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. What does Wooden say most people are "whether they know it or not"?

2. What does Wooden believe is greater than failure?

3. Throughout Part 2 of "Wooden," Wooden continues to emphasize his love for whom?

4. What are the names of Wooden's parents?

5. Wooden has several brothers. What profession do they all choose?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Wooden feels about the concept of "role models"?

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

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

5. Why does Wooden believe that hopes and dreams are not enough to succeed?

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

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

8. How does Wooden approach each day?

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

10. Wooden believes that the media has made winning different. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the overall theme of the book "Wooden"? (In other words, what theme is the thread that holds the whole piece together?)

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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