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. In Chapter 10, Schwartz explains that the sufferer should look for the answers to what questions?

2. Schwartz explains that by seeking God one has already established some sort of _________.

3. Schwartz believes that it is important to not let one believe that they are _____.

4. What world changing event does Schwartz describe as having a deep influence on believing in God?

5. Schwartz explains that you must develop a sense of ________ where you can get a perspective on your feelings and thoughts.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 7, Morrie discusses how one in declining health should act when trying to relate to others. Explain the traits that Morrie states one should have when relating to others.

5. In Chapter 10, Morrie explains that it is extremely important for the sufferer to develop a connection with a higher power. Explain the importance behind the development of this connection with a higher power.

6. In Chapter 9, Morrie stresses the importance of detachment from the disease. Explain why this detachment is so important to Morrie. What personally helps Morrie form this sense of detachment?

7. 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.

8. At the end of Chapter 7, Morrie talks about how friends and family will have a distorted image of their loved one who is suffering. Explain this distorted image.

9. In Chapter 10, Morrie encourages his reader to discover what is divine. What event made Morrie find what he thought was divine? How did his views on life change?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe how Morrie feels about death. What makes his beliefs about death so different from common opinion? Morrie states that the best way to live well is to be prepared to die. Explain what Morrie means by this statement. Use information from the text for support.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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