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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 reason did Wood's father believe kept Wood rowing?
(a) The money.
(b) The Olympics.
(c) The competition.
(d) The prestige.

2. Near what town would Biglow be rowing in the Olympics?
(a) San Diego.
(b) Santa Barbara.
(c) Monterrey.
(d) Modesto.

3. How many hours did Wood practice?
(a) As many as 500 hours.
(b) About 700 hours.
(c) As many as 475 hours.
(d) About 300 hours.

4. Who donated the money for the lake where the 1984 Olympic trials took place?
(a) John D. Rockefeller.
(b) Andrew Carnegie.
(c) W.K .Kellogg.
(d) J.P. Morgan.

5. What sport did Harry Parker encourage rowers to take up because it built up athletic endurance?
(a) Soccer.
(b) Cross-country skiing.
(c) Tennis.
(d) Sprints.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How old was the person that Biglow visited after the finals?

3. Which cities were the most serious rowing cities in America?

4. What year did the U.S. boycott the summer Olympic games?

5. In the fall of 1983, what sign did Lewis see that indicated to him that he had reached world-class status?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lewis support himself?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Biglow decide to attend Yale?

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

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

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