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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Lewis work out when he was rowing?
(a) Mission Bay.
(b) Naples Bay.
(c) Newport.
(d) Long Beach.

2. Prior to the 1984 Olympics, when was the last time that an American won gold in rowing?
(a) 1932.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1952.
(d) 1924.

3. What was Biglow's first choice for college?
(a) Broward College.
(b) Boston University.
(c) Williams College.
(d) Strayer University.

4. How long would each oarsman row when on the ergometer?
(a) 5 minutes.
(b) 15 minutes.
(c) 10 minutes.
(d) 12 minutes.

5. How tall was Pertti Karppinen?
(a) 6 ft. 5 in.
(b) 6 ft. 6 in.
(c) 6 ft. 7 in.
(d) 6 ft. 4 in.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did most young men compete in rowing?

2. As the 1984 Olympics approached, how long had it been since the United States had had a serious chance to win an Olympic medal?

3. How tall was Lewis?

4. When had Christopher Wood been the captain of the Olympic rowing team?

5. In the late 1870s, how much money might a top sculler make per year in purses?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't Wood and the other rowers row a stroke in the 1980 summer Olympics?

2. Why did Biglow decide to attend Yale?

3. What was Biglow's father's idea of success?

4. In what way were the rowing athletes treated differently from other Olympic hopefuls?

5. Why, when Wood was in his mid-twenties, would he ritually get ready to quit rowing and then stay on?

6. Why would it have been difficult for the Dallas Cowboys to draft Carl Lewis as a possible wide receiver?

7. Why did both Biglow and Wood want to be the single sculler in the 1984 Olympic games?

8. What did Fritz Hagerman, an Ohio University professor who specialized in testing athletes, believe was a reason why those who dominated in sculling were physiological freaks?

9. Why were the American teams at a disadvantage competing against the Europeans in the Olympic games?

10. What was Wood like at prep school and at Harvard?

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