Wooden 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 types of things would Wooden never do?

2. Wooden makes a connection between getting a gold medal (i.e., in the Olympics) and getting what?

3. What does Wooden say about the Olympics?

4. When does Wooden feel that success can be dangerous?

5. What does Wooden say most people are "whether they know it or not"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Wooden's philosophy of "perfection."

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

3. What does Wooden think will happen if a person's goals are impossible to attain?

4. How does Wooden compare the Special Olympics to the regular Olympics?

5. Why does Wooden run his basketball team like he runs his household?

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

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

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

9. Why doesn't Wooden become a basketball player himself?

10. What is the basic focus of the beginning of the book "Wooden"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the overall theme of the book "Wooden"? (In other words, what theme is the thread that holds the whole piece together?)

Essay Topic 2

Wooden doesn't come out and directly state everything; instead, he allows the reader to make some inferences. What can the reader infer about the following topics based on what's written throughout "Wooden"? Be specific in your answer.

1. Wooden's relationship with his children.

2. Wooden's relationship with Kareem Abdul-Jabar.

3. Wooden's personal library.

4. Wooden's method of writing "Wooden."

Essay Topic 3

Wooden tells the reader at the beginning of the book that he has a love for literature. How is his love for literature apparent at three different times during the text of "Wooden'? (Example: The use of poetry throughout "Wooden" shows that Wooden loves the written word and is familiar with many types of poems as well as authors.)

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