Tuesdays With Morrie is the story of a relationship between a wise teacher, Morrie, and a grateful student, Mitch. The story spans decades, so we see the student. The relationship between Mitch and Morrie becomes so close that Mitch asks Explain what three things would I hope to learn from this person and why this. It is September, back to school week, and for the first time in thirty-five years, Morrie is not returning to teach. Mitch notes that Morrie's clothes are progressively.
Morrie enters the classroom and does not say anything. The students in the class are uncomfortable at first, but eventually they sit and listen.
Some students even become angry. Throughout the experiment Mitch is very quiet. Morrie realizes that Mitch is much like Morrie was in his younger days. Neither Mitch nor Morrie is comfortable sharing his feelings. However, Morrie has grown out of feeling uncomfortable sharing with others, and Mitch is just beginning to learn how.
What is the reader supposed to learn from this chapter? The lesson the reader is supposed to learn is that as humans we should remember that love is more important that money or fame. We cannot let society create a culture in which we do not value ourselves. Describe how Mitch is changing through these Tuesday meetings. The reader should recognize even in this short time that Mitch is more comfortable with himself.
He is giving up time and money to travel to see Morrie, and Mitch used to give up relationships in order to make money.
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Mitch leaves his phone at home, determined to let people wait. How does food serve as a motif in the story? Food serves as a pleasant memory for Mitch and Morrie. When they met together in college, it would often be for lunch. The fi rst time Mitch comes to visit Morrie, Morrie feeds him. Now, Mitch feels compelled to bring food when he comes to visit Morrie.
How has the disease progressed? Morrie is unable to lift his arms higher than his chest. He is forced to sit in a chair rather than spend his time in the living room or kitchen. Morrie needs assistance when he uses the toilet. Describe how Morrie perceives self-pity and mourning. Morrie allows himself time to mourn each morning.
He takes time to explore his body and see how the disease has progressed. When he is finished, he stops mourning. Sometimes he will cry, but he will not cry for long. Would you consider Morrie a pessimist or an optimist? Morrie is an optimist. While he is sad for his disease, he is happy that he is given so much time to say good-bye to his loved ones. He views being able to say good-bye as a lucky thing because there are some people who are not given that opportunity.
What does it illustrate in light of the conversations that Mitch and Morrie are having? The strike is getting worse. People are confronting one another; people are being beaten; people are getting arrested.
The confrontations at the paper illustrate two points. First, people are acting in way totally contradictory to what Morrie encourages: Describe the event that prompts Mitch to realize that time is running out with Morrie. Mitch realizes that time is running out when he offers to help Morrie into his bed.
When Mitch says that he needs to do something, what do you think he is going to do? Students may write that they think Mitch wants to spend more time with Morrie. Some students may believe that Mitch wants to record his last moments with Morrie. People are unable to successfully trust the other people until they close their eyes. The experiment teaches people that they need to believe what they feel instead of what they see.
He believes that money and fame are the most important, even if at times he is unhappy as a result of chasing those dreams. When he meets Morrie at this point in his life, Morrie teaches him again that believing and acting upon what he feels will help him more than only believing what he sees.
We Talk About Regrets Vocabulary clamoring — insisting nostalgia — sentiment imminent — threatening ambivalence — uncertainty egotistical — fi lled with self-importance grapple — to struggle opiate — painkilling drug 1. What does Mitch decide to do in order to preserve his memories with Morrie? Mitch asks Morrie if he can tape record their sessions so he can have them later. Mitch is afraid that he is asking for too much from Morrie when so many other people want and need his time.
How does Morrie feel about the tape recorded? Morrie is happy to have it because he wants to tell about his life. He wants to be able to tell Mitch about his life before he is unable to even do that. Explain the irony in the following passage: A more sensible place. And he was about to die. When Mitch fi rst sees Morrie on Nightline, what does Mitch wonder? Mitch wonders if Morrie has regrets about life.
Does Mitch have any regrets about his life? Mitch is ashamed of things in his past. He obviously does have secrets and regrets, and he is learning to recognize that he has lived his life in a way that has not been positive. However, Mitch is at least thinking about where his life was heading.
Morrie responds by telling Mitch that all people worry about their last day on earth. Morrie also believes that there should always be someone who is asking us to think about that question all the time. Mitch concludes that because people do not look at their lives and realize that they have something missing, everyone needs a teacher in life.
What does Mitch hope to gain from his conversations with Morrie? Cite the imagery that he uses on page Mitch wants to gain clarity about life. What list of topics does Mitch want to discuss with Morrie? Mitch wants to discuss the following: Explain the purpose of the last line of the chapter.
Mitch is concerned about what he is going to gain from Morrie before Morrie passes away, and the society that is reflected back at him is at the opposite end of the spectrum. When Morrie is teaching about love, metaphorically, society is ready to kill over the lack of air conditioning.
To what time does the memory take the reader? What is the topic? Morrie encourages Mitch to apply to graduate school. The Audiovisual, Part Two 1. Explain the meaning of this chapter title. The chapter is a connection to the original interview that Morrie had with Ted Koppel.
How do things change? Morrie did not have any misgivings about telling Ted what he thought about him. In the fi rst visit, Ted is interviewing Morrie, and in this second visit, there is more of a give and take between the two men. When Ted visits Morrie the second time, Ted is warmer. Physically, Morrie is less animated than he is during the first interview. Who is Morrie Stein? Morrie Stein is the man who had first sent the aphorisms to the newspaper, which then prompted the interview with Ted Koppel.
Morrie Stein is going deaf and Morrie Schwartz will soon be unable to speak. Koppel wonders how the two will communicate when that time comes. Morrie explains to Ted that after so many years of friendship, Morrie and Morrie need to do nothing more than sit and hold hands. What does the reader learn about Morrie as he relates a letter to Ted Koppel? The reader learns that Morrie is very hurt by the death of his mother. The Professor Vocabulary synagogue — a Jewish place of worship murky — dark and heavy boccie — a game like bowling antidote — a remedy 1.
Explain the connection between this chapter and the previous chapter. How does the focus of this chapter change from the story so far? The connection between the two chapters is that the end of the previous chapter and the beginning of this chapter deal with Morrie and his mother. The book is different at this point because the focus is no longer on Morrie Schwartz now, but the story is about Morrie Schwartz as a child.
Both Morrie and Mitch ignore the death sentence of their loved ones. They both try to ignore the fact that someone they care about is going to die. His father does not work often and does not show Morrie or his brother much affection.
When Morrie is in high school, his father takes him to get work at a local factory. Morrie cannot stand the atmosphere and is relieved when they do not give him a job.
Morrie is not afraid to cry, hold hands, hug, and show people that he loves them. Because Morrie is not given this affection after his mother dies, he longs for the affection now.
Another influence is through education. Morrie is able to learn at a young age that knowledge is powerful, and, therefore, he pursues knowledge for the rest of his life. How do you know? Students should respond by stating that Mitch thinks that Morrie is the best teacher there is. The first way the student should support this is through the last line in the paragraph. The second way the student may choose to support this is through the quote that is included with this chapter. We Talk About Death Vocabulary indecipherable — incapable of being understood solidarity — unity agnostic — a person who is not convinced that God exists transcend — to overcome exuberance — extreme joy quivered — shook ambitious — motivated defi cient — lacking materialistic — characterized by a belief that importance comes from only money 1.
Mitch notes that Morrie is in a businesslike mood. As Mitch and Morrie sit to talk about death, what is going on in the world? The newspaper strikes are not improving.
People with mental illnesses are killing one another, and Mitch describes the people in the O.
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Simpson trial as becoming celebrities. Morrie believes that people do not believe they are going to die because if they did, they would not live the way they do. People have to learn how to die so they can learn how to live. According to the book, what question should a person ask himself or herself everyday in order to live life to the fullest?
People should ask If today is the day that they will die? Do you think his observation is correct? Explain why or why not.
Morrie believes that even Mitch does not believe that he is going to die. Morrie believes that if Mitch lived each day like he is going to die, Mitch would not be so ambitious. Mitch compares spiritual things with touchy-feely stuff; Mitch avoids all things that involve demonstrating emotion. Explain the significance of the line: In this section, the memory fits with the chronology of the disease. The line is significant because it illustrates how the disease is progressing.
When Lou Gehrig spoke the words, he had not been decimated by the disease. When Mitch is repeating the quotation for Morrie, Morrie is consumed by the disease and does not feel lucky at all. For Morrie to express those feelings amplifies that this must be a bad day for Morrie, because on normal days he has a much more positive spirit.
We Talk About Family Vocabulary lavaliere — to hang on the lapel responsive — capable of seeing a result 1. How is this Tuesday different than the other Tuesdays? This Tuesday is different because it is the first Tuesday in thirty-five consecutive autumns that Morrie does not have a class waiting for him at Brandeis University.
Morrie surrounds himself with pictures of his family, and it is rare if one or all of them are not there to support him. Cite the imperative that Morrie makes Mitch write.
Why is it so important to Morrie? Morrie believes that it is important to have someone watching you all the time, not just during the times that you have visitors 4.
What causes Morrie to become so emotional? Morrie is emotional because he cannot think about leaving his children so soon.
What does Morrie imply when he says: You cannot do it with a friend. You cannot do it with a lover. If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children. Morrie implies through his directive that having a family and raising children is one of the most, if not the most, important jobs a person can have. Students should base their conclusions on the aphorisms that he has already shared.
Morrie would probably think that people should not have a child if they cannot learn how to live life fi rst. A person who is only interested in money and fame would have a difficult time putting someone else fi rst. Describe the differences between Mitch and his brother. His brother is blond-haired and hazel-eyed. He is only 2 years younger than Mitch, and like Mitch, wanted to do something in the arts.
While Mitch was the good student; his brother was a bad student. How does Mitch feel about this? Mitch spends his life believing that he Mitch would get cancer, so he is very upset when his brother is afflicted. How does his brother deal with the illness? He fl ies to Europe to seek treatments. He holds his family at bay even though they want to help. Mitch tries to leave several messages for his brother, but his brother would be very slow to return the calls.
How does the memory that Mitch inserts in the story connect with the previous chapter? The memory is connected to the previous chapter through death. In the story, Mitch and his brother are sledding. They are almost hit by a passing driver, but they escape death; Mitch describes feeling like they can face death again. We Talk About Emotions Vocabulary laurels — small trees with red or white fl owers lilting — rhythmic impermanent — temporary vulnerability — openness instinctively — prompted by a natural tendency 1.
What does the food that Mitch brings Morrie represent in this chapter? Morrie cannot eat the food that Mitch brings. Morrie needs to eat mostly liquid food. What does Charlotte tell Mitch that he brings to Morrie? Why does she tell him this? Charlotte tells Mitch that he brings Morrie a sense of purpose. She tells him this because Mitch just learned that Morrie cannot eat the food that he is bringing. Mitch is upset because he wants to feel like he is contributing.
Morrie is coughing more than usual. He is eating liquid food and having difficulty sleeping. What does Morrie want Mitch to learn how to do? Why does this confuse Mitch? Morrie wants Mitch to learn how to detach himself because everything is impermanent. Mitch is confused because Morrie also tries to encourage Mitch to experience all the good and bad emotions in life.
Detaching oneself and experiencing all of the emotions seem to contradict one another. When one is fully immersed in experiences, he or she is able to leave them behind, recognize the emotion, and then detach from it. How does Morrie want to die? Morrie wants to die serenely. He is plagued with violent coughing spells and does not want to let the disease violently take him.
He uses detachment to work through those violent times. As Morrie and Mitch discuss dying, they also discuss reincarnation. Morrie concedes that he believes in reincarnation. When he does, Mitch asks him how he would like to return. How does Morrie respond? How does this make sense to Mitch? Morrie would like to return as a gazelle. Morrie used to envelop energy, and slowly the disease is taking that energy away from him. A gazelle is an animal that races across deserts and Mitch can picture Morrie wanting the freedom to do that.
The Professor, Part Two Vocabulary deceptively — misleadingly exploiting — taking advantage of snarled — snapped deferments — postponement of military service levitate — to raise above the ground 1. Before Morrie is a professor, where does he work? Morrie spends several years working at a mental hospital outside of Washington, D. He works there because it is one place he can work without exploiting others—something he vowed to never do after his job-hunting experiences with his father.
Morrie is given the opportunity to conduct research by observing patients and recording his observations. What does Morrie learn through his observations of the female patient at the hospital? Morrie is given the opportunity to observe one woman who is ignored at the hospital. Every day she comes out of her room and lies on the floor. Doctors walk over her; nurses walk over her. No one speaks to her. Morrie is saddened by how the woman is treated and begins to sit with her.
He is able to connect with her. The one lesson he learns is that everyone wants the same things. We all want to be loved. We all want to be noticed. And, money will never buy happiness or contentment no matter how much a person has. How does what the reader learns about Morrie in this chapter refl ect what Morrie tries to teach Mitch?
For the 60s and 70s, Morrie is ahead of his time. Morrie still tries to teach the same concepts today. What is the purpose of including what he learns about the tribe in The Arctic? The important lesson that the reader can learn from the tribe in North America is that life is circular. When there is a death, there is a life. We all have a small part inside ourselves that lives on when we pass. Our spirit never leaves the earth. We Talk About the Fear of Aging Vocabulary inclination — a tendency sultry — seductive-looking inadequacy —insufficiency manipulating — unfairly controlling revel — to take pleasure in 1.
The chapter begins with the following lines: Someone was now wiping his behind. How does he deal with the situation? When Morrie was being interviewed by Ted Koppel, Morrie told Ted that his greatest dread was being unable to take care of himself in the bathroom.
He is now at the point when he needs help going to the bathroom, but he deals with the situation in the same way that he has dealt with the others. He is not ashamed and he detaches himself from the experience and returns to when he was a child.
He enjoys being taken care of and having someone offer him that unconditional love. Why has Mitch gone from being proud of saying his age to not wanting to bring it in to conversation? Mitch is embarrassed to bring up his age because he feels like he is over the hill. Morrie responds by telling Mitch that age is not a competitive issue. Morrie wonders why people should be jealous of being young again when they have already lived that life. A person should feel connected to the time and realize that aging is growth, not decay.
What does Morrie envy about young people? We Talk About Money Vocabulary mogul — a great and important person disillusioned — dissatisfied comradeship — friendship colleagues — associates inconsequential — unimportant 1. How does Morrie feel about music? How does this connect with what he is trying to teach Mitch about money? Morrie is very connected to music now, even more so than he was before.
He will listen to music and be moved to tears. Morrie finds comfort in simple pleasures that can give you experience. He is trying to show Mitch that there is no significance in material things. Agree or disagree with the following passage from the book and explain your reasoning. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. Students might point out that Morrie himself has not purchased anything new because he does not need to have purchasing power now that he is going to die.
Students might explain that Morrie believes that people are confused between what they need and what they want.
How does Morrie believe a person should find a meaningful life? Cite the passage directly from the book. Morrie believes that a meaningful life means that you must: How does Mitch feel about his life as it reflects his attitude toward materialism? Mitch had convinced himself that he is not greedy but realistic.
Describe the wealth the surrounds Morrie. The wealth that surrounds Morrie is different than the typical wealth that people want. Morrie is surrounded by a wealth of family and love. According to the quote on page by Mahatma Gandhi, does one have to die to be reborn? The quote states that Gandhi believes that when he sleeps, he dies and is then reborn again when he wakes up. Most likely, the death that Gandhi describes is not a physical death each night, so in reality people do not have to die to be reborn.
Many religions believe that a person needs only to resolve to live again in order to be reborn. We Talk About How Love Goes On Vocabulary stagnated — stopped pilgrimage — a journey catheter — a medical tubing device used to inject or remove liquid from the body gargle — a congested sound fatigued — tired scoffed — sneered ruddy — red in complexion accosted — approached in a harassing manner corpses — dead bodies 1. Mitch keeps revisiting the labor war at his newspaper.
What is the purpose of including this topic in the book? Do you believe that Mitch would still be visiting Morrie if the labor was over? Why does Morrie insist on being out of bed? The stories that are happening in the real world offer the reader a chance to see that not everyone lives a life like Morrie.
There are still people who kill other people. Mitch still has relationship problems with his brother, despite what he is learning from Morrie. Explain what is symbolizes.
Just as the pink hibiscus plant goes through its life cycle, Morrie does as well. As Morrie becomes more dependent on others, the hibiscus plant withers and dies. How does Morrie feel about a final interview with Ted Koppel and Nightline?
Morrie also believes in an idea of reincarnation but without the actual physical rebirth of someone. Morrie believes that reincarnation can also be through memory. Through remembrance, a person lives again. What does Morrie want on his tombstone? Morrie wants his tombstone to say: Morrie believes that it is necessary to be fully present with the person you are with.
You should not be thinking about the ten other things that you have to do, but you should be engaged with the person mentally. Describe the relationship between Morrie and his father.
How does it infl uence the type of father Morrie is today? Morrie and his father were not close. He was not a man who shared affection easily. Morrie vowed that when he was a father, he would do the things for his children that his father did not do for him.
How did his death prepare Morrie for his own death? He was accosted by two men, and even though he was able to escape, he later had a heart attack and died. Morrie did not see his father before he died.
The only glimpse he had of his father was at the morgue. Morrie knew that in his own death, he wanted to be able to hold people and tell them that he loved them. He did not want there to be words that were not said. What does the story of the Desana reflect about life? The story of the Desana reflects the cyclical nature and the replenishing need for life. The Desana believe that if people do not die, nothing can be born.
A person who takes from the earth must help replenish the earth. We Talk About Marriage Vocabulary intuitive — natural commode — a toilet supplements — nourishment puree — a blend crescent — curved, like a half-moon 1.
He is unable to breathe very well, and he needs oxygen nightly. His coughing spells last for hours, and people must bang on his chest. Who is the new visitor that comes to see Morrie? What do we learn about this person based on this visit? Without asking Mitch, Janine joins him on his next trip to see Morrie. Janine is a very giving woman. Many people would be embarrassed by the dying man, but Janine gives of herself to Morrie by singing to him. What does Mitch discover when he and Janine come to visit Morrie?
How does Mitch react to this discovery? What does he decide to do instead? As mentioned before, when Mitch comes to visit Morrie, he brings food because he feels like he is helping by helping to nourish Morrie. Mitch is upset by this because he feels like there is nothing he can do to help or comfort Morrie. Mitch begins to help Morrie dislodge the phlegm that is in his throat, which allows Mitch to feel like he is doing something to help Morrie.
How does Mitch describe the commitment of marriage? What does Morrie believe about marriage? List the rules that he has for marriage. List each one the way Morrie says it and in a few words. Morrie believes that marriage is important because loved ones are important. A friend is great, but a friend will not be there when you are not doing well. Morrie does not believe that marriage is always easy.
He tells Mitch that in marriage people are tested. Morrie gives the following rules about love and marriage: About what Bible story does Mitch ask Morrie? Mitch asks Morrie about the story of Job, a man with faith who God makes suffer in order to test his faith.
Morrie responds that he believes God overdid it. We Talk About Our Culture Vocabulary solidifying — becoming solid alabaster — white calisthenics — exercises squeamish — uneasy innately — inherently 1. How does the reader know that Morrie is close to the end?
The reader knows that Morrie is close to the end because the disease has spread to his lungs. The poison is solidifying in his lungs and a therapist must bang it out so Morrie can cough it up. Morrie could suffocate from not being able to breathe. How does Morrie believe that people can change? Morrie believes that people are always experiencing change. He is experiencing growth and change, even as he suffers from his disease.
Morrie also believes that people are good by nature. Our culture makes us believe that we are threatened, and we react. Morrie believes that we should make our own culture and not simply accept what society tries to create for us. Auden, and it is the guiding philosophy of Morrie's life. He believes there is nothing as important as relationships with friends, family, and community.
The text provides some nuances as to how that love is expressed by questioning if love is still valid and useful if it's harder to see. Watching Morrie's relationships evolve throughout his life asks the reader to consider the degree of validity for those statements.
Morrie comes back again and again to the importance of community and family, especially in light of his deteriorating health.
Morrie's self-created culture is, at its heart, about prioritizing people and relationships over accumulating material things. He makes a point to receive as many visitors as possible and reply to much of the mail he gets following the Nightline interview.
This interaction with his greater community is vitally important to Morrie, as he uses his community to spread what he's learned about life and death. By interacting with his community in this way, he never has to truly give up teaching.
Family is held up as being immensely important, even more so than platonic friends. The reader is asked to consider the difference between the way that Morrie's family functions and the way that Mitch's family functions. Morrie's immediate family is very close; his sons and his wife, Charlotte, are around to support him through his illness.
Morrie believes deeply in familial responsibility, saying that his family can't choose not to support him through his illness like a friend could. Because of this, he places a great degree of emphasis on the decisions to marry and have children when Mitch brings up the topic.
On the other hand, Mitch's brother, Peter, moved to Spain and is battling cancer mostly estranged from Mitch and the rest of their family.