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. Who was the head of the Yale rowing crew at the Olympic trials in 1936?

2. Who was the coxswain for Navy at the Olympic trials in 1936?

3. Who was the twenty-two-year-old heavyweight boxer from Detroit that rose to prominence against Max Schmeling in 1936?

4. Who was the president of both the AAU and the American Olympic Committee in 1935?

5. What was the name of the University of Washington's football team before they became the Huskies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice did George Pocock give to Joe during the Olympic training session in Part 4: Touching the Divine, Chapter 13? How did this advice affect Joe's performance?

2. What did the University of Washington rowing crew come to represent for Seattle and Washington, according to the author in Part 3: The Parts That Really Matter, Chapter 10? Why did they come to represent this?

3. What ship did the University of Washington crew take to Europe for the 1936 Summer Olympics? How is the setting of the ship described?

4. 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?

5. Why was Al Ulbrickson concerned about Don Hume and his performance as the University of Washington crew trained in Germany before their trials in Part 4: Touching the Divine, Chapter 17?

6. How did Al Ulbrickson differ from George Pocock in how he addressed the University of Washington crew during the Olympic training session in 1936? Whose coaching strategies proved the strongest?

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

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

10. How does the author describe the University of Washington crew's performance at the regatta in Poughkeepsie in 1936?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the actions, objectives, and obstacles of Thula Rantz in the narrative. How old was Thula when she married Harry Rantz? What attracted Thula to Harry? Was Thula happy in her marriage? Why or why not? What were Thula’s feelings about Joe?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme and motif of propaganda in The Boys in the Boat. What role did propaganda play in the rise of the Third Reich? What contributions were made by Joseph Goebbels and Leni Reifenstahl to promote the propaganda agenda?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author’s portrayal of Tom Bolles in the narrative. How old was Tom Bolles when he became freshman coach of the rowing program at the University of Washington? How did Bolles differ in coaching style from Al Ulbrickson? What were Bolles’s strengths as a coach?

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