Question Cup

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Group Size

Small | Medium | Large


  • Index Cards
  • Cup (a Box hat or other container may also be used)

Set Up


Each member of the group writes a “get to know you” question on an index card and places it folded in a cup. Make sure to encourage participants to ask discussion questions, rather than questions that solicit a yes or no response. The facilitator then selects one card at time and asks the group members (or 1 member of the group) to respond.


  • Write out a numbered list of questions. Participants choose a number, without seeing the list, and are asked to respond to the corresponding question.
  • Place all of the questions in the cup (or hat with a large group). Have the participants sit in a circle. Pass the cup around the circle, each participant draws a question from the cup, answers it, and passes the cup on.

Sample Questions

  1. What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
  2. What would you do if you didn’t have to go to school every day?
  3. What makes a good friend?
  4. What superhero did you want to be when you were a kid? (or now)?
  5. What is your favorite accent?
  6. Where would you never want to be caught?
  7. What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
  8. If you had a time machine to take you back into any period of time, where would you go and why?
  9. Do you have any hidden talents?
  10. What is your least favorite chore around the house?
  11. What bad habit of other people drive you crazy?
  12. Name two things you think you are really good at.
  13. Name two things you think you are really bad at.
  14. What is your favorite kind of dog?
  15. If you lived under the sea, what animal would you be?
  16. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
  17. What is your earliest memory?
  18. What is 1 thing you really miss about being a kid.
  19. What is something you are really afraid of.
  20. What would you do for one day if money wasn’t a problem?
  21. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  22. Most embarrassing moment?
  23. Has there been a time when you actually thought you might die?
  24. Who is the person you respect the most and why?
  25. What quality about yourself would you want to change if you could?
  26. What outdoor activities do you like?
  27. What is one of your biggest fears?
  28. If you could choose, how would you want to die?
  29. If your house was on fire and you could only choose three things before you left, what would they be?
  30. What are your three favorite smells?
  31. Why do you like living in this town/city?
  32. What do you value most in life?
  33. What is one thing that you would most want to be remembered for after you die?
  34. Do you have any phobias?
  35. Would you go bungie jumping if you could?
  36. What has been the greatest invention in your lifetime?
  37. What do you think the secret to a good life is?
  38. If you could have 1 wish granted, what would it be?
  39. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?
  40. List 3 reasons why you like yourself.
  41. If you could/had to live in any country in the world, where would you go?
  42. What is a country that you really want to visit?
  43. If you could start your own company, what would it be?
  44. If you could be really good at one musical instrument, what would it be?
  45. Would you rather be an expert in playing one musical instrument or average in many?
  46. What is your favorite animal?
  47. If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, what 3 things would you do before you died?
  48. What is your dream life?
  49. If you could spend a day with anybody from history, who would it be and why?
  50. If you could be world famous, what would you want to be famous for?
  51. What was the last book you have read?
  52. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
  53. What are your favorite sports?
  54. How do you spend your free time?
  55. Who has been the most influential in your life?
  56. Are you a morning or a night person?
  57. If you knew you could do anything and not fail, what would you do?
  58. What super power would most want to have and why?
  59. What animal would you want to be?
  60. Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?
  61. Where do you spend most of your money?
  62. What “pet peeves” do you have?
  63. If you had to give some body one piece of advice, what would it be?
  64. If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
  65. If it could rain anything, what would you want it to rain?
  66. Why aren’t you a lion tamer?
  67. What do you value most in other people?
  68. If you could only see black and white and one other color, what color would you want to see?
  69. If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass on to your kids, what would it be?
  70. What is the best advice you have received?
  71. Were you named after anybody?
  72. When was the last time you cried?
  73. What is your favorite ice cream?
  74. What is the first thing you notice about people?
  75. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? What about?
  76. What was the last movie you watched?
  77. What is the farthest you have been away from home?
  78. Describe yourself in three words.
  79. What is your favorite genre of movies?
  80. What is a favorite childhood memory?
  81. What do you like to do for fun?
  82. What place is your favorite place on earth?
  83. What were you do the last time you had a really good laugh?
  84. What are you the proudest of in your life?
  85. What makes you unique?
  86. If you could predict the future, what would you do with that knowledge?
  87. What do you do when you first wake up in the morning?
  88. How do you like to show love to other people?
  89. When do you feel most loved by other people? What do they do?
  90. What is one quality you most admire in other people?
  91. If you could only pick one place in this city/town to bring a tourist, where would you take them?
  92. What is a cause that you feel most passionate about?
  93. Would you want to travel the world in a boat?
  94. What is a food you refuse to eat?
  95. What is your favorite way to exercise?
  96. If you had to be blind or deaf, which would you choose?
  97. If you could study one thing in school, what would you want to learn more about?
  98. If you had to spend a day without using any technology, what would you do?
  99. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
  100. Toilet paper hung over or under?
  101. What is your favorite room in your house? Why?
  102. What kind of store would you like to own and operate?
  103. What title would you give your autobiography?
  104. Describe yourself in five words…
  105. What is a pet peeve?
  106. Who is the best teacher you ever had and why?
  107. What is something beautiful?
  108. What would you like to invent?
  109. When did you feel proud of yourself?
  110. What makes a happy family?
  111. What makes you laugh?
  112. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
  113. What is something that you like about yourself?
  114. What animal best describes you and why?
  115. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  116. What is something that makes you sad?
  117. What are four things that are really important to you?
  118. If you could have 2 wishes what would you wish for?
  119. If you could meet anyone who would you meet? It doesn’t have to be someone from our time period…
  120. What is your favorite song? Or at least one you really like…
  121. What things make your life complicated?
  122. What was one of the happiest days of your life?
  123. What is something that you can do pretty well?
  124. If you had to move and take only three things with you, what would you take?
  125. What is the best memory you have growing up?
  126. What is one thing you wish someone would ask you about?
  127. If you could be any animal what animal would you be and why?
  128. If you could be any super hero: what super hero would you be and why?
  129. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
  130. If you had a whole day to do whatever you wanted what would you do?
  131. How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
  132. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
  133. What is the best conversation you have had with someone lately? What made it so good?
  134. If you could describe yourself by picking a color, what color would you pick and why?
  135. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
  136. If you had 2 wishes what would you wish for?
  137. If you could meet anyone in history who would you meet and why?
  138. What are your favorite things to do?
  139. What is one thing you are extremely passionate about?
  140. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  141. What is something you are afraid of? (can be silly or serious)
  142. What do you think is the best quality a person could have?
  143. What is one thing you like about yourself? And what is one thing you would like to change?
  144. If you could be any flower what would you be and why?
  145. What is one truth you want to pass on to your children?

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