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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 to achieve success, a person must have what?

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

3. Throughout his life, Wooden has always loved what, thanks to his father?

4. When Wooden loses Nellie, he finds what?

5. Wooden describes his marriage how?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do Wooden's brothers all become teachers?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Wooden describe his parents?

9. Describe John and Nellie Wooden's marriage.

10. Why does Wooden want his players to want to please him rather than wanting them to be afraid of disappointing him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Wooden" is autobiographical as well as instructive. Explain three places in "Wooden" that are autobiographical in nature, then explain three places in "Wooden" that are instructive (i.e., that impart information to the reader).

Essay Topic 2

Wooden's father (as well as his father's influence) appears directly and indirectly throughout the course of the book. Write down how Wooden's father influenced Wooden in any three of the following areas:

1. Wooden's philosophy of coaching/teaching.

2. Wooden's pyramid of success.

3. Wooden's relationship with his players.

4. Wooden's relationship with his wife.

5. Wooden's decision to leave UCLA.

Essay Topic 3

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.)

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