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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. What year did the U.S. boycott the summer Olympic games?
(a) 1980.
(b) 1968.
(c) 1972.
(d) 1976.

2. When had Christopher Wood been the captain of the Olympic rowing team?
(a) 1968.
(b) 1976.
(c) 1980.
(d) 1972.

3. Before the 1984 Olympics, when was the last time that a bronze had been won by an American in the single sculls?
(a) 1964.
(b) 1956.
(c) 1960.
(d) 1952.

4. Where were the Olympic trials held in Chapter 1?
(a) Hartford, Connecticut.
(b) New Haven, Connecticut.
(c) Princeton, New Jersey.
(d) Boston, Massachusetts.

5. Which cities were the most serious rowing cities in America?
(a) New York and Washington, D.C.
(b) Hartford and New Haven.
(c) Seattle and Portland.
(d) Boston and Philadelphia.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Donald Beer won an Olympic gold medal, what rowing event did he compete in?

2. How much did a scull weigh?

3. What sport did Carl Lewis participate in that reportedly allowed him to earn $1 million a year in appearance fees and endorsements?

4. How wide was a rowing scull?

5. Who were two well-known teammates that Wood had crewed with in college?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Wood feel when he was rowing in the final?

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

3. Why did Mitch accompany Lewis to Princeton?

4. Why didn't Bouscaren play tennis at Yale?

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

6. Why was Christopher Wood known for being particularly experienced in scrounging lodging and food?

7. Why wasn't Brad Lewis taken seriously as a rower?

8. Why was it difficult to televise rowing?

9. What caused Madison Avenue to become more interested in the Olympics?

10. What were some things that inspired Wood to continue rowing?

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