Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does J. have trouble sleeping near Picnic Point?
(a) He keeps thinking of his childhood.
(b) He is sick.
(c) He can't get comfortable.
(d) Coyotes are nearby.

2. What do the men need to do to set up their boat for sleeping?
(a) Blow up their air mattresses.
(b) Hang hoops and canvas.
(c) Set up tents.
(d) Get blankets from storage.

3. What makes setting up the boat for sleeping take so long?
(a) The blankets have bugs in them that need to be picked out.
(b) The hoops and canvas don't fit.
(c) The tents keep collapsing.
(d) The air mattress has a hole in it.

4. What skill is J. apparently lacking to be a great fisherman?
(a) He doesn't know how to tie good knots in the fishing line.
(b) He is not a good enough liar.
(c) He feels too bad for the fish.
(d) He is not patient enough.

5. What do the men argue about in regard to rowing the boat?
(a) Who should pull the oars.
(b) Where to sit on the boat.
(c) The best technique to use.
(d) What direction to row.

6. How does J. describe Reading?
(a) As unattractive.
(b) As a Monet painting.
(c) As heaven on earth.
(d) As a scene from Norman Rockwell.

7. What is "Picnic Point"?
(a) The name of J.'s hometown.
(b) The name they give the place on their boat where they always eat.
(c) The name of the place the group stops at when it can't reach Magna Charta as planned.
(d) A famous spot in the river that is good for eating lunch.

8. What signals finally allow George and J. to find Harris the night they go to Henley?
(a) The sound of waves crashing up against the boat.
(b) Montmorency barking and a light.
(c) Police sirens and the light of flames.
(d) The terrible sound of Harris singing and playing the banjo.

9. Why would J. get into trouble when he tried to make rafts?
(a) He made them too small.
(b) He was supposed to be at school instead.
(c) He would steal the material he needed.
(d) He made them too large.

10. What does the unusual item that the men see floating in the water after they pass Reading turn out to be?
(a) A mannequin.
(b) A suitcase.
(c) An old blanket.
(d) A dead woman.

11. What kinds of vegetables do the men use in their stew?
(a) Potatoes.
(b) Peas and potatoes.
(c) Peas and carrots.
(d) Peas.

12. What is the group's original goal for Magna Charta Island?
(a) They just want to drift by it slowly so they can check it out from their boat.
(b) They want to camp there.
(c) It's where they've planned to end their voyage.
(d) They want to spend a few days there.

13. What kind of stew does the group think they are making?
(a) An "Irish" stew.
(b) An "American" stew.
(c) An "English" stew.
(d) A "Scottish" stew.

14. Who takes charge of the unusual item that the men see floating in the water after they pass Reading?
(a) Just J.
(b) George, J., and Harris.
(c) Some men on shore.
(d) Just Harris.

15. How is Sonning described by J.?
(a) As a ghost town.
(b) As a picturesque village with quaint houses and gardens.
(c) As a scary town trapped in the past.
(d) As the place he wants to go when he settles down and has a family.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does George finally ask about the time in the story J. tells about the broken watch?

2. Which two characters have previously taken a boat trip together?

3. What kind of breakfast do the men have after the night in Henley?

4. What does Montmorency offer up for the stew?

5. When did George begin boating?

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