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. Wooden believes many people know what they want but they aren't willing to what?

2. Wooden wants people to struggle to do what?

3. What kind of haircut does Wooden make his UCLA players wear?

4. How does Wooden feel about his players who went on to do something else than become professional ball players?

5. Wooden says you can't do what like someone else?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Wooden use poetry in Part 2 of "Wooden" to show he loves his father?

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

4. Why does Wooden believe that hopes and dreams are not enough to succeed?

5. Why does Wooden think working toward a goal should be a first concern for someone who wants to be successful?

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

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

8. Why does Wooden call himself a "realistic optimist"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Wooden," Wooden uses many different anecdotes to prove his points. Choose one of those anecdotes and answer the following questions about it:

1. What is the anecdote?

2. What theory/idea does the anecdote support?

3. How do you know this anecdote is being used in this manner? (In other words, what clues can you get from the text?)

Essay Topic 2

What are three ways that Wooden tries to empower the reader of "Wooden" to try to be his or her best? (Example: Wooden uses Abraham Lincoln's life as a tool to motivate readers to become more like Lincoln.)

Essay Topic 3

If we consider Wooden's pyramid of success to be the climax of his book, what would three "rising action" elements (those parts of the book leading up to the climax) be?

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