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. 2. I think that Mitch got more out of their meetings because through his time with Morrie he was able to re-evaluate his own life and come to a new understanding of the things that are most important. He realized that there was far more to life than working.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. Mitch would have gone back to work and lived his life as usual.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.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 awakened. Death can turn everyone into a listener. Sadly, it’s usually with death does one recognize his mistakes and want to change.6. I don’t 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’ve 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 know Morrie better than we know other people through the book, so we are sadder when he dies.7. The pope and countless other religious leaders are obviously 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.9. In my experience with loss is different from Morrie. Reading this book can help a person ease the pain of losing someone.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. 11. The “effect of silence” was exercise Morrie used to show his students that in silence comes peace and society has a tendency to believe, if you are not busy, you’re useless or lazy. 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.12. I think that Mitch and Morrie were meant to be friends, and it was fate that they were reunited after 18 years. I think that it was a coincidence that one of the rare times Mitch isn’t caught up in the hustle and bustle of his life and watches TV, he sees a television program about his old professor dying of ALS but still living his life how he wants to. Their friendship is something to admire. They can overlook the age barrier, and see past the illness and just enjoy each other’s company with one another.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. Our society is overrun by this. I personally think the reason for this is because of conformity. Even though we know what we want to accomplish, we are taught at a young age what is socially acceptable, and because of this, we choose to do what others require us to do and not what we want.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”, “love”, and “conformity.” 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.15. The book is a well-written story that is inspirational to everyone who reads it. When I first read it, I felt sorry for Morrie and then came to realize his message and how he wanted to help. The flashbacks helped show me how even before he was diagnosed with ALS, his whole life was teaching people to be better “human beings.” 16. 18. It’s just another way of saying follow your own path’ … does what make you happy, do what works for you …19. 20. 21. I suppose I agree, I think people can experience the same thing 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.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.23. I do not agree with that advice. An open heart leaves your 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.24. I absolutely agree with Morrie. You 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’re 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.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 hadn’t of 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.