Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog Test | Mid-Book 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. How do the men want to get to the train station?

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

3. According to Harris's thinking, who has accused them of trespassing?

4. What do women usually wear when going to a lock?

5. The three main characters decide they need a break for __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What about the houses in Kingston makes them unique?

4. What does J. believe boaters can do to prevent tangles in the tow line?

5. What does J. remark about the weather forecast as the group prepares to leave on their journey?

6. What kind of allegory does J. talk about once the group fine tunes their philosophy about packing?

7. 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?

8. What compromise do the men come to about sleeping at inns or camping?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast George with Harris, making sure to use specific quotations from the text in your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze at least one conflict the main characters (J., George, and Harris) have during their journey. How do they resolve it? What does the reader learn about at least one character through the conflict and its resolution?

Essay Topic 3

Which character (Harris, George, or J.) is portrayed in the most positive light? What from the text most informs this opinion? Use specific examples to support your thesis.

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