It's Not About the Bike Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lance do after learning he has cancer?

2. Lance explains that he does not check his mother at the door when he is about to meet the:

3. Why is Lance sent to see a urologist, Dr. Jim Reeves?

4. Why does Lance call Dr. Steven Wolf after talking with a Houston doctor about a proposed treatment plan?

5. Why won't Motorola pay for Lance's treatments?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lance's mother do when she learns her son has cancer?

2. What advice does Lance seek from his mother and friends regarding cancer treatment?

3. What propels Lance to consult with a doctor?

4. Who is Jim Hoyt, and what is his relationship to Lance?

5. At what point in his life does Lance begin to feel real fear?

6. Lance describes himself as brash during the early phases of his cycling career. How does this brashness interfere with his progress?

7. What does Lance do after he learns that he has cancer?

8. When Lance races with the Motorola team, what tragedy occurs?

9. What sports does Lance excel in as a child and teenager?

10. How does Lance's outlook change when he learns he has tumors in his brain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many ways, It's Not About The Bike is about beating the odds. One obvious example is beating cancer. Identify and summarize three additional instances of "beating the odds" covered in this book, at least one from Lance's childhood and at least one from his adult years.

Essay Topic 2

Using examples, explain how the following events were healing for Lance after he beat cancer:

1. Meeting Kik.

2. Organizing the Ride for the Roses.

3. Starting his cancer foundation.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast what Lance is like -- his personality, attitude, physical demeanor, temperament, goals, and so on -- before having cancer and after becoming a cancer survivor.

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