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. According to Schwartz, one should accept the past as _____.

2. Before being diagnosed with ALS, what other disease kept Schwartz from physical activity?

3. How does one handle stressful emotions, according to Schwartz?

4. Schwartz states that one will _____ emotionally during an illness.

5. Schwartz states the important point that when one grieves for what has been lost, it is also important to _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. Using text from Chapter 3, discuss Morrie's thoughts on grief as a natural emotion.

2. Throughout Chapter 1, Schwartz talks about the importance of asking for help. Describe his reasoning behind the need for asking for help.

3. 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.

4. In Chapter 1, Morrie Schwartz is described. Describe Schwartz's occupation and what major contribution he made to the world of psychology.

5. In Chapter 1, Schwartz's focal point on the subject of psychology plays a major role in his life after teaching. Once Schwartz is diagnosed with his disease, how does he use his knowledge and focus in psychology to help him and others?

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

7. In Chapter 4, the fourth piece of advice that Morrie gives one in declining health involves comfort. Explain this advice.

8. In Chapter 4, Morrie describes that acknowledging negative feelings is important. Explain what Morrie means in relation to family members and these negative feelings.

9. In Chapter 5, Morrie stresses the importance of healing past relationships. Describe which past relationships should be focused on and why.

10. In Chapter 4, Morrie explains the importance of developing peace. Describe the importance of finding peace for one experiencing declining health.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the major topics that Schwartz focuses on throughout the book is his personal feelings towards his loss of independence. Describe how Schwartz relates this loss of independence as being so difficult because of the culture we live in.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Overcoming adversity is a major theme developed throughout the book. Explain the theme of overcoming adversity. Use specific examples from the book to support your answer.

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