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. Why does Wooden choose an American president to explain his views on what he believes a successful person can/should be?

2. Wooden suggests that people shouldn't work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for what?

3. What does Wooden want from his father?

4. Wooden says you can't do what like someone else?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe John and Nellie Wooden's marriage.

2. How does Wooden approach each day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?)

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