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TWM quiz 1
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Why is Morrie trying to enjoy the process of becoming fully dependent on his caregivers?
He gets to be a baby again.
How much attention does Morrie pay to the news? Go into detail.
He reads the newspaper everyday, keeps up on the news, very concerned about the people.
Morrie vows to show Mitch what?
It's ok to cry.
What is the significance of Tuesdays to Morrie and Mitch?
They used to meet on Tuesdays when Mitch was in college.
Of whom does Mitch remind Morrie?
A younger version of Morrie.
What is the first behavioral change we see in Mitch as a result of his visits with Morrie? What does it mean?
He's less focused on work because he stopped renting a cell phone.
How does Morrie cope with his life?
He mourns in the morning, but gets over it.
What does Mitch think about how Morrie copes with his debilitating and terminal illness?
He thinks more people should cope the way Morrie does.
How does Mitch step in to help Morrie during his visit?
He learns how to move Morrie out of his wheelchair and into his chair.
What does Morrie tell Mitch and his classmates a person must do in order to gain someone's trust?
Believe what they feel and trust others.
Albom(Mitch) divides the rest of the chapters into "First Tuesday," "Second Tuesday," etc. Why do you think he does this?
How much time they have.
What does Mitch bring with him to the third Tuesday? Why does he bring it?
The recorder, to remember what he says and to hear his voice after he passes.
What did Mitch wonder about Morrie when he saw the episode of Nightline?
What regrets he had once he knew his death was imminent.
What does Morrie say about the culture and death?
The culture says don't look at your life until you're about to die.
What are some of the things that Mitch puts on the list of topics about which he needs clarity?
Death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness, and a meaningful life.
What is the topic of Mitch's senior thesis, and why is it significant?
How football has become ritualistic, it's significant because it shows his future career as a sports writer.
How does the Nightline crew act on their second visit to Morrie's?
It is a lot more comfortable and it feels like he is at home.
What happened to Morrie as a child that has him choking up as he reads the letter he sent to a school teacher?
He talks about how his mother died as he was a child.
How did Morrie try to deal with illness and death when he was a child?
He tried to ignore illness and death and hoped that it would go away.
What happened to Morrie's brother, David, when they were children?
He got polio.
When Morrie was a child, where did Morrie seek help for the issues plaguing his family?
Who shows Morrie affection?
His stepmom, Eva.
Why did Morrie become a teacher?
-He didn't want to be a lawyer(hated lawyers) or a doctor(hated blood), and didn't want to work where he would make money off of someone else's sweat.
What is going on nationally at the time of Mitch's fourth Tuesday? What is significant about these events?
OJ Simpson trial-Mitch didn't care about it anymore and it was huge.
How is Morrie's health declining further?
He's on an oxygen tank.
What does Morrie say repeatedly about death?
-He says everyone knows they will die but nobody actually wants to believe it.
What is Morrie's observation about how one thinks about death when one is dying?
It's not as scary, you see things differently , once you learn how to die you learn how to live.
What was Lou Gehrig's famous line from his Yankee Stadium speech? Why is it ironic?
Today i feel like the luckiest person on earth. He made that statement after he got diagnosed with ALS and had to quit his baseball career.
Describe Morrie's family.
He has one brother and he got polio(David), two sons (rob & John), has a wife (Charlotte).
Fill in the blank: "Love each other or _______________."
What does Albom(Mitch) say is the dilemma with his generation?
The children will tie them down and change them into 'parents', turn them into something they don't want.
In one paragraph, summarize the story of Mitch's brother.
He's in Spain, doesn't talk to anyone, He was rebellious, got into drugs and alcohol but was still his parent's favorite, goes to Spain and gets cancer, he decides to fight himself, pushes his family away and doesn't speak to any of them.
When did Mitch and his brother face death head-on as children?
When they were sledding, they went down a hill and there was a car and almost got hit by a car.
How has Morrie been deceiving Mitch? Why?
He's been putting the food in the freezer that Mitch has gotten him because the food is too hard and he doesn't want to hurt Mitch's feelings.
What does Mitch say to Charlotte? What does Mitch think? Was Morrie right?
His feelings wouldn't have been hurt and Morrie should've told him, it ends up upsetting Mitch after he feels bad because he's reminding Morrie of all the things he can't have anymore.
How does Morrie suggest it is best to deal with emotions?
Feel them and detach.
How does Morrie want to die?
If Morrie were reincarnated, what would he want to be?
Back in college, what does Mitch's father want Mitch to be, and how does Morrie feel about that?
A lawyer. Morrie doesn't like lawyers.
What enables Mitch to visit Morrie again?
His work is on strike.
How did Morrie say to get meaning into your life?
Devote yourself to love others, devote yourself to the community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
What makes up the culture Morrie developed?
discussion groups, walks with friends, dancing to his music in the Harvard Square church
What are some of the things Mitch lists as making up the culture most people experience?
Madonna, OJ Simpson trial, Princess Diana, JFK Jr
What side always wins in a battle of opposites?
How does Morrie say he'll die?
What did Mitch envision his life would become when he was young? How did that change after graduation?
That he would become a pianist. He actuality he worked in the same city for the same newspaper for a long time.
What are Mitch's reasons for not keeping in touch with Morrie? Go into detail.
He was busy with work, and his job went on strike. (traded dreams for money)
What has happened in Morrie's life following the appearance on Nightline, and what does that suggest about his appeal?
He got really popular and suggested that people are interested in the transition from life to death.
Back in college, Mitch has "two overwhelming desires" regarding Morrie. What are they?
to hug him and give him a napkin.
Morrie looks harsher and older than Mitch remembers, until Morrie does what?
What does Mitch hope to accomplish in his visit?
Mitch hopes to fool Morrie's into thinking he is still the good person he was in college.
What does Mitch do on the way to his reunion with Morrie? What does this reveal about Mitch?
He stalls and stays on the phone with work
Morrie lives in a suburb of what big city?
What does Morrie do that pleases Mitch?
Asks whether he should call Mitch 'Michel or Mitch'.
In the flashback, how does Mitch feel when he arrives for his first class with Morrie?
He is uncertain about taking the class because he is the only student in it and would be noticed for skipping class.
How does Mitch find out about Morrie's illness?
Flipping through channels.
Was Morrie a fan of Ted Koppel's or not? Explain.
No he thought Ted was a narcissist.
What television show came to Morrie's house to film him for a segment?
What does Mitch do to change his life?
He gets his masters degree and becomes a sports writer.
What big event changed Mitch's life when he was a young man?
his uncle died of pancreatic cancer.
What happened in the first few years after graduation?
a lot of work
What was Mitch's dream?
To be a magician/ piano player.
Did Mitch keep his promise to keep in touch?
How does Morrie choose to celebrate his life?
What decision does Morrie make?
He is going to use his dying to teach others about death.
What image does Albom provide to describe ALS?
A lit candle and the wax is slowly melting away.
What is Morrie illness?
ALS/ Lou Gehrig's disease
What first slows Morrie down?
What is different about the narrative during a flashback?
The flashbacks are in present tense
What do the italics note?
Who was the student?
What was held in lieu of graduation?
What is the subject?
The meaning of life
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