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 that strong support in a family results in what?

2. When Wooden loses Nellie, he finds what?

3. Wooden believes that to achieve success, a person must have what?

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

5. What does Wooden believe will happen if you don't work as hard as you can toward a life goal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.)

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