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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How much would Wood have allowed Biglow to pay to rent the new scull that he bought?

3. What college did Biglow and Bouscaren row for?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Mitch accompany Lewis to Princeton?

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

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

5. How did Lewis support himself?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the names were drawn for the semifinals for the Olympic trials, there were mixed reactions to the draw. Discuss the draw for the semifinals and the reactions to the draw.

Essay Topic 2

Because of the competitive nature of rowing, there were many conflicts between rowers. Discuss events that caused conflict in the book, whether the conflict was resolved, and how the conflict affected various individuals.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis created his own training devices and used some inventive methods to improve his rowing. Discuss why he created his own training devices and what some of these inventive methods and creative training devices were that he used to improve his rowing.

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