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

2. What usually happens when Harris tries to sing songs at parties?

3. What example is given of a simple project Uncle Podger would undertake?

4. What do the men push aside to make room for everything they want to pack?

5. In the first chapter, who admits that he is something of a hypochondriac?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does J. make fun of Harris's desire to look at old tombstone inscriptions?

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

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

6. Who is Stivvings?

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

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

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

10. Where do J. and Harris ultimately end up getting George?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze whether or not work/labor is portrayed in a positive or negative way in "Three Men in a Boat." Use at least 3 examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze at least one short story that is told by a character in "Three Men in a Boat" and what it contributes to the larger story of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

"Three Men in a Boat" has never gone out of print in its 120+ year history. Discuss at least three aspects of the novel that readers have identified with over the years. Will those aspects continue to connect with readers in the future? If so, how?

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