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 check at breakfast on the day of their departure?

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

3. What towns are Harris and J. rowing by as J. tries to keep Harris from stopping to read tomb inscriptions?

4. In what city is there a hedge maze?

5. What kind of tree are Harris and J. sitting under when they are accused of trespassing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How many girls does J. joke are needed to pull a tow line?

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

4. What happened to Harris the first time he went into the hedge maze?

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

6. Who is Stivvings?

7. What does the group of boys tease the men about as they are outside waiting for a cab to take them to the train station?

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

9. What does George do for a living?

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

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

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

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