They Call Me Coach Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Coach Wooden say a coach often feels about his players?

2. What caused Wooden to return to his high-school basketball team after he walked off the team?

3. Where would Coach have stayed if it were up to him?

4. Who encouraged Coach Wooden to wait until after college to marry Nellie?

5. Who did Wooden replace as coach at Indiana State?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Coach Wooden do most of his talking with his players?

2. How did Coach Wooden feel about money?

3. What principle did Coach Wooden base his coaching career on and what does it mean?

4. Describe Wooden's relationship with his high-school coach Glenn Curtis.

5. Why did Coach Wooden want to leave UCLA, and why did he decide to stay?

6. Explain what happened between Coach Wooden and one of his South Bend students named Eddie.

7. Explain Coach Lambert's coaching philosophy.

8. Describe what Coach Wooden calls "one of the most gratifying moments of his career."

9. Describe the incident in Chapter 2 between Coach Wooden and his brother and the impact it had on Coach.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several occasions in the book where Coach Wooden discusses removing players from a game or practice for different reasons.

Part 1) Compare the different occasions and reasons. How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) Do you think Coach was right or wrong in each of these occasions. Why?

Part 3) Do Coach's decisions make the players better players? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Coach Wooden had two sides to his coaching. One side is practical, such as instructing the students in how to put on socks, the other side is mental, such as teaching them to not show emotion if they win or lose. Write about both sides of Coach Wooden's coaching using specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Several times in They Call Me Coach, Coach Wooden discusses events in his childhood and teenager years, as well as how these events influence his life.

Part 1) Discuss how positive events in someone's childhood can influence them both positively and negatively.

Part 2) Discuss how negative events in someone's childhood can influence them both positively and negatively.

As you write each part, use examples from Coach's childhood and/or teenage years to explain your point.

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