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. When Wooden discusses players who have been on his various teams, he is giving them what?

2. Wooden says he wanted his relationship with his players to be the same as the relationship he experienced with whom?

3. How does Wooden feel about his players who became famous as opposed to his players who didn't become famous?

4. What does Wooden feel could happen if you attain a goal for which you haven't fully prepared?

5. When Wooden decides to continue his education, it is so he could do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Wooden's philosophy of "perfection."

4. Wooden's primary love is not basketball. What is it?

5. How does Wooden describe his parents?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of parallels that occur in "Wooden." Discuss the parallels between three of the following topics:

1. Wooden's relationship with his father and Wooden's relationship with the reader.

2. Wooden's time as a coach and Wooden's time as a father.

3. Wooden's relationship with his father and Wooden's relationship with his team members.

4. Wooden's pyramid of success and Wooden's coaching career.

5. Wooden's thoughts about his father and Wooden's thoughts about Abraham Lincoln.

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

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.

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