Morrie: In His Own Words Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Morrie Schwartz
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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. When does acceptance occur, according to Schwartz?

2. What method does Schwartz use to express his feelings about the progress of his disease?

3. Grief is what type of an emotion?

4. Schwartz explains that one may love their family while also feeling what other emotion?

5. Schwartz explains that many of us are too hard on ourselves for our _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 3, Morrie focuses on grief. Explain his concept of grieving and mourning for yourself and the importance of this concept.

2. In Chapter 4, the concept of acceptance is developed. Explain the importance of acceptance, as described by Morrie.

3. In Chapter 2, Schwartz describes psychological vulnerability. Explain this concept.

4. In Chapter 2, Schwartz discusses the concept of frustration. Explain the importance of frustration as it relates to the way one handles a disease.

5. In Chapter 3, Morrie discusses how he was able to overcome his mother's death. Explain the special circumstances that help Morrie cope.

6. In Chapter 3, Morrie explains that the act of crying and the emotions that go along with it have helped him to grieve. Discuss his personal experience with this concept.

7. Using text from Chapter 4, discuss how Morrie explains contradictory feelings.

8. At the end of Chapter 1, Schwartz discusses the importance of one not becoming obsessed with one's illness. Explain his concept behind this idea.

9. In Chapter 2, how does Schwartz explain the importance of honesty?

10. In Chapter 5, Morrie states that one must learn from the past. Explain how this is possible.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Schwartz incorporates the philosophies of Martin Buber into to his book. Discuss the philosophies of Buber. Also, explain why Schwartz felt Buber's philosophies helped describe the idea that one in declining health needs to be kind to one's self.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of not being afraid to ask for help when it is needed can be found throughout the book. Explain why Schwartz believes that asking for help is not a bad action. Be sure to include specific examples from the book to fully support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

A major elements of Schwartz writing is the internal conflict of man versus man. More specifically it is Morrie versus his own health. Explain this conflict. What various emotions does Morrie display due to the impact his health is having on his physical limitations?

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