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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. At what mark did Lewis surge ahead of Bouscaren in the finals?

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

3. How tall was Pertti Karppinen?

4. What was Biglow's first choice for college?

5. What college did Biglow and Bouscaren row for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were some of the jobs that Wood had held since he graduated from college?

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

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

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

6. What did Fritz Hagerman, an Ohio University professor who specialized in testing athletes, believe was a reason why those who dominated in sculling were physiological freaks?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Athletes in sports other than rowing could make money through commercial endorsements and sponsorships. Discuss why sports were big business, and why rowing did not profit from the big business aspect of sports.

Essay Topic 3

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

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