I got the idea for this from clipmarks. Here is what I wrote: Actually the first one is tongue in cheek Where are your wimen? Where is yer booze? Can I drive your ship? What do you got under the hood? What kinda mileage do you get with that thing? then: In a more serious attitude; If it were possible to even communicate with them 1. What is the secret of faster than light travel? 2. What is your primary source of energy? 3. What frequency and method is used for communication with other civilizations? 4. What is the most important resource in the civilized galactic community? 5. What is the most common relative size of the civilizations in the galactic community? In Depth: 1. Due to the vast distances of star systems a visiting lifeform must have developed a way to cross those distances. Asking the first question may bring about advances in propulsion or dimentional manipulation. At the very least it could answer whether faster-than-light travel is possible. 2.A lifeform capeable of interstellar travel will obviously have an energy source that is not locked up in their planetary resources. Their source of power will be replenishable in the voids of interstellar space and will likely be extremely efficient. 3. The intergalactic phone book will enable us to communicate with the network of civilizations that have not been able or interested in visiting us. Communication in real time across the vast distances will enable us to tap the galactic database for research and development of new technologies. 4. Knowing what has value in the galactic community will tell us what resources we have that are potential bartering power and what we may be invaded for. It will also create a new wealth system that is inline with the galactic community. 5. Are we tiny in comparison to the galactic norm? Are we giants? If we are inducted to the galactic community will our devices and resources fit? What if the majority of the lifeforms in the galaxy are 20 ft tall or the size of ants? So, What 5 Questions would you ask?