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. In addition to covering Lance's journey through cancer, this book documents the obstacles he overcame to:

2. Lance notes that in addition to being rough and dangerous, training for cycling races require:

3. Why do doctors want to start Lance on chemotherapy sooner than they had originally planned?

4. Instead of giving Houston doctors a definitive answer, Lance and his mother do what?

5. In addition to entering triathlons, what else does young Lance enter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the outcome of Lance's brain surgery?

2. Explain where Lance spends his youth and why he feels he does not fit in.

3. In addition to covering his journey as a cancer survivor, what other main aspects of Lance Armstrong's life does the book discuss?

4. Why does Lance want to quit racing at times?

5. What decision does Lance make about his treatment options?

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

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

8. Why does Lance ignore signs that something is terribly wrong with his body?

9. Explain where Lance is in his life when signs of cancer appear.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paint a portrait of Lance Armstrong in terms of:

1. A hero people look up to and find inspiration from.

2. A human being with issues and flaws.

How is Lance able to embody both descriptions simultaneously? How does he fit the role of "imperfect hero?"

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Lance's evolution as an athlete.

1. How do "failures" lead him to cycling?

2. How do his successes in certain sports lead him eventually to bicycle racing?

3. What does Lance learn about himself from both his failures and successes as an athlete early in life?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways are the following individuals there for Lance during his times of need?

1. His chemotherapy nurse LaTrice.

2. His manager Bill Stapleton.

3. His wife Kristin.

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