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 Harris's full name?

2. Which train station do the men go to as they are preparing to start their journey?

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

4. What word does J. use to describe what it's like to get one's boat towed by girls?

5. What do the men decide not to list when it comes to packing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the last mile of the river approaching Oxford.

2. After George's watch stops working, what does the policeman do when George asks him for the time?

3. What does Harris claim happens to him while George and J. are at Henley?

4. Why does J. have to pay a lot of money after he and some friends rent a sailboat on a windy day?

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

6. What does George decide to do once he realizes he cannot go back to sleep the night his watch stops working?

7. What causes the men to decide to cut their journey short?

8. What change does J. notice about the group after they eat a large supper near Picnic Point?

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

10. What kinds of complaints does J. have about steam-powered boats?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze at least one female character in "Three Men in a Boat." Discuss how she is portrayed, what she contributes to the novel, and why Jerome would choose to include this particular type of character in a text heavily dominated by men.

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

Analyze at least three literary devices Jerome uses to develop a character of your choosing in "Three Men in a Boat."

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