Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

11. BARNEY FELDMAN interviewed by his daughter SUSAN BECKMAN

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that ambition is not necessarily an inborn impulse, but rather a motivational force that is born out of a person’s confrontation with his or her individual needs?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  To do all jobs well, there is a process that must be followed.  Describe the processes learned by Barney Feldman for earning tips and shoveling coal.  Explain also the kind of attitude that permitted him to have forty-five different jobs in his lifetime.

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.