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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 much money was brought into town when the Olympic trials were held in Chapter 1?

2. What was Biglow's grade point average when he graduated from Yale?

3. How long would each oarsman row when on the ergometer?

4. Where did Wood transfer to after working in Hartford?

5. How many liters of oxygen could a world-class rower take in per minute?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Biglow decide to attend Yale?

5. What adjustments did Altekruse have to make when he went from being an oarsman to a sculler?

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

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

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

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

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

Because of his background, Biglow seemed different from his college classmates. Discuss how Biglow was different from his teammates and classmates.

Essay Topic 2

Using examples from the book, discuss why perseverance was necessary to succeed in rowing.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the men who were competing to represent America in the single scull at the 1984 Olympics.

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