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 stresses the importance of coming to terms with __________.

2. Schwartz describes the action of hiding grief as _____.

3. According to Schwartz, it is important that the sick ask for ________ from those with whom they have had difficult relationships.

4. Schwartz struggles most with loss of what natural body function?

5. Morrie Schwartz is a professor of what subject?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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 2, how does Schwartz explain the importance of honesty?

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

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

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

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

10. In Chapter 3, both good grief and bad grief are explained by Morrie. Discuss the importance of both forms of grief, as they relate to Morrie's point of view.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

There are two major parts of the book "Morrie: In His Own Words." Describe the major differences between the two parts of the book. Also, explain what Schwartz's main goal is behind each of the two major parts.

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