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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 that the goals in life are the same as the goals in what?

2. What does Wooden think of people trying to achieve goals that will or could harm themselves?

3. Where was Wooden born?

4. Wooden thinks a person's goals should be difficult to achieve but not what?

5. Wooden seems to see every day as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Wooden approach each day?

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

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

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

6. For Wooden, personal glory comes second to what?

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

8. How does Wooden feel about athletes taking money for endorsements?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are numerous "tones" that Wooden uses throughout "Wooden." What tone would you attribute to each of these topics and why?

1. The Special Olympics.

2. The regular Olympics.

3. Joshua Wooden.

4. Nellie Wooden.

5. Success.

6. Abraham Lincoln.

7. The Bible.

8. Literature and poetry.

Essay Topic 2

Abraham Lincoln is referenced several times during "Wooden." When and why does Wooden choose to use Abraham Lincoln to make his points? What are those points?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of parallels that occur in "Wooden." Discuss the parallels between three of the following topics:

1. Wooden's relationship with his father and Wooden's relationship with the reader.

2. Wooden's time as a coach and Wooden's time as a father.

3. Wooden's relationship with his father and Wooden's relationship with his team members.

4. Wooden's pyramid of success and Wooden's coaching career.

5. Wooden's thoughts about his father and Wooden's thoughts about Abraham Lincoln.

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