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. When Wooden discusses conditioning, he says that it is all-inclusive, involving the moral, physical, and what?

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

3. When things don't turn out as we want them to, Wooden suggests that we rely on what?

4. When Wooden retired, he told his team what?

5. What does Wooden say about players who believe they will win or lose based on what people say about them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does "being fair" mean to Wooden when it comes to being a leader?

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

3. What does Wooden say about coaches that win through violence and anger?

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

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

6. Why does Wooden place a high importance on being a coach/teacher in terms of the coach-player relationship?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What is the overall theme of the book "Wooden"? (In other words, what theme is the thread that holds the whole piece together?)

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