This video study guide contains 24 multiple-choice, economics-themed questions that can be used in conjunction with the 2002 film Ice Age (Rated PG - 81 minutes)
Each semester I allow my Economics students to select a film to watch in class following our final exam, on the condition that they would answer questions about the economic themes in the film. The result was this study guide, which we used to discuss the economic concepts demonstrated in the movie.
Some of the concepts addressed in the study guide include Utility, Gross Domestic Product, Employment and the Labor Force, Supply and Demand, Scarcity, Externalities, Public and Private Goods, Opportunity Cost, and Economic Inputs. There are also a couple of questions that deal with game theory.
Because each question offers a description of the relevant scene(s) from the movie, students do not need to complete the study guide as they watch the film; they can answer each question after viewing the film, possibly with the aid of textbooks, notes and other sources. I usually assign a portion of the questions as homework after viewing some of the film, then we discuss those questions before continuing the film in class the following day. As extra credit you could also ask students to write similar, economics-themed questions for a show or movie of their choosing.
Thank you, and enjoy!
Ice Age and all characters in the film are the property of Twentieth Century Fox, which holds the trademarks and copyrights to their use. All questions and descriptions of the film contained within this study guide are the original creations of the document's author, Chris Kurth.