The Last Lecture Questions and Answers
What does the quote "we cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand" from The Last Lecture mean?
What does Randy mean by "have something to bring to the table because that will make you more welcome"?
What action—which was surprising for a man near-death—did Randy perform onstage at the beginning of his lecture?
At the end of Chapter 6 in The Last Lecture, what is the lesson to be learned from Randy's attempts to get onto that "Vomit Comet"? Chapter 6 ends with the line: "If you can find an opening, you can probably find a way to float through it.
1. What did Randy Pausch mean by "Enabling The Dreams of Others?" 2. What did Randy Pausch mean by "It's about How to Live your Life?"
How does Randy relate the Disney World quote "the park is open until 8 p.m." to his current situation?
On page 17 of The Last Lecture, Randy writes, "we cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." What might this say about Randy and the type of person he is? How might you apply this motto to your own life?
What's the lesson to be learned in The Last Lecture from Randy's attempts to get onto the vomit comet?
Randy Pausch's parents in The Last Lecture did not lavish him with gifts, trips, or niceties of any kind, yet he claims to have won the parents lottery. Why?
What does this quote mean: "It's such a shame that people perceive you as being so arrogant. Because it's going to limit what you're going to be able to accomplish in life."
Pausch describes his cancer as "an engineering problem." How or why is this a helpful way to look at his illness in The Last Lecture?
In The Last Lecture, is the main conflict (Randy's battle with terminal cancer) a man vs. himself or man vs. nature (with the cancer being a form of nature) conflict?
Part 4 of The Last Lecture is entitled "Enabling the Dreams of Others," which is something Randy Pausch clearly took great pride in doing. Why do you think this was so important to him? Who do you think Randy would say most enabled his dreams, and why? In what ways does one enable the dreams of others? Is this a commonality or rarity in society today, and why?
In The Last Lecture, who were three significant people in Randy Pausch's life that influenced and shaped him?
“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I'm a great optimist. But, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it 'the eaten by wolves factor.' If I do something, what's the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don't worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.” What page is this quote on?
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