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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. When a race was over and Wood had rowed at his peak, how long would it take his body to physically replenish?

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

3. Biglow and Bouscaren were staying with Donald Beer. When did Beer graduate from Yale?

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

5. What was the name of the day school that Biglow attended?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Wood arrange to liven things up a little and perhaps give him a sense of belonging at the Olympics?

3. Why did Lewis nickname Altekruse's and Bouscaren's boat?

4. How did Tony Johnson help Lewis and Enquist at Ithaca?

5. Why was Marine boot camp a revelation to Frank Cunningham?

6. Why did Parker and Altekruse argue on the day of the Princeton trials?

7. How did Biglow and Most get an opportunity to row in a regatta in the East?

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

9. Why was Biglow glad that he chose Dartmouth Medical School?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, discuss Biglow's desire to achieve and how that affected the way that he lived his life.

Essay Topic 2

Other oarsmen called Paul Enquist Paul "Zenquist". Discuss why Enquist was nicknamed Paul "Zenquist".

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast how Wood and Bouscaren dealt with their disappointment when they did not make the Olympic rowing team.

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