Just remember, you are being given an excellent opportunity to show admissions not only how you reason, but also what subject matters—be it religion, philosophy, economics, or statistics—have shaped how you see the world.
Whichever direction you choose to go, make sure that you offer a unique, thoughtful argument backed up by concrete evidence. What if, suddenly, you fell off the edge of the Earth? Which activities are you excited to contribute to? But remember, this challenge is also an opportunity!
Perhaps you have overheard—or been part of! What if, suddenly, you fell off the edge of the Earth?
Conceptualizing your answer Because of the fill-in-the-blank structure of the prompt, your brainstorming should aim to come up with two items, one for each blank. The University of Chicago is asking you to be original, and show admissions you too can be cleverly inventive in your thinking. Whether it's at a job interview, a blind date, arrival at your first Humanities class, before you even say, "hey", they'll already have seen your page, and formulated that first impression.
This is because it is similar to the other two items in the original prompt; it is 1 also about food and 2 taps into a popular debate.
They can be approached with utter seriousness, complete fancy, or something in between.