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. Who wakes up the men when they oversleep on the first day of their journey?

2. What are people wearing when the young men reach Moulsey Lock?

3. In what year was "Three Men in a Boat" published?

4. Kingston is known for being ___________________.

5. Who first volunteers to pack everything?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does J. remark about the weather forecast as the group prepares to leave on their journey?

2. 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?

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

4. Who is Stivvings?

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

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. What does George do for a living?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the portrayal of women with the portrayal of men in "Three Men in a Boat."

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