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. Chapter 8 is based on being kind to whom?

3. According to Schwartz, how many new friends did he make because of his illness?

4. Schwartz emphasizes that no matter how bad life gets, one should always keep their heart open to whom?

5. Schwartz states that we must be able to _____ what is going on inside of us.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. In Chapter 8, Morrie discusses newly found freedom of being whom you want to be. Explain this freedom and why it suddenly occurs.

4. In Chapter 6, Morrie explains the importance of not becoming useless. Explain why not becoming useless is so important.

5. At the end of Chapter 6, Morrie explains how he became well-known. Explain the process which leads to Morrie being in the public eye.

6. 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?

7. In Chapter 7, Morrie explains the differences between knowing what you want and what you need. Explain Morrie's concept of basic need.

8. 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.

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

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

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 2

In Chapter 6, Schwartz explains that it is never too late to get involved in an activity or redirect your interests. Describe these concepts, using specific examples from the story. Initially, what interest did Morrie pursue for his own benefit?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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