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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what date was Joe Rantz born?
(a) March 4, 1909.
(b) July 1, 1933.
(c) March 31, 1914.
(d) October 9, 1918.

2. What word from Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 9 means noisy or clamorous?
(a) Vociferous.
(b) Atavistic.
(c) Misanthropic.
(d) Sedentary.

3. In what year did Hiram Conibear die?
(a) 1917.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1936.
(d) 1925.

4. Who was the bootlegger that Joe and Harry stole liquor from to sell on the black market during the Great Depression in Sequim?
(a) George A. Wyman.
(b) Angus Hay Jr.
(c) Tom Bolles.
(d) Byron Noble.

5. On what body of water was the first intercollegiate crew race held in the United States?
(a) Lake Siskiyou.
(b) Lake Winnepesaukee.
(c) Langer See.
(d) Montlake Cut.

6. On what date did the University of Washington's freshman and varsity rowing teams board the train for Poughkeepsie in 1934?
(a) September 12, 1934.
(b) June 1, 1934.
(c) August 1, 1934.
(d) December 1, 1934.

7. Who revealed to Joe Rantz the location where his father had been living in Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 8?
(a) Fred Rantz.
(b) Ky Ebright.
(c) Thula Rantz.
(d) Byron Noble.

8. Where did Harry go to fetch a doctor when Thula went into labor in November of 1924?
(a) Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
(b) Sequim, Washington.
(c) San Francisco, California.
(d) Mammoth, California.

9. What was Joe Rantz's mother's maiden name?
(a) Sarah Smith.
(b) Marie Anderson.
(c) Thula Maxwell.
(d) Nellie Maxwell.

10. What was the name of the business where Joe visited his father at work in Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 9?
(a) The White Horse Tavern.
(b) The Northern-Pacific-Railroad.
(c) The Golden Rule Dairy and Bakery.
(d) Clyde's Deli and Bakery.

11. Whose quotations open almost each chapter of The Boys in the Boat?
(a) Joe Rantz's.
(b) Ky Ebright's.
(c) Al Ulbrickson's.
(d) George Pocock's.

12. What was one of the derogatory nicknames that the richer students of the University of Washington called Joe Rantz?
(a) Smoking Joe.
(b) Hobo Joe.
(c) Jumpin' Joe.
(d) Chief Joe.

13. What term refers to the person that verbally controls a boat's steering, speed, timing, and fluidity in competitive rowing?
(a) Sweep.
(b) Scull.
(c) Stroke.
(d) Coxswain.

14. In what year did the University of California at Berkeley win the Olympic gold for rowing in Amsterdam?
(a) 1936.
(b) 1928.
(c) 1888.
(d) 1932.

15. Who was the head coach of the University of Washington rowing program in 1933?
(a) Tom Bolles.
(b) Byron Noble.
(c) Al Ulbrickson.
(d) George A. Wyman.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who replaced Ed Leader as the head coach of the University of Washington rowing program?

2. On what date does the author begin his narrative in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 1?

3. What word from the narrative refers to a boat race?

4. What college fraternity key did Al Ulbrickson frequently twirl as he talked to the crews at the University of Washington?

5. On what date does the author say "it began to rain in Seattle as it had never rained before and has never rained since" in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 5?

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