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. What fantasy will help a person in declining health?

2. Chapter 5 concerns the importance of holding on to ______.

3. What are the hardest opposites to handle, as described in Chapter 4?

4. As described in Chapter 2, ______ helps Schwartz deal with his disease.

5. Schwartz stresses the importance of ______ one's self.

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 5, Morrie discusses the past. Explain why Morrie places such a major emphasize on the past, as it relates to one experiencing declining health.

2. 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.

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

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

5. The emotional patterns of illness are explained by Schwartz in Chapter 2. Explain the significance of these patterns.

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

7. In Chapter 1, Schwartz's disease and its signs and symptoms are described. Explain his diagnosis and what is occurring in his body.

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

9. In Chapter 5, Morrie discusses the concept of living one's past positively. Explain how one is able to live their past positively, according to Morrie.

10. In Chapter 1, Schwartz's first four steps of living with physical limitations and life-threatening diseases are explained. Describe these first four steps.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 1, background information is given about Schwartz, and the progress of his disease is explained. Give a detailed explanation of Schwartz's background. Describe what makes him so qualified to write a book like "Morrie: In His Own Words." Finally, discuss the progress of Schwartz's loss of physical power and the mental and physical feelings associated with the loss of power.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 2 focuses on the process of handling frustration. Describe the process that Schwartz explains on how to handle the frustration that is associated with declining health. Be sure to include the memorable, personal story that Schwartz describes as a method of learning how cope with frustration.

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