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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. When Al Ulbrickson addressed the sophomore crew members at the University of Washington in Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 8, he told them they were not to eat what?
(a) Processed foods of any kind.
(b) Fried meats or pastries.
(c) Potatoes or heavy starches.
(d) Bread or grains.

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

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

4. Where were the University of Washington rowing crew tryouts held in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 1?
(a) Montlake Cut.
(b) Arcata Bay.
(c) Jackson Bay.
(d) Langer See.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who revealed to Joe Rantz the location where his father had been living in Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 8?

2. When was Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as President of the United States?

3. What was the name of the business where Joe visited his father at work in Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 9?

4. What University of Washington crew member's father had been the manager of Bon Marche department store and was famous for hiring spies to infiltrate the unions?

5. What was the name of the seventeen-year-old boy who sat in the number two seat of the freshman crew in the beginning of Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

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?

3. Where did Joe Rantz go to meet his father in Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 9? How is this meeting described?

4. How does the author describe the physical toll of rowing in a two-thousand-meter regatta in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 3?

5. How does the author describe Joseph Goebbels' rise to prominence in Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 6?

6. How does the author describe Roger Morris and his family background in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 5?

7. What were Thula's impressions of the farmhouse by the river that Harry Rantz began building in Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 4?

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

9. How is the theme of "finding value in the discarded" illustrated by the author in Part 2: Resiliency, Chapter 8?

10. What frustrations did Coach Al Ulbrickson face as the crews prepared for Poughkeepsie in Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 9?

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