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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. Not all of Wooden's players become what?
(a) Fathers.
(b) Coaches.
(c) Rich.
(d) Famous.

2. Wooden believes that in order to be successful, you do not have to have what?
(a) Material possessions.
(b) A big family.
(c) Stocks and bonds.
(d) Lots of free time.

3. For Wooden, the final score is not as important as ...
(a) The path to the final score.
(b) The thought of the final score.
(c) The way the referees call violations.
(d) The last game.

4. How does Wooden want his players and kids to think of him?
(a) He wants them to please him.
(b) He wants them to devote time to doing what he wants them to do.
(c) He wants them to think he's a hero.
(d) He wants them to fear him.

5. Why does Wooden choose an American president to explain his views on what he believes a successful person can/should be?
(a) He doesn't want to keep talking about his father.
(b) Because he can't figure anyone else to discuss.
(c) Because the president is a well-known figure.
(d) He is encouraged to do so by his co-author.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Wooden believe had a better definition of success than the one in Webster's dictionary?

2. Wooden thinks of himself mainly as a what?

3. Wooden believes that working toward a goal (aka, the "destination") should be what?

4. From watching whom did Wooden learn about life?

5. What does Wooden say his father read to the family regularly?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Wooden believe you shouldn't compare yourself to someone else?

2. Why does Wooden place a high importance on being a coach/teacher in terms of the coach-player relationship?

3. Aside from the center block on Wooden's pyramid of success, what other blocks are in the middle row?

4. For Wooden, "success" isn't defined by money or fame. How is it described?

5. Wooden uses Abraham Lincoln to illustrate which of the four blocks that are at the second level of his pyramid of success? Why?

6. What block is at the top of Wooden's pyramid of success? What does it mean?

7. Why does Wooden make his team members have the same hair cut and uniform?

8. Why does Wooden want his players to want to please him rather than wanting them to be afraid of disappointing him?

9. What does Wooden stress about listening to what people say about you? What example does he give?

10. What does "being fair" mean to Wooden when it comes to being a leader?

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