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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. How old was Biglow when he won a bronze in a world regatta?

2. When Shealy was on the Harvard crew, by how many lengths did Harvard beat the University of Washington?

3. Where did Bouscaren go to medical school?

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

5. How many more miles did Lewis row after reading an article about Wood in a magazine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was it difficult to televise rowing?

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

3. Why did Bouscaren grow up a single child with a single parent?

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

5. Why did a sculler have to find motivation within himself?

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

7. How did Lewis support himself?

8. What was Wood like at prep school and at Harvard?

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

10. Why didn't Biglow's grandmother want him to row in the Olympic trials?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the training camp ended and the final selections for the Olympic games were made, Parker felt that he had made some mistakes. Discuss the mistakes that Parker believed he made during the training camp.

Essay Topic 2

Compare the notoriety and funding that most Olympic hopefuls received compared to what Olympic rowers received and why these disparities existed.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss why Bouscaren, Biglow, Lewis, and Wood had different feelings about rowing after the Olympics, and why each man did or did not decide to continue rowing.

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