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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 people can never reach what state?

2. Wooden says his parents worked without what?

3. What does it mean when an athlete gets an endorsement offer?

4. Wooden feels that a person should never do what?

5. What does Wooden say his father read to the family regularly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Wooden feel about athletes taking money for endorsements?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Wooden describe his parents?

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

10. Why does Wooden run his basketball team like he runs his household?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given what you know about Wooden's character, what would he think about the following types of people? (Be as specific as possible, citing places in the text where Wooden discusses these issues.)

1. A basketball player who is naturally talented but doesn't give 100% versus a basketball player who is average but who always gives his/her all.

2. A teacher who demands that all students get "A" grades "or else" versus a teacher who allows students to get away without working at all and just gives them good grades.

3. A parent who is very lenient with his/her child versus a parent who is very strict with his/her child.

Essay Topic 2

The notion of "family" is a theme that runs through "Wooden." Choose any three of the relationships below and talk about how Wooden describes the relationship to the reader in a familial manner. Do not use the same familial relationship for all three answers.

1. The relationship between coaches and players.

2. The relationship between Wooden and UCLA.

3. The relationship between Wooden and the reader.

4. The relationship between players on a team.

5. The relationship between a teacher and his/her students.

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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