Tuesdays with Morrie
Reading Assignment One: 1-29 (Use C-E-A)
1. How does Mitch describe his lifestyle and work ethic?
2. How did the death of Mitch’s uncle impact the way he chose to live his life?
3. What kind of a person is Morrie?
4. In detail, describe Morrie’s attitude toward his illness and his impending death. How does he face death, and how does he feel about talking about death?
Reading Assignment Two: 30-47 (Use C-E-A)
1. In “The Classroom” chapter, what do you learn about Mitch?
2. In “The Classroom” chapter, what key aphorism does Morrie invent?
3. The tabloids and the O.J. Simpson story in “Taking Attendance” are important to this story. What message is Mitch trying to send about our culture?
4. Name a key lesson Mitch learns from Morrie in “Taking Attendance.”
5. Why do you think Mitch is making the wrong choices and valuing the wrong things?
Reading Assignment Three: 48-61 (Simply use C+A)
1. In “We Talk about the World,” Mitch says he brings Morrie food because it’s the only thing he feels he can contribute. How is sharing food a powerful and symbolic thing for human beings?
2. Does it bother you to see men cry? Why do you think our culture discourages men from crying in public? Do you think it is good for us to discourage men from crying? Explain.
3. In “We Talk about Feeling Sorry for Yourself,” Morrie says he feels lucky. Why does he say that?
4. Why does Mitch bring up the horrible news stories he saw (Albom 58)? What is Mitch trying to say about our culture each time he brings up the news media? What do the messages that Morrie is sending have to do with the horrible news stories?
5. The class does a “trust-fall” (Albom 60-1). Do you think Morrie is right about trusting others in order for them to trust you? Why?
Reading Assignment Four: 62-87 (Use C+A for 1 and 2; use C-E-A for 3 and 4)
1. In “We Talk About Regrets,” Morrie says that we’re so busy that we don’t ask ourselves the big questions; we don’t ask “Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?” Is this true?
2. Mitch talks about being scared to leave school, but also being desperate to leave (Albom 68). He wonders “what the big world will be like out there.” Do you feel the same way about leaving high school? Are you scared to leave? Excited? A little bit of both? Explain.
3. In “The Professor,” we learn about Morrie’s childhood. Why was Morrie’s step-mother such an important and wonderful woman in his life?
4. The big aphorism in “We Talk About Death” is, “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live” (Albom 82). How does Morrie explain this aphorism? What does it mean?
Reading Assignment Five: 88-108 (2 and 5 are C+A; the rest need C-E-A)
1. In “The Fifth Tuesday: We Talk About Family,” Morrie explains why family is so important. Why does Morrie believe family is so important? Include a quote and explain it!
2. Why do you think the story about Mitch’s brother having cancer might be important? Why did Mitch include it?
3. What does the story about Mitch and his brother “taking on death” as children show us about the way young people view death?
4. In “The Sixth Tuesday: We Talk About Emotions,” Morrie talks about “detaching” from an experience. Explain what it means to detach oneself and how one does it.
5. Why is it important for Morrie to be able to “detach” from his emotions of fear and panic?
Reading Assignment Six: 109-140 (Use C+E+A for 1, 2, and 3. Use C+A for 4 & 5.)
1. What did Morrie learn about human beings from the woman who lay down on the floor every day?
2: Why does Morrie embrace aging?
3. Pick one piece of advice that Morrie gives in “The Seventh Tuesday: We Talk About the Fear of Aging.” Write down this quote, and then explain why it is important or meaningful to you.
4. What does Morrie mean when he says, “love is how you stay alive” ?
5. What does Morrie mean when he says, “I believe in being fully present?” How is Morrie’s belief different from what the culture teaches?
Reading Assignment Seven: 141-170. (Use C-E-A for all except #1)
1. In “The Eleventh Tuesday,” what does Morrie mean when he says, “People are only mean when they’re threatened […] and that’s what our culture does.”
2. In “Audiovisual, Part Three,” Morrie tells Ted Koppel that he’s less afraid of dying now than earlier. At this point in his journey, what does he say he pays less attention to, and what does he say he pays more attention to?
3. When Ted Koppel asks Morrie if he wanted to say anything to the audience, what did Morrie say?
4. What did Morrie admit for the first time in “Audiovisual, Part Three”?
5. In “The Twelfth Tuesday,” What is Morrie’s idea of forgiveness?
Reading Assignment Eight: 171-192. (Use C-E-A for all but #5)
1. In “The Thirteenth Tuesday,” according to Morrie, how are we different from plants and animals? Do you agree with him? Explain why or why not.
2. According to Morrie, what are the important questions?
3. In “The Fourteenth Tuesday,” what did Morrie and Mitch tell each other on Mitch’s last Tuesday visit?
4. After years of distance from his brother, Peter, in “Graduation/Conclusion,” Mitch finally reaches his brother. How does his brother respond?
5. From the impression left on you after completing the book, what are those things that make life worthwhile?