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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. According to J., what animals do some kind of boaters hire to pull their boats?
(a) Horses.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Oxen.
(d) Elephants.

2. What do women usually wear when going to a lock?
(a) Swimsuits.
(b) Pretty (but often impractical) dresses.
(c) Large, voluminous gowns.
(d) Pedal pushers.

3. According to J., what kinds of people hire animals to pull their boats?
(a) Cruel ones.
(b) Lazy ones.
(c) Proper ones.
(d) Rich ones.

4. What does "J." stand for?
(a) Jason.
(b) Jerome.
(c) Jeremy.
(d) Jordan.

5. Why do the people in the boat often want the attention of the person pulling the tow line?
(a) Something has gone wrong.
(b) People play a game of trying to get the most attention.
(c) Everyone wants a chance to pull.
(d) It is customary to tease them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is distinct about the house in Kingston which J. tells a story about?

2. What food item do the men discuss and decide not to bring with them on their trip?

3. When does J. claim people finally get used to being on a ship?

4. What time do the men wake up on the day they start their journey?

5. What does J. note often happens to the person responsible for pulling the tow line?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens with George and the butter as the group is packing?

3. Who is Stivvings?

4. 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?

5. What does J. remark about the original packing list the men create for their trip?

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

7. What does George do for a living?

8. Why do the men decide not to pack the oil stove?

9. What does the group of boys tease the men about as they are outside waiting for a cab to take them to the train station?

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

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