The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Short Essay - Answer Key

Daniel James Brown
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1. How does the author describe his first meeting with Joe Rantz in the Prologue of The Boys in the Boat?

Daniel James Brown describes his visit to Joe Rantz's home in the rain. Rantz had known the son of a key figure in one of Brown's earlier works and the elderly man spoke with him about his life and his experiences rowing for the University of Washington. After their first meeting, Brown knew that he wanted to write a book about Rantz.

2. How would you describe the language style of Daniel James Brown? What aspects of the author's style stand out in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 1?

Brown’s writing style is extremely descriptive, as he creates strong images of the various settings employing brilliant imagery. The attention to detail is almost cinematic and the author makes extensive use of similes and metaphors. One such example from the first chapter is the simile in the following: "Ferries crawled away from Colman Dock on water as flat and dull as old pewter."

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