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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How far did Roger Morris walk to the University of Washington each day from his parents' home in Fremont?
(a) 2.5 miles.
(b) 16 miles.
(c) 1.5 miles.
(d) 5.5 miles.

2. Who wrote an exuberant account of the Cal-Washington varsity regatta for the Associated Press in 1934?
(a) Frank G. Gorrie.
(b) Willis Thompson.
(c) Russell Callow.
(d) Harvey Love.

3. What was the home water used by the University of California at Berkeley's rowing team in 1934?
(a) The Oakland Estuary.
(b) Langer See.
(c) The Arcata Bay.
(d) Montlake Cut.

4. Who accompanied Joe Rantz as he made his way to the University of Washington crew tryouts in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 1?
(a) Byron Noble.
(b) Roger Morris.
(c) George A. Wyman.
(d) Tom Bolles.

5. What was the name of the train that the Washington crews took to Poughkeepsie in 1934?
(a) The White Rocket.
(b) The Great Pacific.
(c) The Red Baron.
(d) The Empire Builder.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the first person to cross the United States by motor vehicle, traveling by motorcycle from San Francisco to New York?

2. What was the name of Roger Morris's family's moving business?

3. Whose quotations open almost each chapter of The Boys in the Boat?

4. What was the name of Joe's aunt that he was sent to live with after his mother died?

5. What was novel about the manner in which Joe Rantz's parents married?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Joe Rantz's father tell him when he abandoned Joe at the age of fourteen? How did Joe respond to these circumstances?

2. What is the focus of the narrative in Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 9? What function does this chapter serve in the plot?

3. How does the author describe his first meeting with Joe Rantz in the Prologue of The Boys in the Boat?

4. How is Harry Rantz described in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 2? What were Harry's ambitions?

5. What history did Coach Bolles have with the University of California at Berkeley crew? How did this history influence his actions in Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 6?

6. What irony and symbolism can be seen in the performance of the Washington crew as they prepared for Poughkeepsie in Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 7?

7. How is George Pocock's childhood described in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 3? How did Pocock become involved with boats?

8. How did George Pocock come to his association with the University of Washington?

9. How does the author describe Joe Rantz's status at the University of Washington in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 1?

10. Why do you think Thula Rantz repeatedly rejected Joe as a part of her family?

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