Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What does George do for a living?

George works at a bank for a living, although the other characters tease him that he is paid to not do very much.

2. What does J. admit he thinks when he reads advertisements for new patent medicines?

J. admits that when he reads advertisements for new patent medicines, they all seem to fit his symptoms perfectly. So, he wants to buy the new medicines even though he might not really need them.

3. What does J. joke is the prime symptom of his current malady in Chapter 1?

In Chapter 1, J. jokes that the prime symptom of his current malady is "a general disinclination to work of any kind."

4. What does J. note about what people remember about being seasick after they return from a trip?

J. notes that while everyone might get terribly seasick on a journey, they seem to forget about it once they are back on land. Consequently, they only remember all of the good parts of their trip and leave out the seasickness aspect of their story.

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