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I believe that Mitch changed for the better as the book progressed. In the first few chapters, Mitch was a workaholic and did not take any time to stop and realize what was important to him. He spent all his time working and trying to accomplish more achievements but did not spend any time enjoying them. As soon as Mitch found out that Morrie was dying, he started to gradually change. (Pg. 16-17, 33)2. I think that Mitch got more out of their Tuesday meetings because through his time with Morrie he was able to reflect on his own life and come to an understanding of the things that are most important. He realized that there was far more to life than working. (Pg. 62-66)3. No, I do not think Mitch would have come back to Morrie’s house the second time if he had not been semi-idled by the newspaper strike and stayed home watching tv. Mitch would have gone back to work and lived his life as usual. (Pg. 23, 33)4. Morrie had the opportunity to be tougher, but that was not his way, he simply pointed things out and allowed his students to listen or not, change or not as they choose. If someone has no desire to change or use self-observation to consider their own faults then no amount of tough love or criticism will make a difference and he realized that truth. (Pg. 5. I think Mitch would always have listened to Morrie but his impending death made Mitch more emotionally involved. Death seems to help put things in perspective, it’s a rude awakener.  Sadly, it is usually with death does one recognize his mistakes and want to change.6. I do not think this book makes Morrie’s death a public event. I think his life was more in the public eye after the TV show but not his actual death. It is similar to other public deaths we have experienced as a society because people get caught up in why the person is dying and their legacy that they are going to leave behind. It is different because we got to know Morrie better throughout the book than the other public death. Therefore, we feel more emotionally connected to him than other public deaths. (Pg. 85-87)7. The pope and countless other religious leaders are a bridge between life and death because they train us for our life in heaven with God by guiding us here on earth.8. I agree I would want to die in my sleep or at least peacefully. Given a choice, I do not think Morrie would have taken that route instead of the path he traveled. Morrie had the opportunity to imply what he wanted to say to the people he cared about and that the people around him were able to say their goodbyes and resolve any conflicts or matters. When someone suddenly dies the people left behind and with so many things unsaid and unresolved causing them pain and heartaches. (Pg. 12-13)9. In my experience with loss is different from Morrie. Reading this book can help a person ease the pain of losing someone. (Pg. 72)10. I feel like Morrie might have had a different reaction if he was Mitch’s age. Since Morrie was older, I feel like he got to do many of what he wanted to do and his age and maturity helped him be at peace with the disease and the process. Morrie was very active and ambitious, he might have had more trouble when he was younger.  I feel like his overall character would have been deep in him somewhere, so he would have come to the same conclusions after a while. (Pg. 8-10, 81) 11. The “effect of silence” was exercise Morrie used to show his students that in silence comes peace and society made us believe that within silence, there should be awkwardness and discomfort. By doing this exercise with a group of friends I have learned that I do not have to talk to feel important, I can just listen and feel just the same. (Pg. 53-54)13. The “tension of opposites” is when we want to do one thing, but we do another. We know we should say or do one thing, but we choose to do the opposite. Society is an example of tension of opposites because we are taught at a young age that we need to seek approval from people, we need to follow the crowd and keep our opinion to ourselves. Those who do not follow the norms will suffer disapproval or may even be outcast from the group and because of this, we choose to do what others require us to do and not what we want. (Pg. 40) 14. If I were to make a list of topics that I would want to ask Morrie, it would be very similar to Mitch’s but I would also add happiness and love. I would want Morrie’s insight and clarity of these as well as the topics Mitch named. Everyone faces these subjects sometimes throughout life, and I would like to hear what Morrie has to say about them. (Pg. 66)21. I suppose I agree, I think people can experience the same feelings with adoptive children but also if they have to care for another who is sick or disabled. There are so many instances where you have to put others before yourself. Maybe having children in the one way you do it continually there is rarely an opportunity to be completely selfish. (Pg. 93)22. Mitch never really had a very good relationship with his brother and it only got worse when his brother, Peter, got cancer. Mitch was pushed away by his brother when he found out he had cancer. When Mitch tries to become closer to his brother he moves farther away from him. For example, Mitch talked about his brother moving all around Europe looking for treatments, as well about his apartment in Spain. Peter was independent and wanted to fight cancer alone, and Mitch could not understand that. When they tried reaching him he did not answer Mitch or even his family. (Pg. 94-97, 177)23. I do not agree with that advice. An open heart leaves you vulnerable but having an open mind is useful, it lets you accept people for whom they are and hopefully they would do the same for you. (Pg. 128)24. I absolutely agree with Morrie. In a marriage, the couple should definitely agree with major issues at least about children, money, work, bills, how to handle conflict, commitment, etc. Think of this: If a woman wants to work outside the home once married but her husband believes a woman should stay home and keep house, they are going to have problems in their marriage. In a marriage, it is necessary that husband and wife, work as and one single unit and how to compromise and talk openly about their issues. Without having the same beliefs and common purpose in life, a marriage cannot work. (Pg. 149)25. I would not have thought Morrie’s lessons have carried less weight if Mitch and Peter had not continued contact by the book’s end. I think Mitch still would have learned from Morrie even if he had not made contact with his brother. I think Mitch learned so much more than just that in all areas of his life for it not to of holding any weight. (Pg.184-186,188,191-192)