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. When Wooden loses Nellie, he finds what?

2. What does Wooden seem to hold as the highest standard of his success?

3. Wooden doesn't want his children to worry that they have done what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe John and Nellie Wooden's marriage.

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

5. How does Wooden's father's "teaching" personality carry over into his sons?

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

7. What special bond does Wooden share with his father?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the book, Wooden flashes back to his childhood and early years. What purpose does this type of flashback serve in terms of the rest of his book (e.g. how it supports his pyramid of success, how it sets the stage for his coaching techniques, etc.)?

Essay Topic 2

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.)

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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