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

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

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

4. What happens to J. when he gets on the train after telling his story while the men decide which food to bring?

5. Where do the men decide they will leave from to begin their river journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What item does George bring onto the boat when J. and Harris pick him up?

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

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

4. What does George do for a living?

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

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

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

8. Who is Stivvings?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast one of the major characters (Harris, George, or Jerome) with himself at the beginning of "Three Men in a Boat" and himself at the conclusion of the novel.

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

Analyze what Montmorency brings to the text. Discuss three things that would be missing were he not included in the story.

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