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. What two things doesn't Wooden suggest a coach use to lead his team?

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

3. Wooden says people shouldn't be afraid to do what?

4. At the top of Wooden's schematic are confidence and what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose three places in "Wooden" where John Wooden uses real people to illustrate his points. How does the person's character, experiences, and/or reputation support what Wooden is trying to explain to the reader?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Wooden's father (as well as his father's influence) appears directly and indirectly throughout the course of the book. Write down how Wooden's father influenced Wooden in any three of the following areas:

1. Wooden's philosophy of coaching/teaching.

2. Wooden's pyramid of success.

3. Wooden's relationship with his players.

4. Wooden's relationship with his wife.

5. Wooden's decision to leave UCLA.

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