Morrie: In His Own Words Test | Final 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. After Schwartz was diagnosed with his disease, how did his life change the most?

2. Schwartz explains that one should not try to change _________.

3. According to Schwartz, instead of doing what we are capable of doing, what do humans do?

4. According to Schwartz, figuring out what activities one should do requires knowing what aspect of one's life?

5. According to Schwartz in Chapter 9, what two actions will one have to perform when health is declining?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 7, Morrie begins to discuss how one in declining health should act when relating to others. Explain Morrie's views on listening to others, when making new acquaintances

2. In Chapter 9, Morrie states that one must be a witness to themselves. Explain what Morrie means by this statement.

3. In Chapter 9, Morrie explains the importance of "emotional space." What is emotional space, and why is it important to one experiencing declining health?

4. In Chapter 8, Morrie explains that privacy is a major issue to one in declining health. Explain why privacy is so important.

5. In Chapter 10, Morrie describes his past religious experiences. What was Morrie's childhood religion? What worldwide event changed his religious views?

6. In Chapter 6, the reader learns how Morrie started writing. Discuss what Morrie wrote and why he started writing.

7. In Chapter 8, Morrie discusses the importance of relating to one's self. Explain Morrie's thoughts on relating to one's self.

8. In Chapter 8, Morrie explains his actions in relation to Martin Buber's thoughts. Describe what concepts and ideas of Buber's that Morrie found significant.

9. In Chapter 7, Morrie stresses the importance of sharing how one feels with others. Describe Morrie's concept of sharing and how it relates to those in declining health.

10. In Chapter 6, Morrie discusses the sociologist Erving Goffman. Explain how Morrie incorporates Goffman's theories into his own ideas.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 10, the theme of man struggling to understand divinity is a prevalent theme. Explain this theme is connection to Schwartz's religious past and present.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Morrie Schwartz's purpose for writing this book is deeply inspirational. Describe his purpose for the book, including what he wants as the ultimate result from those in declining health who have read his book.

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