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 feels the goal to reach perfection is what?

2. Wooden thinks that accepting money for endorsements could potentially be what?

3. Wooden feels that strong support in a family results in what?

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

5. How does Wooden feel about his players who became famous as opposed to his players who didn't become famous?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Wooden describe his parents?

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

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

8. For whom does Wooden show great respect during Part 1 of "Wooden"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.)

Essay Topic 3

Poetry is used throughout "Wooden." Explore the ways in which poetry assists the reader in any two of the following areas:

1. Understanding Wooden's father.

2. Understanding Wooden's relationship with his wife, Nellie.

3. Understanding Wooden's coaching/teaching principles.

4. Understanding the way Wooden raises his family.

5. Understanding Wooden's pyramid of success.

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