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. Why do the people in the boat often want the attention of the person pulling the tow line?

2. What time did the men want to wake up on the day they start their journey?

3. Who is the narrator of "Three Men in a Boat"?

4. How do Harris and J. respond to the accusation that they are trespassing?

5. What does J. think tow lines have an uncanny ability to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Harris the first time he went into the hedge maze?

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

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

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

5. What does Harris say he would like to do to any man who puts up a "no trespassing" sign?

6. 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?

7. In the story J. tells while the men are packing, why do all of the other passengers on the train leave when J. enters with large cheeses?

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

9. Why do Harris and J. have to pick up George after they start the journey?

10. Who is Stivvings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Present an argument discussing why the group's decision to take the train home at the conclusion of the novel DOES or DOES NOT fit with what the reader has come to learn and know about this particular group of characters.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least 3 literary devices which Jerome uses to create the humorous tone throughout the novel. Make sure to use at least one direct example from the text for each device discussed.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how alcohol/drinking/being drunk is portrayed in "Three Men in a Boat" as well as why Jerome would include the instances he does of characters drinking/having too much to drink in the text.

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