Wooden Test | Final 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. How does Wooden feel punishment of players should be handled?

2. Why does Wooden say parents of his players would sometimes come to him?

3. What does Wooden seem to think of his skills as a basketball tactician?

4. What does Wooden believe is necessary to properly prepare for any task?

5. How often does Wooden believe people can do their best?

Short Essay Questions

1. Aside from the center block on Wooden's pyramid of success, what other blocks are in the middle row?

2. Wooden uses Abraham Lincoln to illustrate which of the four blocks that are at the second level of his pyramid of success? Why?

3. What block is at the top of Wooden's pyramid of success? What does it mean?

4. What are three ways that Wooden makes sure his players are ready for "physiological warfare"?

5. What block is at the center of Wooden's pyramid of success? Why?

6. How do Wooden's beliefs regarding morality affect the way he's put his pyramid of success together?

7. Why doesn't Wooden believe that a leader should motivate with fear of discipline?

8. How does Wooden end "Wooden"?

9. From where did Wooden get his ideas for his pyramid of success?

10. Wooden is not what he calls a "dictator style coach." In what ways does he differ from that type of coach?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wooden talks about a number of terms throughout the book. Pick any three of the four terms below and explain in detail what they mean:

1. Physiological warfare.

2. Paying the price.

3. Competitive greatness.

4. Dictatorial style.

Essay Topic 2

"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 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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