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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. In what magazine did Lewis read an article about Wood?
(a) Newsweek.
(b) Ultrasport.
(c) Sports Illustrated.
(d) Time.

2. How fast could a scull move per hour?
(a) 5 to 8 miles.
(b) 13 to 14 miles.
(c) 30 to 35 miles.
(d) 20 to 22 miles.

3. What type of a business did Wood work for after leaving Hartford?
(a) Consulting firm.
(b) Brokerage firm.
(c) Insurance company.
(d) Engineering firm.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many strokes did Wood take in the final and realize that he was rowing the wrong race?

2. At what mark did Lewis surge ahead of Bouscaren in the finals?

3. How much did Biglow weigh?

4. Biglow and Bouscaren were staying with Donald Beer. When did Beer graduate from Yale?

5. How much time might Wood race in a year?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why was it difficult to televise rowing?

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

4. What adjustments did Altekruse have to make when he went from being an oarsman to a sculler?

5. What was Jim Dietz's history rowing competitively?

6. What were some of the jobs that Wood had held since he graduated from college?

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

8. Why had Lewis's home life not been an easy one?

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

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

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