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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. Who was the only University of Washington crew member that did not put on weight while on the ship to Berlin before the Olympic Games?
(a) Vic Krulak.
(b) Don Hume.
(c) Joe Rantz.
(d) Royal Brougham.

2. What was the profession of Bobby Moch's father?
(a) He was a baker and chef.
(b) He was a schoolteacher.
(c) He was a watchmaker and jeweler.
(d) He was a politician.

3. What was the area called where Joe Rantz rented a cheap room while working at the Grand Coulee Dam site?
(a) Dinghy Pond.
(b) Shack Town.
(c) Hooverville.
(d) Jackson Square.

4. On what river was the Grand Coulee dam site where Joe Rantz worked?
(a) The Klamath River.
(b) The Sacramento River.
(c) The Colorado River.
(d) The Columbia River.

5. What was Chuck Day's father's profession?
(a) He was a professor.
(b) He was a dentist.
(c) He was a shipbuilder.
(d) He was a butcher.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Fritz Kreisler when he was admitted to the Vienna Conservatory?

2. What word from Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 10 refers to a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd?

3. What was the name of the ship that the University of Washington crew took to Europe in 1936?

4. Who were in the first and second lanes at the eight-rowed final regatta of the 1936 Olympics?

5. Who won the bronze medal in men's eights at the 1936 Olympics?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the 1936 regatta against the University of California at Berkeley significant for Joe Rantz? How did the University of Washington perform in the race?

2. How does the author describe the whitewashing that took place in Berlin prior to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Part 4: Touching the Divine, Chapter 16?

3. What conflicts arose in the U.S. and other countries regarding Germany hosting the 1936 Summer Olympics? How were these conflicts resolved?

4. Whom did Joe Rantz befriend while working at the Grand Coulee Dam site? How are these individuals described by the author?

5. How and why was the 1936 invasion by the Nazis into Rhineland significant to Adolf Hitler's cause and objectives?

6. How does the author describe the American rowing team's performance at their final race in the 1936 Summer Olympics? What strategies were used?

7. What were the Nuremberg Laws that Hitler enacted in 1935? How did these laws define German citizenship?

8. How does the author describe Adolf Hitler's reaction when the announcement was made of the outcome of men's eights rowing event at the Olympics?

9. How does the author describe the University of Washington crew's performance at the final Olympic trial in Part 4: Touching the Divine, Chapter 15?

10. How did the University of Washington crew feel as they prepared to depart for the regatta in Poughkeepsie in Part 4: Touching the Divine, Chapter 14?

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