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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. In the fall of 1983, what sign did Lewis see that indicated to him that he had reached world-class status?

2. In the late 1870s, how much money might a top sculler make per year in purses?

3. What had the American scullers won for the past three years, before the 1984 Olympic trials?

4. How many hours did Wood exercise in a year?

5. Where was Dan Goldberg from?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Cunningham's coaching career begin in Seattle?

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

3. Why did Biglow decide to attend Yale?

4. What did Wood do after the Olympics?

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

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

7. What did Lewis decide about his and Enquist's chances at the Olympics after viewing videotapes of Lucerne and last year's world championships?

8. Why was it difficult to televise rowing?

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

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

Essay 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

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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