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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. Where was Dan Goldberg from?

2. What physical problems had bothered Biglow that interfered with his rowing?

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

4. What sport did Bouscaren try when he first came to Yale?

5. How long was the annual rowing race between Yale and Harvard?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Biglow's father's idea of success?

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

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

5. Why wasn't Brad Lewis taken seriously as a rower?

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

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

8. Describe Pertti Karppinen.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Parker was troubled by the coaching he had given Lewis. Discuss how Parker coached Lewis and why he was troubled by the coaching he gave Lewis.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the reasons why Wood and Biglow both wanted to be the single sculler in the Olympic games.

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