The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what river was the Grand Coulee dam site where Joe Rantz worked?

2. What is the name of the lake where the Olympic rowing, canoeing, and kayaking events were held in the 1936 Olympics?

3. What is the name of the lakeside community in Berlin where the 1936 Olympic rowing, canoeing, and kayaking events took place?

4. How much did Joe Rantz earn for the dangerous job jack-hammering on the side of cliff faces at the Grand Coulee Dam site in 1935?

5. How many crews competed for the right to go to Berlin's 1936 Olympics in Princeton?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did fans and reporters respond when Al Ulbrickson made the decision to pull the sophomore team from the varsity lineup at Poughkeepsie in 1935?

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

3. What position did Joe Rantz take at the Grand Coulee Dam site in the summer after his sophomore year at the University of Washington? How much did the job pay?

4. What did Bobby Moch's father warn him of when he knew that Bobby would be going to Berlin for the 1936 Olympics? Why?

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

6. What statement did Al Ulbrickson make via an open letter to the Seattle Times in September of 1935? Why did he make this announcement?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the spiritual aspects of rowing as illustrated in The Boys in the Boat. How does the element of synchronicity relate to the spiritual aspects of the sport? What spiritual transformation did Joe Rantz experience as a result of rowing?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the backdrop of the Great Depression in The Boys in the Boat. When did the Great Depression hit in America? What were the impacts of the Great Depression on Joe Rantz’s life? How did the Great Depression influence the perceptions of Americans during the 1936 Olympics?

Essay Topic 3

What does “the boat” mean to Joe Rantz? How has the narrative of The Boys in the Boat changed the way you define the meaning of “the boat” in competitive rowing? How did Joe Rantz’s perception of “the boat” evolve in the course of the narrative?

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