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. Schwartz explains that focusing on _____ is not an effective form of grieving.

2. According to Schwartz, what action should you take when feeling angry?

3. Schwartz recognizes that _____ are associated with the more difficult periods of the disease.

4. What group of people does Schwartz describe as the least likely to ask for help?

5. Schwartz explains that it is important for relationships to be ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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.

5. Explain the importance of dancing in the life of Schwartz, as explained in Chapter 2.

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

7. 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.

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

9. 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.

10. Explain what Morrie describes as the most difficult concept to handle when in declining health.

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

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 3

Schwartz describes an extremely passionate scene from a group therapy session that he attended to help express loss. Describe this therapy session and the reward that Schwartz was able to obtain from this therapy session.

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