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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. What meal do the men eat before departing on their trip?
(a) Dinner.
(b) None.
(c) Breakfast.
(d) Lunch.

2. Whom does Harris usually mention during his performance?
(a) The piano player.
(b) His drummer.
(c) His mother.
(d) The harpist.

3. Whom do the men blame for oversleeping?
(a) The maid.
(b) The dog.
(c) The alarm clock.
(d) Each other.

4. When discussing what food items to bring, what food item does J. tell an amusing story about bringing on a train?
(a) Pig feet.
(b) A barrel of whiskey.
(c) Large cheeses.
(d) Frog legs.

5. Who wishes that he hadn't packed his tobacco pouch so soon?
(a) J.
(b) Their river guide.
(c) Harris.
(d) George.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who initially attempts to take charge of deciding what to bring on the trip?

2. What does the story of the shop in a former house prompt J. to think about?

3. According to J., what are girls constantly asking while they tow the boat?

4. According to J., what kinds of people hire animals to pull their boats?

5. J. believes that fellow boaters blame _________________when their tow lines get tangled.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does J. say he actually intended when he volunteered to pack?

2. After George sees a couple walking along the shore with a tow line that is not attached to anything, what does he decide to do?

3. What are the men wearing as they prepare to start their journey?

4. What item does George bring onto the boat when J. and Harris pick him up?

5. Why do the men have such a hard time finding a train to take them to their boat?

6. How does the man accusing J. and Harris of trespassing respond to their challenges of his claim?

7. Who is Stivvings?

8. What does George do for a living?

9. What does J. report happened to two men he saw on shore once, holding a tow line and looking blankly at each other?

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

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