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Provide the players with pencil and paper. The leader then announces
that a biography is to be written, and the first thing to write is the
name of some person in the room; the paper is folded over so the name
cannot be seen and passed to the player at his left, who writes a date
which is the birth date, and the name of some town; the paper is
folded again and passed to the left and this time a sentence of ten
words is written about early childhood--from one to ten years. Next, a
sentence of same length telling of events between twenty and forty
years; next, between forty and fifty years; date of death next, last,
remark about this life. When all has been written, the folded papers
are passed to the left again and each player reads his paper aloud.

The more ridiculous the sentences, the better the biography, and as no
one knows what is under the folded parts, sometimes the date of death
will be earlier than that of birth, or there will be a vast difference
in time.

Example--Name, John Smith. Born, July 4, 1449, Boston. From 1 to 10
years, mischievous child, quarrelled with everybody, expelled from
school, stole eggs.

From 20 to 40, stayed home, did dressmaking, became sickly, remained
an old maid.

From 40 to 50, became a wealthy widower, left with three children to
raise. Died January 1, 1860. Most remarkable man that ever lived in
his little town.



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