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

2. What did Wood do after losing the final?
(a) Had a tailgate picnic with his family.
(b) Went off by himself.
(c) Went for a long walk with his fiancee.
(d) Took his fiancee to dinner.

3. How old was Biglow when he first rowed in a single scull?
(a) 12.
(b) 17.
(c) 15.
(d) 10.

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

5. How much older was Wood than most of his competitors?
(a) 3 to 4 years.
(b) 7 to 8 years.
(c) 5 to 6 years.
(d) 1 to 2 years.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what magazine did Lewis read an article about Wood?

2. Near what town would Biglow be rowing in the Olympics?

3. How tall was Lewis?

4. How much did Wood pay for a brand-new scull in the spring before the Olympic trials?

5. Prior to the 1984 Olympics, when was the last time that an American won gold in rowing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Why did a photo of John Biglow published in the "Yale Daily News" make Steve Kiesling a little uneasy?

6. Why was it difficult to televise rowing?

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

8. Why did Biglow decide to attend Yale?

9. What questions did Biglow ask Parker when he called him before he returned to Cambridge?

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

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