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 starts teasing the men as they get their luggage ready to go?

2. What is the most common way for someone to pull the tow line?

3. What is the first act of work which Harris and J. make George do when he finally gets on the boat?

4. What does George report seeing a couple doing with their tow line once?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Who is Stivvings?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does George do for a living?

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

10. Where do J. and Harris ultimately end up getting George?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least three challenges present for the reader in knowing that the entire story of "Three Men in a Boat" is told from the point of view of J.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze whether or not work/labor is portrayed in a positive or negative way in "Three Men in a Boat." Use at least 3 examples from the text to support your thesis.

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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