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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. How long had Harry Parker been Wood's coach on and off?

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

3. When had Christopher Wood been the captain of the Olympic rowing team?

4. How much weight could Lewis lift in the dead lift?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why didn't Biglow's grandmother want him to row in the Olympic trials?

3. Why was Biglow's rowing proving to be a mystery to him and his coaches?

4. Why didn't Lewis and Enquist room together at the Olympics?

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

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

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

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

9. Why was selecting boats more difficult for an Olympic team than for a college one?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lewis created his own training devices and used some inventive methods to improve his rowing. Discuss why he created his own training devices and what some of these inventive methods and creative training devices were that he used to improve his rowing.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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