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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. Who did Biglow go to visit after the finals?

2. What did Carl Lewis collect?

3. How much money was donated to dam a stream to make the lake where the 1984 Olympic trials took place?

4. What college did Biglow and Bouscaren row for?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why didn't Wood and the other rowers row a stroke in the 1980 summer Olympics?

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

4. How did Lewis support himself?

5. Why was Christopher Wood known for being particularly experienced in scrounging lodging and food?

6. What disability did teachers discover that Biglow had when he was in the seventh grade?

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

8. What was Jim Dietz's history rowing competitively?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

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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