1. Did your opinion about Mitch change as book went on? In what
2. Who do you think got more out of their Tuesday meetings,
Mitch or Morrie? In what ways? How do you think each would answer
3. Do you think Mitch would have come back to Morrie''s house
the second time if he hadn''t been semi-idled by the newspaper
4. Discuss Morrie''s criticisms of Mitch throughout the book. Do
you think Morrie should have been tougher on him? Easier?
5. Do you think Mitch would have listened if Morrie hadn''t been
dying? Does impending death automatically make one''s voice able to
penetrate where it couldn''t before?
Let''s Talk About Death
6. Does this book make Morrie''s death a public event? If so,
how is it similar to other public deaths we''ve experienced as a
society? How is it different?
7. Morrie referred to himself as a bridge, a person who is in
between life and death, which makes him useful to others as a tool
to understand both. Talk about other literary, historical,
political, or religious figures who have also served this
8. Most of us have read of people discussing the way they''d
like to die, or, perhaps, have been a part of that conversation.
One common thought is that it would be best to live a long, healthy
life and then die suddenly in one''s sleep. After reading this
book, what do you think about that? Given a choice, would Morrie
have taken that route instead of the path he traveled?
9. On "Nightline," Morrie spoke to Ted Koppel of the pain he
still felt about his mother''s death seventy years prior to the
interview. Is your experience with loss similar or different? Does
what you''ve read in this book help ease any of that pain?
10. Morrie was seventy-eight years old when diagnosed with ALS.
How might he have reacted if he''d contracted the disease when he
was Mitch''s age? Would Morrie have come to the same conclusions?
The same peace and acceptance? Or is his experience also a function
of his age?
Let''s Talk About Meaning
11. Try the "effect of silence" exercise that Mitch described in
your class or in your group. What do you learn from it?
12. Talk about the role of meaningful coincidence,
synchronicity, in the book and in Mitch and Morrie''s
13. Morrie told Mitch about the "tension of opposites" (p. 40).
Talk about this as a metaphor for the book and for society.
14. Mitch made a list of topics about which he wanted Morrie''s
insight and clarity. In what ways would your list be the same or
15. Discuss the book in terms of structure, voice, and tone,
paying attention to Mitch''s use of flashbacks and other literary
devices. How do his choices add to the meaning?
16. Are college students today missing out because they don''t
have the meaningful experiences that students in the 1960s had? Do
you think Morrie thought they were?
17. Morrie said, "If you''ve found meaning in your life, you
don''t want to go back. You want to go forward" (p. 118). Is this
true in your experience?
Let''s Talk About Religion, Culture, and
18. Morrie believed, "You have to be strong enough to say if the
culture doesn''t work, don''t buy it. Create your own" (pp. 35-36).
How can people do this? How can this book help?
19. As his visits with Morrie continued, Mitch explored some
other cultures and religions and how each views death. Discuss
these and others that you''ve studied.
20. To the very end, Mitch arrived at Morrie''s house with food.
Discuss the importance of this ritual.
Let''s Talk About Relationships
21. Was Morrie making a judgment on people who choose not to
have kids with his statement: "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"
(p. 93)? Whether or not he was, do you agree?
22. Mitch wrote, "Perhaps this is one reason I was drawn to
Morrie. He let me be where my brother would not" (p. 97). Discuss
Mitch''s relationship with Peter.
23. Discuss the practical side of Morrie''s advice: "Only an
open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone" (p.
128). How could this advice be useful the next time you''re in a
social or other situation where you feel out of place or
24. Morrie said that in marriage, "Your values must be alike"
(p. 149). In what ways do you agree or disagree?
25. Would Morrie''s lessons have carried less weight if Mitch and
Peter hadn''t resumed contact by book''s end?