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. Wooden says being a coach is akin to being a what?

2. Why does Wooden want his players' feet to be tough?

3. How does Wooden think people should feel about the work they do?

4. In Wooden's opinion, "[b]eing aware of the things that will influence your situation" is described as what?

5. When does Wooden say he knew it was time for him to retire?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Wooden discuss his retirement from coaching during Part 3 of "Wooden"?

2. When does Wooden say he knew it was time to retire from coaching at UCLA?

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

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

5. Where does winning come into place in Wooden's pyramid of success?

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

7. What are three ways that Wooden shows he cares about his players?

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

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

10. How does Wooden describe his tactical knowledge when it comes to basketball?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At the beginning of the book, Wooden flashes back to his childhood and early years. What purpose does this type of flashback serve in terms of the rest of his book (e.g. how it supports his pyramid of success, how it sets the stage for his coaching techniques, etc.)?

Essay Topic 3

If we consider Wooden's pyramid of success to be the climax of his book, what would three "rising action" elements (those parts of the book leading up to the climax) be?

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