That Championship Season

by Jason Miller

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Compare and contrast Biff Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman with James Daley or one of the other former athletes in That Championship Season. How have their past athletic achievements affected their lives?

Research one of the historical figures mentioned by Coach (such as Joseph McCarthy) in That Championship Season. What kind of values does this figure hold? How do these values contrast them with the values of the 1970s? Why does Coach regard this person so highly?

Research the psychological techniques used by coaches to mold and inspire their teams. What do you think makes Coach successful? Is Coach a good coach in these terms?

Compare and contrast the stage play and film versions of That Championship Season. How do the different forms affect the story and characters? Is one better than the other? Why?

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