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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 Webster's dictionary word definition does Wooden disagree with?

2. Wooden feels the goal to reach perfection is what?

3. From watching whom did Wooden learn about life?

4. Wooden thinks of himself mainly as a what?

5. What does Wooden believe will come if you try anything?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Wooden feel about the players who didn't become famous as opposed to the ones who did become famous?

2. Wooden's primary love is not basketball. What is it?

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

4. How does Wooden use poetry throughout "Wooden"?

5. What does Wooden think happens to a person who becomes "infected" by success?

6. Why do Wooden's brothers all become teachers?

7. Where does winning come into place in Wooden's pyramid of success?

8. What is Wooden's caution when it comes to finding your "bliss"?

9. Why does Wooden disagree with the Webster's dictionary term for success?

10. What does Wooden believe can happen if a person focuses too much on success?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Given what you know about Wooden's character, what would he think about the following types of people? (Be as specific as possible, citing places in the text where Wooden discusses these issues.)

1. A basketball player who is naturally talented but doesn't give 100% versus a basketball player who is average but who always gives his/her all.

2. A teacher who demands that all students get "A" grades "or else" versus a teacher who allows students to get away without working at all and just gives them good grades.

3. A parent who is very lenient with his/her child versus a parent who is very strict with his/her child.

Essay Topic 2

How does Wooden ensure that all the players he coaches are ready to be successful in the following areas:

1. Athletically.

2. Mentally.

3. As a team.

4. Individually.

5. Spiritually.

Essay Topic 3

Wooden describes his pyramid of success using the power of imagery and allusion. How else is imagery and allusion used in another place in "Wooden"? (Example: The image/allusion of the basketball team as a family.)

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