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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Wooden supplement his income?
(a) By running basketball training camps in the summer.
(b) By playing pro basketball on the weekends.
(c) By waiting tables on the weekend.
(d) By selling sports stories to the local newspaper.

2. What promise did Coach Wooden make to Eddie, a young member of his South Bend team?
(a) To buy his parents tickets to the game if they go to championships.
(b) To practice his free throws with him everyday.
(c) To start him in the next game.
(d) To remove him from the team if his attitude does not change.

3. Why did Wooden stay a coach when he could have earned much more money as a professional player?
(a) His wife didn't want him to play professionally.
(b) He didn't get any professional offers.
(c) He was getting too old to play professional basketball.
(d) He loved the young people he coached.

4. What incident caused Coach Wooden to refer to the coach/player relationship as a father/son relationship?
(a) Kicking a player off the team for having a bad attitude.
(b) Watching his team lose the championship game.
(c) Taking an injured player to the hospital.
(d) Pulling a star player out of the championship game.

5. Who encouraged Coach Wooden to wait until after college to marry Nellie?
(a) Nellie's mother.
(b) His coach.
(c) His mother.
(d) His father.

Short Answer Questions

1. Coach Lambert taught his players movement by design instead of what?

2. Why did Coach Wooden get upset with his high-school basketball coach, Glenn Curtis?

3. Besides coaching at the high-school level, what class did Coach Wooden teach?

4. How did Doug McIntosh feel when Coach Wooden pulled him from the championship game?

5. As a child, what did Coach Wooden stuff with rags to make a ball?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 17, Coach Wooden says, "failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." Explain what he means by this.

2. What is the meaning of this quote by Coach Wooden, "the true athlete should have character, not be a character"?

3. Explain the importance of socks and shoes according to Coach Wooden.

4. According to Chapter 14, what was important to the Wooden Family?

5. Explain how Coach Wooden earned money while in college.

6. Discuss some of the advice Coach Wooden's father gave him in his elementary graduation letter.

7. In Chapter 1, Coach Wooden says that Jack Hirsch was a bully, but he later realized Jack was lacking in confidence. Why do people who lack confidence sometimes bully?

8. Why didn't Coach Wooden remain a high-school basketball coach?

9. Explain the comparison Coach talked about between players and doves.

10. Describe how Coach Wooden learned to play basketball as a child.

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