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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 are the names of Wooden's parents?

2. What organization does Wooden support?

3. Wooden believes every person who wants to succeed must be willing to pay what?

4. What does Wooden believe will come if you try anything?

5. Which people in Wooden's life influence his decisions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two blocks that Wooden uses to introduce his image of a pyramid to his readers?

2. Despite the fact that Wooden doesn't like all his players, how does he treat them?

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

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

5. What is the basic focus of the beginning of the book "Wooden"?

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

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

8. What are the three priorities (in order of importance) Wooden feels every UCLA player should keep in mind?

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

10. How does Wooden approach each day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?)

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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