficult to get a job? What was America’s standing in the world?

With the world changing very quickly due to the advances in technology during World War II (1940-1945) what had been a good job or product may have seen it’s last days.

Also with all of the veterans coming back from War and being discharged from the service good jobs were almost impossible for them to find. It may have taken 5 or 6 years or so before the veterans could find a permanent, well-paying job.

3. What is your definition of the salesman? How is a salesman different from someone in another occupation? What attitudes do you think a salesman should have to be successful? What attitudes would hinder him?

It’s basically a guy who sells stuff. He has to move everything to sell something and he doesn’t have a fixed salary. He has to be patient and real gentleman, a gifted speaker. Impatient, short temper, mean, smells bad.

4. What effect do the expectations of parents have on the behavior of their children? In what ways might parental expectations be beneficial? In what ways might they be detrimental?

Parents have a great deal of influence on their children, especially when the children are young.
Some of that influence is beneficial, and other times it is not. Children are very influenceable by the parent’s expectations. Children can be stressed. The expectations can also be too low and not give the extra push the kid will need to become successful. Expectations can be too high for the kid. Some kids will go along with what their parents want for them. Others have a mind of their own. If parents push too hard, they will lose the trust and confidence of their children, and they will go their own way.

What I think the American Dream is

What is the American Dream?

Before I started writing, I asked myself:What exactly is The American dream, and does it even exist anymore, and if so, does The American Dream have the same meaning today as it had in the past? Is The American Dream only for Americans, or do people from around the world still move to the U.S., hoping to achieve their dreams?

“American Dream” was invented during the Great Depression. The years that followed after the Great Depression, The American Dream came true for many of the young people, however,the definition of The American Dream has changed over the years. The American Dream is still alive; it just depends on how you define it. For me, The American Dream is about success in terms of what you wish for. Compared to many other countries in the world, America is a place where you have the opportunity to determine your own success. Everyone has different jobs which can control how successful they are or want to be. I believe that most dreams revolve around one’s happiness and well-being, is achievable for all.  In fact, it has a different meaning for each of us, but I’m sure we can all agree that the American Dream includes hope for a richer life with freedom and opportunity.