TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: PLOT NOTES / CHAPTER NOTES
ESSAY TOPICS / BOOK REPORT IDEAS / STUDY QUESTIONS
1. How is popular culture and the media represented throughout the novel? Describe how Morrie has created his own culture. Pretending you are Mitch, use what you have learned from Morrie's teachings to outline a new set of your own cultural values by which you will begin leading your life.
2. Describe how Mitch has suffered under the demands of the media and pop-culture. Illustrate a personal experience where you may have suffered as a result of pop-culture values and demands; how did you escape and create your own values, like Morrie? If you were not able to, how could you apply Morrie's teachings to see through pop-culture values?
3. Morrie emphasizes the importance of love and compassion throughout the entire novel. What role does he feel they play in every day life? How has he come to realize how important love is? Provide specific examples from the novel.
4. Explain Morrie's theory on detachment; how has it helped him throughout his sickness? If he had not been successful at detaching himself from his experiences, do you think he would have lived as long as he did with ALS? How do you think it helped him stay somewhat content with his illness?
5. Describe what the pink hibiscus plant symbolizes.
6. Mitch brings Morrie food every Tuesday. Describe why you think Mitch continues to bring Morrie food that he knows he is unable to eat.
7. How did Morrie's childhood positively impact the remainder of his life? Explain how each of his family members (his father, brother, mother and stepmother) have played a role in his development.
8. Who inspired Morrie's love and motivation for education? Why did he decide to become a sociology professor?
9. Throughout the novel Morrie continually emphasizes the importance of accepting our imminent death. Elaborate on this theory and how it could affect they way in which we choose to live our lives. What does he mean by, "Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live." (82)?
10. Morrie expresses how he was never afraid to age. Describe how he see aging as growth and not decay, contrary to most people.
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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom: Free BookNotes Summary
What are Morrie's religious values? Does he steep himself in the theology of one religion, or many?
How does Morrie's dislike of the media's role in popular culture contradict his willingness to be interviewed by Ted Koppel for the television program "Nightline"?
How has Morrie's childhood affected his behavior as an adult? Explain how each of his family members, including his mother, father, stepmother, and younger brother, have affected his development.
What reasons does Morrie give for rejecting the mores prescribed by the popular culture. How has he created his own culture, and what values does it consist of?
How does Morrie rationalize his thoughts that aging is growth, and not decay, as most people see it?
Explain Morrie's relationship with Ted Koppel. What does Morrie see in Koppel that others fail to?
Who inspired Morrie's passion for books and education? What inspired his passion for people? Why did he decide to become a professor of sociology?