Tuesdays With Morrie - The Third Tuesday through The Fourth Tuesday Answer Key

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The Third Tuesday
#1 What does Mitch bring with him on his third visit? Why? A tape recorder so he could remember what they talked about
#2 What kinds of questions does Mitch write down on his plane ride home? Questions to which there 'seemed to be no clear answers'
#3 What was the topic of Mitch's honor thesis? How football in America is becoming ritualistic
#4 What metaphor does Mitch use to describe how he felt when he showed Morrie his thesis? With the pride of a Little Leaguer rounding the bases on his first home run
#5 Why does Morrie say: 'we don't get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives'? It doesn't happen automatically: we need someone to probe us in that direction
The Audiovisual, Part Two
#1 2. What two things does Morrie tell Koppel he dreads losing the most? Losing control of his hands and his voice
#2 What does Morrie tell Ted Koppel keeps him “very up”? When he has people and friends with him
#3 Koppel asks Morrie: “How will you give when you can no longer speak?” How does he reply to this question? “Maybe I’ll have everyone ask me yes or no questions.”
#4 Why does Morrie say you don’t need speech or hearing to feel love? You can hold hands and feel a lot of love passing between you and others
#5 Why does the letter from the teacher in Pennsylvania move Morrie to tears? It was from a woman who taught a class of children who had lost a parent to death. His mother died when he was young.
The Professor
#1 What happens to Morrie’s brother that he feels responsible for, even though it wasn’t his fault? He was diagnosed with polio
#2 Who came into Morrie’s life that he refers to as his “saving embrace”? His stepmother, Eva
#3 How does Morrie get through his mother’s death? He goes to the synagogue by himself to pray
#4 How did Morrie end up becoming a teacher? He didn’t want to be a lawyer or a doctor. He didn’t like lawyers and couldn’t stand the sight of blood.
#5 Give three facts about Morrie's childhood. 1. he lived in poverty; 2. his mother died when he was eight; 3. his father was not very nurturing; 4. his brother had polio; 5. he had to sell magazines to help his family survive when he was nine; 6. his stepmother was the closest thing to a parent he really had
The Fourth Tuesday
#1 What was the subject of this meeting with Morrie? Death
#2 Why does Morrie’s son, Rob, suggest he change the last line in the letter responding to a lady who lost her mother to ALS? Because he writes: “I hope grieving has been good for you also.”
#3 Why, according to Morrie, is it so hard to think about dying? “Most of us walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully because we’re half-asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do.”
#4 Describe Morrie’s religious beliefs. He was “a religious mutt.” He was born Jewish, but became agnostic. He also enjoyed some of the philosophies of Buddhism and Christianity.
#5 How does Morrie say you can “be more involved in your life while you’re living”? “Do what the Buddhists do. Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks, ‘Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?’”
#1 What did Mitch give Morrie at graduation? A briefcase with his initials on it
#2 What disease did Morrie have? Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)
#3 What newspaper hired Mitch as a columnist? Detroit Free Press
#4 Why did Morrie tell Mitch: “I hope that one day you will think of me as your friend”? When taking role for class, Morrie asked Mitch if he preferred to be called Mitch or Mitchell. Mitch told him his friends call him Mitch
#5 Why does Morrie tell Mitch he keeps up with the latest news, even though he is dying? Now that he is dying, he feels closer to people who suffer than ever before.
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