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

2. Where does Harris first mention wanting to get out and look at tombstone inscriptions?

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

4. What does "J." stand for?

5. Where do the men decide they will wash their clothes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. What does J. note about what people remember about being seasick after they return from a trip?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least three elements of "Three Men in a Boat" that have made the novel such a timeless classic, making sure to mention why each element has connected with readers for over a century.

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze why Jerome would include the suicide of the woman in Chapter 16. How does this suicide add to the text? What effect on the reader did Jerome intend by including such a dreadful event in the novel?

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