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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. On the Monday after the finals, which country pulled out of the 1984 Olympics?
(a) Soviet Union.
(b) Lithuania.
(c) Latvia.
(d) West Germany.

2. When did Woodrow Wilson approach a philanthropist and ask for a donation for the Princeton law school?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1917.
(c) 1903.
(d) 1899.

3. How much did Wood pay for a brand-new scull in the spring before the Olympic trials?
(a) $2,800.
(b) $3,700.
(c) $2,100.
(d) $3,400.

4. What college did Biglow and Bouscaren row for?
(a) Boston University.
(b) Rutgers.
(c) Yale.
(d) Harvard.

5. How much higher was Biglow's erg score than his teammates' scores?
(a) 7 percent.
(b) 5 percent.
(c) 12 percent.
(d) 10 percent.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much did Wood and his teammates once spend apiece to stay in a room at the Princeton Motor Lodge?

2. What year did Biglow graduate from college?

3. How long had Harry Parker been Wood's coach on and off?

4. Where did Biglow go after the finals?

5. How many hours did Wood exercise 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 did Bouscaren grow up a single child with a single parent?

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

4. What was an economic reason why Christopher Wood chose to travel with Charley Altekruse?

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

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

7. How would Wood's coach Harry Parker accept it if Wood said that he no longer wanted to be a sculler?

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

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

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

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