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. The poems Wooden adds to "Wooden" achieve what goal?

2. What family member does Wooden talk the most about during Part 1 of "Wooden"?

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

4. Wooden often uses what his father taught him while he was growing up to help whom?

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. How does Wooden describe his parents?

2. How does Wooden compare the Special Olympics to the regular Olympics?

3. What is Wooden's caution when it comes to finding your "bliss"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.)?

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